Weight Loss Support - A big giant WTF moment.

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01-14-2013, 09:27 AM
After steadily weighing in at either 160 or 161 since new year's, I have been granted a whoosh! However, it is in the OPPOSITE direction. Somehow, someway, my scale read 165 this morning. And let me tell you, this does not compute. If ANYTHING, I've been in more of a deficit than normal because I actually worked out like 4 times this past week, and I was on plan every day except for yesterday (which was an awkward day, we had inventory at work and my calories got thrown off so I just made it a maintenance kind of day.)

I KNOW I haven't eaten enough to gain 5 pounds. I KNOW I haven't done anything for a 5 pound gain! In fact, this past Thursday I still was sitting pretty at 160. The only thing I can think of is that my period's about to start, but still, my weight never shoots up like this the day of/before my period.

WHAT GIVES???? I was so hoping and looking forward to seeing 159 this morning and that just really ruined my morning. I hate you, body. I really do.

01-14-2013, 09:51 AM
Hey Mimsy -

We all have these moments, and I totally understand your frustration; you've IDed some good potential causes, and like others have said on here sometimes exercise around your period can cause water retention - you might also want to check your salt intake.

I know you're just venting, but I have to say be gentle with yourself and don't talk to yourself that way! Hate is such a strong word, and I know it sounds silly but negative self-talk, even when it seems sarcastic or just venting, is a huge enemy to not only weight loss success but also body image and overall happiness. You know who's listening when you say "I hate you body," - you are!

It's amazing how we are so willing to talk to ourselves in a way we wouldn't tolerate someone else talking to us. Would you put up with someone close to you saying, "You know, Mimsy, I hate your body, I really do." Heck no! You'd slap them (I hope), or be so angry and pissed about it you'd probably not want to speak with them for a while. So why say it to yourself?!

I know you are feeling really irritated and disappointed right now, but I really encourage you to reframe your ire toward your body. I know this sounds weird, but try "Body, this is something I want and I know we can work together to achieve it; I am grateful for all the wonderful things you allow me to do and your overall health and functionality."

I am confident that after your period you will see a drop and get over the 160 hump. there are so many factors that can cause our weight to fluctuate by 5-10 pounds on any given day!

Hang in there, you are such a rock star with 81 Ibs (not) under your belt!!

April Snow
01-14-2013, 09:58 AM
Such a great post from Ready2Lose!

And you know what, maybe you never gained a lot of PMS weight before, but perhaps your new 160 lb body DOES gain more weight because it's more sensitive to the hormone fluctuations. Or perhaps you had a little more salt than usual and again, your body reacts differently now.

The bottom line is that you KNOW you didn't eat 16,000+ excess calories, so you know that this has to be a temporary thing for whatever reasons. Just hang in there, and you are going to get back to where you want to be.

01-14-2013, 10:05 AM
Don't worry, it'll get back down to normal. Gaining 5lbs in a day sounds like it's probably just water weight. You'll get there. Keep calm and carry on.

01-14-2013, 11:08 AM
You know as well as I do that it's water weight. CALM DOWN woman! :D

01-14-2013, 12:05 PM
Hi! Just want to say how seriously impressive you are...
The 5lbs thing is of course incredibly annoying....BUT the truth will out and it will fall away in the next 48hours ....you'll see.

01-14-2013, 12:17 PM
I think we've all about decided it's water weight. But think of how great it will feel to get on the scale when it comes off and see a big bump DOWN. I KNOW it's water weight, but I tell myself it's fat loss. Of course, in my mind I'm still in my late 20s as opposed to my early 60s! :cloud9:

01-14-2013, 01:09 PM
Remember that you want to focus on FAT but the scale weighs ALL of you. It's very frustrating to see the scale go up "for no reason" but really there IS reason -- it's just that the reason is about WATER and not FAT.

So keep on keepin' on and weigh next week and see what happens! Don't let the :devil: scale ruin you!

Arctic Mama
01-14-2013, 05:34 PM
Patience! If you're heavily restricting calories and working out, that alone could cause water retention. Add in hormones, possible sleep issues, inflammation from illness, moon cycles, whatever, and any fluctuation on the scale when your intake is controlled is to be otherwise disregarded. Give it time, it will even out.

01-14-2013, 05:55 PM
I'll trade you. My last woosh was a 14 pound gain!

Drink some green tea if you like it. It's a great diuretic.

01-14-2013, 06:27 PM
Sounds like a combination of time of month, and you're just weighing the food in your stomach, if you ate a little more than usual. But you are getting SO close to goal!! GO YOU!!! You're doing AMAZING!!!

01-14-2013, 06:42 PM
Lol thanks guys. After I calmed down I knew it was water weight, but definitely when I'm so close to goal, any kind of setback is like "NOOOO!"

01-14-2013, 06:46 PM
glad it was only water weight!

01-14-2013, 07:11 PM
This week I suddenly went down 7 lbs. I was being very good, but nobody is THAT GOOD. I'm sure it was mostly water/bloat.
I know it is frustrating, but you are doing all the right things and it is working,
no matter what the number on the scale says.

01-17-2013, 12:25 AM
*whines* its not going awaaaaaaaaayyyyyy *whiney whine whine*

But, my new size 10 pants all fit perfectly, so I haven't gained inches or anything! I'm ready for this week to be over. Over over over!

01-17-2013, 12:47 AM
It'll go. I just did the same thing for three days. Enjoy your jeans you hottie you!

01-17-2013, 02:00 AM
This was interesting to me as well, I certainly had no idea!

01-17-2013, 08:37 AM
I think we all need to learn to give the scale a lot less power over us!! It's NOT a great measure of fat loss!!

Fitting into new jeans however-- isn't THAT the important part?!! WTG!!! :woo:

01-17-2013, 11:41 AM
*sings* the water weight is gone! The water weight is gone! Hi-ho the dairy-o, the water weight is gone!!

160.5 this morning! 150s here I come! I knew that last little public whine would do some magic. ;)

01-17-2013, 12:39 PM
YAY! Way to go :D