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BXENOS SparkPoints: (3,380)
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5/10/14 2:28 A

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback. It could be water weight I suppose. I have been drinking a lot of water, but have also been putting a lot of soy sauce on my food... and it has a TON of sodium in it.

Not going to give up, just going to try and force myself to stay off of the scale for a bit.

LAURELTOO SparkPoints: (564)
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5/9/14 4:30 P

I can believe 7lbs! Ramen noodles are my particular enemy with that lol. btw eelpie love your signature

JELYHA SparkPoints: (0)
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5/9/14 3:45 P

Are you consistently tracking your food? It would help tremendously if you shared your food tracker. You said you stayed in your calorie range so that’s good. emoticon You may just have to change your carbohydrate, protein and fat levels within your range. You have to find what works for you and you will. Tracking will allow you to see patterns and make changes in response to those patterns.
Don’t give up. Like it was posted before, you didn’t gain the weight overnight, it happened over time and it’s going to take time for you to see changes in your body.


EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/9/14 2:57 P

@ LAURELTOO personal best so far with sodium is...7 "pounds" overnight emoticon

It is brutal!!!!

LAURELTOO SparkPoints: (564)
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5/9/14 2:37 P

pasta or salt can literally put 5lbs on me overnight. While water weight is frustrating its easily remedied too.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/9/14 1:14 P

Is it near your TOM? I can put on anywhere from 3-5 pounds the week before.

The "splurges" probably were not as bad as you think. It takes about 3500 calories to equal a pound. If you gained, say, 4 pounds...did you really eat 14,000 calories - above your normal intake?

It's most likely water weight gain from sodium. Sodium is in so much food that it is not funny. You can add it too your tracker.

Don't get discouraged. Keep on doing what you are doing (lol, minus the splurges). :)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (194,406)
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5/9/14 10:17 A


Welcome to Spark People !

Take a deep breathe, what you're experiencing really IS perfectly normal.

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

If you have a lot of weight to lose, it's not unusual to see a big drop in the first week or so. That's usually a result of water retention. Most people don't realize how bloated they are until they start cutting back on salty foods and such. So, don't beat yourself up because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like.

The fact is, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

Remember, there will be changes to your body that you can't see on a scale. Example, can you walk a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? Can you carry more bags of groceries ? Are your clothes fitting better ? Do you have a bit more energy ? How's your blood pressure ?

Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped in the past month, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't lose any weight. Lowering your blood pressure is a HUGE health benefit.

Also, 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 or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight.

So, no more beatings. the beatings aren't productive. You just need to be more patient with yourself and your body.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 5/9/2014 (15:22)
BXENOS SparkPoints: (3,380)
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5/9/14 10:02 A

I have been with Sparkpeople for two weeks now. I have been dieting and exercising for about a month. In the first two weeks of doing all of this, I lost ten pounds. These last two weeks I haven't lost a single pound.

Then today I apparently gained weight. I have had a total of 3 splurges. 2 of them back to back. On those days I worked out anyways, hoping to keep myself at a lower calorie intake. With exercise my calorie intake was only around 1400.

How in the world am I gaining weight?!

I am completely lost and really upset. Not seeing weight loss in so long is not helping for motivation. I am trying to stay motivated and I am not going to give up, but stuff like this makes it more difficult to stay on track.

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