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Water, Water Everywhere...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

As you may have noticed, I hang out over in the "Panic Button" message boards quite a bit. One of the most common panic posts comes in the form of...

"I gained 3-7 pounds since yesterday! I'm a complete failure! This isn't working for me! Someone HEELLLLLLLP!"

I swear. Someone posts that at least once a day. The answer is an obvious one. Unless they ate thousands and thousands of calories since yesterday, that weight is most likely all water. So, usually I just point out the obvious, that there's no way they could have gained three to seven pounds of fat in their sleep. We all laugh. Everything is fine until the next person posts the same exact cry for help.

This morning I woke up. I hopped on the scale....and BLAMMO! Three pounds gained over night.

"Seriously?!" I yelled at my scale.

It took me a good long minute to calm down enough to's just water weight. I ate nothing yesterday that could possibly have lead to me gaining three pounds of fat. In fact, I have increased the amount of exercise I get this week. So, I'm convinced that my body is simply adjusting to the greater activity.

(Still, it's incredibly demoralizing to see that three pounds back on my scale.)

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    Yep...if the opposite happened today, and I magically lost two pounds, I'd be throwing a party!
    1910 days ago
    Oh yes, happened to me too! Very demoralizing... But when the opposite happens (hey, look, lost 2 pounds!), isn't this sweet?
    1910 days ago
    When you have a setback while trying to lose weight, logic loses and emotion wins. That is when reaching out to others on SparkPeople helps. Your support system will help you get through the tough times and see reason until you recover.
    1910 days ago
    Haha. :) The first time it happened to me I needed a whole lot of deep breathing and telling my logical self just what you say every time -- it's impossible that that could be fat. And then the dang water stuck around for over a week!

    Bodies are so much fun sometimes, aren't they? :)
    1910 days ago
    Been there, Done that almost kicked my emoticon a time or two...
    1910 days ago
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