"I feel like I have been eating under my 1200/day which I know is a problem and it's VERY hard for me to hit that because I'm not use to eating so much!!! So what happened... "
Feel like, or know? Are you weighing and measuring everything? If not, you're likely NOT eating what you think you are. 1200 is NOT a lot; it's actually the very minimum most females should eat to stay alive; in general, unless you're sedentary and close to your goal weight, it's not enough to support your body's basic needs. You need to be measuring, and tracking accurately. No guessing. Know.
"Thoughts? Am I weighing myself during the wrong time? I did weigh myself this morning BEFORE the gym but I find I'm actually HEAVIER! I was 174 when I first woke up. Went to the gym, took a half hour nap, and when I woke from that I go weight myself, shower, and eat breakfast in which time I was 172.....How do I lose 2 lbs between 2 hours? I just don't get this. I"m not sure which to go by and i'm VERY frustrated because my wedding dress shopping day is in march and if I don't consistently lose 2/week then I'm not going to be the correct weight before I buy my dress!!!!! "
Your weight is not a static number. It's a vital sign, like your temperature, or blood pressure. It can change by as much as 5-10 lbs in a single 24 hour period!
There is no "wrong" time to weigh; only consistent times. Whatever you choose as your weigh-in time, make sure you stick to weighing at the same time, under the same circumstances. What you've eaten, stress, hormones, sodium, everything can all affect your weight. If you lost 2 lbs since going to the gym, you probably sweated and peed it off. ;)
To demonstrate this, do a little experiment. Weigh yourself. Eat a meal. Then weigh yourself again. You will weigh more! Why? Because you put mass in your body!
This is all normal. Our weights change all the time. This doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong, just that your body is changing and shifting, like everyone's does. I've been known to weigh myself in the morning, and gain *8 lbs* by nightfall. I haven't gained 8 lbs of fat... that's just fluid, water, and food.
Now, the last thing I want to comment on is this:
"I do know I lost almost .5 inches in my measurements as I know that helps too, but my pants still are tight, some pants I cannot wear still, and I'm getting frustrated because december is almost over and that leaves 2 more months to go from 172-155."
This is too aggressive a weight goal. You're going to lose weight more slowly the less you have to lose. 2lbs a week is likely too fast for you. A good rule of thumb is roughly 3% of your total remaining weight loss goal per week. You're giving yourself two months to lose 17 lbs... if you were over 200 lbs, this would be doable, but you're going to be struggling to lose a half lb a week when you've reached 10 lbs to go. Point of fact, you're not fat enough to lose that fast!
Adjust your expectations, and you won't be so frustrated. Give yourself time to lose the weight; it took time to put it on, it will take time to take it off. Probably more; it's harder to lose than gain. ;)
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 12/25/2013 (00:22)
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
Oh Darkangel! You sound just like me many moons ago. I can totally relate to everything you said.
You have to break your obsession with the scale, losing two pounds a week, and you need to give yourself some time, it's only been three weeks. It took me a while to only weight myself once a week. There are SO many variables that affect your weight on an hourly and daily basis!
Try to change your focus from restrictive calories. I'm not sure if limiting yourself to 1200 calories is a good idea, especially with all of the activity you are getting in. Your body needs a few carbs and some protein for fuel and to repair muscles to make them stronger and keep burning calories. Too little calories and your body holds on to weight by going into starvation mode.
If you are having trouble eating enough calories, check out this spark article:
Hey, don't stress so much! I think the best solution is to stop weighing yourself all the time. I am guilty of this too-- I depend way too much on what the scale says in the morning-- but the truth is, our weight fluctuates naturally throughout the day and the week and the month. Sometimes we retain more water than usual because we eat more salt. Also, we usually weight more after a workout because our muscles are holding on to water. Not to be gross, but maybe you just need to go to the bathroom. There are a lot of reasons why your weight would change like this, but in the meantime, just don't weigh yourself for a week and see what happens. Don't feel bad if you're not following your "two pounds per week" goal exactly, either. Just forgive yourself! My only other suggestion is to be careful what you eat. You can eat 1200 calories a day of candy and not lose weight (and feel terrible!), but if you eat 1200 a day of protein, fruit, veg, and whole grains, you will lose weight. And if that doesn't help, bump up the protein intake. I find myself surprisingly full and losing weight when I eat a lot of boiled chicken. Good luck!
This is also my blog for today, but didn't realize there was a place to try and talk about it here:
So I have no idea what is going on....I started tuesday dec. 3rd. I go to the gym 6x a week (never missed) and Sunday is my rest day. At the gym Every other day I do strength training (weight machines, abs, etc for all my limbs) and then 25mins on the bike. Otherwise I spend 45minutes on the bike when it's not a weight day.
Now for my eating...dinner is always a problem as neither me or my boyfriend are good cooks. I feel like I have been eating under my 1200/day which I know is a problem and it's VERY hard for me to hit that because I'm not use to eating so much!!! So what happened...
Sunday I was very excited because allllll week I was sitting at 172.0-172.4. I weight myself a half hour after I work out, but before I eat breakfast consistently since I started. Sunday was my rest day so no workout in the morning. I weighed myself before breakfast in the morning and I was super excited to see 169.8!!! I even weighed 3x in a row to make sure it wasn't a fluke. Now yesterday and today when I weigh myself during the normal time I'm at 172.4 again...what it has been all last week...... So now I'm frustrated. I'm trying VERY hard to lose 2lb/week and being tuesday and at 172.4 this tells me that I didn't lose anything all week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thoughts? Am I weighing myself during the wrong time? I did weigh myself this morning BEFORE the gym but I find I'm actually HEAVIER! I was 174 when I first woke up. Went to the gym, took a half hour nap, and when I woke from that I go weight myself, shower, and eat breakfast in which time I was 172.....How do I lose 2 lbs between 2 hours? I just don't get this. I"m not sure which to go by and i'm VERY frustrated because my wedding dress shopping day is in march and if I don't consistently lose 2/week then I'm not going to be the correct weight before I buy my dress!!!!!
I dont know what else to do! I got the nutribullet so I make my breakfast drinks that consist of spinach, carrots, cucumbers, strawberries, and 1 banana. I drink lots of water at the gym, I input my calories (except diner b/c at that point I know how many I have left to eat for the day and get lazy n just dont log it), and NOTHING! I do know I lost almost .5 inches in my measurements as I know that helps too, but my pants still are tight, some pants I cannot wear still, and I'm getting frustrated because december is almost over and that leaves 2 more months to go from 172-155...is that even possible now that I'm a week behind??? uggh!
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