The second week of weight loss is the hardest... :( (sort of vent)
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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:38:17 AM
This is my second week of weight loss. I'm not on a "diet", but I am counting calories and we've made changes to how we eat as a family. We're doing a lot more healthy foods and trying new vegetables (such as kale) and I've been searching the net for healthier recipes.

So far it's been going great, we've cooked and eaten many healthy, low calorie meals. We haven't been out to eat in over a month (we didn't go out much to begin with, maybe once or twice a month).

The first week of calorie restriction (I'm using MyFitnessPal) I lost 7.5 pounds - awesome! But I knew it wouldn't keep up and I knew that the first week of something like this you are going to lose more and then it's going to slow down. Now I'm a half a week into the second week and I'm losing on average .2 pounds per day - which is great, it just seems like not much after that first week.

I guess I'm just venting... I haven't felt deprived at all as far as food goes (I've even had a couple treats as calories have allowed) since we've been eating much better I get more food for my calories. I've stayed within my limit for a week and a half now and it's been easy. Just bummed that it now seems like the weight loss is slowing (which I know is completely normal and what you want it to do!)

Just wanted to vent a little despite knowing it's completely normal and expected.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:43:06 AM
yeah, it IS hard the "newness" has worn off, yet it's still not an ingrained habit (the eating healthy part)

good luck to you!


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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:58:37 AM
How often are you weighing yourself? It's much better to leave it a minimum of a week between weighing as your daily weight can fluctuate due to things other than your actual weight - i.e.fluid retention, time of the month etc.

But yes, novelyt is wearing off now and reality is setting in. Focus on the prize, not the price!!



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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:01:17 PM
Yes it is frustrating, I understand. That 7.5 pounds was a lot of water weight, but it made you feel great, of course!

But you want to maintain long term, I assume, so .5 - 2 pounds per week is a healthy rate of loss. If you lose .2 x 7 you're right in that range, and doing great!

While I am a daily weigh-er NOW, for the first month or so, you might want to try and do it less often. Like once a week or so. Seeing .2 isn't that exciting, but seeing 1.5 at one time mentally feels better sometimes, you know?


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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:18:37 PM
I undertand that frustration because most of us want to see huge losses every week, instant gratification. It helps me to think longer term--if I can just keep up .2 a day on average, I will be 5.6 pounds lighter on March 1 and 11.8 pounds lighter on April 1 (that you can see and feel) etc.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 12:45:59 PM
I think you're weighing far too often. Weekly is fine.... .2 pounds up or down is very likely to be normal variations for fluid, etc. Did someone suggest that you weight in daily?

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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:09:19 PM
Don't weigh yourself everyday, just don't. If it wasn't for having to weight at the doctors, I would probably only weigh myself once every 2 weeks.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:05:00 PM
.2 loss per day is 70 lbs in a year which is an AMAZiNG acomplishment!

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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:16:38 PM
I would be thrilled with .2 a day (or about 1.5 per week)! I've been on MFP for a month. Have decreased my calories from where I was last summer and have started exercising. I've lost less than one lb. and it is depressing.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:20:13 PM
I wanted to comment on weighing daily....I weigh daily as well, although I have an official weigh in day. I don't buy the argument that you should only weigh once a week since your weight fluctuates. Yes, it does fluctuate. But IMO, you get a better picture of where your weight is going if you weigh MORE often, not less.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:35:08 PM
Fantastic job so far!

I wanted to suggest a couple of books that I've found are pretty helpful. They help you work on the cognitive part of weight loss - basically helping to get and keep your brain on track. One is Beck Diet Solution (it's not a diet) and the other is 100 days of Weight Loss

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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:46:07 PM
Thanks for the book suggestions...I will look into them! For me, weight loss is very much a mental thing. I know I can do it...I just have to be in the right mindset. Five years ago I lost 75 pounds...I kept it off then gained about 20 before my wedding. Then I was out of control during my pregnancy and gained 75 pounds. I was able to get about 45 pounds off within the first month of delivery...but I was still way over what I should be.

We want to start trying for baby #2 this summer and I need to get some of this weight off before conceiving again. I have approximately 20 pounds to go to get to prepreg weight. I would like to lose more than that before getting prey again, but even just being at prepreg weight would make me happy. Also, if I start getting things under control now it will make it easier for me to stay healthy and eat healthy during a second pregnancy.

I'm one of those people that do better by weighing everyday. It helps my mind stay in the game and keep me on track. I have an official weigh day, but I still check it everyday.


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Posted: 2/2/2013 2:46:45 PM
Also remember that you put it on slowly and it will come off slowly.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:54:48 AM
I'm also in the weigh everyday camp. Don't get too hung up on small changes in your weight in the short term; in fact it's best if you use something like URGravity that can track your weight over time. It's far more positive to look at your weight loss over a month than a day at a time.


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