It can definitely get frustrating (this is a long process), but try to NOT let things be dominated by the scale. We often fluctuate as much as 5-6 pounds in weight for a lot of reasons. When I eat out, if I weigh the next morning, I'm ALWAYS up 4-5 pounds because of the high salt content when you eat out. Then a few days later, it's gone.
I try to focus on two things: (1) other things that tell me I'm doing better. Because this is not a diet for me, but a lifestyle change; something I can do for the rest of the my life. So maybe my clothes are feeling less tight, or I have more energy, or I just know that I've been eating better than I used to ... take whatever you can find and turn it into a positive; and (2) that my unhealthy habits and weight didn't happen overnight, so this will not either (I know, you've heard this already).
Baby steps and lots of patience. Keep up the good work!!!
KatieMae I feel ya. My mantra has been one day at a time. Im someone that in the past has stepped on the scale everyday, sometimes mulitple times a day! This time when I started I had almost no desire to step on the scale. Ive only lost a few pounds but i can feel it in my clothes. My shirts aren't as snug and the same with my pants. So even though the scale isnt really moving I feel the changes. Keep your chin up, make sure your measuring your food (as tedious as it can be) and remember its one day at time.
Take a step back from the scale. Think about why you want to lose weight. Then remember that you did not gain all of the excess weight overnight. YOU WILL NOT LOSE THE WEIGHT OVERNIGHT. Try eating at the lower end of your range, but first make sure that you are accurately measuring and tracking your food. The best way to do that is to do your own cooking, or entering all of the info from the food labels of the products you are using. And also take into consideration that the amount of salt that you eat will affect how much water weight you will have. Drinking lots of water actually will help to dewater your system. Helps flush all the excess sodium from your sytem. And don't forget to get enough sleep. The better your sleep, the more capable you are with dealing with making better food choices, the better able your body is able to deal with exercise and the changes that healthy eating will cause.
I know I have been posting a lot about frustration with not losing weight, but this is something that really frustrates me. A week ago, I was down 2.5# from my start weight. This week, I watched the scale go up 2 lbs, then 3! How is it possible?! I know I don't eat perfect. And I probably hug the high end of my calorie range, but 3 lbs?!?im just so sick of trying to lose, tight pants, and nothing changing.
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