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kirsteng
11-08-2011, 06:49 AM
I've been at it for about 7 weeks now, and have found that so far my weight loss is not linear. I have week-long to 10 day periods with no loss, followed by a 3 or 4 pound loss in the next week. I'm wondering if these types of patterns stay consistent for the duration of weight loss, or do they change over time?

What's been your pattern of weight loss (not counting the first couple of weeks of rapid weight loss)?


carter
11-08-2011, 07:04 AM
Great job noticing your patterns! I often encourage people to be aware of this.

My pattern is similar to yours. I typically lose in a 2-3 pound "whoosh" over a couple of days. The whoosh is followed by a bounce back up of a pound or two. Then, I fluctuate up or down a pound or so - essentially holding steady for 7-14 days. Then the pattern repeats.

I would say the pattern has held true for the entire duration of my 2+ years of weight loss, at least during the times when I was conscientiously on plan.

berryblondeboys
11-08-2011, 07:23 AM
I think most women would find a pattern if they pay attention, but it's different from person to person and then, your body can throw you a loop too.

My pattern is to gain for TTOM (That time of the Month) hold it for 4-5 days and then WHOOSH for a few days, getting to my previous low or close to it. Then I hold steady or slowly gain for a few days followed by a bigger gain right before ovulation (usually a 4-5 pound swing) and then I hold that weight for 4-5 day and then for about 10 days of the month, after ovulation until a day before TTOM) I have a big whoosh. Typically on this journey, all my weight loss for the month happens in that 10 days of the month and it can be a 6-13 pound drop in that time (getting less and less as I get closer to my ideal weight and can't create as big of a deficit).

It used to frustrate me, but now that I understand it, I'm OK. I am actually LOSING the entire month, it just doesn't reflect on the scale until all those hormones stop messing with me. So, it doesn't pay to eat a bit more or go off plan during TTOM or or while I'm gaining in ovulation weight - as that just takes away from the whoosh I'll see a week or so later. And yes, sometimes it is hard to stay focused when the scale isn't reflecting my efforts, but KNOWING why the scale is stalled helps a bit with that frustration.


Gabriel Aidra
11-08-2011, 08:06 AM
"I am actually LOSING the entire month, it just doesn't reflect on the scale until all those hormones stop messing with me. So, it doesn't pay to eat a bit more or go off plan during TTOM"
This ^^^

I've found daily weighting to be way too stressful, horribly inaccurate and overall not very helpful even for guys. I personally don't weight myself more than once a week if that.

Just out of curiosity, how often do ya'll weight yourselves?


Y'all?

InsideMe
11-08-2011, 08:12 AM
I weigh every day BUT I don't take it seriously until Friday, once a week my official weigh in day.

I usually see a slight increase on the scale, I then lose inches and after the lost inches a few days later I'm usualy down a couple of pounds. I usually stay around here, give or take a couple of pounds and then I'll weigh really low, gain a few more, lose inches then whoosh. That's been my pattern so far.

sontaikle
11-08-2011, 08:19 AM
I weigh daily and I have a similar pattern. I'll stay the same for several days or perhaps even weeks and then lose weight suddenly (like a pound a day for a couple of days). Before these "whooshes" I'll lose inches, so I can usually predict when they're coming.

When my TOM hits, I usually gain a pound or two that can stick around for a couple of days before disappearing suddenly. Some months I don't gain anything from it.

Lovely
11-08-2011, 08:42 AM
My pattern tends to be up and down from the day to day (I weigh every morning), but overall "down" by the end of the week. Then every 4 to 5 weeks I'll see a small temporary weekly gain.

And repeat. :)

I think finding patterns can be useful and fun. It's especially helpful for those of us who have a normal gain week. So that when we follow our plans perfectly, and if we still see a gain on the scale we can simply note:

"Oh! This is normal. It has nothing to do with what I've eaten. I'll just continue on healthfully as usual, and that gain will be gone next week."

runningfromfat
11-08-2011, 09:29 AM
My pattern seems to be fairly consistent (I've been at this almost 1.5 years but I wasn't paying as much attention in the beginning). Basically, I fluctuate from the day TOM starts until I ovulate. After that I lose for about a week or so and then the whole things starts over again. I love my losing week because every day or two I see a lower number on the scale. :carrot:

ETA: Another daily weigher here. It really has helped me to know my body's fluctuations even beyond hormonal reasons. I lift and swim and normally the day afterwards I'll see a 1-2lbs gain. I know now to expect that and it doesn't bother me. I also know when I'm losing like crazy and those are real loses (not just because I didn't drink enough water or something) so I never feel guilty counting a 1lb loss even if it's the day before TOM and I won't see that number on a the scale again for a couple of weeks.

Some of the worst advice given to me in the past was that daily weighing = bad. Certainly, that can be the case for some but for me it reminds me every morning why I'm doing this and helps me also remember how far I've come. That's something I never want to forget.

chickadee32
11-08-2011, 09:43 AM
I am a daily weigher, and my pattern for several months was pretty consistent, incremental losses throughout the month, plus a small gain or stall at the start of TOM and then a whoosh near the end.

When I started taking birth control pills following a gyn-related surgery this summer my pattern changed, and it's been pretty frustrating since. My pills weren't started in sync with my cycle and I must not be getting quite enough hormones to force that sync, and so retained water has been wreaking havoc with my weight. I think things are finally beginning to settle down, though; the scale has finally started behaving again just within the last week.

Of course though I'll be starting my first IVF cycle within a month, and then my weight is really going to go bananas from the hormones. :dizzy:


Edit:

Some of the worst advice given to me in the past was that daily weighing = bad. Certainly, that can be the case for some but for me it reminds me every morning why I'm doing this and helps me also remember how far I've come. That's something I never want to forget.
I completely agree. I've read on multiple occasions here that daily weighing is a "bad habit" that people need to "break", and I just couldn't disagree more. It's not for everyone certainly, but daily weighing has been one of my most useful tools during this weight loss effort.

runningfromfat
11-08-2011, 09:55 AM
Of course though I'll be starting my first IVF cycle within a month, and then my weight is really going to go bananas from the hormones. :dizzy:

Good luck!!!!!!!!!!! :crossed:

I've also done the pills not in-sync with my cycle (also due to doctor's order). Not fun and it did mess me up for awhile. I never really thought about it but it was over the summer when my weight loss was slower... since then it's picked up a lot. Hm....

HikingChloe
11-08-2011, 10:11 AM
I also weigh daily and it is an invaluable tool for me. My scale does pounds, water %, body fat%. Some days I don't love what it tells me, but overall I have learned a lot about myself, how things trends, and how things can fluctuate.

I am also in continuous birth control + other hormones to try and keep my fibroids under control. It is a totally hormonal mess. Usually I can tell what is hormonal by how I am bloating and where my emotions are. Other than that - I don't get the usual information.

berryblondeboys
11-08-2011, 10:13 AM
"I am actually LOSING the entire month, it just doesn't reflect on the scale until all those hormones stop messing with me. So, it doesn't pay to eat a bit more or go off plan during TTOM"
This ^^^

I've found daily weighting to be way too stressful, horribly inaccurate and overall not very helpful even for guys. I personally don't weight myself more than once a week if that.

Just out of curiosity, how often do ya'll weight yourselves?


Y'all?

I weigh daily because it gives me a better idea of my pattern. If I weighed weekly, I would see something like this: (this is an actual month):

April 1: 226.4
April 8: 223.2
April 15: 221.4
April 22: 219.8
May 1: 218.8

In that particular month I would see a nice steady decline and I wouldn't notice my stalls, its' true, but I also wouldn't pick up on why some parts of the month the weight seems to come off faster than others when I eat the same and workout the same throughout. By weighing daily, I get used to the ups and downs. I realize the role sodium and hormones play in daily weight and so on. But that's me... I am too impatient to wait for a weekly weigh in too!

Sunshine73
11-08-2011, 11:10 AM
I definitely have a pattern that is anything but linear. I weigh everyday and I've noticed my body will hit a new low, then bounce up a few pounds. Then I will spend the next several days/week gaining and losing the same 1-2 pounds, then 'whoosh' - I'll drop 4 or 5 pounds in a couple of days time, hit a new low and then start the pattern all over again.

PreciousMissy
11-08-2011, 11:24 AM
I've been tracking my weight loss and it seems y pattern is to hold the week before and after TOM, then I'll whoosh, then I lose 1-2 the week after that.

I've only noticed this pattern for the last two months, the first two months it was very erratic, so I don't count those in the pattern, lol.

NEMom
11-08-2011, 05:09 PM
Boy I am soooo glad that my body is not the only one that goes through this type of weight loss cycle.
I am a daily weigher and after being at this for 8 plus months, I should be used to the cycle, but alas, there are times that I still get frustrated.

aka8941
11-08-2011, 05:11 PM
wow Carter that's my pattern too!

ChickieChicks
11-08-2011, 06:52 PM
I weigh every 1-2 days, depending on if I remember 1st thing in the morning.

I've noticed that once I see my "newl lowest number", I only see it once then it disappears for days or even weeks, depending. I stay on-plan, so I'm not gaining b/c of that. I'll go up 1-3 pounds and hover there.

When I see that fleeting low number again finally, I know that within a few days i will see a new "all-time low" and then it will start all over again.

I pretend it is my body enticing me to hold that lower weight!

wtfudge
11-08-2011, 07:54 PM
I get "whooshes" of weight loss too. Mine is a little different. I'm a vegetarian and 20 years old and I don't have the time to exercise regularly. I plateau for about 4-6 months at a time, and then I relax (weight loss is usually during the summer or when I have a week off), and then I lose pounds on a 10-lb scale. So every 5 months, a quick almost astounding drop of weight. But in between, it is a complete plateau. I called these plateaus the "new normals" and that kind of helps me cope with my stubborn body... because a "new normal" suggests something as superficial but realizable as high school cliques or new family members or something not too devastating.

The 180s were once a very sad "new norm" followed by the 170s and then the 160s, which was the first normal I accepted :P I know, I'm a dork, but I know the path towards a self-sustainably healthy body doesn't happen in weeks or even months, but it's a long-term commitment/game.

I know, I'm so weird. But I guess these are my patterns and this is how I cope with them. Yes, the entire time, I try to diet, but it's like a feast and famine cycle (but not that bad, promise). I wish the weight loss was more noticeable but I'm glad it's slow because my body can handle small changes... But I wish my boyfriend noticed sometimes so he could pick up on why I'm trying an why I want this so bad :s

KatTheAmazon
11-08-2011, 08:04 PM
I weigh daily as well (and sometimes multiple times a day).

My weight-loss patterns are like yours. My mom says she is the same as well when I talked to her about it a month or so ago. I don't let it bother me because I use other means to measure weight loss. The biggest being the way my clothes fit! Even I don't lose for 2 weeks, I may be able to fit into a shirt that 2 weeks ago I couldn't quite wear in public yet.

juliana77
11-08-2011, 09:38 PM
Daily weighing helps me make sense of the stalls and whooshes. Once a week was actually more stressful for me. I have a big nerdy spreadsheet with charts and trend lines and predictions, some are by calendar month and some by cycle month.

I tend to drop slowly and consistently the week after my period ends, then a small gain for ovulation and hang out there for a week. Then I get a big whoosh (I dropped 2.2 lbs overnight the other day), then hover around the same pound or two until my period comes and goes again.

It's frustrating, especially when you are about to hit a mini-goal (I am 202.0 as of this morning, and I think my whoosh is about over, so it may be several weeks before I hit my 199!) but I know it's coming, so I just keep on keepin' on.

berryblondeboys
11-08-2011, 10:03 PM
It's frustrating, especially when you are about to hit a mini-goal (I am 202.0 as of this morning, and I think my whoosh is about over, so it may be several weeks before I hit my 199!) but I know it's coming, so I just keep on keepin' on.

That's exactly how it is for me and it is SOOOOOO frustrating!!! I did similarly when I was about to get to onderland - had to wait another month.

blueheron777
11-09-2011, 07:49 AM
I am post-menopausal and still had that kind of erratic pattern. Weight loss is not linear! I weighed daily and still do--there ARE fluctuations due to processes that we don't understand.

I told myself that if I stayed on plan I would get to my goal and I did. I just lived with the 1-2 pound gains and knew I would drop a few in time. The daily weigh-in kept me accountable and I didn't let myself get discouraged by a small gain--once I realized that this was a pattern.

The realization about the non-linear nature of weight loss is crucial for success. Someone on this forum said that in weight loss, we all get WHAT we deserve--but not necessarily WHEN we deserve it. That is so true!

InsideMe
11-09-2011, 08:31 AM
Someone on this forum said that in weight loss, we all get WHAT we deserve--but not necessarily WHEN we deserve it. That is so true!

WOW that's a powerful statement! Thanks!

ItsMyTurn
11-09-2011, 11:05 AM
I am a once to twice a week weigher. I am officially a WI girl for Saturdays, but sometimes peek halfway through the week. At the beginning, I am a weird one: scale didn't move for the first 3 1/2 wks of working at it! Then started consistent losses...I had between .8-3.2Lbs of loss per week. THEN I hit 208ish lbs and that all changed! Since then it's "usually" this pattern (cause nothing is 100% all the time with me due to life getting in the way): week 1 - a bit of a loss, usually a pound or under... week 2 - a big loss, up to 3 lbs, week 3 - no loss or VERY tiny loss... .2 when lucky, week 4 - up a pound to 2... frustrating cause I expect more speed that just isn't going to happen. I have set goals that I COULD have met if stayed on the starting pattern of the first 30Lbs.. but alas, at least I am still in overall loss for the month and that is a victory. I am to the point I am considering weighing bi-weekly instead of weekly, now that I AM familiar with my patterns to deter the frustration. However, if I did not know how my body functioned, I would not even consider.

In summary my best advice: weigh as often as YOU have to in order to become familiar with YOUR body and its patterns. Once you know your patterns, it does cut the frustration levels a bit. I haven't added in measurements for myself yet, but when frustration hits an all time high, that is what is my next step. Have back-up plans to keep you focussed on the positives. And don't wonder if you are ever "abnormal" and here's why.. this is such an individual process, that doing so will drive you nuts. I used to wonder why others could lose by changing diets slightly and I couldn't.... or why others could do a diet only way of loss and I couldn't... this doesn't help anything, nor does it enhance good feelings about yourself... then I learned - we are ALL so different... MY journey is that, mine. The SUPPORT here and the comparisons for IDEAS is ever so helpful, but not to think that ANY of this is black and white. Not that you asked, but figured that might be where the original question stemmed from :) Sorry for the rambling :D

babygurl12
11-10-2011, 02:22 AM
I weigh in the same date I start my weight loss journey. (I started Sept 26 then I weigh on Oct 26). I used other ways to measure my weight loss and gain. My clothes are getting looser but it get a lil tighter around TOM. I measure myself b4, during and after TOM. I lose between 3,4 or 5 lbs. I don't get mad at my weight gain during TOM becuz I know when tom leave I'll see a big lost. My next weigh in is Nov 26 so wish me luck!

kirsteng
11-10-2011, 07:36 AM
I weigh in the same date I start my weight loss journey. (I started Sept 26 then I weigh on Oct 26). I used other ways to measure my weight loss and gain. My clothes are getting looser but it get a lil tighter around TOM. I measure myself b4, during and after TOM. I lose between 3,4 or 5 lbs. I don't get mad at my weight gain during TOM becuz I know when tom leave I'll see a big lost. My next weigh in is Nov 26 so wish me luck!



Wow, I'm SO impressed that you lost 22 pounds in your first month!!! That's amazing!!

sumnerfan
11-10-2011, 06:22 PM
Great job noticing your patterns! I often encourage people to be aware of this.

My pattern is similar to yours. I typically lose in a 2-3 pound "whoosh" over a couple of days. The whoosh is followed by a bounce back up of a pound or two. Then, I fluctuate up or down a pound or so - essentially holding steady for 7-14 days. Then the pattern repeats.

I would say the pattern has held true for the entire duration of my 2+ years of weight loss, at least during the times when I was conscientiously on plan.

I'm so glad you posted this. I thought I was the only one whose weight bounced around like that. It's so frustrating to go down then backup. The bouncing is new for me, and I don't like it.

babygurl12
11-10-2011, 06:57 PM
This week I gained 4 lbs cus of TOM so I'm not mad cus I kno after he leave I'll see a big drop.

solarplant
11-11-2011, 11:48 PM
I just replied to the wrong thread. Oops!!!

I can instead write about my weight loss pattern!!!

My pattern is that the first week of the month, I lose nothing. The 2nd week, I get a big woosh 2-3 pounds. Third week, is something like a 1-2, then the last week can be either 0-2. This is my pattern based on the last two months. This month so far seems to be confirming it. :)