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Flunctuations and reality check

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The flunctuations on the scale from day to day can be anywhere from 1-3 lbs for me. So I have learned that is my "normal." However, what else is becoming normal is the high weight keeps creeping up by 1 lb so that today was my "scream" weight. It was a 3 lb jump from yesterday so was unexpected. The reality check is the I have hit that number 2 times in the past month or so. Before that, the last time I saw that number was when I was losing and passed it on the way down. I know exactly what is triggering the weight gain and how to lose it. The problem is accepting the facts. For me, it is not calories in, calories out. It is definitely what type calories are going in. Carbs definitely cause a climb on the scale. Yes, I know I don't actually gain 3 lbs overnight, but the reality is that the high number is climbing. Having cake, processed foods and my body reacts by holding onto every calorie. What is ironic is that I don't even like the birthday cake I have eaten the last few days, nor the multigrain cereal (glad that cake is gone). But to have healthy meals, which I do enjoy, I have to plan, and the rebel in me seems to bulk at times. It is a process for me to accept that this is how it is for me. Even though it is good for me this way, I like the foods, I am still resisting the truth. Its like I can play lets make a deal - I will eat this cake for lunch (about same calorie count)- so it won't matter. But the deal maker is out - the scale is telling me differently. I also know what is good nutrition wise, but I figure I can do this for a day or so and it won't matter. Yet the scale is telling me it does matter, and I have to learn and accept this is the way it is. Planning is not big on my radar, but I like the results soooooo....time to accept reality and act accordingly.
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    Carbohydrates can take a lot of water to digest so they can lead to an one to two day false weight gain as well, at least in my experience. I also can get a false weight gain from any heavy meal.
    1929 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2013 7:51:24 PM
    Sodium is the big weight fluctuator culprit for me. I highly recommend adding Sodium to what you track if you haven't already.
    1929 days ago
    I understand the impulse to scream, but just take a easy breath. Since you weigh so often, this is not going to get away from you.
    You are doing a careful job of analyzing the data and will find an answer.
    It's ignoring the data that results in yo-yoing.
    I'm trying to keep my carbs under 200g (which alone would make "low carb" proponents scream), but it's low for me. I'm also trying to replace those grams with protein which is not as easy as I thought it would be.
    Hang in there!

    1929 days ago
    Me too. Sometime it is hard to accept the truth and reality... Working on this issue myself.
    Good luck on maintain. I still have much more pounds to go to get maintain phrase. But I am doing what I need to do for me to get there. Take care. (^^)

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    1929 days ago
    These kinds of fluctuations really are normal. I've seen my own weight fluctuate as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention. Also, not to get TMI, but did you have a bowel movement before you weighed yourself ? Most people don't realize that their waste products have weight. So, if you don't do a poop in the morning, the physical weight of all the food you ate the day before is still in your intestines.

    A while ago, for scientific purposes, I decided to weigh myself before and after a bowel movement to see how much of change in the scale there was. I'll tell you honestly, it was a big change. Try it some time. You'll see how much your "weight" varies. That's why people shouldn't tie their emotions to the scale. Because there really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

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  • MKELLY72
    I have recently been seeing my "scream weight" ( I like that reference :) more often lately also, and I think I have come to realize like you that the types of calories (carbs for me too) are what is hurting me...I'm having so much trouble tackling the cravings for them.
    Like you, I don't mind the 1-3 pound fluctuation...but when it gets to the top, then continues to creep, it gets me frustrated . Mine seems to be coming back down , and I hope you are getting to the heart of your issue and getting it tackled .
    Much success to you in not seeing your "scream weight" anymore :)
    1930 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2013 11:22:10 AM
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