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DIANNEMT Posts: 12,315
7/20/13 10:27 P

I am having a hard time right now--supposed to be maintaining but I am gaining instead. It is too hot, I am grabbing the wrong things to eat--yeah, I DO know I just need to keep starting over and follow the program--but it is HARD to keep doing it when the scale is not doing what you want. I will keep trying--you will, too!! Come on--we are all doing our best and we WILL get healthy!!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (244,174)
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7/20/13 9:31 P

KARMAKITTY6 - there is no way that you would gain a genuine half lb overnight because of that evening's meal. There are so many variables to weight, some are true weight-gain/losses, and some are just because of what you ate as in temporary, because perhaps there was a fair bit of sodium in the meal, or you haven't passed it through your digestive system. I know from personal experience (experimenting at my Medical Centre with before/after weighs) that there can be a significant different to your weight just by going to the loo prior to the weighing. There is also a hormonal factor involved, and developing muscles. It isn't what happens on the day to day basis, it is what happens over time.

My suggestion is that IF weighing daily, or even weekly for some people, causes you to be disheartened, the perhaps you are better off to throw away the scales and rely on other means - like how your clothes fit; your energy levels; your BP, Cholesterol and Blood Sugars (if these had been problematic).


7/20/13 9:16 P

I feel like this so much of the time. Especially when I slave and starve and lose half a pound, and then gain 3 back overnight after one good meal. It makes me question whether or not it is even worth it. However, after 5 months of weight watchers (the last 2 also sparking) I have found that i lose more weight when I just try to focus on healthy portions and getting in some movement than when i stress over every little bite that goes into my mouth. And as far as exercise (or in my case, just movement) I get on here until I start feeling a bit guilty for not doing anything, and then tell myself that I will do just 5 or 10 minutes of walking in place while i watch a tv show. Most of the time, I end up doing 40-45 minutes (the length of one recorded show skipping the commercials). I dont know how it happens. I see that I have done the 5 minutes and decide i might as well do 10. Then I say I will g for 15. Then I say, well, I can do 30, and but the time that is done, i figure I might as well finish my show. I know that Spark Guy and all the sparkers says this repeatedly, but they say it because it is true. Just promise yourself a few minutes and see what happens! Good luck, and i hope you feel better soon. As for me, I feel sufficiently guilty and am now going to go walk in place for a few minutes while watching a tv show!

7/17/13 6:10 P

Sorry you are going through this. It is very very very very hard. I want to give up every day. But for some reason I keep plugging along, filling out my tracker and reading blogs, message boards, etc. Thank you for sharing this though. It lets me know I am not alone or weird for feeling this way. I appreciate the honesty.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
7/17/13 3:02 P

Sorry you are discouraged. This is going to take time and some patience. The weight didn't happen overnight and it won't be going off over night. It takes time to settle into a new lifestyle and new food choices and you need to give your body time to adjust. I would say you need to be consistent at least 90 days to see some real changes.

What's the use? Your health and longevity and to some degree happiness if you are NOT happy with the way you look!

Good luck!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (195,969)
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7/17/13 4:38 A


What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. 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. When a person begins to exercise more vigorously, their muscle fibers soak up water like a sponge. this is what they are supposed to do. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once your body has adapted to the new routine. BUT, this could take a few days.

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. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Every little bit does make a difference.

Be patient with yourself and your body. Change really does take time.

TJ_JEEPER SparkPoints: (1,816)
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7/17/13 1:14 A

I'm pretty sure everyone has had days like this. I used to be this way, even if it was only .5 pounds that I'd gain, I would want to literally throw the scale out the window. But now, especially when I know I've ate one too many calories, I don't even bother weighing myself the next morning, unless I've worked out, then I'll catch a glimpse. But honestly, it doesn't faze me with the scale. My question would be, are you weighing yourself everyday? If you are, I'd suggest you don't. I read that somewhere either on here or on MSN. That people who are obsessed with weighing themselves are usually the unhappy ones because they see their failure. I used to be one of those peoples. Of course everyone has their own version of this "myth". Don't be down on yourself, we're all in this together emoticon

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7/17/13 12:09 A

Thanks. I'll try to stay away from the scales :-)

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
7/16/13 11:29 P

If you are just getting started, focus more on the process and not the results. If you succeed with the process, the results will follow. Your body goes a bit haywire as you adjust to a new health and fitness routine. I often have my clients stay off the scale for a month while we work on developing new habits. It can be discouraging to be working so hard but not seeing the results we want. Staying off the scale keeps you off the roller coaster. Amazing things are happening in your body even if you can't see them just yet. Trust the process.

Also, five pounds in either direction on the scale really means very little. It's more often attributable to water, not fat. The average woman's body is 55% water. A few extra carbs, muscles repairing or too much salt can easily account for 2 pounds. I wouldn't worry about it.

And don't be a slave to the scale. Of all the ways to measure health and fitness, I would say the scale nears the bottom. A person could be in their BMI range and have 30% body fat. A heavier person who has been working out could run circles around a model-thin person who doesn't eat and has no energy. You are more than a number between your toes.

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7/16/13 11:26 P

i'm very discouraged too. I know I'm not gonna drop the pounds but I thought for sure I would have lost a pound or two instead of gaining. so frustrating and I feel like whats the use. Blah. Sorry ya'll

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (244,174)
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7/16/13 9:54 P

Try not to feel disheartened, because what you have described is very common at the start of this journey. You are working out, developing more muscle, so your body will retain more fluid to help with the muscle development. After a little while it will settle down and the weight will start to come off, so long as you eat within your range and get the exercise. Even if you were unlucky to not lose weight, you would still be doing your body a power of good by the healthier nutrition and exercise. Scales are only one small portion of success - others that are forgotten about are:
* Improved Bloods re Cholesterol/Blood Sugars
* Improved BP
* More energy
* Better quality sleep
* Better hair/skin quality
* Increased cardiovascular (and other organs) health
* etc. etc.

Make sure that you are eating plenty of lean protein to help the muscle development - it also helps to stave off hunger.

Good luck,

EXCELDREAM SparkPoints: (85,808)
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7/16/13 9:04 P

You might be exchanging fat for muscle if you're working out, which would be a great thing. It could also be water retention. That will work itself out in time. Are you waiting a week between weigh ins? That will save you from some of the emotional roller coaster, although it's hard to hold back at first. Double check your SparkPeople settings and make sure the program knows how much aerobic vs strength training you're planning to perform each week. That will change the calorie range it recommends.
Hope it comes together for you. I have faith in the SparkPeople recommendations and I hope you will, too. Don't give up! Success is right around the corner.

7/16/13 8:29 P

I have had days like this. It is hard. But everyone's bodies are different. It's a life style change and it will not happen over night so just keep your head up. Make different goals like to track everything everyday, or to have at least 8 glasses of water a day, the weight will come off. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

ASHFIT13 SparkPoints: (88)
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7/16/13 8:12 P

I've been trying really hard lately eating right and going to the gym yet I've gained 2 pounds. I'm just so discouraged now. I'm tired and hungry and it isn't even doing me any good right now. Why work this hard for nothing? My skirt was tighter today and I felt fat and awful. If I wasn't already at the gym I'd just go to bed and say forget it. Sorry to be such a downer, it just really sucks.

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