Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ugh! So Frustrating!!!

Okay, let me be very real here, sharing my emotions and thoughts even though they are not exactly rational.

UGH!!! I cannot believe the scale is going UP since I started exercising. And before anyone says I am putting on muscle or burning too many calories for what I take in, I don't believe that at all! This week I added really MILD exercise. We are talking a one-mile *walk*, not a jog or a run and not even a heavy pace... just a regular old non-exerting WALK, and then 5-7 minutes on an indoor exercise bike. The biking  is not hard. I am not breathing heavy. I am basically moving my legs in circles. Not much resistance. The bike says I am burning 19 calories or something. I am not sore or anything. But still, it is exercise, plus I have been more active this week. AND, I am in the dead middle of my monthly cycle which is when I usually get a whoosh of 2-3 pounds dropping off in a day. And yet, I started the week at 201 pounds, yesterday I was 201.5, and today... 202.5!

My emotional part is yelling "Oh my gosh! What the heck! How is this possible! Oh no!!! This is horrible! I am doing ALL this work and staying absolutely on plan and not eating too much salt and my calories/carbs/fat/protein is perfect and I am drinking tons of water and and and...." and that part of me is extrapolating the line and thinking if I continue eating right and exercising I will weigh 230 pounds in a month.

My rational part is going, "chill out woman. It is FINE. It has been less than a week! Give your body a minute to adjust! Your muscles are probably just retaining some water because you shocked them out of hibernation. Get over it, keep doing what you're doing. The weight will go down eventually."

And the emotional part screams back, "EVENTUALLY??? What do you MEAN eventually?? I do not HAVE years and years and years to work hard at weight loss and see the scale going up! I need to lose weight NOW!! Right now!!"

And Ms. Rational says, "Will you stop it? Eat some eggs and go for a walk. You will feel a lot better about this in a week."

So that's how the brain conversation went this morning. Rationality won out and I am just going to keep doing what I am doing, not change anything, and give it 2 weeks before I make and decisions about if and how to change my fitness plan and/or eating plan. No use in dramatizing, no reason to try and pretend I know the future. All I can do is keep going, give it a chance, and see what happens. I do FEEL so much better this week with what I am doing. My energy is great and mood wonderful (this morning's scale tale aside), so the scale is going to take a backseat to those things, at least for a couple of weeks.

29 comments:

Meghan said...

You can actually be drinking too much water! If I go over like 96oz this happens to me. You will be FINE!!!! The scale will go down. You're doing it right!!! Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

Your "rational" voice is correct. There is no way that the amount of exercise you are doing could be adversely affecting your weight loss.

A couple of pounds fluctuation is normal day to day (I know you already are aware of this). It is the overall trend over several days that is meaningful.

If a day to day fluctuation will discourage you, it may be better to weigh less frequently. Some people do better weighting daily, others only every other week.

Since you are doing all the right things, have faith in the process and enjoy the rewards you are already reaping, like the increased energy.

Shelley said...

I think your muscles grab onto water when you first start stressing (exercising) them. It will all even out. Of course, my advice would be to stop weighing yourself on a daily basis, but then, you know how I feel about scales, lol. You're doing great, Lyn...keep it up!

PurpleIvy said...

Hello Lyn, not posted to your blog before but I do understand your frustration. I started back after 10 days off at Christmas. Got weighed the first day, scales went up. How was that?

This morning the scales were down nearly a kg. How is that then? The body is weird, isn't it? Well, at least mine is.

I find it really difficult to find 'legal' snacks. I eat quite a lot of low fat ham at meals, a couple of eggs for one day and one in a galette, so not really wanting to have eggs for a snack.

I don't write a blog myself, can't bring myself to believe that anyone is interested in my dull existence to be honest. But I do enjoy reading yours and a few other Dukan ones and also sewing ones.

Kind regards

Pauline

Natalie said...

I echo all that has been said-keep it up, listen to the rational voice, our bodies are weird, and who really knows what is going on in there-

Have you ever considered weighing yourself only once a month?

I know, a leap of faith, but it has changed my life. No more weekly (or daily!) scale induced mood swings...

donner said...

weight loss is not a straight line in either direction, up or down. It resembles more of a mountain range - with some ups, some downs. Don't panic. If you are eating properly and exercising, your body will take care of the rest. Don't let the numbers rule you - go out and enjoy feeling better...

Deb Willbefree said...

What Mrs. Rational said. :}

Deb

Seren_Sighs said...

Every time I worked out I gained two to three pounds. A few weeks ago I did a few push ups, sit ups, and leg exercises and literally gained two pounds over night. Two pounds from just ten minutes of light exercise. It's just your muscles holding on to water weight from the added activity. I normally don't weigh myself for a few days of exercising if I can help it. But I do sympathize and I would do my best not to fret over it.

Kyle Gershman said...

If your exercise has made you sore, i.e. Delayed Muscle Soreness, you can expect to retain between 2-4 pounds of water while your muscles repair and recuperate. It'll be gone in a few days...don't despair.

PaulaMP said...

All the good you will get from regular exercise far "outweighs" anything the scale tells you.

Erika said...

I agree with everyone else, too! Could be too much water, but who knows ... if you've been eating healthy, staying within a deficit calorie range and exercising those are only good things. Keep it up, Lyn! The scale will follow :-)

Anonymous said...

yeah .....no way u can get back up there doing the right things.....
on another note: seeing a 1 or 2lb increase is still no excuse to let go the ropes...no matter how discouraging it is it is still the best thing what you are doing right now...so keep on keeping on

Anonymous said...

Lyn,

Even if you gain 5 lbs and increase your fitness by a significant amount (even by just brisk walking every day and doing a small amount of strength training), you will be better of, both, in terms of looks, and health, than if you were thinner and weaker.

I have just started jogging (30 mins/day of walk/run intervals), and my weight has gone up by a pound or so, but my legs look SO much more toned and thinner. It's definitely worth it-- keep on plodding on!

Anonymous said...

Lyn, you've been doing this long enough to know that fluctuations in weight happen to everyone, every day. It's normal. Even if your body composition stays exactly the same, you will weigh something different from day to day. Weight is not fat.

It's simply unreasonable to expect a loss every day, even if you've been "perfect."

lisa~sunshine said...

I've had this converstation with myself.. more times than I want to remember.. I'm happy you are listening to the rational voice..

I went over and started logging my progress on www.physicdiet.com
It's a free site and you can log your weight daily.. and see a graph with trends for a week... month.. or 3 months.. that way I can see a downward trend in general which is what you want to see..
Either way.. your doing what is good for your body.. that is what matters..
Another question is the urgency to remove the weight? I was like this until I figured out I have to enjoy this process as well because I don't want anything that puts a time line on my life.. or on how much time I get with my kids.. or to be stuck in a hurried trend for when my kids are little.. I want to enjoy each day because this weightloss battle really has no ending.. it will be a consistant.. on going thing.. so learning to love my path and myself was a big thing for me..

lisa~sunshine said...

sorry lynn.. it was this place that I inputted my weights

www.physicsdiet.com

spunkysuzi said...

I'm a lot like you in that I can easily gain/lose 5lbs over night or more!
So although I don't freak out as much it still bothers me when it goes up.
Do what your doing and it will go down.

Cindy said...

exercise is ONLY good - it makes you feel better mentally and physically - IT'S ALL GOOD. Please keep keepin' on lady!

:)

SG said...

weight loss is not for sissies. its such a roller coaster ride!

Anonymous said...

Is it for sure about the exercise, or could it be your body's sensitivity to fluctuation in sodium / potassium? Just read your previous post where you talked about blue cheese dressing, cauliflower pizza (mozzarella cheese), sea salt.

-Rachel

100 Pounds said...

The scale is a cruel bitch. If I were you I'd switch to weekly weigh-ins. I used to drive myself crazy with daily weighings. The weight will come off. I promise.

Rose B. said...

I was told at WW, that sometimes that will happen and then a loss will show up the week after. Sometimes, my leader said, that it won't show up til 2 weeks later. I have actually found that true, so try not to get too discouraged. Flipping frustrating though! Been there!

Jane said...

Hang in there! You are doing great, and seriously such and encouragement and motivation to me! I know how hard it can be to listen to that "rational" voice!

Lyn said...

Thank you guys for the support/ideas. If the number of bathroom trips I have made today is any indication, that extra weight is leaving very soon.

Lynn said...

I just came across your blog looking for fellow weight loss bloggers. When I started working out in July, I had the same problem. It's not gaining muscle or anything like that because a pound is a pound is a pound. Muscle and fat weigh the same. Muscle just takes up less space. Sometimes the muscle holds on to fluid while it heals from being used. When I was just walking, I didn't have that issue, but since I lift now, I do have it sometimes. I hate seeing a slow scale...but it will even out.

Tracy said...

I know it's hard. I started working out this week again... and I am also up! My WW leader told me if you are working out - newly - or starting again... your body will hold some water weight. I have seen things go down a week after... keep up the good work... this is hard, but I know we can all do it!

Diandra said...

Yepp, the water-in-muscle part would be my first guess as well. (I always weigh in heavier on days after strength training.)

Stephanie said...

I just recently found your blog and it has been very inspirational to me.
I just restarted my weight loss journey. I read this on pinterest the other day and I say it when I feel like binge eating or giving up:
Never give up on a dream just because of the length of time it will take to achieve it...Time will pass anyways. Thank you for your blog it gives me comfort.
Fondly,
Stephanie

dsbride said...

I was reading the comments and wonder why no one states the most obvious? Perhaps because it's a subject we dare not talk about or think is crude. However when it comes to weight loss it is an important part of it. Did you go to the bathroom? (and I don't mean for water). I gained 2 lbs on one day, went to the bathroom the next day and lost 3 lbs for a real weight loss of a lb. I agree with what others say about not watching the scale so close. Your body will use it's fuel the way it wants and get rid of it when it is good and ready. That can account for the small amounts of movement.