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ChunkyDunks

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 11:01
I have been pretty good the last few days, I have worked out every night since friday and I have tried really hard to make good choices in my food but at todays weigh in I gained 1 pound and it made me cry. I am so incredibly frustrated with this I dont know what to do. Sad
nops

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 11:20
Try not to be too hard on yourself. There are alot of other factors that can cause a 1 lb. increase in weight. I know I went through periods of no loss, and even small gains, when I was sticking to my plan.

Keep your fluids up, keep exercising and watching what you eat. You'll get there. Don't give up.
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lisakp71

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 11:21
Don't get frustrated! 1lb, really & truly, is not a huge deal. If you've been working out like a crazy person your muscles are probably retaining some fluid (very normal!), you could have a little extra food & water on board vs. last weigh-in - heck, you could have some special lady days fluid in your body too! A gallon of water weighs just over 8lb - you can see how quickly a few ounces here & there could add up.

Point being, there could be lots of reasons that have nothing to do with whether you've lost fat. If it were 6-7lbs, I'd be with ya - but I think you have to keep sticking with it, don't get too frustrated, and see how it goes next time. If things stay the same for another few weeks, then re-evaluate and make changes at that point. Just give it some time to see what's what.

It really is a long-haul thing. You can do it, don't get too discouraged over one weigh-in!
NCNOLE

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 11:27
One pound could easily be fluid related. However, are you measuring and logging all your meals? Weight loss is more about food intake than it is about exercising. You can lose weight without exercising -- it will be slower, but... Anyways, often people start exercising and then feel they deserve an extra hour on the couch - not saying that is your situation, but it is just to point out that you need to increase your overall activity level in order to make sure you are burning more than you are consuming.

Slow and steady is the way to lose weight. You learn so much during the process. If you lose it quickly, you aren't going to have the opportunity to learn as much, and are more likely to revert to old behaviors.

My suggestion: get honest with yourself, find out your weak points and address them, watch your portion sizes - and yes measure foods so that you can see what a serving really is. Find out what motivates you - dig deep - what can you say to yourself to keep you from eating a bag of oreos? Drink lots of water and move more. And don't give up b/c you can never be successful if you give up.
gnat824

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 11:35
Have you taken your measurements? Personally, I think that relying on the scale as your only judge of performance is the fastest route to giving up. Find other things to encourage you! How many days have you made it in to the gym this week? Great! Are your workouts getting any easier or can you push yourself farther that before? Do you get less winded climbing stairs? Have more energy? Find it easier to button your jeans? Have an easier time sleeping at night? All of these things matter! Don't lose sight of the biggest picture by focusing solely on the scale. If seeing a gain on the scale once in a while sends you into a tail spin, I'd put it away. You need to surround yourself with things that support your progress rather than discourage you.
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cheerfulviol...

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 11:47
I agree with the other ladies - there can be plenty of reasonable explanations for a 1 lb weight gain. Please don't get discouraged!

Gnat824 had some excellent points about measuring progress in other ways other than just the numbers on the scale.

And also, as was mentioned, 1 lb could be easily explained by it being close to "that time of the month."


You are on the right track. If you feel like there are modifications you can make, then go for it. But otherwise, just keep on keepin' on, and I bet you'll be more satisfied with the result next time you weigh yourself.
MeatBaby

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 11:48
gnat824 wrote:
Have you taken your measurements? Personally, I think that relying on the scale as your only judge of performance is the fastest route to giving up.


I'd like to echo what Gnat said. Track your measurements.

When I first started this process I only lost 2.5 pounds the first eight weeks. Though the pounds didn't come off, I lost 12 inches overall and 7% body fat. I would've given up had I not been tracking measurements.

TessArooo

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 12:40
First, congratulations on your accomplishments to date! WTG! And I agree with everyone else here....lots of different factors that could have contributed to a 1 pound weight gain. Hang in there! You're doing great!!!
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alohaneen

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 13:25
Stay focused! Your body is AMAZING!!! Give it what it needs and it will do for you what you want! Just be kind to yourself and realize that losing weight is not easy nor fun! But you are doing a great thing for yourself!! Smile
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ChunkyDunks

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 15:53
Thank you everyone for your kind and helpful words! I will not beat myself up and I will keep it up...maybe the scale will be kind to me next time! Smile
mikefarinha

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 17:25
I completely agree that you need to measure your body to know if you're trading fat for mucsle... however I'm going to point to your neglect of eating enough protein or fat as potentially being the culprit of your stuck weight. Try adding a couple of whole eggs cooked in butter for a week or two in addition to what you're doing to see if that helps.

You don't want to starve yourself... your body will start to work against you by thinking you're living through a famine and try to retain as much body fat as possible. Starvation diets tend to reduce lean body weight while not impacting fat body weight.
-Mike
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cookiecallag...

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Posted: 10 Jan 2012, 18:33
Oh man I know this feeling... I absolutely hate when I gain weight (or even stay the same) when I've been good and expect to see a weight loss on the scales. Sometimes I took this to crazy starvation levels - e.g. only eating 500 calories a whole day just out of panic over unexpected weight gain. Obviously that didn't work either! I guess patience is the key. Don't feel bad!



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