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Newbie...two weeks in and GAINED? Boo!


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Hi there.

My stats: 180# 5' 7.5"

First week: lost 2#

Second week: GAINED 7#

Have been keeping my CC at about 1600 and exercising most days to equal at least a 500 calorie deficit. Had two days where I didn't keep track of my calories, but made healthy choices for the most part.

Figured it was because it was "that week" that I gained, but "that week" is over and the scale is still showing the 7# weight increase...so...what gives? Have only had 2 sodas in the last 2 weeks, and one glass of wine. I definitely do not have a thyroid problem, and it's too early for muscle gain...I feel so defeated! I have 3 toddlers 3 and under and want to look good for my class reunion in August...WHAT GIVES? ::so frustrated::

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hello,
first of all- do not give up! do not dispare! i feel the same way as you, i have a very hard to loosing weight (on the scale). i have found that taking measurements of all criticial spots on your body in monthly increments is the most beneficial way to measure your fat/weight loss. 
keep in mind- how long did it take you to get to the weight you are now?
it is alooooot easier to put on weight, than to lose, so this will not be a fast process. slow and steady weight loss wins the race, because if you lose weight very quickly, alot of the time you will just gain it back.
try to not think of the physical aspects (i know its hard, because thats what you are working so hard for! me too!) but, the more pressure you put on yourself, the easier it will be for you to get down when you do not see an instant result.
try to just be healthy, feed your body well, nourish and use food as fuel; be active because it feels good, and because you enjoy it... the rest will follow.

hang in there!!  i just wanted to say you are doing well so far! be grateful for the determination and drive that you have, and use any sad/negative feelings to fuel that desire to better yourself! your classmates will notice if your happy on the inside as well!

humm, the first 2 weeks was when I lost the most... its a numbers game though. (at least at first it was for me... the numbers seem to change through out the process and at times don't make sense at all!)

So... you are going to have to play with the numbers because a 500  calorie deficit should show weight loss... if its truly a deficit, so my guess... the numbers are wrong and there is no deficit.

just my experience speaking. Hope someone has some answers for you!

OK...so I checked the scale and it was off...by about 4 lbs! so I've only gained 2 lbs...and that's a better thought...

 

PROBABLY WAS JUST WATTER , THAT IS WHy some are off now , but avoid soda remenber the sodium retains liquids

shoot 2 pounds will go up an down along the way. it usually all pans out over time. =] Keep up the good work!!! Keep your head in the game and don't!!

I find more often than not if you're just starting to work out you my see a slight gain in the first 1-2 weeks. It's just your body trying to adjust, it's retaining water because of the increase in activity. Keep going through it and you'll see the scale start dropping soon!!!

I know it's SO HARD to stay away from the scale--especially when you feel like you're doing everything right and it should be reflecting that. But the reality is that there are all kinds of factors that will make the number on the scale fluctuate, especially when you're changing your diet and exercise habits. You may be consuming more sodium than CC is showing. Upping your activity levels often causes you to retain water. Your body is trying to figure out what the hell is going on and it will likely hold onto things (especially fluids). So do your best to stay away from the scale for a few weeks and instead pay attention to that calorie deficit you're seeing on CC every day. Know in your mind that every 500 calories a day will add up to a pound a week...and the scale will eventually reflect all your hard work. Trust me. It really will! Hang in there and keep on tracking and moving!

Original Post by mommywriter:

I know it's SO HARD to stay away from the scale--especially when you feel like you're doing everything right and it should be reflecting that. But the reality is that there are all kinds of factors that will make the number on the scale fluctuate, especially when you're changing your diet and exercise habits. You may be consuming more sodium than CC is showing. Upping your activity levels often causes you to retain water. Your body is trying to figure out what the hell is going on and it will likely hold onto things (especially fluids). So do your best to stay away from the scale for a few weeks and instead pay attention to that calorie deficit you're seeing on CC every day. Know in your mind that every 500 calories a day will add up to a pound a week...and the scale will eventually reflect all your hard work. Trust me. It really will! Hang in there and keep on tracking and moving!


Excellent advice for us scale-shy exercisers & I didn't know that about the body trying to hang onto water weight when we up the exercise -- Thanks!
Lukesdove, rmar7701 is so right. I wish I could get that through my head. Just keep doing what you're doing paying special attention to bites here n there or portions (mine were typically so much bigger -no surprise- than what they should be).
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