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Help! Feeling bummed

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ok, I've been around here long enough to know the scale doesn't tell you everything and we shouldn't obsess. But I am really frustrated!!!
I do weigh myself every day, first thing in the morning. I find it keeps me motivated to stick to my plans. In the past I've had good success doing this.
But something is up with my body and I don't know what. Typically, I do not see huge swings in my weight. A pound to a pound and a half is my norm, and I know not to freak.
Im in week three of eating clean. I am not sure if my body is liking it this time! Or maybe its detoxing still? I feel horribly pouffy, my tummy is big, everything feels bigger instead of smaller!
I am drinking my water- at least ten cups a day. I am working out-this week has been chock full of long labouring days building a retaining wall, digging up rock hard clay, shovelling dirt, chasing kids, woodworking, wheelbarrow loads, and a kickass strength routine. Is it too much? Is my body in shock?
I know I should be patient.
But jeeeze, it takes me what seems like a long time to lose a pound but I can see a gain that doesn't disappear overnight. And that is whats happening now! Up another pound, two days in a row.
I read yesterday that most people starting an exercise and eating regimen for weight loss actually see a weight gain on average of three to four pounds in the first month. This is the reason a lot of people quit! I'm not quitting, but even knowing this,I feel discouraged anyways. And confused!
I wish I had a magic machine that could tell me -hey, you're gaining muscle, relax. Or lets go for a walk, you need to burn x off.... I have been within my limits all week.
Has anyone else been here before? I started last challenge at 218. I started this one at 222. I'm at 225 and that five percent feels a loooong way off to me right now:(
I am trying to be patient, but it ain't working, sparkfriends.

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  • SHARON10002
    Lots of good advice here. I agree that muscle weighs more than fat. With all you've been doing, I'm sure that's what's happening. You are focused on doing all of the right things. Stress can play a big part in this too.
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    Comment edited on: 6/12/2013 11:44:09 PM
    Do you notice that you're not as tired at the end of the day or that you can do the work more easily? Maybe you can use that as a measure of your success? Or you could check your measurements, my guess would be you've lost some inches overall. I know how frustrating it is when the scale doesn't reflect your effort, but it will eventually. emoticon
    1825 days ago
    My guess is that you are building muscle and that is where you are seeing the gain. It does take a while sometimes for your body to catch up to where you want it to be. I have been having the same problem lately, last week I had a 2.5 lb. gain in one day and then it took at least 5 days to really see it drop back down. Are you getting enough protein in your clean diet? I have added hard boiled eggs and string cheese into my daily plan to try and increase my protein because that is where I struggle the most.

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    1825 days ago
    What is your salt intake like. Allergies, Fiber?

    I find too much salt and my thumb ring is tight - the rest of the time I can shake my hand and it will almost fall off.

    Also carbs in the evening are a killer for me - Next morning I am bloated. emoticon

    Anyway you know in your heart you are doing healthy things emoticon . Also I am a great believer that your body doesnt instantly react to the changes we make - that there is a bit of a lag.

    1826 days ago
    Sounds to me like you are doing a great job on your fitness. Just stick with it and you will get those results.
    1826 days ago
    Thank you everyone, I really just needed to hear others have experienced this too, and the pep talks! That helps me to keep pushing:)
    1826 days ago
  • FREES1
    keep the faith! your body just might be confused and trying to stay in control.. maybe 10 cups of water is more than it can handle, especially if you've added a lot of veggies and fruit which contain their own fluids.. maybe hold off on the daily weighing??
    hang in there - hopefully your body will realize all is well and let it all go!
    1826 days ago
    All that work is resulting in MUSCLE! Soon you will see a nice toned set of arms or your legs will have more endurance... Muscle is heavier than fat.

    Cut yourself some slack. You KNOW you are on the right path.
    1826 days ago
    Don't freak out and don't give up. I hope you are having
    a break between gym workpouts. Maybe you are building
    muscle. Hang in there.
    1826 days ago
    emoticon Continue being kind to your body. The results will show up eventually. Remember, you are more than a number on the scale.

    1826 days ago
  • KEELIE21
    Even though you are freaking out it sounds like you know all the weird little facts about weight loss we all hate lol Now you just have to breathe and start to BELIEVE them. Sounds like all your activity is definitely muscle building, which weighs more than fat. I go forever with out losing then one day I'll be down 3 lbs! You've got this don't worry
    1827 days ago
    When you track your food, are you in all your ranges? Maybe you want to up your protein since you are doing a lot of weight lifting type of work.
    1827 days ago
  • TERRY0217
    Don't give up! when I started working out at the gym, I gained 5 lbs, even though I was eating better...Your body is replacing fat with muscle...getting used to your new food choices (my body went into shock! where's the sugar, where's the cookies?) Keep doing what you're doing, and before you know it, the scale will start moving...Best of luck to you emoticon
    1827 days ago
    I see that you are doing A LOT of heavy work with the landscaping....you will have to check spark resources for the details or perhaps another sparker will respond with the details but... I believe your muscles retain water when they have been put through their paces. I did an excellent ST workout one day before a TOPS meeting weigh in. Boy was THAT a mistake.
    Make a list of all your accomplishments. I bet it's AWESOME! Maybe the scale isn't moving and you're feeling bad but remember nothing stays the same for long.
    emoticon and when the change comes it'll all be good :)
    Best of Luck to you. emoticon
    1827 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/22/2013 6:11:09 AM
    I hate that feeling. Just keep doing what you know is right - balancing calories in and out. It will work out. I know my body goes a little haywire during TOM. it' really sucks - all the bloating, etc.
    1827 days ago
    Focus on doing the right things, and losing weight is something that happens along the way. When you know you are doing the right things, be patient and the weight loss will happen. I see you weigh daily and I do that too (can't seem to stop). Know you are on the path to success, and you will get there.

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    1827 days ago
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