Step away from the scale!! MISSRUTH is right, weight can swing by huge numbers in just a few days for any number of reasons.
I actually find I am more motivated if I only weigh in once a week. I don't want to mess up during the week because if I can only weigh in once, I really want that number to be good!! I was on the road a lot so I couldn't weigh, and when I was home, I would hide the scale. When I was really sticking to that plan, I was consistently losing a 1 - 1.5 pounds a week!
A scale is just a tool. It does not know whether we ate a bunch of salty food and are retatining water. It knows nothing about monthly cycles and hormone changes that cause us to retain even more water. And it does not care about the state of our bowels and whether our digestive system is a bit sluggish. It is clueless, about whether we've been exercising and our muscles are retaining extra fluid to aid in the recovery process.
I know a lot of people like to weigh themselves every day, but it's really a mistake to think/hope/expect to see a downward trend in the numbers every...single...day. I usually weigh in once a week, and will skip that day and wait to do it til the next day, if I know I've eaten salty food or (sorry if TMI) haven't gone number 2. If I've stayed within my calorie range, and done all the exercise I've told Spark I did, the process WILL work. It won't always be the same amount of weight lost every week. But overall, the trend will be in the right direction.
I agree with the below advice. It's unlikely you consumed 7000+ extra calories in 2 days. I can fluctuate by as much as 4 lbs... It's frustrating for sure, though.
Keep going! You can do it :)
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Ah, the scale can be such a harsh mistress. But it's pretty unlikely that you gained 2 pounds of fat in 2 days. (You'd have to have eaten 7,000 extra calories over your basal rate, and whatever activity you did -- that's a whole lot of extra calories!) It's much more likely extra water, or food in your digestive system, etc.
I still weigh every day, but those little fluctuations sometimes get me down too, even when I know why it's happening. But over time, if you keep making the right choices, the scale will trend down (assuming that there isn't a fundamental physical problem, like hypothyroid).
I know it's hard, but try not to let it get you down. Keep taking the right steps and let the momentum get moving in the right direction. Once it does, it does get easier to stay on track -- I promise. Just hang in there.
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