(Closed) Discouraged…what am I doing wrong??

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Weigh yourself only once a week instead of every day. Your weight will fluctuate throughout the week- going up 0.2 lbs in a few days is completely normal. It doesn’t mean you aren’t making amazing progress!


Post # 4
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t have much advise other than saying you should consider joining myfitnesspal.com. It’s a GREAT website with awesome message boards.


And as for the sugar-free candy, I’d steer CLEAR of any of that. Just stick to natural, whole foods and drink lots of water. Feel free to add me as a friend. My username is lulubear511. πŸ™‚ 

Post # 5
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Stick with it!  Don’t be discouraged, you will see results eventually!

Post # 6
5976 posts
Bee Keeper

I just wanted to give you some encouragement and let you know that from day to day, I could fluctuate 2-3 pounds of water weight. I’m so not kidding. I’d be super light one morning, and the next, be 3 pounds heavier, then back to my light weight again the next morning.

Since it’s only been a couple of days, and it’s only 0.2 pounds, I think you need to give it a few weeks!

Post # 8
7288 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you keep at it, you will wake up one morning and the scale will be down, perhaps even more than you were expecting! It takes time sometimes for the body to adjust and let go. Plus, hot weather, salt, PMS, medications etc all change our “Water Weight” which is all the +- fluctuations. Plus, if you eat a lot of  processed diet foods you may be seeing the scale up temporarily where it may go down due to eating “clean”.

Also, take measurements! That is something much more verifiable to show you have changed your body/fat . Notice the little things like jeans fitting better!


Post # 9
354 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

It’s true that your body won’t lose a substantial amount of weight in 3 days without going to extremes – and even then it’s just water weight.  As others have said, be patient.  Weigh yourself less frequently so you don’t obsess over meaningless changes.  Salty foods and alcohol and increase water retention, which might make you a few ounces heavier as well.  

If you’re not seeing ANY results after 2-3 weeks, you might need to reevaluate your diet and exercise plan.  As you pointed out, you’re only on track to lose 1.5 lbs per week, so even after 2 weeks, the most you should be down is 3 pounds.  Plus sometimes it takes our bodies longer to adjust to a new diet, especially if you’ve gone to unhealthy extremes in the past. 

Keep at it, and don’t let day to day fluctuations knock you off course! 

Post # 10
9134 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Stay away from the scale for at least a week at a time.  Any fluctuations on a daily basis are suspect anyway.  I suggest you get a measuring tape and track your measurements instead but again, only measure once a week.

Post # 12
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Take measurements of yourself, too.  Measure your waist.  (I wrote waste at first and laughed — ew).  Muscles weigh more than fat, so if you are gaining muscle you might actually weigh more.  By measuring yourself you will have another area to focus on than your weight.  If you don’t feel like measuring, or don’t have a tape measure, keep an eye on how your tightest pair of pants fit.  If they are looser, then you are losing inches/centimeters even if your weight doesn’t change.


Good luck!   I’ve gained about five pounds in the past few years because I was trying to get over my whole “I can’t eat anything I’m fat” mindset…ugh so now I have to change my mindset to, “You can eat anything but within moderation!”  Five pounds shouldn’t make or break me but it does.  =(

Post # 13
8036 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@mrs_pugetsound:  I think the only thing you’re doing wrong is expecting results so quickly. I am the same way. I also don’t think that you weigh a lot for your height.. not at all.

Keep in mind these calculators aren’t 100% accurate. I’d stop relying on it so heavily and weighing yourself so often. Try weighing yourself once a week. Your weight can fluctuate up to 5 lbs a day (that’s why they say to weigh yourself the same time each day, like you’re doing).

You just need to get into a healthy routine, and things will become second nature. I’ve also read that depriving yourself isn’t good. Have the real thing… but in moderation. I’ve stopped w. all the diet dressings and low fat crap. It doesn’t work. I just use twice as much or it makes me feel sick or I still crave the real thing.

Good luck, I think you’re doing fine!


Post # 15
2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It sounds like you’re doing everything you can, give it time. πŸ™‚ I know it’s frustrating, but keep it up! The only thing that concerns me is when you say sometimes you fall “a few hundred below” your calories. That’s a LOT! Your body needs calories, especially if you’re working out.

Post # 16
2137 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

2PeasinaPod ugh tell me about it i weighed myself this morning and im 2lbs heavier!! i wanted to die lol well not really but still i freaked out sigh ive been working out for 3m 4 days a week i hr a day and staying under 1200 cals.

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