Post # 1
Hey bees. So I’ve never been a skinny girl, my highest weight at one point was 213lbs. So I lost weight twice (gained it back then lost it again) and was 165lb and I’m about 5’7 so it’s a good fit. I decided to go down 5lbs to 160 and have been real happy there. Now I’m 163 (gained a little over the past few weekends) now I know 3lbs isn’t a big deal and I promised myself as long as I kept below 165 it would be ok but idk. Sometimes I feel a litte self conscious over my weight…maybe bc its always been a struggle for me? I mean I weight less now than I did when I was in mide school! I’ve kept the weight off for almost two yrs and I don’t go back. I try to eat right (cheating on the weekends), I exercise…I know that I can get back to 160 but my question is am I crazy to be sweating over a few lbs? Should I just accept the normal flux from time to time?
Post # 3
@Mrs_Pacman: Yes. You need to accept a little fluctuation. It’s part of being a woman.
Post # 4
I feel this way sometimes too, and I always remind myself that I would have been over the moon to be my current weight just a few months ago.
Post # 5
@Mrs_Pacman: Great job! You don’t sound too “obsessed” to me. There will always be fluctuations, but I think it’s good to keep an eye on it. As long as you’re not really obsessed, as in letting it negatively affect your life, it seems healthy to try to keep yourself at or near your goal weight.
Post # 6
You shouldn’t obsess, but knowing that you have had weight struggles, you definitely need to keep an eye on it. I think it’s easy to think “oh, it’s just 3 pounds” and then “oh, it’s just 10 pounds” and then suddenly you’re back where you started. It’s hard to find a happy medium, just keep on trying!
Post # 7
@Mrs_Pacman: Fluctuation is ok, yes, but it’s also easier to nip it in the bud before it becomes, 10, 15, 20+ lbs.
Weigh yourself at the same time of day each week. If you’re up more than a few pounds, watch your food intake and work a little extra exercise in.
I think there’s a difference between being aware of what you weigh and obsessing over your weight.
Since weight has been a struggle for you, you just need to be a little more careful than those lucky buggers who can eat anything and not gain a pound. It doesn’t sound like you’re being unrealistic or obsessive about it, though!
Post # 8
@RunnerBride13: Exactly! That’s what I’m trying to do. Thanks 🙂
Post # 9
Congrats on losing the weight! I’m in a really similar position to you. I lost 40lbs about 4 years ago and have the lingering concern about whether I’ll gain it back. I definitely don’t want to return to my original weight, but I’ve come to realize that a 3lb weight fluctuation is just a part of life. I’ve also been doing more weight training lately, which has caused me to look lighter than what the scale says (like right now I look like I’m 125 but the scale says 128). The key is to keep up the good work with your diet and exercise routine and focus on the big picture.
Post # 10
@canarydiamond: Yeah I’ve ding pretty good. I eat right, exercise and I do weight myself everyday. (Idk if that’s too often tho) I’m just a little freaked out b/c I gained those few lbs during V-Day and the past few weekends. I’ll get it off though, don’t want it to get out of hand.
Post # 11
@bleusteel: Congrats to you too! I’ve been doing alot more weight training too! Could that be what it is? Lol I didn’t even consider that. I’ve been working alot on my upper body especially and I see a great difference in my arm fat Lol.
Post # 12
@Mrs_Pacman: I’m the same way lol! I’m 5’7″, was heavy all throughout middle school and high school (which was terrible of course, kids can be so mean), and since losing my weight later in life, I’ve become neurotic about weighing myself daily. At first, I would freak out at the sight of one or two extra pounds, but I realized that this wasn’t helping me. Usually if my fluctuation is +/- 3 or less lbs (I’m about 140 lbs), I don’t worry about it. Anything more than that, and it’s time for me to cut out soda. I also monitor my measurements (which I think is actually more accurate), so maybe see if that’s a good method for you. Great job on the weight loss!
Post # 13
Weight fluctuation of up to 5lbs is totally normal… in ONE day! So as long as it stays within that, you really haven’t gained anything.
But if you’re weight training, it could easily be muscle. Do your clothes fit the same (or better)?
Post # 14
@Mrs_Pacman: Yup as I suggested, weight yourself the same time each week… each day is way too much.
Sounds like you won’t slip up, though – you should be proud of your weightloss 🙂
Post # 15
Honestly, I think it’s a good thing. Yes, it’s common to fluctuate 1-3lbs, but if you get on the scale at the same time each day (I do it in the morning after my shower) then you should beat that ‘fluctuation’ bit as it’s usually down to how much waste and water is in your system.
If you notice the pounds start to creep on, then you can easily do something about it. It’s when you stop weighing yourself and realise you’ve put on 7lbs or more that it becomes harder to lose, and you lose motivation to do it as much.
If you’ve been doing weights, though, that could definitely be it.
Keep an eye on what you eat and how much you exercise. If you’ve just had a massive weekend binge – it’s probably not the weight exercises! But if you’re eating normally, then you’ll see a pattern in your muscle weight gain
And Congratulations on the weight loss!
Post # 16
Congrats on the weight loss! I’m working on losing myself, in fact, my starting weight was 213 and I’m 5’7″ as well, so we have similar journeys as far as that’s concerned (although I’m still at 173…haven’t made it to my goal yet)
Anyway, I know that when I do hit goal, I’m going to have to be a little obsessed. I’ve lost weight before, and while I stayed at my goal weight for a while, over the years it crept back up until I ended up weighing more than my previous high weight had been before. For as hard as it can be to lose weight, gaining weight is super easy! lol
So I would say as long as you’re not too obssessed over it, you’re good. 3 pounds is just a little fluctuation, and it’s not really anything to worry about. But it’s good that you’re aware of it, so that it won’t go on to be a bigger gain.