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February 16, 2013 9:53 AM
I don't understand it... I'm typing through sobs and tears right now because I feel like such a failure. I worked my ass off this week... I was coming in at 1200 net calories or under, ate super duper healthy and ran every single day for a minimum of 40 minutes and I gained three pounds... after gaining 2 last week and 1 the week before. This shouldn't be possible... I had the best and healthiest week I've ever had and I gained?!?!. WW doesn't work, calorie counting doesn't seem to work and I just can't take the failure after I worked so damn hard this week. I felt so good about myself and thought that I was finally going to crack the 140's and then went the complete other way.

I feel disgusting and hopeless. I feel like I'm never going to look the way I want to so what's the point in trying anymore. I guess I'm just not meant to be thin and pretty. What am I doing wrong here? The whole emotional roller coaster ride is having a hugely negative impact on me and I don't know how many more setbacks that I can handle :(
Edited by amy3000 On February 16, 2013 10:37 AM
February 16, 2013 9:54 AM
Is 1200 calories what MFP calculated for you?
February 16, 2013 9:55 AM
You lost 27 pounds, had one gain that is obviously water retention, and you are quitting? What is that going to get you?
February 16, 2013 9:55 AM
You have to keep trying different options. Not everyone "diet" works for everyone. Try next week, NOT eating your exercise calories. Are you making sure to include oils, little things that you eat can really add up. If you were eating your exercise calories, maybe you were over eating by over estimating your calories. Did you go see a doctor yet?
February 16, 2013 9:56 AM
Please do not give up after one week. Your body is going thru changes and this is not BIGGEST LOSER it is real life.
You will have good weeks and bad weeks. the key is do it to be healthier and the weight will follow eventually.
February 16, 2013 9:56 AM
Can't tell if you're serious, or if you're trolling...

Well if you're serious, you're definitely not eating enough. Especially with all that exercise. I would say you need to try to eat a little more on days that you exercise. And are you drinking enough water?
February 16, 2013 9:56 AM
It can be done. How tall are you? 1200 may not be enough yet. . .
Edited by RhondaBagley On February 16, 2013 9:58 AM
February 16, 2013 9:56 AM
You'll lose in next week at more. Don't give up!
February 16, 2013 9:57 AM
Don't give up I have been there. Just keep going it will start coming off. You might even wanna add 100-200 calories to you diet on the days you run. Don t lose hope. Beside you should be measuring yourself too (arms, thighs etc) When I first started running I gained weight but lost inches. Just keep up the great work!!!!
Edited by boulinoute On February 16, 2013 10:00 AM
February 16, 2013 9:57 AM
Why don't you open your diary so we can try to help you to make recommmendations.
February 16, 2013 9:57 AM
**** happens that is why scales are not the way to go. I have been lifting more and I gained some....this is something that takes time!
February 16, 2013 9:57 AM

You lost 27 pounds, had one gain that is obviously water retention, and you are quitting? What is that going to get you?


It might even be related to that healthy exercise you're doing. Our bodies retain water when repairing muscle.

Keep doing it, trade that scale for a tape measure or at least supplement it, and notice how your clothes fit and how you feel. This is not a reason to quit, it happens to everyone. The scale is a useful tool but it is not the be all end all measure of success.

Don't give up, you can do this, you have been doing it just fine, so keep going!
Edited by MaraDiaz On February 16, 2013 9:58 AM
February 16, 2013 9:58 AM
I am sorry that you are feeling that way. I also don't think that only a week is going to show you the results you want to see. You can give up and leave if you want too, but giving up is not going to get you the results you are looking for. I didn't really see any results after really trying until about 3 weeks of doing this faithfully.
February 16, 2013 9:58 AM
Before you give up, take a moment and go speak with a physician. First, while you were doing Aerobic activity, running DOES build your leg muscles. Additionally, muscles weigh more then actual fat does, so you may get to a point of being leaner and yet you weigh more then the previous week. Additionally, have you been measuring yourself with a tape measure? This is important because again, you could have lost an inch or so on your body, but built muscle and that is -good-. Additionally you may also not be eating enough calories and thus putting your body in a starvation mode. Web MD has a chart for Calorie requirements and that may give you a clue on what is going on:

Don't give up. Talk to your physician and think about how much you are actually consuming versus what your body may actually need
February 16, 2013 9:58 AM
you need to eat a little more hun
and you actually look quite cute in your pic
I wouldnt get so down
I dont want to bash your diet choice because any diet is better than no diet
1200 cals are usually reserved for morbidly obese people and are dr perscribed
your body may be in starvation mode and holding onto all the nutrients it can

could you bump up your intake to the 1600-1800 cal range for two weeks?
Continue to eat healthy drink water and work out?
And then after two weeks weigh yourself?
You may have more success that way?

Just my recommendation
you do what feels right for you
just dont quit on yourself
and you are not gross, you are cute.
February 16, 2013 9:59 AM
Eat complex carbs and clean, lean protein every 2 hours, don't count calories and add some lifting.... Keep at at and give yourself more than a week. If it was easy we'd all be 130 lbs and tight. Be nicer to yourself and quit being a critic. That is all.
February 16, 2013 9:59 AM
No worries! You likely gained muscle! Sometimes I work my butt off all week and eat great keeping around 1200 cals and the weight doesn't come off for another week or so. Keep up the good work ! You look great and I bet you feel fantastic regardless :)
February 16, 2013 9:59 AM
It's okay, not everybody has dedication or is willing to work through the rough spots in life.
February 16, 2013 9:59 AM

You lost 27 pounds, had one gain that is obviously water retention, and you are quitting? What is that going to get you?

^^^^^^^ This. You can choose to be healthy, or you can choose to be unhealthy. In a month, you will still be better off than you are today, if you make the right choice. Or Not. You decide.
February 16, 2013 10:00 AM
If you can maybe you should work with a personal trainer- preferably one who has gone to school and has lots of training in these areas. I had a similar problem recently- I was eating around 1200 cal/day and working out, but I couldn't lose any weight or body fat- for my body that was just not enough calories- my body had gone into "survival" mode and was holding onto and storing fat. I started working with a trainer and he had me increase my daily calories and now I have actually started losing weight and body fat.
February 16, 2013 10:00 AM
It sounds to me like you had a huge NSV this week! That's to be celebrated every bit as much as any number on a scale. Celebrate your healthiest week yet - netting your calories, feeling great about yourself, making great choices. Don't let a number on a scale make or break all the great work you did over the week.

A small gain for any given week could be anything - water retention, hormone fluctuation, etc. The overall downward progress you are making is to be celebrated. And the fact you are clearly making lifestyle changes is huge. I say keep up the great work, push lots of fluids this week and I bet you go back down those 3 and then some. Don't derail your awesome choices and changes based on one weigh in.
February 16, 2013 10:01 AM
Yeah , I agree, water retention. I am up and down all the time, according to what ive eaten. I could be like you and be very disheartened because , my scale went up on tuesday by 6 llb no less, but guess what its down by 3 again today., , ri dont count this as a loss, coz all im doing is staying around the same weight all the time, it might be up one week, next down. I ruin almost
every week i have, with a one day off, where i eat far too much. I look at the scales and think ,crap thats me being good again lol.
My hubby has been working really hard at the gym too and hes put on 2 llb this week.but he does look a little thinner, so we are ignoring the scales.,in the end the effort will show.,dont worry.
February 16, 2013 10:01 AM
Your journey is not a sprint, it's a journey and sometimes journey's take detours, but that doesn't mean you quit. You just figure out a different way of getting there.
February 16, 2013 10:01 AM
Calories counting does work, you're just doing it wrong!

Where did you get the figure of 1200 cals a day from?? Did MFP calculate that or did you decide that's what you were going to eat??

You want to be at a deficit or 500 to 1000 cals a day, if you have 50+lbs to lose then I'd say 1000 a day which equates to 2lbs a week, if you don't have a great deal of weight to lose then stick to a 500cal deficit a day.

Losing 1lb a week is hard to monitor if you constantly weight yourself, I weighed 4lbs lighter this morning, than I did last night. It's not fat, it's just the way your body works.

Eat right, at a SMALL deficit, which will mean eating MORE food, strange but true. FInd a balance that works for you, but if you are under 1200 cals a day, you are just slowing the whole weight loss process down.

Maybe start by making you NET cals 1400 a day, that after exercise and everything, so if you burn 300 cals working out, you get to eat 1700 cals that day. Do that for 2 weeks and stick to it as close as possible, do not weigh in at all and then at the end of the two weeks, weigh yourself first thing on a morning, naked, and after going to the loo.

Edited by Ben2118 On February 16, 2013 10:03 AM
February 16, 2013 10:02 AM
I'd also like to know how much you're running every day as I think you're overdoing it. You're not letting your system recover from exercise if you don't rest.

You're not eating enough, for sure. You need to fuel your body, particularly if you're going to do so much running.

How much do you weigh?


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