Post # 1
I’ve been doing really well with weightloss, and was down to my lowest point last Friday. I had a 4 mile race Saturday, and splurged a bit with my diet, but was right back on Track Sunday. I’ve been watching my diet, tracking everything, and have run the last two nights! Somehow I gained 3 pounds and am just now getting back down to where I was a week ago!
I did get my period this week – could that possibly be the reason I’m feeling stuck on the scale this week? I’ve never tracked my weight this closely before, so have no idea if I go up when I get it or not.
I’m going to try doing the 30 Day Shred (and maybe this time I’ll stick with it) to shake things up a it in addition to running, but I’m not sure what else to do other than what I’m already doing. I am eating most of my exercise calories and on a rest day always eat at least 1250, so I don’t think I’m eating too little. (1250 is my target calorie intake to lose 2 lbs a week, via MyFitnessPal).
Post # 3
I’m sure you know this already, but just the positive reinforcement: You always retain more water when you have your period, and you also retain more water when you do more strenuous workouts. It’ll all adjust! It just matters that you’re exercising and going in the right direction!
I try the 30DS all the time and give up around day 3 or 4 because I get bored. I wish I could get through it!
Post # 4
@mrstilly: AF is probably to blame! Water retention and bloating– don’t fret!
Post # 5
Sounds like you’ve got your bases covered.
Don’t worry about small ups and downs. 3 pounds seems like a lot when you’re celebrating every pound, but your body can really fluctuate.
When I was seriously losing weight I used to weigh myself more than necessary just because I found the fluctations so interesting and strange.
I swear sometimes I would weigh myself, go to the bathroom, weigh again and get a higher number the second time! What the heck!
Some of it might be your scale or how you’re standing. Som of it might be just the way your body is handling the change.
As long as the general direction is down, don’t lose heart
Post # 6
There is a reason they say not to weigh yourself everyday. I don’t listen and do it anyways, but you must remember- weight fluctuates A LOT with water retention. It would be almost impossible for you to gain 3 pounds of fat within a few days- you’d have to eat like 5,000 calories! I weigh myself daily knowing this but I just can’t stop. I put on 2 pounds overnight and cried. It was gone the next day but it still sucked.
Oh, and my scale sucks too. I’ll take it from the bathroom to the laundry room and weigh myself and somehow in the walk from one room to another I’ve gained a pound.
Post # 7
I’m awful, I weigh myself every single morning right when I wake up, after I use the bathroom. I should probably drop to once or twice a week, but I think my OCD tendencies would kick in. It is interesting to see how my weight fluctuates from before bed to the morning though.
Thanks for the encouragement. Hopefully I’ll drop when AF goes away and this plateau will be short lived.
Post # 8
@mrstilly: I do the exact same thing!
I agree that it’s probably just water retention. I got quite an education on how much water your body actually carries when I had the stomach flu in January. I lost about 10lbs in a week and gained it all back after I could keep things down.
EDIT: I also hear conflicting opinions on eating your exercise calories, but if you are running than I think you need it.
Post # 9
@mrstilly: As others have said, it sounds like water retention and will resolve itself in a few days. Make sure you drink lots of water and if you want to speed things up, try eating some diuretic foods like asparagus, which will help reduce water retention.
Another thing to keep in mind is that all calories are not equal. Even if you keep to your calorie limit, make sure you are eating the right foods.