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HOLIMC2Y Posts: 725
5/23/13 8:42 A

Thank you, everyone. I am hapy to report I took all of your things to heart and am doing much better. They gym has been a great compainion through this rough time. I am now spending time focusing on me and not the negative.

I really appreciate the motivation, it was just one of those weeks. Thank you all agin for the support and encouraging words!

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5/11/13 5:03 A


You've had a rough week, but I can assure you that you didn't gain 5 pounds of fat this week.

What you're experiencing is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. I can easily gain as much as 3-4 pounds in a DAY because of water retention and bloating.

In order to truly gain five pounds of fat would have required you to have eaten an extra 17,500 calories on top of your normal intake this week. one pound of fat = 3,500 calories. So, unless you ate an entire Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake, you did not gain five pounds. You're just retaining water.

Also, not to get TMI, but did you have a bowel movement prior to weighing yourself ? Your body's waste products have weight. water has weight. So, if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food you ate since your last movement is still in your body.

Don't stress out abut this. What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal.

Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us between our toes in the morning. Don't let the scale determine your SELF WORTH.

It's going to take some time, but you will begin the healing process. You've had a rough week, take things easy for a few days. Be kind to yourself as you would to others.

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5/10/13 5:12 P

I agree that is most likely not (at least not all) fat pounds. If you typically exercise on a regular basis your body is used to sweating daily (or almost daily?), so it holds more of the water that you drink to cool you off during a workout, then when you workout hard it lets the water go. Chances are, you're taking in fluids, but not sweating much out at all. Also, salty foods can add to the water retention. Try to get out and stay active...even if it's walking at a park or going for some shopping will help to keep your mind off things and will keep you active. Use the challenges in your life to motivate you. Do not let them destroy you. You've got this!

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5/10/13 3:28 P

When you have a bad breakup, it's hard to have interest in anything good for you. You took the week to self-medicate with food and alcohol, so now it's time to truly take care of yourself. And, like CHESAPEAKE60 said, you probably didn't really gain 5 pounds of fat.

1- drink a lot of water
2- drink some nice chammomile tea, it's relaxing and soothing
3- eat healthy and within your calorie range
4- if you don't feel up to heavy exercise, take a walk

Do all that for a week and see if you don't feel better physically and mentally.


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5/10/13 3:20 P

You in all probability have not gained 5 pounds of fat in one week. Your unhealthy choices have caused probably a pound or 2 of fat and 3-4 pounds of fluid retention from increased sodium/salt intake in unhealthy foods. I just got back from a 3 week vacation including a week cruise. So non- stop eating. I knew I was carrying water weight. So I didn't step on the scale until I had had 48 hours of return to normal healthy eating to allow the excess water to go away. THEN I assessed the damage. And I was up 1.5 pounds! Not 5 or more. Ate healthy for a week and 0.5 pound was gone. Now am taking care of the remaining one pound.

Bottom line, take a deep breath. Remember why you are on this journey and get back on track. I bet you will see a much better result next weigh in.

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5/10/13 2:19 P

Hi Holimc2y,
May I put it to you this way… only my attempt to help NOT to sound mean/harsh…
Let us examine what is bothering you…
1. You and your BF broke up
2. You are stressed at work
3. You haven’t had time to yourself
4. You are busy with school
Now lets what has happened so far…
Crying, Binge eating, Laying around the house, Drinking, No exercise, Been upset, Been angry
Exactly which approach of the 7 things have helped you with any of the issues you have had? All I am trying to say is food does not solve life issues. It gives momentary comfort which has its own value but continuing on the path will lead to feeling that things are spinning out of control. After the binge eating is over, you will realize that all the problems are still there and more because now there is guilt of having over eaten.

Instead take a deep breath, drink a glass of fresh water and examine what you can do about the issues you have. I am sorry about the breakup. I cant comment on it as I am not aware of the circumstances. But is it possible that it is actually for the overall good? Can you try and find anything positive in it? As for the work situation, not having enough time, school, etc… lot of the times the problem lies in time management.

I don’t mean to trivialize your issues. We all have the same issues. I really don’t know of anyone in my circle who would not say the same things. But with some better time management skills, learning to say No so as to not take on too many things at a time and prioritizing yourself over other things will give you time to yourself and take some of the stress away. Make exercising and eating right a priority. Hope that you feel better about things soon...

HOLIMC2Y Posts: 725
5/10/13 1:38 P

Have any of you ever had bad weeks where nothing goes right?

We I've had one of those times ten. My boyfriend and I broke up, I'm really stressed at work, I haven't had time to myself between working and school, I am just a wreck--crying, binge eating, laying around the house, drinking....... So overall, I haven't really exercised all week and ate terribly. I stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh, and I have gained 5 pounds. I am so upset and just ANGRY with myself, but I feel like I'm spinning into that phase of, "Oh well I don't care."

Help! Any tips to pull my head back up and get back into my good habits???

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