I am not saying this to make you feel worse, but it can sometimes take several weeks to see results on the scale. I know my first attempt it took almost a month to see results. Your body has to get used to the new routine. Keep at it. Getting healthy is not just about losing weight. Losing weight is a side effect. how are you sleeping at night- better? How are you feeling physically? Do you have more energy? Is your skin clearing up? are you hair and nails growing? Are your clothes fitting better? The scale is just a number. Like your temperature and blood pressure, the number on the scale will jump around. Sometimes it will show a loss and sometimes it will show a gain. I step on my scale once a month (and I was one who stepped on it every day for years). i refuse to let one method rule my success. have you measured yourself? You may be doing better than you think. Don't let one measurement method control you.
Keep your BIG WHY in the forefront of your mind. You may have to reset your thinking every day for a while. I still do.
Right now I'm the queen of frustration with my scale. We won't discuss how long it's been fluctuating between the same numbers, and for awhile, I thought it was broken because every morning it registered the EXACT SAME WEIGHT, right down to the .4 (digital scale).
Yet every morning I step on there anticipating a nice little drop because I KNOW I'm doing well. I can see it! My pants are falling off for crying out loud! Yes, I've ranted about this a lot in the last little while. I was lucky enough to have taken some measurements early on in this frustrating period with the scale, and I measured myself again when I noticed changes. I'd lost over 3" with the scale not moving at all.
So I'm really trying to accept that my body is doing it's thing and I'm still getting smaller (really, this is the ultimate goal) and healthier (should be the ultimate goal). I'm trying to focus on the little things that are changing, and not just about my body. Things like, "I don't get heartburn anymore." Or the fact that I ran the furthest I'd ever run yesterday. And that I might be the first person EVER to need a smaller size without the scale budging an ounce.
I still feel like crap when I think about the fact that I want to fit into regular sizes by November and without the scale moving, I'm not sure that's possible. But I have less control over that than I'd like so I'm really trying to ignore that.
Hey, no worries! Don't let frustration pull you down. You are in this for the long haul, and when looking at it that way, one day of doing badly is nothing. I bet you don't remember the one test you failed miserably in grade school do you? That's because it doesn't matter, you finished school you got done, because you had more good days than bad.
That is the only thing that is important, make more good decisions than you do bad ones, and you will see results.
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Hang in there. I think a lot of us feel frustrated at times. I have lots of water retention differences and I'm sure others do too. I have to remind myself not to look at things in the negative if I make a bad choice once in a while. Don't look at the bad choice just look at all the rest of the days you can make good choices. You can do it. I'm sure you can.
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Don't think of it as starting the week off badly. Think of it as one day that didn't go as well as planned.
Also, depending on where you are in your cycle, that can cause a few pounds of water weight gain. It's supposed to be better to weigh yourself once a month, on the same day each month...but I can never wait that long. I want to see results or I get discouraged.
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Hang in there! I know the feeling and it IS frustrating. It sounds like today you are getting yourself back on track. Focus on the healthy choices you are making for yourself and the weight loss will happen.
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I'm feeling so FRUSTRATED today. Last week was my first week and I felt like I had done a pretty good job tracking and exercising. I even thought I made pretty good choices while dining out (with the exception of one meal). When I got on the scale this morning not only had I not lost, but I gained. I felt so disappointed. I allowed that to affect me so that I ate a horrible lunch at work, so now I have started the week off poorly. I did manage to exercise today and went to the grocery store to buy some healthy foods (fruits, veggies, etc...) to get this week back on track. Just needing some encouragement.
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