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June 3, 2012 8:07 AM
I know I cheated last night ,but 2 pounds???? Its hard for me to stay motivated as it is, but to see me back where I was a week ago is so disheartening.

The last 4 days Ive been bouncing around in the 170's. (170.8, 170.2, 170.6, 170.1) and this morning I wake up to 172.8??????

I will admit, I cheated last night. But not 2 pounds worth. We had date night with some friends. I for-went my usual 1500 calorie Caribbean chicken sandwich and ordered the grilled chicken salad with no cheese and FF dressing. I only had 1 cocktail, and not my usual 600 calorie margarita, but a 120 calorie dirty martini. I did splurge on dessert and shared a salted caramel cake with my hubs, but I only had 4-5 bites (as opposed to the whole thing) So yea, I went over my calorie intake yesterday by about 1000. But 2 pounds???

Sigh... This is my 2nd time to attempt weight loss in the last year. I fell off the wagon last time because I wasnt seeing results. I dont want that to happen again. I MUST LOSE THIS WEIGHT!! I wonder if Im doing something wrong (?)
June 3, 2012 8:10 AM
You ate an additional 7,000 calories??????????????????????
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of course you didn't. And you didn't gain two pounds. You ate out and ingested a ton of sodium with your salted cake. You had cocktails and got a little dehydrated.

Eat normally today, and up your water intake and you'll be back to normal tomorrow or so.

You did NOT gain 2 lbs.
Edited by Sabine_Stroehm On June 3, 2012 8:10 AM
June 3, 2012 8:50 AM
I agree with Sabine!

And this may not be something you want to hear, but you should cut yourself some slack. Yes, be determined, but try to push yourself too hard and you'll psychologically push yourself right back off the wagon. I only weigh once a week to avoid that crazy up-and-down thing the scale does. Since I don't exercise the way I should, it has only been going down .2 or .4 or so lbs every week (or staying the same..ugh). But as long as it doesn't go UP, that's enough to keep me motivated. For now.. :)
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June 3, 2012 10:23 AM
Thanks! I just love food so much and dieting is so hard for me. I really really want to lose this weight. But I know what happened last time I tried. I lost about 15 pounds, and then plateaued for 3 weeks. 3 weeks of hard work and lost nothing. So I gave up. I dont want that to happen again. :( I was (am) so upset when I saw the scale this morning. I didnt record it, Im hoping if Im really good today, it will go back down tomorrow
June 3, 2012 10:51 AM
QUOTE:

Thanks! I just love food so much and dieting is so hard for me. I really really want to lose this weight. But I know what happened last time I tried. I lost about 15 pounds, and then plateaued for 3 weeks. 3 weeks of hard work and lost nothing. So I gave up. I dont want that to happen again. :( I was (am) so upset when I saw the scale this morning. I didnt record it, Im hoping if Im really good today, it will go back down tomorrow
In the long run it might be good to not think "dieting" but think "what longs term sustainable changes can I make".
For me it was dumping the "whites" (years ago). I switched to whole grains, and stopped eating anything with added sugar. No real need to diet after that.

oh, and beer (that was the more challenging one)
June 3, 2012 10:57 AM
Stop weighing yourself every day. Once a fortnight is enough!
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June 3, 2012 10:57 AM
Get back to your healthy eats ways and you will lose those 2 pounds plus more. Don't beat yourself up over it. Everyone needs a cheat meal or even a day to stay sane :) But just don't give up!!
June 3, 2012 10:59 AM
I had a cheat night on friday, I was only over by 611 cals, and I apparently gained 4 lbs. I'm almost back to normal now, thanks to a ton of water and some extra cardio. Hang in there!! Sometimes you have to step away from the scale for a few days!
  15630487
June 3, 2012 11:04 AM
Once you start down the scale watching path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you it will. ~~Yoda

Get the hell off the scale. Look at it out of curiosity if you must, but only record (and worry about it) every few days. My scale bounces around a lot, sometimes over five pounds in a day. It depends on how much salt I eat, how many liters of water I drink, and whether I've torn up my major muscles exercising. Worrying about two pounds of water/salt weight is silly, and you'll psych yourself into failure if you keep worrying that much about it!
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June 3, 2012 11:07 AM
Restaurant food is loaded with sodium. Check out the nutritional info on the websites of the major chains. Even the items they label as "guiltless" or using another diet-friendly term will be loaded with sodium. This will cause you to retain water.

For instance, check out Chili's nutritional information: http://www.chilis.com/EN/LocationSpecificPDF/MenuPDF/001.005.0000/Chilis_Nutrition_Menu_Generic.pdf

Even their classic sirloin listed on their "lighter choices" has only 250 calories, yet also has 1,580 mg of sodium.

The two pounds you "gained" is water weight. Once you go back to your normal eating, you will lose it. For this reason, if you're going to treat yourself, don't weigh yourself the next day.

As an example: We went out of town last weekend, meaning I ate out for every meal for three days. I didn't always choose the healthiest items; for breakfast, I had a bacon, cheese & tomato omelet with a biscuit and fried potatoes. I had decided I wasn't going to weigh myself immediately when I got back. I went right back to my healthy eating, and now I'm 2.4 lbs. lighter than I was nine days ago, before the trip.
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June 3, 2012 2:52 PM
OMG I had no idea salt caused weight gain. I never watch my salt intake. That salted caramel cake alone was probably like licking a salt lick noway

I do weigh myself at the same time every single morning and only the one time a day. Never more than that. I dont know if I can stop. How do you all go a week without looking at the scale? I think I would go crazy LOL :)

Thanks everyone for making me feel better. yall are awesome!
June 3, 2012 3:47 PM
Getting on the scale every day leads to anxiety, depression, and feelings of a loss of self control. I wouldn't touch the scale no more than once per week. Additionally, if you are going to continue to get on the scale every day, you really need to do research on water retention, glycogen, cortisol, and how your body deals with these things. It will give you all of the answers so that you aren't jumping on that scale blind. The scale is an accessory, but not an indicator of where you are fitness or even weight wise. It is a snapshot for that moment in time as you are standing on it. An hour later it could be completely different. Remember that.
  545560
June 3, 2012 5:14 PM
QUOTE:

Getting on the scale every day leads to anxiety, depression, and feelings of a loss of self control. I wouldn't touch the scale no more than once per week. Additionally, if you are going to continue to get on the scale every day, you really need to do research on water retention, glycogen, cortisol, and how your body deals with these things. It will give you all of the answers so that you aren't jumping on that scale blind. The scale is an accessory, but not an indicator of where you are fitness or even weight wise. It is a snapshot for that moment in time as you are standing on it. An hour later it could be completely different. Remember that.
For SOME People. I weigh every day, which is how I know about fluctuations due to salt, PMS, etc... depends on the person. For me, weighing daily is not stressful, nor do I feel out of control.
June 4, 2012 6:28 AM
You all were right! I woke up this morning to 169.2!!! So that means Im finally out of those 170's :) :) Another .8 pounds gone!

I guess those scale 2 pounds were from all that salt afterall :) Thanks for the support everyone!
June 4, 2012 6:31 AM
go have a poop.
  20302251
June 4, 2012 6:32 AM
Edit: See, you are fine. ^_^
Edited by MissTattoo On June 4, 2012 6:32 AM
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June 4, 2012 6:32 AM
QUOTE:

You ate an additional 7,000 calories??????????????????????
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of course you didn't. And you didn't gain two pounds. You ate out and ingested a ton of sodium with your salted cake. You had cocktails and got a little dehydrated.

Eat normally today, and up your water intake and you'll be back to normal tomorrow or so.

You did NOT gain 2 lbs.


Totally Agree!!! Salt can play tricks with your diet. Lots of water and healthy eating and you'll be just fine bigsmile
  14118154
June 4, 2012 6:33 AM
QUOTE:

I do weigh myself at the same time every single morning and only the one time a day. Never more than that. I dont know if I can stop. How do you all go a week without looking at the scale? I think I would go crazy LOL :)


Weigh every day if you want, but record the average of those numbers every week. That is much closer to the truth!
I try on an old favourite pair of jeans and a fitted dress to measure changes. Not the scale.

Good luck
June 4, 2012 6:34 AM
The body requires a cheat day each week...it's okay to do...just don't get on the scale the next morning!!!
  17498351
June 4, 2012 6:37 AM
Overnight and daily gains are usually fluctuations of water weight and what time of day you are weighing yourself. I have about 3lbs of variance during the day depending on when I weigh in. Make sure you always weigh yourself at a consistent time of day and with about the same things. I always do that right when I wake up. I weigh myself to monitor my water intake during extreme exercise and it can be very helpful.
June 4, 2012 6:38 AM
I've gained and lost up to 10 lb in 24 hours. BFD! It's all water, sodium and potassium intercellular shifts. Focus on FAT. Measure your waist and hips. Look in the mirror.

I didn't do my normal 800 to 900 cal exercise program yesterday and overate my MFP alloted daily calories by 1000+. I also gained 2 lb from Sat to Sun night. So what? I'll go back to plan and probably lose it in a day or two.

Stick to your plan. The fat comes on slowly. It also comes off slowly. Ignore the noise (water, sodium, and potassium intercellular shifts).
  22356413
June 4, 2012 6:38 AM
All that extra punctuation is heavy. ;)

But seriously as said above: Water weight!
June 4, 2012 6:41 AM
QUOTE:

go have a poop.


Ha, this... and while you're in the bathroom pooping, avoid the scale! don't weigh in every 12 hours...
  19425700
June 4, 2012 6:45 AM
I weigh myself every morning at the same time, right before I wake up before I drink my coffee. I never touch the scale after that.

Only that one time in 24 hours. It helps me. When I see progress it keeps me going, if I see a fall back, I try to do extra better the next day.

The 2 pounds overnight just threw me for a loop because I hadnt been 172 in a week. I was shocked to see that number ((yikes)) But I think it was all the salt from dinner. I bet that salted caramel cake is what did it. But it was sooooo yummy LOL
June 4, 2012 6:47 AM
Sounds delicious!!
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