I'm at a loss...

Monday, March 11, 2013

I just can't get the darn scale to budge! I have been working on doing squats, push ups and crunches, actually doubling the amount of each that I can do while only doing each group every 3 days. I'm super proud of myself.

I have started walking but only short distances, nothing long, so I know that my cardio can use some help.

I've been keeping my calories around 2k and under though I will be the first to admit that the food choices are not too great.

I've given up soda, juice and milk.

I've given up fast food.

I've gained weight!

What? Yep, I've gained weight and not just a pound or two but a whole whopping nearly 10lbs in about 2 weeks. How can this be? I mean no swelling to suggest that I'm retaining water and even with cutting out salt I'm still not losing.

My only thought is that I've gained muscle and it is causing the scale to shift up. I actually measured myself and yet the numbers are not shrinking. My clothes are not getting any looser.

I'm at a loss.
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    I'm glad to know it's not just me with this problem... but it took so long to put the weight on, I am learning to get comfortable with the idea that it's a slow-starting train to get it back off.
    3023 days ago
    Thank you all for your comments. You all are right and I've been going over this tons for months now. I have always done my own thing and then second guessed it when someone came in saying what I was doing was wrong even though it was working for me. Then I change based off of whatever new study was out and regain. I'm done with that mess!

    I finally got a change on the scale. TOM and I'm assuming muscle gain are the reasons why the scale had not budged. As for why no change in the measurements I'm clueless because I FEEL like I'm losing. I have so much strength and energy that it isn't even funny.

    I know I'm doing something right, my body is telling me so. I'm sticking with that.
    3064 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5130621
    I travelled down that path. where I was stuck for a couple of years. Up 5.. down 5 and so it went......... I was frustrated as h.... I didn't get it.

    Like the previous writer said trial and error.

    For me, it was all about consistently eating the right foods......everyday. NO time off for good behavior...... where as before, I would eat well, then indulge myself so my weight complied with that scenio by going up and down.

    ...... miraculously or so it seemed.......it all came together.

    That's what worked for me. In time you will find your own way.
    3065 days ago
  • NCSUE0514
    It's not uncommon to have a period of leveling off as far as the numbers on the scale, but the scale isn't the only measure - or even the most important measure - of your progress.

    You've made several important changes, and you've identified several others that you'd like to integrate into your program. You mentioned that your cardio "needs some help". How about start a cardio streak? Set a goal for yourself, perhaps to do 10 minutes of cardo every day, or 15 minutes of cardio three times every week, or whatever goal think would be feasible for you to begin with? I don't know what your current activity level or capabilities are, but there's even a team on SparkPeople for chair exercise for people who are unable to do more conventional cardio exercise. And I know there's at least one video of chair cardio on this website. You may also want to set a goal for you to incorporate a certain number of servings of fruit and vegetables daily and/or a certain number of glasses of water daily.

    Don't try to do all of this at once. I just saw a blog post from someone who said she was fairly new to SparkPeople, and she was planning to incorporate one food change and one fitness change each week. Even that might be a bit too much for you at first. Perhaps you might want to implement a change until you feel pretty secure about that one, and then add in another.

    Meanwhile, as to weight gain, it may not fully explain 10 pounds, but muscle does weigh more than fat, fluctuations with hormonal and fluid changes are common, and I swear I've had scales that you can step on 5 times in 5 minutes and get 5 different weights. So there's one more reason not to get too focused on a number you see on the scale.

    Just remember:

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    3066 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/11/2013 5:21:33 AM
    It is trial and error. You will find a routine that clicks
    3066 days ago
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