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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hi all! I usually don't blog during the week but I must get some support. For the last 2 days the scale is showing a gain! emoticon Yesterday it was 1 lb today 2 lb gain emoticon . I know that others have had this happen to them and I know it is normal but my brain is freaking out. The problem is that I am doing everything normal. I have not overeaten I am exercising every day I feel great but of course this dam number is going to make me crazy! Any suggestions on how to make the scale stop inching up. Just let me know how you may have dealt with this. I just need suggestions on how to keep the negative thoughts/feelings at bay.

Thanks for any suggestions
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    First, hide the scale, put it in a closet or somewhere out of sight. Don't use the digits on the scale as your gauge of how you are doing. Use the way you feel, the way your clothes fit, the way your skin glows the healthier you get. If you must use the scale, remember it is only ONE tool and it is just a tool. Don't weigh more than 1x week at the most, 1x month would be better. We all go through it, we all hit rough patches, I know I am 6 feet deep in my current rough patch but we can do this, we are stronger and healthier with each good meal, each fitness session, each good choice we make.

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    1632 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Weigh yourself once a week and avoid the emotional rollercoaster of obsessing about the scale each day.
    1632 days ago
  • TIGER_LILY_613
    Don't freak out. Sometimes gains like this could be hormonal ( that time of the month - which sometimes means a gain of even 5 lbs or more !), sodium-related (try to check salt/sodium content in your food, as it can cause water retention) or even stress-related.

    In some cases, it even happen if you're eating too little, causing the body goes into starvation mode.

    Make sure you're eating (at least !) your minimum required calories a day and drinking a lot of water to flush out toxins.

    Keep making healthy choices and you'll be alright :-)

    1632 days ago
    Here's what I have started doing if I have a gain. I stop eating after 6:00 at night and drink as much water as I possible can. You will probably have to get up during the night, but everytime I have done this, I have shown a loss on the scale the next morning. I know it's not true fat loss, but seeing that lower number does great things for my psyche - lol!
    1632 days ago
  • STAY39
    My weight fluctuates often but I am guessing yours may not. Try not to worry too much. It could be due to so many factors that you may have little to no control over. Be confident that you are not doing anything wrong and it should get back to normal soon. If you find the number is affecting your mood negatively then maybe you should weigh yourself less often. Keep doing what you are doing and weigh yourself again when you have an "I feel skinny" type of day. emoticon emoticon
    1634 days ago
    Make sure you are weighing yourself at the same time of day and wearing the same clothes. Even with this, your weight will fluctuate.

    Also, make sure you are drinking your water, but not right before you weigh yourself.

    There is a great Sparkpeople article about this:


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  • TINY67
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  • MSHEL7
    Sometimes my scale shows a gain of a few pounds over the course of a day even. I decided to only weigh once a week, it helps me a lot. I don't freak out so much. I would say you are probably in a hormonal change, it will probably go back down in the next couple of days. A polynomial-a variable that we don't plan for or know-hormones or possibly a little bit more salt in one of your last meals. There are all kinds of variables we cannot account for, try not to freak out (easier said than done) and just stay the course, your body will catch up with what you are doing. emoticon
    1634 days ago
    If you are going through emotional issues, stress or bad sleep that can cause changes to your weight. try to relax and go back to weighing yourself once a week and if you have a weight gain then, look over what you ate during the week and see if anything had a lot of sodium that might be causing a water weight gain
    1634 days ago
    I feel your pain. I know friends who weigh every day, once a week, once a month and then there is myself who haven't weighed since July and don't plan to weigh any time soon. You have to do what's comfortable for you. I do agree that the scale can change daily due to many reasons. It could be hormonal changes within you body, weight of foods eaten and many other reasons. Try not to stress over it since you are weighing daily and keep up the great work on your eating and exercising. emoticon
    1634 days ago
    I totally understand the feeling! emoticon

    I found that the same thing happened to me when I began exercising every day after not doing so for a long while. I was told that our bodies hold extra water in that situation - kind of a "cushion" against damage. After a while, I guess my body figured it out, and the scale finally showed the loss that had been there all along. I would guess that you're going through the same thing.

    Bottom line, "Don't panic, it'll be okay!" It's true in a way that we're all in this alone, but we're also all in this TOGETHER.
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    :) Gail

    1634 days ago
    First, you should just be weighing in once a week. Your weight can fluctuate up to five pounds (yes 5) in one week and that is NORMAL! So you probably are freaking out about nothing. I just read an article on here yesterday about it that came in an email. Search it and I bet you find it! Hope that helps!
    1634 days ago
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