My first blog-Fighting with the same 10 pounds
Monday, August 22, 2011
I've never done a blog before so I'm not even sure what I'm doing, but I'm giving it a try. I am frustrated. I keep struggling with the same 10 pounds over and over again. I dropped the first 25 pretty easy and then I get down to 375 and stalled. I finally get down to 370 and I'm proud. Then I bounce back up. I lose it again. I finally get down to 365 and I'm feeling on top of the world! Next thing you know I eat some fried chicken tenders for dinner and put on 6 pounds overnight. By the time of weigh-in next week I'm back up to 373. I could just cry. I was finally down a week and a half ago to 366 and then ate ice cream, now I'm back up again to 374. Why can't I just get out of the 370's and stay there??? Why am I sabotoging myself? I really want to lose this weight and yet I keep making mistakes. I know I should give myself credit for starting over, but I shouldn't have to in the first place!
I'm thinking about rewarding myself once I get down below 365 and stay there for a couple of weeks. I'm thinking a pedicure for the end of sandal season. I have ugly, dry feet and having them massaged and my toenails painted would be a nice change. I live on a limited budget so this could be just the thing I need to get me going. OK 360's here I come and I don't plan on staying long. I want down below 350. Then we'll figure out another reward. Pedicure here I come!!
Member Comments About This Blog Post
Keep giving yourself credit! You are an amazing lady and you can't give up. Our bodies like to trick us, so stay on track, track everything and soon those unwanted pounds will vanish. Hang on girlie!
2406 days ago
give yourself a pat on the back......for blogging
there are no bad foods.....this is not a diet but a lifestyle change all food provide energy for our bodies to burn..just that fuel
have you done the getting started for fiquring out the amount of cal you need for you weight and weight goals This also gives nutrition guides
it is OK to eat and your body will respond , just keep up the good work
2424 days ago
Comment edited on: 8/30/2011 5:16:04 PM
You can do it!
I love the idea of a reward if you get to a certain weight. I like smaller goals. It keeps me going!
Give yourself a break. As long as you keep trying you will get there eventually!
2431 days ago
YES SODIUM SODIUM SODIUM ESPECIALLY IF YOUR YOYOING LIKE YOU ARE.
I GO THROUGH THE SAME THING.SO I HAVE BECOME VERY VERY VERY CONSCIOUS ABOUT MY SODIUM LEVELS HAVE ADDED IT TO MY NUTRITION TRACKER AND KEEP VERY CLOSE TABS ON IT.
AND NOW THEY HAVE A NEW LEVLE tHEY'VE DROPPED IT FROM 2300MG TO 1500 A DAY! MAKING IT QUITE DIFFICULT FOR US HEAVIER GALS TO KEEP IT BELOW.
ANDMIGHT I ALSOMENTION BEING AS HEAVY AS WE ARED WE ALSO RETAIN A LOT MORE WATER THAN MOST.
SO DON'TBEAT YOURSELF UP OVER IT. YOU'VE BEEN LOSIJNG REGARDLESS EVEN THOUGH THE SCALES KEEP BOUNCING UP AND DOWN.
IF YOU'RE DOING EVERYTHING YOU KNOW TO DO AND IT'S STILL HAPPENING THAT WILL BE THE TWO MAIN REASONS.
EVEN WITH ME ICAN WEIGH IN AT MY 214 LIKE I DID THIS MORNING AND TOMORROW BE RIGHT BACK UP SIX TO TEN POOUNDS BECAUSE OF BLAOTING, WATER RETENTION ETC ETC.
JUST DON'T GIVE UP! HANG IN THERE. IT BECOMES EASIER WITH CONTINUEOUS WEIGHT LOSS THE FLUID RETENTION WILL GET LESS AND LESS AND SO WILL THE BLOATING.
I'M WITH YA ALL THE WAY!
2432 days ago
I was going to mention what everyone else has mentioned. Sodium can send the weight back up. Make sure you are drinking a lot of water so you can get rid of the sodium.
Also monitor your fiber intake which can also help eliminate waste and then before you know it you will be back on track.
I wish you the best on your weight loss journey! June
2432 days ago
Totally agree with everyone else. I struggled for a few months going from 275 down to 267 honestly it was infuriating. Then I bumped up my exercise by just a few minutes a day with a new exercise and it started coming down finally. You can't just go by the scale though. You have to see if you are gaining muscle which means you might gain weight or maintain but be smaller in mass...so please keep at it...you will find your stride... Slow and steady wins the race.
2432 days ago
Comment edited on: 8/22/2011 6:47:02 PM
I also tend to agree about the sodium being the most likely culprit. I know that when I eat something bad, my weight spikes for a couple days so the day I have as my free/cheat day? is Weigh In day. I weigh first thing in the morning so I know my food choices won't affect it. Then I'll have my cheat day, and usually the water I retain after is gone by the next week. I also increased my water above and beyond the eight glasses, because I know my sodium intake in general is horrible.
Remember that true weight gain is a slow creep usually, and when you gain pounds over night and you know that you've been eating within your calories and exercising in general... it's probably water weight. Either forgo the bad stuff with the high sodium altogether as the other poster suggested, or do as I suggest and maybe time your bad food with days to give you time a plenty to lose the resulting water weight.
I love your reward idea, painted toes make me feel awesome too!
2432 days ago
Hey, there! I'm glad you started blogging -- I get a lot of help through my blogs, and I hope I can help here!
I agree with Joni -- the sodium could be the culprit. Think about it for a minute -- you say you ate ice cream one day and gained 8 pounds? That would require you to eat 104 cups of ice cream. So maybe there's something else going on.
One of the things that really turned it around for me, in terms of my weight loss, was adding fiber and sodium to my tracker. That was hugely eye-opening: for sodium, we're supposed to get no more than 2300 milligrams. I was routinely getting over 4000 -- twice the max!
Fiber was the other key. Fiber's found in fruits, veggies, and whole grains, so if you're getting enough fiber, it means you're eating enough fruits and veggies. (For some reason, it was hard for me to think about "eat five veggies," but it isn't hard to think "get my fiber up to 25g).
Here's the other key -- fiber and sodium are sort of proxies for healthy food. Good, good-for-you food is higher in fiber and lower in sodium than the bad stuff. So while it's possible to eat within your ranges for calories, protein, fat, and carbs while still consuming a lot of junk, it's almost impossible to do it if you also want to get enough fiber and not too much sodium.
So my suggestion is to try tracking those for a couple weeks. You may be surprised what happens when those are in line. Good luck!
2432 days ago
I hear ya- my theory is- when we do well for a while (say 5 days) and then we mess up and eat something we weren't eating or we over eat our bodies hold onto it because it's afraid we are going to start decreasing our food again. Not only that but the sodium content in the "bad" foods will cause us to retain water. Keep these two thing in mind. Try to stay on track for a solid 10 days and see where you are at. Good luck! Love pedi's!
2432 days ago
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