Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Since I've been doing so much better the last couple of weeks -- eating better, exercising, drinking more water -- but avoiding the scale, I thought I'd bite the bullet this morning and weigh myself.

And it turns out I have GAINED WEIGHT. 5.5 pounds of it, to be exact.

Each time I weigh myself I'm heavier than the last time, and each time it's the heaviest I've ever been in my life! And it doesn't seem to matter whether I'm spending the whole day lounging on my sofa eating pizza or whether I'm walking to work and back, eating salads, drinking 4 bottles of water and doing wall pushups in the bathroom.

Is it hopeless???
What am I doing wrong?
How am I supposed to keep my efforts healthy and not regress into fullblown eating disorder mania if this keeps up?

...It's pretty overwhelming to think about right now, so today's menu is water, sushi rolls, and total denial.
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    Oh honey, don't worry :) I agree that tracking your food is a good start. Make sure you're not eating too much, but also make sure you're not eating too little!

    Also, there are (at least) three very possible explanations, none of which involve you actually backsliding:
    1. You're not weighing yourself consistently. Always weigh yourself first thing in the morning, when your stomach is empty.
    2. You're retaining water. This happens when you build muscle, and is usually followed by a loss. Watching your sodium intake (you can track it along with fat, carbs, etc.) can help.
    3. You are losing fat, but you're also gaining muscle. Muscle is 3 times as dense as fat.
    You probably know all of that already, but hopefully it'll be a good reminder :) Don't worry, you will see the numbers go down soon!
    3319 days ago
  • KHART79
    I've had that happen more times than I can count. I agree with MINDYHGP: If you aren't logging your food now, definitely start. And measure your food (something i'm guilty of not doing sometimes), because that can also help a lot to make sure you've got your portions right.

    Sometimes the scale is unpredictable. You can be doing everything right, but still be up. Have you noticed how your clothes are fitting? I know sometimes I'll feel like I've lost weight, and my clothes feel loser, but the scale shows a gain.

    I've been there, and I know how disappointing it is to see a gain when you're doing everything right. But, if you keep doing the right things, the scale will catch up eventually! For now, just try to concentrate on how your body feels since you've been treating it better :)
    3319 days ago
    Are you actually logging your food? I know when I don't log and "think" I'm eating right, I'm totally not! If you're not logging, I very strongly suggest it! It's a huge wake-up call!

    Also, how do you feel? Do your clothes fit better or worse? Could it be gaining muscle/losing inches?

    don't give up! You can do it!
    3319 days ago
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