What am I doing wrong??

Friday, September 28, 2012

Granted, it has only been around 5 weeks since I began changing my habits, but I seemed to be on a pretty consistent and positive path towards my goal. And then... I started pulling out the scale. The one thing I vowed to myself I wouldn't do. Every time in the past I have tried a "diet", I did really well... Until I stepped on the scale. I become obsessed. Weighing myself several times a day and worrying about the "what if I get on the scale next time and god forbid the number went up instead of down?" Then if the number goes up, I feel defeated and thus it has always ultimately led to me going back to my old ways. *sigh* And today, that happened.
I last weighed in about 4 days ago and today I am 4 pounds heavier. HOW!? I started to get sick (am still sick) and due to that, haven't been able to get any effective exercise done like I had been, but I haven't been eating poorly. In fact, I am adamant about my 8 glasses of water per day and have been staying under my caloric intake range, no mindless snacking, the majority of my diet being fruits and veggies, really nothing at all changed except the lack of exercise. I'm curious if there are factors that I am not aware of that are posing a problem for me. I have never been a huge fan of working out, so when I started "the change", I was only changing my diet and seeing the pounds come off. Then I added in exercise and intend to continue to do so. So why, or should I say, how, did this happen?
I think the scale is my worst enemy. I am more focused on what I see when I look in the mirror and how I feel rather than that evil digital number. So maybe I need to put the scale away and try to only weigh once a month. My question is, is it possible for someone's weight to fluctuate by a few pounds in a matter of a day or two? Can/will it go back down on it's own if I didn't go on some horrific binging spree and cause this?!
More than anything, I hate feeling defeat and when I know I'm trying hard and doing the right things, I expect to see results. Call me crazy.
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    Get a tape measure and take your measurements. Like others have said, the scale is not your only indicator. Fluctuations from water weight are normal. I weigh once a week-max-more than that makes me crazy. I have also had months where I lost nothing on the scale, but inches were lost. Work on being healthier and happier the rest will follow.
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    2033 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Hey, we are all in this together!!
    2033 days ago
    It can also be helpful to visualise what a pound of water looks like - it's just a large glass of it, really.

    And if you have more carbohydrates on a day than usual (or don't exercise and burn your carbs), your body will store them as glycogen - and a pound of glycogen requires over two and a half pounds of water to be stored because it absorbs the water.

    So it really is possible to be carrying 4 lbs of "water" weight which isn't really there and will disappear when your body uses the glycogen up.
    2033 days ago
    I cannot thank you ladies enough for your support and information! There is still so much I don't know about this process and how my body is responding to it. I have decided to weigh in once a month, have chosen a day on the calendar, put a star on it, and put that scale away!
    2034 days ago
    There's so much more to this journey than the number on that horrid scale. Put it away if you can and use other factors to measure your successes. You are getting your water in, fruits and veggies, etc. How do you feel? (except for being sick) How are your clothes fitting? How's your energy level? Hair, skin, nails, etc. Muscle tone, endurance?

    There are so many other way to measure how you are doing than the number on the scale and yes your weight can fluctuate several pounds even in the same day.

    Sound like you are doing great!!!! Stick with the program, keep doing what you're doing, hope you feel better soon!

    And I like your idea of weighing once a month, find what works for you. emoticon

    2034 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Weight fluctuations of up to 5 pounds are possible from one day to the next. The scale is a guideline, but not an even one. If you stick with your program, your weight WILL go down.

    I didn't lose a single pound in August and the beginning of September, but I did lose a jeans size. The scale isn't the only indicator you should be looking at. Hang in there!
    2034 days ago
    Ugghh -- I am struggling with that dang scale right now too. But, everyone is right - lots of things can't cause the number to change that have nothing to do with actually gaining fat. Hang in there! emoticon So, say goodbye to that mean ol' emoticon for awhile!
    2034 days ago
    Hang in there! I am past menopause and have noticed the lower metabolism. So that is what it is. So I need to eat a smidge less and workout a smidge more. I have a weigh in day on Friday only. Period. I view it as information only.
    I signed up for a personal training program, ended up then signing up for a full marathon. Marathon training can be very discouraging for us scale junkies. Seriously, I can run 20 miles (yes I said 20) and come home weighing 4lbs more. The body retains water when it is taxed, like being sick. It does that for survival.
    Weight loss is so much about a different mindset. Yes, look at how your clothes fit. Look at how you feel. Be nice to yourself. This is about making the decision to be the best we can be. Finally true to ourselves.
    Hang in there buddy! emoticon
    2034 days ago
  • GINNJEN1974
    The scale can become an addiction, and like all addictions you will crash and burn if you let it. I think putting so much stock into the scale is at times very harmful. Put it away and go for those NSV they really show the work you are doing.
    2034 days ago
    Pam, that was such an uplifting comment, I can't thank you enough! Your information on water retention may be the issue... I have been consuming loads of water and fruits & veggies, but not much is coming out if you get my drift. Maybe that's the issue. And I happily agree, I need to put the scale away, maybe pick a day once a month and mark it on the calendar that I can weigh in on that day only. For me, it may be necessary to stop focusing on that dang number so much! I sincerely appreciate your encouragement to keep at it - that's exactly what I will do!!
    2034 days ago
    YES!!!!!! Actually, it is possible for someone's weight to fluctuate (on the scale) by a few pounds in a matter of a lot less time than a day or two! It could be fluid retention which is common, or hoping I am not getting too personal here, but have you gone to the bathroom lately? Sometimes when one is sick, certain medications can interrupt one's regular 'potty' routine. Also you mentioned that you have not been exercising. Exercise causes one to SWEAT, and weighing right after exercise can show a weight loss of a couple of pounds due to the loss of water weight because of sweating.

    I wouldn't worry about the weight gain. You are trying hard and doing the right things. Stick with doing that, and YES, you will lose the weight.

    About 25 years ago, when I found myself weighing several times a day, and letting my weight affect my mood, I got rid of my scale. I have only been weighed at the doctor's office since that time..AND I always weigh within a pound or two of what I weighed 25 years ago, which is exactly what I want to weigh.

    If you are finding that the scale is your 'enemy' it may be best, at least for now, to stop least more than once every month.

    Hang in there, and stick with the program...drink the water...keep eating healthy foods...and when you are well, resume your exercise. You WILL reach your goals.

    2034 days ago
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