Post # 1
Hi fitness bees. I’m really upset and discouraged today, sorry for the long post. I am on the high end of the BMI for my height and I’ve been working really hard this past month to get back down to my normal weight after finishing grad school, which was a stressful and generally sedentary time because I was always writing/reading/grading papers, and I have hypothyroidism so it’s really easy for me to gain 10 lbs and really difficult to lose 10 lbs, even with medication. I’ve been going to the gym almost every day, almost totally cut added sugars from my diet (which has been the biggest part of the process for me), and have been eating mostly fruit and veggies, lean protein like fish and grilled chicken and beans, and drastically reducing my intake of processed carbs. The thing is, I was starting to see a difference–I was looking a little thinner, clothes were starting to fit a little better, etc. I don’t really like to weigh myself because I think it can be misleading (water weight, weight of muscle vs fat, etc), but I looked smaller.
This week, I was feeling lazy, which I think was a combination of the terrible heat and feeling a little depressed, which is common for me in the summertime, so I didn’t go to the gym twice and I didn’t eat as well (though nothing horrible–I still avoided sugar, but I had some processed carbs). I’ve been sleeping too late. Today I got up and looked in the mirror and thought I looked bigger again, so I made a stupid mistake and stepped on the scale, and I weigh MORE than I did a month ago. I am just really upset and discouraged. All I want to lose is 15-20 lbs and it feels impossible.
Post # 3
You said it yourself. Weight is not necessarily linked to size. Muscle mass weighs more than fat of the same size. Don’t get discouraged.
You can make the choice to get back on the wagon or dwell on your slip of TWO days!
Post # 4
@julies1949: You’re totally right. I re-read my post and it’s almost funny how melodramatic it sounds. I think I just don’t trust myself to be able to do it so I over-react to little discouragements.
Post # 5
It isn’t easy. It took 9 months of being lazy after having my son to get my a$$ in gear and start losing weight. I was super dedicated and almost never went over my 1250 calorie goal each day. I lost 30 pounds in 12 weeks. I stopped focusing on the weightloss to train for a running race, and never quite got back on the band wagon after. The race was May 6. I started tracking again, but seemed stuck. I was hovering over 170 and just couldn’t get under it. I finally did and was sooo happy. This was last week – Thursday. I ate well and ran a lot over the weekend, thinking I would have at least maintained. I ran yesterday too, and even after a long run, I was still up 4 pounds. It’s like the last week never happened. It’s so discouraging because it took so long to get under 170 and I hadn’t been under 170 in at least 6-7 years! Now it seems so far away again.
But hope isn’t lost. I might still weight the same, but I’m healthier and stronger than I was a week ago much less a few months ago. I’m making better choices and am more aware. All of those things will last and carry over as I continue to lose weight.
Weighing yourself often can make you crazy. I always tell myself that I’ll be up 5lbs from where I was the day before, so I’m less disappointed if I haven’t lost. Just remember the scale will fluctuate a lot day to day and week to week depending on your cycle too. Also if I get really dehydrated, once I start drinking more water it takes almost 3 hours to flush out my system and get a more realistic weight.
There are so many factors, so just stay focused on your goal and don’t beat yourself up for not tracking or eating very well for a day or two or even longer. It’s not worth being miserable and prolonging your goal even further by getting down and continuing to not eat well or exercise. You can totally get back on track and keep losing.