Hi Glenda :-)
There could be a couple things going on, that I could see. One is that it is possible that altho' you have been a member for a while, you may have not long started this journey, properly. A lot of people have difficulty and end up going over their calorie and other ranges because that is what their mind/body is used to. Baby steps are really the best way to go about this change to a healthy lifestyle, and that means with food, as well as exercise.
The other thing I noticed from having a quick peek at your nutrition tracker is that you don't seem to each much in the way of fruit/veges. Remember, they have plenty of fibre and are much lower calories so are a much better choice for filling us up and helping to keep within our ranges. I don't often have dressing when I have a salad, or sauce, other than a little soy in a marinade. A lot of people find the salads particularly dry and even got 'looked at' in a cafe today when I asked them to make me a chicken/salad sandwich without mayo, but I find that it has more flavour without - the flavour of the food. It may only be a few calories, but a few calories here, and a few there, and they soon mount up. The other thing too, is that altho' fats help with satiety, they are also roughly twice the calories as carbs or lean protein, per gram. So long as the carbs aren't processed but rather in the wholegrain form (or veges), they can be fairly filling, too. Some fruits are much higher in calories than others. I tend to eat bananas regularly, but not 'go to' snacks are a piece of apple or pear - roughly 1/2 the calories of the same weight banana and higher fibre.
Don't be too worried about your weight fluctuations at this point. They normally go up/down regardless of what we eat/drink because hormones can affect it. There are loads of variables, including whether you had been to the toilet just before the lower weigh-in, but not the higher one. I know with me it can make quite a few lbs difference - LOL! (I 'experimented' at my Medical Centre :-)
Weight-loss can take quite some time. It took 16 months for me to lose the first 50lb, and I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I have been maintaining for nearly 3 years now. All it takes is determination and dedication MOST of the time! I have the odd occasion where I go way overboard (for me) but because it is only occasional, it hasn't made one iota of difference to my weight.
Good luck with your journey - and remember, your username is "HOPEFUL" and that is something positive :-)
Edited to add:
I USED to be border-line pre-diabetic and my cholesterol was quite high even on meds, and even tho' I had always eaten a really healthy diet, AND with what my Dietitian said was what they would normally put someone my size on to lose weight. Anyway, after I lost that 50lb, my bloods all came back perfectly normal. The only thing I did was reduce my calories a little, and she prescribed Omega-3 Fish Oil. (altho' I don't suggest you taking that off your own bat - any supplements should be given the o.k. by your Doctor.)
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 7/18/2013 (05:37)
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