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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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9/3/13 12:05 P

I've had my thyroid checked twice in the last 5 years, it always comes back "normal". Most recently in April when I had my full physical. I was losing spot on with my deficit until around January this year... things changed. I hit my healthy BMI around that time and kept losing... fast (for being in my healthy BMI). I think it either had to do with the intensity I workout, maybe because I started really lifting heavy, I can sustain 80% of MHR during my cardio or I just became much more active during the day due to my increased fitness and energy levels. Probably a little of everything.

Anyways, it seems to be balancing out more, I actually went up a pound and am at 120 lbs. That would put my loss (counting from after I returned to my prior weight before the bday party of 122 lbs) at 2 lbs in the last 10 days which is fairly close to the deficit Spark gave me... still off by about -100 cals/day but I'm not going to read into it too much probably something to do with fluid. See what happens the rest of the month. By my calculations I burned an average of 2350 cals/day total and ate an average of 1650 cals which would give me a 2 lb loss in 10 days. Spark averaged me at 2100-2200 cals/day which is pretty darn close. I don't want to jump the gun or anything yet but I think I have my account set up correctly now! Spark had me as "sedentary" with the old tracker and I put myself as "lightly active" with the new one. So far this seems to be the appropriate range for me.

Thanks everyone for your input!

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9/1/13 1:33 P

It's too soon to tell. I've lost as much as four pounds in a week (and gained as much as three) while doing everything perfectly consistently from one week to the next -- so water alone can do quite a lot. Maybe your last couple of weeks just hit smack dab in the middle of your "whee, let's get rid of some water" time of month, and that's what you're seeing. I also "lost" something like 7 pounds once in a single day -- total fluke that was gone the next day -- so apparently even scales have fits at times, too.

It seems unlikely to me that anything serious lies behind your weight loss -- the mere fact that it coincides with your actually starting to eat at a deficit again (and no doubt eating healthier as well) suggests that that is the main cause besides coincidence, and that in terms of fat alone, you're probably losing roughly as much as would be expected with your current deficit.

I do wonder sometimes though about people like you (apparently) and me who are able to lose weight easily and quickly even within an already healthy BMI -- contrary to what seems to be the experience of everyone else in the "dieting" world. I was once tested as being "subclinical hyperthyroid" -- not exactly a good thing, though it's not supposed to come along with any overt effects like a higher than normal metabolism. It was gone the next time I was tested, maybe the effect of a virus. But it might be worth checking out, to see if maybe there's anything you need to be aware of down the road.

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8/28/13 8:21 P

Yeah, I'm probably just reading into it too much too soon but a 9 lbs loss in less than 2 weeks at my weight is a bit of a shocker! I'll just give it more time to get a better scope of things and if I start approaching 115 lbs too quickly, I'll apply the breaks a bit.

IcedMeter- Actually, it's been way hotter as of late... finally feels like summer around here.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/28/2013 (20:22)
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8/28/13 6:52 P

Especially with having a similar incident happening to you before, I'd give it another week or so before getting too concerned.

I'm wondering, though, whether you've had a recent change in the weather there? I hold on to an extra 1/2 lb of fluid for every increase of 5 over about 10 degrees C (so about 2 lbs at 30 degrees), and drop it when the temps go down. Apparently my body has a terror of dehydration in hot weather...

If your body is like mine and the temp around you has dropped a bit over the past few days, then it might be the "safety factor" fluid that is dropping now, along with the fat that you'd expect to lose with the calorie deficit.

Wouldn't it be nice if bodies were less weird?!?

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8/28/13 6:21 P

"Do you think it may just be that I'm expecting to see my most recent actions immediately reflected on the scale?"

Well, that does seem to be a common expectation! "I ate in range for 3 days in a row and lost nothing!" - how often do we hear that, or say it to ourselves? A LOT!

But the reality is, it most often doesn't work that way. The constant fluid fluctuations can mask weight loss or (through temporary dehydration) can disguise weight gain. That's why you can't really draw strong conclusions about anything based on 1 week of evidence.

Given that you do have a history of losing to too-far-below-your-ideal/goal-weight, it is smart of you to be keeping a bit of a wary eye on that scale, though. It might be that you still don't have your average daily calorie expenditure calculated accurately... you might still have "too much" of a deficit... you'll know if you do, if you find yourself dropping below 115 again. Maybe you want to increase your calories just a little bit? What can it hurt? If you keep some amount of deficit, you won't *gain* - only lose a little slower. And at this stage you're down to the fine-tuning, it doesn't really matter if it takes an extra week or two weeks to get to where you want to be.

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8/28/13 5:38 P

BunnyKicks- That's what I figured, I probably shouldn't include the 6 lbs because I gained it over a day (my SD's bday) so obviously, that was a lot of bloat and by the following Saturday (1 week later) I was back to the exact same weight I was on the morning of the party (121.8).

It's more so the last couple of days that has me confused, although like I mentioned it's a little soon to tell what's going on after last week's numbers that were befuddled by bloat/food gain. It's been 4 days since my weigh-in on Saturday and each day I've lost 1/2+ lb to wind up at 119 lbs this morning. I keep expecting it to slow down but it hasn't yet.

What's strange and why my suspicions are up is when I reached 120 lbs during my initial weight loss my rate of loss sped up and I dropped to 107 lbs rapidly on 1500 cals. Now this was probably due to my TDEE being under calculated. Which I've discovered now is much I higher than I thought. I figured this time I would do one or two weeks with a larger deficit (1500 cals and 1.5 lb/week) and then start upping my calories for a soft landing into maintenance.

Sometimes I was losing 1/2 lb a day like I'm experiencing now for a full week and then slowing down slightly the following week and back and forth. It's possible then, my monthly average may turn out to be on track with my deficit and I just lose in spurts. I'm pretty sure my monthly loss on 1500 cals before would have worked out to 1.5 lb/week when averaged. So that would make sense.

Do you think it may just be that I'm expecting to see my most recent actions immediately reflected on the scale? That what I've done in previous weeks is just finally translating to the scale? Is it likely just a non-linear loss? I don't know if that even makes sense! But work with me here. ;)

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/28/2013 (17:52)
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8/28/13 4:53 P

Well, to be honest, I almost wouldn't even count the 122 to 128 and 128 back to 122 as "weight" gain or loss. I'm not sure over what period of time you "gained" that last 6 pounds but it sounds like it "came on" really quickly, like over a matter of a few days? In which case, fluid retention and the contents of a rapidly-filled digestive tract... yeah ok that is "weight" gained and lost but i really don't think there would have been much actual "fat" stored and then depleted.

It's the next 3 pounds after that, that seem rather fast for a person of your size and proximity to goal/ideal weight. I don't know if I'd worry about it tooooo much though, unless it happens again this week?

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8/28/13 3:02 P

It's actually 9 lbs... not that it really makes any difference in your advice. I am creating a rather large deficit but not *that* large. I usually burn around 2000-2400 cals a day and I've been eating 1500 cals (average 1800 cals last week). Still doesn't explain why I'm losing much faster than I should be on that amount of cals. So I'll do my best to get into see my doctor but I have no other symptoms other than I'm losing weight faster than I should be. It happened before in my last 5-10 lbs. I had a full physical done after that loss as well which was pretty recently and everything came back normal.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/28/2013 (15:37)
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8/28/13 1:31 P


an 11 pound loss is roughly 8-10% of your body weight. that's why you might want to give your doctor a call just to be safe. I don't want to scare you, but as you know an unknown substantial weight loss could be a sign of some medical issue.

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8/28/13 1:22 P

If anything... I haven't been going lately, when usually I'm quite regular. Wouldn't that slow down weight loss if anything?

My weight usually doesn't fluctuate by much, I weigh daily (in the morning after I use the washroom and before I drink or eat)... unless I've eaten a lot of sugar or sodium which hasn't happened since the 17th.

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8/28/13 1:01 P


I've gained and lost as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. Not to get TMI, but have you had several bowel movements ? Most people don't realize that their waste products have weight. So, if you've had some "plumbing" issues for a couple of weeks, this could be your body's way of resolving them.

That is a substantial loss for someone of your size in a two week period. For someone who is morbidly obese, I wouldn't be concerned. I am concerned for someone at 120ish pounds.
an 11 pound loss is a lot. And you know you didn't decrease the amount of food you ate by 35,000+ calories. Which makes me believe a lot of that weight is either water weight or bowel movements.

Just to be safe, you should call your doctor and see what they think. It doesn't hurt to get a professional opinion in a matter like this.

As I said, an 11 pound loss for someone who is 200+ pounds is not a big deal, but for 120 pounds, I'd make a call to my doctor.

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8/28/13 8:16 A

Maybe it's a bit early to tell... but this is really strange and I can't figure out what's going on.

A little background... I got to a low weight of 107 lbs back in March and upon transitioning to maintenance, the flood gates of hunger awoke. I began eating anything and everything in sight, I was insatiable... I developed BED and night eating and gained back around 15 lbs in about 3 months. I had to stop tracking and just eat when I was hungry which dissolved the binge eating nearly as quickly as came on. I still found myself occasionally waking in the night to eat but it became less and less frequent. Last month I balanced out at around 120 lbs and maintained that weight for a month. I wasn't consistent with tracking because I was trying to steer clear of it to ensure I was eating enough and not going by "what I thought I should be eating", instead listening to my body and hunger cues.

I had a vacation and my SD's birthday party this month so I did gain some bloat by deviated from my regular diet. So I believe that will be a big factor in this. After my vacation I weighed around 122 lbs, the day after my SD's bday (the 17th) I weighed around 128 lbs! Obviously, this was a ton of bloat... I ate a lot and a lot of cake (sugar, which I know causes bloat).

After this I decided I was ready to lose 5 lbs (of fat, taking into consideration my recent gain was more likely bloat) and reach my new goal weight of 115 lbs. This is the weight my doctor told me was ideal for me and I agree, I felt it was the perfect weight where I wasn't too thin.

I began tracking diligently again the day after my SD's birthday. Last week I averaged 1800 cals and went from 128 lbs to 122 lbs. Which is fine, I expected to lose a lot of fluid weight after my SD's birthday.

But now I am confounded... the last 4 days I averaged 1500 cals and have lost another 3 lbs. From 122 on the morning of the 24th and now this morning, 119 lbs. I've been steadily losing 1/2+ lb per day. Am I still being affected by fluid loss? My carb/sodium intake has been pretty even keel.

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