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2/28/12 10:34 A

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Hi, Mallory ! What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain as a result of your period. Over the years, you've probably notice your weight fluctuates during your menstrual cycle. that's something that happens to most women. It really is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that will pass as soon as your cycle is over.

I can easily "gain" as much as 5-7 pounds during my period. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it really is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes. There is no need to beat yourself because you think you gained weight. Yes, you gained weight, BUT you didn't gain fat. In order to truly gain one pound of fat, a person needs to eat an extra 3,500 calories on top of their normal intake. So, if you know you didn't eat at least 10,500 extra calories, then you know you didn't gain fat.

I'm going to give you a test to help you feel better. I want you to weigh yourself first thing in the morning BEFORE you go pee. go to the bathroom. Then get back on the scale. Did you lose weight ? YES. Did you lose fat ? Nope.

Another simple test would be to weigh yourself first thing in the morning and then drink 2-4 glasses of water. get back on the scale. did you gain weight ? Yes ! Did you gain fat ? Nope.

Water fluctuations of this kind really are perfectly normal. Don't assume that if the scale went up you did something wrong. If you gain a pound overnight, it's a water fluctuation, nothing more.

Don't worry, what you're experiencing really is normal and the gain does pass in a few days.

2/27/12 7:23 P

This does happen to me too. My cycle is is not regular so I go through about 3 weeks of PMS before it actually gets here. Yea, uhgg, right. I ate lots during 2 of those 3 weeks this time. I gained about 3-4 lbs. But I just told myself, "You can't go back and change it, you can only go forward." So that's what I do. Just keep chugging along. If we give up at every setback, we'll never get anywhere. Just put this behind you and keep moving forward. I know that in a couple weeks, I'll have those 3-4 lbs. back off and will continue with the plan. Also on your weighing; I don't weigh every day but I do weigh in probably more than I should. Make sure you are weighing at the same time of day, before or after eating, and with the same or no clothes on. I found that my work uniform without shoes, weighs 3 lbs. consistently. So I always weigh in the morning before breakfast. (That's always my lowest weight so it makes me feel good.) Good luck! Don't let this discourage you. Keep focused on your goal. It will come. emoticon

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2/27/12 7:21 P


Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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2/27/12 7:13 P

I wouldn't stress too much about it. It sounds like you are weighing yourself really frequently (every day, or several times a week)...I'd suggest just to focus on the habits (regular exercise, good diet, drinking lots of water, getting 8+hrs of sleep), and weigh yourself only once a week. It is a lot less stressful to just put the work in during the week, and then see the rewards at the end of the week (-1 pound, -1.5 pounds, whatever) rather than seeing the day-to-day fluctuations every day for 7 whole days. Oofta! I know it'd drive me crazy if I saw how my weight fluctuates during the week, so I just like to see what I weigh on Saturdays.

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2/27/12 6:59 P

I feel like eventually this would sink but yet everytime it happens I start to panic. I had my period this week and saw some weight gain a few days before. My weight stayed about 1.5 lbs above normal but then today, my period is done and I'm like 3 lbs higher than normal. I just cried. I don't understand. Can this be left over bloat? I don't understand how in a day since weighing myself I am now 3 lbs more and higher now that my period just ended than I was the week I had it. I honestly did nothing different and am just so upset and confused. Has this ever happened to anyone else? How long after your period until the weight goes back down?

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