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aimeebell
02-07-2011, 09:25 AM
I don't care what you say, you stupid, stupid scale! It has been stuck for two weeks, and today it had the nerve to tell me I gained a pound! Liar! LOL

I have been perfectly on plan eating wise and on week 4 day 1 of C25K exercise wise. Monday is my official weigh in day, but this week it is going to have to be Tuesday because I am not logging a gain. Whatever it is, I know it is not added fat. My clothes are looser, and yesterday I ran into someone I hadn't seen since mid-December and she told me I looked thin and asked if I was dieting, so the scale can take a hike!


Eliana
02-07-2011, 09:42 AM
This is why I started weighing in daily. I need to see those fluctuations every single day. Yesterday I had "lost" a pound and today I have "gained" a pound and a half!! Those are drastic fluctuations for me. I'm not usually that all-over the map. But it just goes to show that the scale is really just a tool and we need to measure our progress in other ways too.

aimeebell
02-07-2011, 09:51 AM
I weigh daily too, but I only record my Monday weigh in. It doesn't bother me throughout the week to see the normal half pound up, half pound down changes, but on MONDAY it gets to me LOL I guess my body didn't read the calendar. I don't know what is up, but I surely know that I ate 7,900 calories last week, and of those 3500 cannot be extra stored as fat. It'll come eventually.....


joyfulloser
02-07-2011, 09:52 AM
Could be your sodium too high:?:

I used to have crazy weight fluctuations (back in the day)...but that was when my sodium count was through the roof.

Now that I consume 1500-1800mgs of sodium daily (which isn't incredibly low believe it or not)...my weight does not fluctuate all over the place...not even during my TOM...

That said, I usually have a CHEAT MEAL once per week/bi-weekly which consists of high fat, high sodium meal (Jamaican Food, Pizza or Chinese). I weigh myself the day following the CHEAT meal and my weight is ALWAYS up a lb or two. My weight does not return until the 2nd day and usually drops to an all time low on the 3rd day. It does this like clockwork!:o

SODIUM = silent motivation killer

Just my 2 cents!:D

mkendrick
02-07-2011, 10:11 AM
I'm not sure if you do or not, but I highly highly recommend weighing yourself daily if even for a week or two just to get used to those daily fluctuations. My weight easily and often fluctuates between 1-2lbs daily. I am maintaining, so I bounce all over within my range. Sure, it's kind of annoying to be 129 one day when I was 127 the day before. But as long as I'm eating well, I know it's just a silly fluctuation and I don't think anything of it. When I was losing, same thing, I'd go up a pound, down a pound and a half, up two pounds down a pound. Eventually though, I'd start to see new low numbers and stop seeing old high numbers. When you weigh yourself weekly, you might just happen to catch yourself going from a high fluctuation to a low fluctuation and see a big loss or you might see a low fluctuation to a high fluctuation and see little or no loss, which is frustrating. When you weigh yourself daily and get used to seeing fluctuations but can follow the downward trend, you get a much more accurate picture of your weight loss.

aimeebell
02-07-2011, 10:12 AM
I don't know what is considered high, but my daily sodium average was 1664 for last week. I don't eat canned soups, lunch meats, or frozen dinners, so I am not overly concerned about my sodium intake.

Joyfulloser, maybe that is it, I wouldn't call it a "cheat" meal yesterday because I was within my calories for the day, but for brunch I had a man-made breakfast of two waffles and two slices of bacon, and during the Superbowl I had one slice of homemade cheese pizza and one football shaped donut, all accounted for and within my 1300 calorie range, but maybe my body is hanging on to the junk food for a day and it'll show in the coming days.

mkendrick
02-07-2011, 10:21 AM
I think it's very possible that the junk, even within your calorie range, is causing you to hang onto some water weight. Your body gets used to digesting clean healthy food, and any deviation from that can shake things up a bit. Not that it's at all bad to indulge in planned treats sometimes, in fact, I think your yummy Superbowl day sounds wonderful :) And props to you for enjoying it within your calorie range. But I am betting your body is just hanging onto it since it's different than your usual diet.

aimeebell
02-07-2011, 10:21 AM
When you weigh yourself daily and get used to seeing fluctuations but can follow the downward trend, you get a much more accurate picture of your weight loss.

Thanks for your input. I do weigh nearly every morning. I need that affirmation each day to keep me going, but I hadn't weighed all weekend because I was not home. I am only five weeks in and find it strange that the scale would be stalled for the past two weeks. The last time I dieted seriously was 11 years ago on WW. I started at the exact same weight as this time and lost every single week until I got to goal, no gains, no stalls. Granted some weeks were only 1/4 lb. loss, but each week showed me results. Of course, I was 23 years old and everyone said I was lucky because I had metabolism on my side. I thought they were nuts, that I worked my butt off for every 1/4 lb, but now that I am older and wiser, I am thinking hmmmmm, maybe there is something to that theory LOL

I am going to give it one more week of doing what I am doing, and if I show a solid three week stall so early on, I will think about calorie cycling.

joyfulloser
02-07-2011, 10:22 AM
aimeebell Yup...sounds like the Superbowl stuff is the culprit!:D Believe it or not...that stuff is LOADED with sodium and probably caused your body to retain water temporarily.

I'd just get back on track and weigh myself everyday until your body releases the water weight. This will also help you to know how your body reacts to certain changes in your diet.

Please report your findings...it will be interesting to know. All the best!:)

Tea Granny
02-07-2011, 10:23 AM
Good for you!! I sure hope to reach a point ( call it a weight loss maturity) where the number on the scale doesn't crush me, in spite of looser clothes and such. :)

aimeebell
02-07-2011, 10:28 AM
I think it's very possible that the junk, even within your calorie range, is causing you to hang onto some water weight. Your body gets used to digesting clean healthy food, and any deviation from that can shake things up a bit. Not that it's at all bad to indulge in planned treats sometimes, in fact, I think your yummy Superbowl day sounds wonderful :) And props to you for enjoying it within your calorie range. But I am betting your body is just hanging onto it since it's different than your usual diet.

Thanks, it just occurred to me what may be the problem. Because I was not home all weekend, I drank far less water than normal. That could be the culprit. I felt accomplished that I was away from home all weekend and ate on plan and that I made my boys a big Superbowl spread, then picked out the two things I wanted the most and left the rest staying on plan. I think the lack of water combined with the change in diet is the reason. I feel better now that I have a bit of justification at least. :0)

stillwagontsl
02-07-2011, 11:03 AM
Aimeebell, also keep in mind that running will most likely cause your body to hang on to excess water. Make sure you have a 'rest day' in between each run so your muscles can recover. When I tried running in the fall, I was SURE that I was going to lose a nice amount of weight. I didn't. My lower half toned up really fast, but I didn't lose a single pound. You're body is probably looking really good, so try to focus on the way your clothing is fitting and how you're feeling in general. Don't give the scale too much credit.

aimeebell
02-07-2011, 11:28 AM
Aimeebell, also keep in mind that running will most likely cause your body to hang on to excess water. Make sure you have a 'rest day' in between each run so your muscles can recover. When I tried running in the fall, I was SURE that I was going to lose a nice amount of weight. I didn't. My lower half toned up really fast, but I didn't lose a single pound. You're body is probably looking really good, so try to focus on the way your clothing is fitting and how you're feeling in general. Don't give the scale too much credit.

Hmmmm, I was wondering about that actually. I run/walk every other day, but the day after always sees a small jump in the scale and my leg muscles are sore, so I was wondering if muscles could hang onto water. With just 9 sessions of the C25K, it could be just my imagination, but I swear my legs are already getting bit more toned. I am sure I will lose weight with eating less and moving more, just a matter of time, patience. Thank you.

MzJuicyD
02-07-2011, 12:40 PM
i must say that I like your attitude about this lol. When I stayed on the same weight for 3 weeks i was DEVASTATED!!!!!!!!!!! lol

aimeebell
02-07-2011, 01:19 PM
i must say that I like your attitude about this lol. When I stayed on the same weight for 3 weeks i was DEVASTATED!!!!!!!!!!! lol

Well, I can't say I am thrilled about it! LOL I just feel so much better now compared to five weeks ago, that it is all worth it anyway. I can see/feel results that for whatever reason aren't showing on the scale and I have faith that it will come off. Now, if I don't see results in the numbers next Monday, my attitude will probably be entirely different :devil:

aimeebell
02-08-2011, 09:30 AM
So, I stepped on the scale this morning for my unofficial official weigh-in day, and was down nearly two pounds from yesterday, one-half pound total loss from last week. I will take it!

joyfulloser
02-08-2011, 03:47 PM
Could be your sodium too high:?:

I used to have crazy weight fluctuations (back in the day)...but that was when my sodium count was through the roof.

Now that I consume 1500-1800mgs of sodium daily (which isn't incredibly low believe it or not)...my weight does not fluctuate all over the place...not even during my TOM...

That said, I usually have a CHEAT MEAL once per week/bi-weekly which consists of high fat, high sodium meal (Jamaican Food, Pizza or Chinese). I weigh myself the day following the CHEAT meal and my weight is ALWAYS up a lb or two. My weight does not return until the 2nd day and usually drops to an all time low on the 3rd day. It does this like clockwork!:o

SODIUM = silent motivation killer

Just my 2 cents!:D

As I thought!;) Thanks for reporting back!:D

AZ Sunrises
02-08-2011, 08:45 PM
I loathe my scale today. I was at 280.6 last week. I haven't gone over my calories. However, yesterday, my scale claimed 286.6. I had more carbs than usual over the weekend, so I know that's what did it, but I still think that flashing number is just EVIL!!!!!!!!!!!!

onthedietagain
02-09-2011, 10:37 AM
But as long as I'm eating well, I know it's just a silly fluctuation and I don't think anything of it. When I was losing, same thing, I'd go up a pound, down a pound and a half, up two pounds down a pound. Eventually though, I'd start to see new low numbers and stop seeing old high numbers.

100% agree. Here is my stats:
Week # 1 135 lb - 132 lb
Week # 2 132 lb - 131 lb
Week # 3 134 lb - 129 lb
Week # 4 131 lb - 127 lb
Week # 5 131 lb - 127 lb stall:chin:

As you can see every week I have new low number and my higher number doesnít matter much to me as I know as long as I am on the plan and donít give up it is not real fat, but rather water. Hope it helps.