I Am Struggling

Monday, June 20, 2011

Two weeks ago I made the decision that I was going to tackle my weight problem head on...a decision I have made so many times in my life.
I joined an offline support group and a few online weight loss communities. I also joined a gym.
On June 13th I began my journey by taking the above before photos(which disgust me and make me want to hurl)and religiously went to the gym every day last week taking only Sunday off. I also ate 6 small meals a day. NO SWEETS!!!

I got on the scale this morning and to my dismay there was only a 1.8lb loss. Needless to say I expected so much more and am extremely disappointed. It's things like this that make it hard to stay motivated to keep moving to my goal.

I'm sure I will get some responses saying my weight loss was great and you have to look at the positive side but it's damn difficult when you feel you've done enough to produce far better results.

I guess I'll stop whining and get on with my day.
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    Yeah water retention is a big thing for some people, especially women- my weight fluctuates by up to 2 lbs within the space of 36 hours because of it- it's NUTS! But don't forget, it'll go away and OVERALL, your weight will definitely go down if you keep at it.

    I have an app on my iPhone called Target Weight that has a graph page where I can see my overall weight loss (including the ups and down), and it's much more encouraging to see that line going down over the course of time than it is to see a number on a scale today being somewhat higher than it was yesterday. The overall progress is most important! I think Spark People has a similar graph function - I'd definitely check it out!
    3601 days ago
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    no advice, only company - take care -
    3606 days ago
    Yes, you should think positive!!!!! Don't give up - you can do it!!!! A lost is still better than a gain. Best, Tracy emoticon emoticon
    3607 days ago
    You are just starting on a life-long journey. Don't be discouraged, you are doing great. Consistency and getting back up every time you fall are the keys.

    3607 days ago
    I think shows like Biggest Loser have a tendency to create unrealistic expectations. Most people will tell you that your 2 lbs is on the upper end for normal weight loss goals.

    Also, the numbers at the beginning are often off because starting a weight loss program can cause water retention and other issues. Also, increasing muscle mass can offset fat loss on the scale.

    I have gotten hung up on the scale numbers before. The number on the scale is just a number. You are not doing this for a number. You are doing if for you. If you look and feel the way you want, who cares if the little number on the little dial says a million bazillion? Sometimes the scale tricks you. You want to lose fat. The scale measures weight. Sometimes you are advancing towards your goal, but the scale shows an increase in weight. Forget the scale. If you need progress, get some calipers and measure body fat.

    Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint. On TV you can see someone go from morbidly obese to healthy weight in a half hour special. In real life it takes months and years. The journey is what makes it worthwhile and teaches you the skills and habits that can keep you there.

    Don't be discouraged. You are off to a fine start. Over time with consistency, your clothes will fit better, you will look better and you will get the comments from others like "ooh, I see you lost weight."
    3607 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/20/2011 4:11:32 PM
    You're moving in the right direction....weight loss is not a race...keep making the right decisions and you'll get closer and closer to where you want to be. Weight loss takes tremendous work and effort, at least it does for me.
    3607 days ago
    Oh, dahlin, don't be frustrated..... (you expected to hear that, right?)

    I don't have courage to post photos of myself in a sports bra and shorts. So good for you for putting yourself out there. My photos would not be so different believe me.

    Note that 1.8 is for all practical purposes 2, and it's awesome! Here's a psychological question for you... Why do we round up if we gain (I gained 2 pounds and I'm furious!) but round down if we lose? (I only lost 1.8 pounds...)

    Any loss is a loss!!! Celebrate it!!!!! Drink lots of water to flush out toxins and keep going!!!
    3607 days ago
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    You're right in pointing out that the 1.8lb weight loss is great! That's healthy! And all of these weight loss shows on television create unhealthy expectations for the general public. In reality, it's rare to drop more than 1-2lbs a week--even WITH all your training. In fact! You may have been OVERtraining your body. Your body needs time to rest & repair between workouts, so hitting the gym everyday can actually set you back. (Though clearly, it worked as you DID drop a few pounds.) Try to go every OTHER day for strength training and such. On the days you don't visit the gym, do cardio at home or by walking around your neighborhood.

    And remember, that number on the scale isn't always the best indicator of your progress. YOU made a serious lifestyle change last week and you STUCK WITH IT! emoticon THAT in itself is amazing! Pat yourself on the back for simply doing something great like that for yourself!!!! Stick with it. It's a healthy lifestyle, not a diet/exercise phase. The inches (MUCH better measurement to use, btw) and pounds will shed away with time. But until then, applaud yourself every day that you make a healthy choice!

    3607 days ago
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    Congrats on your weight loss - and as you predicted, I'm going to say that you worked hard for those numbers. Be proud of them. Anything that isn't a gain is a GREAT thing.

    Weight is not a steady number, and our bodies do what they want. Be proud of the healthy changes you have made, and trust the work you are putting into this. Even when we are on a plateau, or moving slower than we would like - eventually, the math will produce results itself. Congrats.
    3607 days ago
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