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Discouraged

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Today is my weigh in day and I gained 1.7 lbs this week. I had lots of rice ( made two boxes of rice pilaf ) with my chicken this week and I think that was the culprit. I didn't have any yummy desserts or anything special. I am so discouraged and down. I tell myself it is just one week. I have been losing well. I can get right back on track. I didn't miss exercise this week either so I guess it could have been worse.

Just can't seem to shake this down feeling even with my self pep talk. Makes me think about giving up but then I know that gets me nowhere but back to poor health. My health has improved. My Aic is 5.7 now I came off of my diabetic medication and also the doc lowered my lipitor - both good non-scale victories this month.

Would appreciate any advice on how to get past this down feeling. Thanks.
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SPIRALINGUP 11/16/2012 9:46AM

    I understand how you could get discouraged, but don't! Look how far you've come!!! I am so proud of you!! This is a little hiccup, nothing more. Let's get back on the horse, you and me both. Together we will get this done..even if it takes a little while. emoticon emoticon

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ITSMATT 11/15/2012 9:19PM

    Hi Debbie,

So, a few questions for you:

1. Do you have a target net calorie goal that you are trying to hit each day?
2. Are you hitting this every day? Or at least close to it?
3. Are you being honest with yourself every day about what you eat when you track?

Assuming you answer "yes" to these, then I wouldn't worry about it too much. My weight fluctuates too.

If you answered "no" to any/all of these, then your #1 goal should be to get to a point where you are saying "yes" to them all. The good thing is that weight loss doesn't involve magic, it involves math - calories in and calories out. If you watch those things, you'll lose the weight.

You are a lot stronger than you might think you are. You can overcome your weight and change you life. You can succeed.

Make it a great day!
Matt

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GIVENTHANKS 11/15/2012 9:01PM

    I think that it is emoticon that your A1C is so great and that you have been able to get off of a medicine! That shows that you are doing many things right. Be encouraged by those emoticon non-scale victories. Weight can go up and down some and this may be a great lesoon learned that rice may not be the best thing for you to eat.
I can't wait until I can get off my meds and get my A1C that low! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Pat

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NOMORENOMORE 11/15/2012 5:24PM

    Don't give up! You said yourself your health has improved!

Just keep tracking your food and portions.

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/15/2012 5:03PM

    It's probably all the sodium in the packaged rice mixes. I have had many occasions where sodium has showed up as a 3 lb gain. It is disheartening so now I avoid it like a plague. I feel better without it, too. Try to focus on having your medications reduced (that is an awesome achievement -- hooray for you!). You have to eat 3500 extra calories to gain a pound (science) so if you did not do that it's probably water retention due to sodium. I only record my weight once every 2 to 3 weeks now because even though I weigh myself almost every day, to see that progress bar going up and down was too stressful. When the scale goes to a new low, I take a photo of it with my phone so when it jumps back up I have the photo for inspiration. That's how my body works, so that's my strategy. I know I didn't eat 3500 calories so I have to have confidence that the gain is temporary. Good luck and don't stress too much about it.

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CRAZYWOMAN10 11/15/2012 5:00PM

    NO NO NO NO NO....Do not let those feeling sink in.
EVERYONE...and I mean EVERYONE goes thru plateaus. I experienced it soooooo many times!!!
You have to keep going and focus on NSV's. You are doing all the right things. It may very well be water retention. My trainer tells me on any given day, a woman can retain a few lbs of water.
If you have been eating the same things and doing the same exercises...time to change it up...shock your body, don't let it get used to a routine, it becomes comfortable. Usually when I changed up my food, it would make a big difference.
You got this Deb...please dont focus on that number. I know its hard, but you have been doing awesome!

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CHICCHANTAL 11/15/2012 4:45PM

    It's probably water retention due to an imminent visit by Aunt Flo. I gain anything up to about 5 pounds because of this. That's why I only weigh once a month, the day Flo disappears.

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SEATTLE58 11/15/2012 4:42PM

    I sure can feel the same way as you're going through right now. Oh Yes, I've been there so much. My weigh-in was this last Tues. and I stayed the same and then with having some pizza, which I recorded, I was up 3# this morning! I couldn't believe it and yet I can because I haven't been eating that good. I feel that alot of it is water weight for me because of sodium. Sodium can be a huge culprit alot of the time. Do you keep track of yours? I don't, so that's why I have problems! I know that I should watch it more carefully. The scale numbers are just numbers really and nothing really compares to how we really feel, how our clothes feel and like Mupp1970 said too, that you easily could've lost inches! Hang in there and you'll be so surprised what the scale will say next weigh-in because since you're doing so well really over-all, the scale will be down and then more down the next time. Chalk it up to water weight! ya! emoticon

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MUPP1970 11/15/2012 4:30PM

    I understand how you feel... maybe.. have you lost inches??? :)

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JANETTEB553 11/15/2012 4:02PM

    Dont know what rice pilaf is but did you weigh and record EVERYTHING you ate.
I always found that I gain when I do not faithfully weigh and record.

Dont worry tho just keep going and next week it should be ok.

I find the down feeling is a danger as it undermines your willpower and makes it easier to ignore the weight goals.

Best of luck.



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