Does anyone else feel like they are 'fake' losing weight?

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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 16:37
So far, according to the scales last Saturday morning, I am down to 62.9kg. I was 66kg when I started trying to lose weight way back in March (it's taken so long because I had wedding and honeymoon in May!).

But I feel like I am just 'fake' losing weight. Like, I have had a really, really bad week this week, and am worried about weighing myself tomorrow incase I am back to 66kgs again!

How much do you have to lose before you can relax and not worry about reverting straight back to your start weight? I feel like I have not really lost weight at all, just caught myself at a good moment when the scales said I had, maybe because I had eaten less the night before and had less food/water still in me?

Plus, no one, not even hubby has noticed. Maybe I haven't really lost anything at all!! Anyone else feel the same?

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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 16:43
I weigh myself every 4 days (when I'm home on those days). If I'm not home those days, I weigh myself when I wake up the first day I am home. (It's kind of confusing.)

It's not fake loosing weight. It's just not "gaining" weight. See no weight gain, know no weight gain.
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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 16:44
YES!!!!! I feel exactly the same...I fluctuate so much that when I do weigh in I feel like it is a joke because if it's low, the next day i'll be back up or higher, if I am high, the next day it will be lower. I feel like I am in the constant yo yo and even when I am on the decline, it never lasts long enough for me to feel like it is real weight that I am losing.

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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 16:50
I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels this way! It's so stressfull when it looks like I've lost a lot then the next day or two I jump on and it's gone up. Mine flexuates up to 7lbs!!! Ah! My friend offered really good advice though. For one thing, our bodies weigh diffent amounts at different times depending on what we eat, retaining water, muscle toning (and remember muscle weighs more than fat).... She suggested limiting the scale to twice a month but also pull out some SKINNY JEANS......every week, try them on to see how they're fitting... this will give you (and me) a more accurate idea of the weight loss. I still have to pull my skinny jeans out to try this!

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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 17:06
I still get on the scale and half expect it to say 287, sorry it was all a dream!

Not sure when it will sink in that it is real.
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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 17:33
I look in the mirror and still feel like I haven't lost a pound. I don't know when it becomes real, but I hope soon. I need a mental work out so that way my brain can register all the hardwork my body is doing.
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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 17:42
i think it will start registering when other ppl start to really notice. but once that high of accomplishment from the complements fades away im afraid we'll again start to feel like we haven't done what the scale clearly says we have. but im sure thats just bc we see ourselves everyday so we don't see the drastic differences in weight and inches.
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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 17:52
I agree with underscore. My clothing was falling off and i didnt really believe i was loosing till other people said it to me. Its kinda sad we need that validation. What really did it for me and made it sink in was at my half way mark i took a pic of myself. Then i found a pic of myself before i started loosing weight ( that was a hard task no one whats to take pics when there that Uncomfortable in there skin) I photo shopped them together and made 1 pic. Its amazing how seeing your self side by side will really drill it into you. its not like looking back and forth between pics there both right there in your face and you can help but to notice

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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 18:33
Wow. Something I can't relate to. I noticed a change the first month with the first ten pounds. My face was thinner and my belly, while still large, felt different - not as dense. I think the strength training helped to see a difference quicker.
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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 18:45
Given all that you've been through the past couple of months--Congratulations!!!--can you consider that now begins your starting point, and cut yourself some slack. After all, it's not every day you get married and honeymoon. Because of different people's body structure and weight distribution, weight loss shows itself differently. Don't give up. I also agree that strength training makes a huge difference. My clothes are falling off of me, and I look like I did in my 30's...just after a month. Keep experimenting with what works. You'll get there.
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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 23:16
Wow, so glad to see I am not the only one. Maybe when I get down to 58kg or maybe even 55kg I will feel like it's real! I don't have any of my old clothes from when I used to be that weight 4 years ago, I'd be interested to see when I could start fitting them again! Perhaps I should buy some motivation jeans in a size 8 - and one day be able to wear them (without muffin tops of course!)

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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 23:18
those darn muffin tops are what get me...I am currently wearing leggings until I can fit in my jeans again. Thank goodness they are back in style

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Posted: 08 Jul 2010, 23:26
I love this post! I feel the same way. Most of my clothes are falling off me but my brain does not see it. I think it may be because I am addicted to the scale! I can't stop weighing myself. I think I am going to try the skinny jeans thing! I know I have many pairs that haven't fit in years, but I wouldn't get rid of them. Thanks for the advice!


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Posted: 09 Jul 2010, 04:51
We gonna feel that way until we reach our weight goal looool...I think we can believe our scales by trying some old clothes..Even friends or family can notice than us...I always wear new clothes or old ones to see the differences and i did...

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Posted: 09 Jul 2010, 04:56
Im having the opposite, I have lost 12lbs, gone from 9st to 8st 2lbs in 7 weeks and don't feel like I have lost any, only lost a couple of inches but my clothes don't really feel any looser and no one really notices, 12lbs is quite alot for someone my size (5'2)but I just can't see it!!

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Posted: 09 Jul 2010, 06:03
I took body measurements when I started, and have lost 3 inches off my waist and 3 off my hips, that is real proof, the scale bounces all over the place or sits there and doesn't move, LOL The tape does not lie !!

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Posted: 09 Jul 2010, 07:16
Keep plugging along! -- It is real weight loss and if you are true to your plan you will progress!

Since starting my diet I keep my calorie deficit at about 1200-1500 everyday (once I figure in exercise). This has made it so over the course of 80 days I have only gained, from day to day, **once** and then it went back down the next day. All other days I saw losses or maintained.

I really believe in the math of it all and feel that when you create meaningful deficits that you will see results. I feel great, and although I still have large calorie deficits I eat about 1200 cal a day of healthy food.

I do feel hungry sometimes AND EMBRACE IT. I do NOT have to feel satiated all the time. I know I will not lose control just because I feel hungry. This has been something I really wanted to get out of this, my first dieting experience --- enhanced self-control over my body.

I can feel hunger, know that I am healthy, strong and getting the needed nutrients, and then face the the hunger and relish in the fact that I will lose my 2-3 pounds this week and still eat a good meal in an hour or two.

I really feel that if you cannot face hunger and win then food still has reign in your life. It is really no difference to me than runners, weight lifters etc who push through pain in pursuit of something greater than they would have without pushing through the pain.

I can now be out participating in a fun activity, get hungry and not make a bad choice that I regret later or have to carry along snacks "just in case" I get a hunger pang. I can push through the hunger and still enjoy what I am involved in knowing that my body is a wonderfully engineered machine that will not break if I have to put off a meal for a couple hours. Over time the hunger you feel in a situation like this becomes so much less of an issue because the "panic" of feeling hungry goes away and it becomes more of a normal cycle of life, "Yes, sometimes I get hungry, so what, people are supposed to get hungry"

Just beccause your cellphone rings does not mean you have to answer it EVERYTIME ... It is just a notification system.... master the ability to "take a message" and you gain more control over your life.

Now, if your calorie deficits do not maintain 1000+ calories you can expect more days that will show a gain "if" you weigh in from day to day and the answer to that is "DON'T" ----- Instead if your calorie deficit is only 500 cal a day then weigh in every 4 days and you will see what you want almost every time. As long as your are true to that deficit and it is real, the math does not lie. A pound of fat = 3500 cal

LOL -- this is too long -- stepping off soapbox ....

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Posted: 09 Jul 2010, 07:57
I feel the same way, because my scale is a piece of crap so I never know if it's the right weight or not, but i do notice it in my clothes and how I feel so I must be doing SOMETHING right! I just thought I'd be getting more compliments than I have, and it is SAD that we need that validation but I think we all do in order for it to sink in! I should've done starting measurements but I didn't....I suppose it's not to late to do them now, and track progress that way...

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Posted: 09 Jul 2010, 08:05
Yup, today i am wearing jeans that used to be too tight and they are falling off of me. I'm wearing a shirt that hasnt looked right on me in years, i've gotten 2 compliments so far today, and still I dont see it.

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Posted: 09 Jul 2010, 09:20
My scales weighed me lower one day and I was so excited, but the next day it was back up. As of today, I have lost no pounds and no inches. I am just maintaining. I cut my Calories to 1500. They were at 1700(Fat Secret Recommendation). Hopefully I will see some results now. I think I will go find my "skinny" jeans and try them on now so I can see a difference later. lol

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