Just don't be surprised if, after the next two weeks or so of being spot on with eating and exercise, you GAIN, just as unexpectedly.
I don't know about anyone else, but one thing 3 years of tracking has made very clear is that my body's reactions to food/exercise are about 2 weeks behind my actions. Thus, when I'm on track, if I wasn't two weeks earlier, I gain (and get discouraged). Likewise, if i've had a 'fat week,' where every single food in my house called my name--and got my attention--I can still lose.
that's why I find tracking so valuable--it lets me go back and see what I was doing 'then' that so much affected my outcomes 'now.'
You may be feeling irritable for all kinds of reasons.... If I take melatonin supplements they make me seriously cranky.. I don't know why. Certain foods can really put my nerves on edge. Call it a minor food allergy. If I'm not drinking enough water, I get a little edgy, and in this particular case it has to be water, not coffee or sports drinks or anything else. Maybe there is something bubbling in the back of your brain that needs to be dealt with, but maybe something else in you r life is getting under your skin. Try a big glass of water, going for a long walk, and see if anything pops into your mind.
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While losing weight over the past month I've for some reason felt very irritable. Yea I am so happy but at the same time I'm not! I don't know what is going on! I'm not sure if it is a cause of being irritable but I am...
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As a woman, I can really understand how you feel. But remember too that you hold water weight especially at your TOM, but if you just finished it then you lose that. Also, remember, even if you don't log your calories you know your body SO much better than before. You are subconsciously counting the calories without realizing it and that's wonderful.
So while I understand, honey, take that weight loss and run with it. It's normal to feel this way but still... try to throw a little pride in there too. :D
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I understand how frustrating weight loss can be. We seemingly do all the right things and the scale doesn't budge. Then, we do things we think should cause the scale to go up and the scale goes down. What gives ?
Honestly ? Weight loss is not an exact science. That's why a person shouldn't tie their emotions to the scale. There really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. Even IF the scale doesn't budge, you ARE still going good things for your body !
So, don't assume something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. If you are patient, if you are mindful of your portions and watch what you eat, you really will continue to see changes. But, you do have to be patient with yourself and your body.
In short, what you're experiencing is perfectly normal.
So, I've had a fat week. I've maintained portion sizes, but didn't count calories on hardly anything all week long- a combination of frustration at myself and TOM moodiness, and when I stepped onto the scale today- my official 'weigh-in' day, I was surprised, and actually frustrated, to learn that I'd dropped a pound.
"WHAT?" ^my first reaction.
"Wait... why am I annoyed about this?" ^my second reaction.
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