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TANGOKATE Posts: 662
3/20/13 10:01 P

Hi there,

No matter our weights, many of us struggle with weight fluctuations. I reached my goal weight a few weeks back. Tooted my own horn on here and then presto... up three pounds the next week. Needless to say, I didn't toot my own horn about that part. lol.

I have read here on SP that the monthly friend, salt retention, water retention, dehydration, extra carbs, constipation, BMs and a few other things I've probably missed makes our weight fluctuate. Know that every little thing you do is getting you closer to your goals.

You can do this and we can help! Keep messaging and keep going!

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3/20/13 10:59 A

Judy ! Don't give up !!

What you're experiencing really is perfectly normal. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to "gain" weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days. And that's exactly what that 3.2 pound gain of yours was too i.e. water weight.

I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. So, don't beat assume you must have done something wrong to gain the weight. you didn't do anything wrong !! You're going to see many ups and downs on that scale as you lose.

Don't worry ! You're going to do just fine. Be patient with yourself and your body. Remember, this isn't the Biggest Loser. those types of weekly dramatic losses just aren't typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. And yes, there will be weeks you gain. And once again, that doesn't mean you did anything wrong.

BETHS60 Posts: 570
3/20/13 10:54 A

Here's my test for whether or not it is time to give up.

Take your pulse. If it is greater than 0, don't give up.

Face it. You have to eat something. Your best option is to make healthy food choices. You know what you would like, and you know what steps you have to take to get there.

It is really discouraging to be stuck. Don't worry about a 3 pound variation on the scale. That could be anything from drinking extra water to a gravitational anomaly. (Fine, I made that one up.) If the scale is showing you numbers lower than you have seen in a long time, that is good. You are heading in the right direction.

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3/19/13 10:01 P

I agree - don't go giving up! Eating well (good nutrition and wise portion control) is very important.

I lost a significant amount of weight, and I have to tell you, I can't really attribute it to having exercised much. I DO exercise - mainly walks putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. The reason for this is skeletal issues and fatigue.

I wonder if you would benefit from being referred to a Dietitian who will be able to take into account your health, and will be able to advise you based on those needs and reduced exercise.

Good luck,

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3/19/13 7:56 P

Hi Judy,

Hang in there and don't give up! You have come to far to turn back. Weight is more about what we eat (or don't eat) and keeping within the calorie range that promotes a loss, which is why tracking our nutrition is such a powerful tool. Remember too that the variety of foods we eat may help move the scale and once you get clearance to walk/exercise again then you can reassess your situation.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

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3/19/13 7:44 P

I have been in the 240s for six months now. I know that for the most part of that six months I got a little beside myself and stopped tracking my food. For the last month I have been getting back in the challenges and tracking my food and water. Due to numerous health issues I have been taken off all exercise by my doctor. This is only temporary, I hope, but since I am unable to walk it leaves me with only counting calories to lose weight. Anyway I do digress I have been staying within my calorie range and fidgeting as much as I can and last week I was down to 239. I felt great, I finally made it out of the 240s but didn't trust enough to crow about it and sure enough when I weighed this morning I was 242.3. I know I didn't over eat so how did I gain 3.2 pounds in one week? I almost gave up this morning but I can't do that so now I need a little help/support to get through this and get out of the 240s.

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