Discouraging weigh-in

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I am participating in a biggest loser contest at my workplace. I have been tracking my eating and exercising and I had even increased my exercise minutes this week. I just knew I was in for more than a one pound weight-loss this week. I was in for something alright, but it was a weight gain instead of loss. I ended up gaining 1.75 lbs. I was so surprised. My husband and I were talking just this morning that he hasn't seen me work this hard with exercising and watcing what I eat in a long time. So it was a huge disappointment when I stepped on the scales. I felt like I had just taken two steps back.

This is so frustrating. I am not giving up by any means because I don't want to go back to where I started from or even heavier. I am learning that I am an emotional eater and so it is taking all of my willpower today not to fall back into that habit. I am trying to think of it as I am starting a new week again and will try to just keep on keeping on and hopefully down the road I will see the payoff.
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    Thank you so much for your encouragement!!
    3758 days ago
    What SISSEELOU said. Some other things, that may impact your scale results, are if it's that time of the month, sodium intake and when you weigh yourself. I will weigh a couple of pounds more at night than I do in the morning. But to encourage you, if you're working out hard, you are probably building up muscle tissue. The good news is that muscle is more dense than fat, so it will weigh more than the same volume of fat - so you may actually start to decrease in size, while watching your weight stall or even nudge up a little, for a little while. More good news is that more muscle equals more efficient calorie burning. Keep up your workouts and maybe check some of the above factors to see if they might be the culprits. Mostly don't give up, weight loss isn't something that happens overnight, but all the benefits you reap along the way, makes it worth sticking to it. emoticon
    3758 days ago
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    Try not to be discouraged...your at where I was a few weeks ago. Our bodies are NOT an exact science but know would of had to of eaten almost 7,000 extra calories last week to of truly "gained 1.75 pounds....did you? No? then it is not a "true" weight gain. If you stepped up your exercise you could of very well irritated your muscles to the point that they are holding extra fluid....their way of healing themselves. Are you sure you are eating enough to support your new exercise routine? Double check your may have to increase what you eat to be where your body needs to be to know it can "let go" of some of the weight. If you just exercise and then starve yourself it is totally counter productive...I know, it sounds strange but you may have to eat MORE to lose more! I didn't believe it either...but that is exactly what happened to me...I was eating "within" my calorie range but on the low end. I bumped up my calorie intake and the next week the scale was down. And frankly, what works this week might not the next...remember "exact science" we are not!

    Don't give up...keep tweaking things until you find a formula that works for you...we're all different! Hang in there and know that you CAN DO THIS! Sending hugs, really big ones.....
    3759 days ago
    I read an article not long ago that said that when you first start excercising your muscles are irritated and retain water and that is the cause of the weight gain. I don't know wheather to believe it or not but it is comforting to know that there may be a reason for it.
    3759 days ago
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