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TIPYRAIN
Posts: 7,377
3/9/13 12:22 A

Thank You so much. I have thought about putting my scale away. I just can't break THAT habit. I'm addicted to weighing myself. I have gotten better about it though. I used to weigh myself 4-5 times a day, sometimes more. Now it's when I get up. And ONLY then.

I was standing behind the door when they were handing out boobs! LOL!:)) So, my tummy looks bigger than it would if I had been in the right place at the time!;)) I do SEE a difference in the mirror regardless of what the scale is saying. I don't NEED to weigh myself cuz I did get down to 126 pounds in 2011 and LOVED it but didn't realize the difference till I had gained almost all my original weight back! GRRR! Hind sight is 20/20. But, anyway I do have clothes that fit when I'm fit and a mirror. One of my biggest problems is the medias portrayal of women and the fact that my sister is 5'8", has had a child and weighs 109 pounds! Big difference from 5'4" 137 no kids. Thank goodness she lives half way across the country and we only SEE each other every couple, few years or I would be a complete wreck! HAHA! All y'all had very helpful things to say. I sure do appreciate it! I feel much better!:))



ANARIE
Posts: 12,325
3/8/13 10:04 P

There's a HUGE difference between weight and fat. What matters for health (and for appearance) is fat. Unfortunately, the only convenient way to sort of measure fat is by weight-- but fat is only one of a few hundred factors that affect weight. When you weigh yourself, you're looking at fat PLUS water, muscle, bone, gravity, the weather, hormones, and a gazillion other things. It's like if all the thermometers in the world disappeared and the only way to measure temperature was by counting how many bottles of water your neighborhood Wal-Mart sold. Sure, the sales total would go up when it was hot, but they also go up when there's a severe storm in the forecast, when the water treatment plant has a problem and the water tastes bad, when the biggest family in the neighborhood decides to get some to go on vacation, when there are tourists around, when it's Little League baseball season, or when there's a story on the TV news about "dangers lurking in your tap!" (And they'll go down when there's a story on the TV news about "plastic bottles will make your grandchildren have two heads.")

Especially when you're already at or near a healthy weight, food and exercise are not the biggest influence on your weight. When you're dealing with the last 10-15 pounds, your loss is so slow that it's easily hidden in among all the other things that make you fluctuate. You'll see the difference over the span of months, not days or weeks. At that point, about the only way to stay sane is to focus on health, not weight. Measure success by whether you do the right things to make yourself healthy, not by what happens on the scale. You don't control your weight week-by-week, so don't hold yourself responsible for it. Hold yourself responsible for doing what you know is good for your health, not by whether those things result in movement of the scale needle. In fact, it wouldn't be a bad idea to just put the scale away and focus solely on your own behavior, not the scale's behavior. When I was "plateaued" at the top of my healthy weight range several years ago, I put the scale away on a high closet shelf and just didn't look at it for four or five months. I kept recording my food and working on improving my diet, I kept exercising and trying to increase my running speed and endurance, but since I knew those things would make me healthier, I let myself just stop worrying about what those things would do to the scale. I got stronger, I felt better, and I looked more slender, so the number didn't matter. And I did lose some weight. It was only three or four pounds, so little that I wouldn't have been able to see it happening if I'd looked more often, but it was really all I needed to lose.

At the beginning of weight loss and during maintenance, I think weighing is useful. During those last 0-15 pounds, it can drive you nuts and doesn't help that much. I would really recommend either skipping the weigh ins, or weighing once every 28 days (assuming you're female), or at least making a firm promise to yourself that you won't take your weight seriously unless it goes up and stays up consistently over a span of at least 3 months. A healthy person's weight changes every day, and that's normal. Fat, which is what matters, takes months to change visibly.



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/8/13 10:00 P

Our bodies aren't calculators, and sometimes, they ignore the math. :)

Even if all your numbers are right, sometimes you'll see an upward shift. That doesn't mean it's fat gain, but it's normal to see your weight fluctuate. That's because your weight is not a static number, but a vital sign, like your temperature or your blood pressure.

Sodium, hormones, lack of sleep, sickness, all can affect your weight positively or negatively. In fact, sometimes you'll just gain weight for no apparent reason.

This doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong, it just means that the scale doesn't always tell the whole story!



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,386
3/8/13 8:39 P

While your weight goal is not dangerous, since you are already at a healthy weight for your height---your weight loss will be slow.
Then if you are also somewhat sensitive to salt---this could easily explain the gain. It can take several days for your body to return to a true reading on the scale.
Becky



TIPYRAIN
Posts: 7,377
3/8/13 4:46 P

OK. BTW, I'm 5'4" 136-137LBS. My goal is 125-128LBS. I did eat real salt yesterday and am very sensitive to it. I guess that would account for the "extra" pound on the scale this morning.
The 527 is exercise. 2-3 SP cardo/day and lots of weights for my arms, crunches for tummy of course.

Thanks for all the good replies. you were all VERY helpful. I get so frusttrated when I get to this point. I guess I was just freaking out a little a bit.



NIRERIN
Posts: 11,724
3/8/13 4:21 P

for starters your calories out per day is wrong. or rather it only includes your exercise instead of your exercise, bmr and daily activities. your total output should be 2189.

secondly, your goals and such show you to be in the 120-130lb range. unless you are well under 5' tall you should be looking at a max of a 1lb loss per week. if you are over about 5'"2 tall, it should be no more than half that. simply put you aren't fat enough to lose 2lbs per week. there isn't room to get the nutrients you need and still create a caloric deficit large enough to create a 2lb per week loss. and that's especially true if you are burning 572 cals a day through exercise. that's a lot and high exercise numbers mean you really need to increase how much you are fueling your body.

third, how are you defining a gain? you should be weighing once a week, first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom. you should have at least three or four weeks of data before you can really see the trend of where your weight is going. that's because your weight can vary by up to 5lbs everyday. which means that one weigh in doesn't not an actual gain make. you have to see the overall trend of your weight over time to get a good idea of where you are going. it's entirely normal to bobble up three, down one up two, down three and so forth. doesn't mean you are gaining or losing , just that you have different things in your system.





DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,386
3/8/13 4:12 P

This is impossible to answer without more information.
Is this happening every week---that you are gaining? What have you gained this month?
What is your height and weight?
Have you had a complete physical by your doctor recently?
Is the 500 calories through planned exercise? What are you doing?

And...often one will see an increase in weight for the week if a higher sodium or alcohol intake occured.

SP Dietitian Becky



CLARK971
Posts: 661
3/8/13 3:37 P

i am not sure how much you weigh and how tall you are, but, at my weight and height (5ft 6 132 pounds) i could not lose 2 pounds a week. i couldn't cut 7000 and/or burn 7000 calories.

my weight does go plus or minus 2 pounds or so at any given time during the month. i can also be several different weights during any given day if i weigh myself at different times during the day.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 3/8/2013 (15:38)


TIPYRAIN
Posts: 7,377
3/8/13 3:29 P

Ok, here's the deal.

Calories in average per day = 1315
Calories average out per day= 572

My BMR according to SP is 1617 How is it possible to gain weight with these #'s??? I know 3500 calories is one pound. Losing 2 Pounds per week is "safe". There is NO WAY I should gain weight at any time with these #'s! I enter my own food that I have read the labels on & entered. PLUS, I weigh EVERYTHING! I am trying SO HARD & a gain is not acceptable.

Please help me understand what's wrong. Thanks!



 
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