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Exercising hard, eating right, and .... UP 4 LBS???? What's up with this?

Monday, November 09, 2009

I thought I was off this forever plateau, having lost a lb last week. When I awoke this morning, I promised myself that I'd get on the scale for Monday's weigh-in and not let any number bother me. Since I've been exercising hard and eating right, in my heart I felt that I'd be down again. Nope! Up 4 lbs. I'm not going to let it ruin my day. I know I'm still maintaining good health, but I really have to admit utter frustration over this since I've been working so hard. Makes me feel like... no, not giving up. But just not working as hard. (p.s. Thanks a ton, sparksfriends. I am going to follow advice here. Especially paying attention to measurements and not just the scale.)
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    Lots of great support and awesome comments here. Just wanted to let you know that I totally love your positive attitude!
    2545 days ago
    Ditto with Corina. Losing inches while holding plateau or gaining weight when we are eating right shows muscle building up while fat - the bad fat, goes away. Be sure you are using that measuring tape.
    2545 days ago
    As you know our bodies do what they want to...I didn't even budge the scale myself and I did a more intense workouts this past week...Like you I feel very healthy and happy

    Best Wishes & Don't let it get u down...

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    2545 days ago
    Unfortunately, I can empathize all too well.

    *hugs* We'll just have to find a way to show these stupid plateaus who's boss! (And it's not them, it's us!)
    2545 days ago
    You are doing fine. Next week, you'll probably see the scale drop again.
    2545 days ago
    You know, especially in the short term it's not abnormal to gain a little before you lose, your body is going through a lot of changes with your lifestyle changes. Maybe you should put the scale away for a little while and focus on you and the success you have---you have been working out consistently!
    2545 days ago
    I agree with the rest of the comments. Sodium can play a big factor-been there, done that!
    Use your measurements as a guide and give the scale a rest. It is just too tempting to let it have the final say in how much success we are having at any given time. Just keep on working hard because I know you can do this. Plateaus are so frustrating but stay positive! emoticon
    2545 days ago
    You are not giving up an that is the right thing to do. There are a couple of things that could cause the scale to go up. You might need to change up your exercise routine a little. Keep on track and hang in there.

    2545 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Not working as hard might actually be the answer. Only you know whether you're really eating as well as you should, whether it's just a fluke, whether you happened to have more sodium before weighing . . . you get the picture.

    Sometimes, tho, when we work out harder, we actually do put on weight. One of life's little ironies. I always take these setbacks as a reminder to take a good, hard look at myself and be really honest with myself, too. And usually I come out the other side a wiser, stronger person.
    2545 days ago
  • LCOBB46756
    Don't give up. That's the easiest thing to do.. trust me.. Keep trying, I encourage you as I encourage myself....
    2545 days ago
    Do you also do measurements? My husband would also get frustrated sometimes with the "number on the scale" After working out all week and eating well - that number would go up... BUT, the measurements either 1) went down or 2) stayed the same...

    measurements are much more accurate than that number on the scale.

    Don't give up - you are doing great!
    2545 days ago
    That's the attitude to take never give up having dealt with more up and downs the key is ..don't give up...could have been alot of reasons..sodium,not enough h2o, or just that time where you are holding fluid...keep blogging and never quit emoticon emoticon
    2545 days ago
    Don't give up .. this too will pass and you will hit your goals. Sounds like you have been doing a great job so far !! emoticon
    2545 days ago
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