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Old 05-18-2009, 10:17 AM   #1  
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Default Lose some, up some, lose some, up some

This seems to be the trend. Lose a lb a day for three days in a row. Gain three pounds and it goes down throughout the week, then lose another two to three pounds, and then up all over again.

How frustrating!! But I must get used to this trend.............guess its just my body doing what its gonna do regardless. Do others do this?
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:27 AM   #2  
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I was thinking of posting this just this morning Mug. I know I didn't want to weight in frequently, but I really and truly cannot help it what-so-ever. Some days I feel really disappointed (esp today Day 2 of TOM)- I'm trying so hard yet every time I hit that scale it lies to me! I really hate you scale! All of last week I've been exchanging the same 2 pounds. I really want out of the 270's.

So today instead of 1hour on the treadmill its gonna be 1 1/2 hours at least. Gotta bust out of this slump - I've only just started!
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Old 05-18-2009, 10:32 AM   #3  
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There was a great thread posted a while ago Mug about charting your weight loss. By plotting it, you can really see the overall trend is downward, although not necessarily in a straight line.

I think the poster said she used excel, but here's an online site I've been using:

Maybe if you plug your weight in regularly or daily you'll be able to see the downward trend and feel better about your progress? Just a thought.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:21 AM   #4  
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I sympathize, it's why I've had to give up daily weighing, my mood just couldn't take it. At least if the scale shows a loss, any loss on weighdays, then I'm glad; if I knew I'd actually lost a bit more by mid-week and risen to 'only this much off' I'd be miserable.
So far so good (but it's weighday tomorrow) and I've been able to record a weekly loss, even if only by -.2 of a lb.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:33 AM   #5  
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Yup, that is what I would do everytime I stalled. Then I started counting calories this week and only saw the downward, I hope it continues like this. I like the idea of charting and seeing trends that was suggested.

Good luck! You can sto the cycle and keep going down.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:46 AM   #6  
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Thanks for the link I have been looking for one of these!
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:46 AM   #7  
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It's common for people to see a drop on the scale and decide to ease up on their food program. I don't know whether this is the case for you or not. But I do think that weighing only once a week would be a good idea, just so you don't see all those agonizing ups and downs and react to them emotionally.

Remember, food is the key. Be sure that your target is not too low, and stick with the program.

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Old 05-18-2009, 01:54 PM   #8  
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Oh yes. The past couple a months have been all about this. DRAMATIC drops (like 6 lbs in two days) slowly going up 4 lbs... then a HUGE drop of 5 lbs and on and on. The trend is quickly down but it's dramatic at times!
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:15 PM   #9  
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Oh yes! The last couple weeks have been like this for me. I have been going up and down the same 5 pounds all month. It is very frustrating...
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:21 PM   #10  
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How are you weekly losses looking? Your monthly ones? Do you have a loss during a 7 day period? A 30 day period? That is what you need to look at. If you are - then great and it's just a matter of dealing with those ups and downs.

I'm sorry I can't tell from your post if you are indeed losing overall. If you're not, there are other suggestions that I would make, but not knowing....
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Old 05-18-2009, 02:24 PM   #11  
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For me, the weighing once a week was terrible. Not because I would ease up on my plan, but because I really had no idea that I actually WAS losing sometimes. My official weight recording day is Friday. So my weight could fluctuate up and down by a couple of pounds all week, and it might be down by next Friday. It also could be down by a couple of pounds on Thursday, but UP again on Friday due to something salty that I ate. So it would very likely look like I hadn't lost a thing all week, even though I'd been good.

So for me, weighing daily is a good thing. I graph it on Excel, and I do my best not to attach any emotional significance to the number I am entering in. I'm not "disgusting" if I'm up, and I'm not "woo hoo, I can eat fudge!" if I'm down. It's just data, just a trend to let me know if I'm moving in the right direction. This way, when my weigh in day rolls around and it's the same as last Friday, I can say , "Oh, there's that salty popcorn showing up!" because I know I was down on Wednesday and Thursday.

If I go several weeks in a row just bouncing around those few pounds, then I know it's time to re-evaluate what I'm doing and make changes. But the weekly weigh-in really bit me, because even though it can save a person from the emotional ups and downs, it can also hide the fact (for a week) that anything good is happening.
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Old 05-18-2009, 03:01 PM   #12  
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Originally Posted by Windchime View Post
But the weekly weigh-in really bit me, because even though it can save a person from the emotional ups and downs, it can also hide the fact (for a week) that anything good is happening.
Yup, that's how it was for me. Seeing the day-to-day was easier, not harder, for me. But everyone's different.
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