Insecure and unsure

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I am at this point where I am feeling a bit insecure and unsure with my weight loss. My tuesday weigh in showed a one pound gain. I know a pound could be all KINDS of things....but I am still worried.

My food log shows that my calories are within the 1200 to 1500 calorie range most days, and my logs are accurate. I make most of my own food and I weigh every ingredient on a digital scale.

I wear a bodybugg that logs my exercise and activity. I ran a report for the past 30 days, which shows that on average, I burned 2750 calories a day.

I took my measurements on July 1 so I would at least have that piece of information when I recheck my inches lost in a month. I fear I have lost no inches.

It is so confusing for me to figure out what I should be doing. Some say eat more. Some say eat less. Some say cut carbs. some say carbs don't matter.

I wish I knew what my body needs to be successful. I am just feeling insecure today, like all my hard work will not pay off.

If anyone has advice for me, I would LOVE to hear it. Just feeling a bit deflated today.
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    P.S. If you're not already weight training 3-4 times per week it's time to start pumping some iron.
    2801 days ago
    As a Registered Dietitian I'd say you need to eat more...three meals of ~400-500 calories plus 2 snacks of ~150-200 calories. Eat lean protein at every meal and snack.
    2801 days ago
    Patience! Keep experimenting and tweaking to what feels right and brings the right changes OVER TIME...this is a whole new LIFESTYLE you are building!

    We all find our own paths. Many find that bumping down the carbs and up the protein helps to clear those stubborn pounds when we get down there. You might find that helps...or maybe not? Just keep at it and be sure to savor the changes you've already brought into your life! :-)

    2801 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Are you feeling better?
    Are you eating healthier?
    Look to your Non Scale Victories. NSV
    You are doing so many great things for yourself.
    I used to let the scale rule my emotions. (truthfully I still do a bit). Now I look at my NSV.
    What are your NSV?
    2801 days ago
    Yes, hang in there. They always tell me the scale owes you! Um.. sometimes I have to wait a little longer for it to pay me, but it does!
    2801 days ago
    Honestly, it sounds like you're doing everything right. I think you just had a perfectly normal weight fluctuation when you stepped on the scale. I know people are always saying not to weigh yourself every day, but I really think that for some people (myself included), it's essential to weigh yourself every day, at different times of the day. I'm the kind of person who would react very badly and lose motivation if I saw a number I didn't want on the scale at the end of a whole week's work. However, when I weigh myself all the time, I get a better idea of how my weight fluctuates during the day, and so I have a good idea of what weight range my body falls into during the day. That has helped me to understand that I weigh less in the morning before breakfast and in the afternoon, but more after dinner, around lunch, and before bed. (Obviously, the weight of food is affecting my weight around mealtimes.) I'm also better aware of how dehydration and water retention affect my weight - if I've spent a couple days not drinking as much as usual, I see a gain of a couple pounds on the scale right away, and I KNOW it can't be fat gain - that it's just water weight. So I'm sure that this approach isn't ideal for everyone, but it's something to consider if you keep finding yourself disheartened and confused during your weekly weigh-ins. (As long as you don't get so addicted to the scale that you can't function away from it!) Anyways, keep up the great work, and don't worry - you'll see results eventually! emoticon
    2801 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    emoticon One quart of water weighs 2#, so I wouldn't be that worried, unless you ate a POUND OF PIZZA the day before. Just track your food daily and do drink your water/tea. (Any decaf drink counts as water.) emoticon
    2801 days ago
    Next week you will see the difference, sometimes it looks like you're at a standstill and then the next time you weigh you get a nice surprise.

    Keep it up - you are doing everything the right way.
    2801 days ago
    Hang in there! It sounds like you're doing all the right things. This Spark-thing isn't a 2 week diet quick fix. I know that's probably not any help at all to you though. That one pound really could be anything. I do know that that 1 pound blip up can really do crazy stuff to your motivation - I hear ya!

    Keep doin' what you are doin', my friend! emoticon
    2801 days ago
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