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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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8/13/13 5:22 P

Losing 21 lbs so quickly is likely to be very difficult for you. If you had over 100 to lose, then it would be doable, but realistically, the less we have to lose, the slower it will come off. At that weight, you're looking at 1/2 to 1 lb a week, at the most! (and 1 would be pushing it.)

Remember that your weight is not a static number. It's a vital sign, like your blood pressure or your temperature. It changes moment to moment, hour to hour, day to day, and it's all normal!

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8/13/13 4:33 P

Thank you, yes I should hide the scale...

My goal is to lose 21 pounds in 3 1/2 months max....

I am cooking mainly everything so I see what I am eating, and yes I am tracking my food.

I will pay a closer attention to sodium

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8/13/13 1:08 P

Good advice listed so far. Also, with regard to going gluten-free. If you are replacing things like bread and pasta with gluten-free alternatives, they can be the same or even more calories. Just a heads-up to watch the amounts of foods like that. Sodium is also tricky. It's hidden in so many foods, even purported "healthy" foods. Frozen meals are notorious for being high-sodium along with some salad dressings and such. It's easy for the sodium to add up.

I also agree with weighing only once a week. Daily fluctuations are pretty normal. I am going to start only once a month because I'm getting closer to my goal, so I know the loss will slow down. I'd rather see some difference, as I expect there will be weeks when I do everything right but won't lose. Don't get discouraged! I know it's hard to hear, but weight loss is not a quick-fix deal.

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8/12/13 10:57 P

Weigh yourself only once a week - and hide the scale in between. If you don't have a lot to lose know that progress will be very slow - 1 pound max, and that's not every week. What is your goal, and what is your timeline? Make sure you are not trying to go too fast. Are you tracking your food?

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8/12/13 9:35 P

I will for sure.....

8/11/13 11:28 P

I'm having the same problem. I just went gluten free, as well. I am not sure if the fluctuation is because I am eating too much (1550 cals)? Or if my body is adjusting to the new gluten free lifestyle? This is frustrating! Let me know if you find something that works for ya. In the mine time stay strong!

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8/11/13 9:06 P

Thank you to. Both. You..

My period??!! I had an hysterectomy so no more period, have the same symptom.. But dont really know when.

I aways weight in the morning

I just stop meds... anti depressant.. So I gained from that.. a good 25 pounds. But lately it is not the reason.

I am careful about sodium and/or sugar... But I will pay closer attention..

And yes for my water

Thanks... But I am discouraged... Been struggling with the same weight up and down for the last (about) 3 months!!!!!!!!!

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8/11/13 8:46 P

It is very normal for weight to fluctuate, easily 5-7 pounds.

First, are you weighing at the same time of day with the same amount of clothes on or off? If not, start doing it at the same time.

How often are you weighing? Weighing daily can be VERY discouraging.

Are you on any meds that could cause your weight to fluctuate. Lots of meds are known for doing so.

Are you drinking all you water each day?

What about sodium? Eating something high in sodium can DEFINITELY put some weight on temporarily, as can sugar.

Lastly, look at OTHER things that you are successful at ... namely, what's going RIGHT, rather than what you think is going wrong. I always tell myself that I did not become overweight overnight. So ... why should I expect to lose it quickly.

It takes time and patience. You CAN do this. You are NOT alone in this up and down struggle.

Good luck!!!

JUDY1260 Posts: 1,570
8/11/13 8:36 P

Are you close to your period?

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8/11/13 8:11 P

Hi I am so discouraged..

I am cooking so much, being now gluten free, eating healthy + exercise

Weight up and down... I just couldn't stop crying today

I was at 140 ... Went down to 136. And from then end of the week and this morning, 141, and that is not the first time!!!????????

What am I doing wrong?????

Being so focused and then that. It is worst than a slap on the face

Please somebody

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