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Mentally recovering from a gain

Monday, February 11, 2013

It's been a tough week. On Thursday I was working all day despite having the flu. I took the day off on Friday, which put me behind on the work I needed to get done by the end of the weekend. I taught all day on Saturday -- fortunately I was feeling good, but I didn't have the chance to exercise. Sunday I was finally feeling good and finally got to do C25k again for the first time in almost a week.

Today I made it to the gym, and weighed myself ... to find that I'd gained 2 lbs. Very disappointing! I was surprised, since I haven't been eating much at all (due to the stomach flu), but then again, I also haven't been exercising. And also, I usually weigh myself just before lunch; this weigh-in was just before dinner, which probably makes a difference. (Anyone know how much?)

Now that I'm back to my regularly scheduled good health, which includes good eating and exercising, hopefully those 2 lbs will come back off. But it's disappointing, and it's making my formerly happy downward graph look kind of sad. I'm also disappointed because I used to look at myself in the mirror and notice how thin I looked, but now I've gotten used to my new appearance -- and since I look "normal" to myself again, I start wondering if I've gained.

I know it's all mind tricks, but I need to get my head back in the game so I can brush this off and continue to do the right thing so I can continue to see results.
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    I know that scale can make us feel so bad. I am sure that it was just a fluctuation. I am sure that you couldn't eat 7000 calories over your limit. So I bet your weight will be back to dropping off in no time.

    1896 days ago
    Our weight fluctuates +/- 2-3 lb during the month. That is why I prefer not to put as much emphasis on the scale and more on how my clothes are fitting.

    Don't put too much "weight" (haha, pun intended!) on it. You recognize the reasons that you may have gained, and that's the first step to correcting the situation. you can't do anything about it since you were sick. Life happens all around us and there are going to be times when we just won't be able to work out. I try not to let it make me crazy. I just recognize it and say, "what's one or two days in the big scheme of things?"

    Hope this helps! God bless! emoticon
    1896 days ago
    When Im sick and not eating .. I gain. Its artificial. Id re weigh in a few days .... (you can always go back and remove the + weight from spark ... I know that feels lke cheating but weighting at a dfferent time post-sickness isnt a real weight)

    Also not eating (due the bug) can make yoru body go into starvation mode .... and what you were eating probably wasnt staying ... uh in

    So ... yea, just wait it out ... you are doing amazing!

    And I knwo what you mean by mind tricks ... it happens to me too
    1896 days ago
    Weighing yourself at different times DOES make a big difference in your weight. You are doing an amazing job prioritizing your health, exercising, and eating well ALL while taking care of a little one, loving your husband, and working. YOU ARE AMAZING!
    1896 days ago
    Thank you so much, my spark friends, for leaving me feeling encouraged and making me smile!

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    1897 days ago
  • CARI2012
    It's so easy to get discouraged... sorry you're feeling that way. Keep your chin up, you're doing amazing things for yourself! Just because last week was "off" doesn't mean anything... you have a trend of sticking with this and it will show in a long-term graph. Heck, you even stayed on track in Hawaii! This is just a small bump in the road and you'll be beyond it in no time.
    1897 days ago
    Stick to the long graph while losing. The daily ups and downs when you are trying to lose will drive you nuts, normal as it is.
    1897 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    When I'm sick, I tend to drink a lot of extra water. If you do the same, maybe it was just water weight. Hang in there.
    1897 days ago
    Those two pounds may not be real at all. Weighing yourself later in the day can give you a false +. Wait a few days, stay on track and then weigh yourself first thing in the morning. You might get a pleasant surprise!! Good luck!
    1897 days ago
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