Rant: Scale swings
Monday, December 03, 2012
Friday morning I weighed in at 151.8, the same weight I'd been at for several days.
Friday night was a nightmare - took DH into the ER with chest pains. After 14 hours and lots of tests, he's fine, he's normal, but I was stressed out, worried, and tired. Instead of my normal meals I had a Dunkin Donuts bagel sandwich for breakfast and lunch, some graham crackers, and ramen for dinner with a slice of custard pie. Not more than 2500 calories total.
I weighed in on Sunday: 158.9. FML!!! How the heck do I gain 7 pounds in one day? There is no way 2500 calories = 7 pounds.
Ate very little yesterday, I wasn't at all hungry. Had a salad and a bag of chips, probably no more than 700 calories total.
Weighed in at 154.6 this morning.
Now I know most of the 7 pounds was water - all that salt in the DD food and ramen. It should take a few days to flush out.
But swings like this really put me off my game. Gaining instead of losing? No!
So several lessons:
Stress eating doesn't make things better, it makes things worse.
I bloat up quickly with relatively small binges.
Getting back on track immediately is key.
Weighing daily helps keep me on track and not slack off, but it can also cause panic with water weight. Don't get too bummed about daily numbers.
Today I'm still not hungry, but I'll eat all my planned meals. Stay full so I don't end up binging when the stress hits again. Stay focused on long-term goals so daily habits add up to success and minor detours don't ground me.