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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/7/13 11:37 A

JENSTRESS: OKay, I gotcha! Just wanted to make sure. ;)

LETAYLOR5413 SparkPoints: (21,693)
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3/7/13 11:17 A

Thanks for all of the helpful hints, everybody! I've been so anxious about the scale for years - I weighed myself at home in January for the first time in probably (and I don't think I'm overexaggerating here) two year.

I will probably start trying measurements instead. But I appreciate all of the kind, positive, and heplful feedback! Its really helping me on my journey!!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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3/7/13 11:17 A

Agree w/ what the others said. Your weight really can vary throughout the week. I weigh every day (first thing in the morning, after using the bathroom, stark naked, right before getting in the shower), but only record once a week mostly, and on Sunday, I weighed in at 141.5 (where I had been for a month), on Monday I weighed in at 143.5. Today I weighed in at 139.5.

Also, might help to track your sodium if you aren't already. Even 1 high sodium meal can make your weight look higher, even though it's just water weight. That way if you have a mysterious higher weigh in, you can look at your tracker to see if maybe sodium is the problem.

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 3/7/2013 (11:17)
CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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3/7/13 11:16 A

don't worry. i have been tracking my weight for about 1 1/2 years, there is a trend throughout the month for me. i am consistently plus or minus a pound or two of my goal weight.

.6 is a small amount. just keep on making your healthy choices. think long term lifestyle changes and not a number one week on the scale.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/7/13 11:00 A

Oh, dragonchilde, I know, it was just numbers for an example. That's all.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/7/13 10:35 A

JENSTRESS, no one can put on 3 lbs of muscle in a week. ;) While it IS true that muscle weighs more than fat, it takes months or years (Especially for women) to put on substantial muscle. And a calorie surplus! Most of us eating at a calorie deficit can expect at best to just maintain and improve the quality of the muscle we have... we can't really add muscle mass!

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,292
3/7/13 9:52 A

Please don't beat yourself up! As already stated, your weight can go up for a variety of reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with eating too many calories. Sometimes we have to just trust the process-- that if we stay within our calorie ranges, and burn the calories through exercise that we've said we were going to-- well then over time, it will work. You can eat the exact same things for 2 weeks in a row, and do exactly the same exercises for those 2 weeks, and one week you'll have a little gain and the next week a loss. Over time, the trend will be in the "right" direction.

That's why they recommend we use the scale as just one tool, in our kit of measuring progress. I take my measurements once a month. Personally I am ecstatic if I lose say a half inch in my hips, even if I stay the same weight or am up a pound. It means I've got less flab and more muscle. (And yes I'm at my goal weight but that doesn't mean all the flab is gone!)

You can also go by how your clothes fit. Are those jeans that used to be so tight, that you worried about sitting down and cutting off the circulation to your legs (don't laugh! I had a pair of pants exactly like that) now fitting better?

And you can gauge how you're doing physically-- can you take the stairs or climb a hill easier than before? Can you lift more weight or do that workout dvd, easier than before? A lot of times we forget that when we started doing a dvd, we couldn't make it through the workout without a break, and now we can even manage a few of the more "advanced" moves.

Edited to correct the fact that for some reason, I can't spell this morning.

Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/7/2013 (09:56)
3/7/13 9:41 A

Getting frustrated with 1/2 lb differences is why I started and continue weighing myself every morning. The number on the scale fluctuates daily for me. Sometimes up .6 in a day, sometimes down .6 in a day. Sometimes up 1.8 in a day! But I don't freak out about it anymore. Once I realized the patterns of my body (like I tend to see my lowest weight right after my period and I retain water from salty foods), weighing daily made sense...even when the scale read higher. I recommend taking measurements of yourself. The inches coming off could be a more accurate way for you to gauge your efforts?

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,778
3/7/13 9:36 A

Dragon is so right. Also, consider the clothing you were wearing. I weigh at home at the same time of day, under the same circumstances (coffee no breakfast) and in same clothes (or lack of). Just a thought.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/7/13 9:36 A

Everything Dragonchilde says is right. Even more so, you could have gained muscle. It weighs more than fat, so say you put on 3 pounds of muscle this week, but only took off 2.4 pounds of fat. You would still have lost many inches, but would have technically gained weight. Don't get discouraged by such a small fluctuation.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/7/13 9:20 A

Your weight is not a static number. Hormone shifts, what you eat, lack of sleep, exercise, all can affect your weight! There will be some weeks you lose, some you don't, and some you may even gain. This is all normal, and not at all a sign of you doing something wrong.

Many people have the idea that your weight's a number you can get to and keep... it's not. :) Ever notice your weight will go up during your menstrual cycle? Blame hormones!

My big issue is sodium; when I get too much (eating out too much, or eating too much prepackaged food) I blow up like a balloon.

Are you weighing and measuring your food? If you're not, you could be off by hundreds of calories... don't eyeball it!

LETAYLOR5413 SparkPoints: (21,693)
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3/7/13 9:07 A

I just did my weekly weigh-in this morning. I've been consciously doing better of logging my food and following my nutritional tracker, but I was .6 of a pound heavier this week than last week. What gives? Anyone else have this problem? Please only positive feedback, I'm beating myself up!

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