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Old 10-28-10, 07:41 AM   #1
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Gained 6 pounds in 5 days?!

I normally have my weight bounce around in a 2 pound range (191-193) from day to day. Over the weekend, I was at the low end of the range (191.4)
Sunday was a gorgeous autumn day here in Philadelphia; my husband and I went out for a 16 mile ride with hills that used to feel hard, but were delightfully easier than we remembered.
Monday, I normally go to Fencing class -- but I had company and stayed home.
Tuesday, I normally go to the gym -- but I had company and stayed home.
Wednesday, I normally go to the gym -- but I had to catch up on all the chores that I didn't do Monday or Tuesday!
So, after 3 days without exercise, I got on the scale: 197.4

Same scale, same time of day, same clothes...

Before I started losing weight last year, I had been steady for about 2 years; but I remember times when it seemed like I just gained 10 pounds in a week or two, and it never came off.

All I can say is, this had *better* come off quickly; and no Halloween candy for me this year!
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Old 10-28-10, 08:00 AM   #2
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Probably water retention during your downtime. Drink plenty of water and keep up your regimine it will likely drop off quickly.
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Old 10-28-10, 09:16 AM   #3
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I normally have my weight bounce around in a 2 pound range (191-193) from day to day. Over the weekend, I was at the low end of the range (191.4)
Sunday was a gorgeous autumn day here in Philadelphia; my husband and I went out for a 16 mile ride with hills that used to feel hard, but were delightfully easier than we remembered.
Monday, I normally go to Fencing class -- but I had company and stayed home.
Tuesday, I normally go to the gym -- but I had company and stayed home.
Wednesday, I normally go to the gym -- but I had to catch up on all the chores that I didn't do Monday or Tuesday!
So, after 3 days without exercise, I got on the scale: 197.4

Same scale, same time of day, same clothes...

Before I started losing weight last year, I had been steady for about 2 years; but I remember times when it seemed like I just gained 10 pounds in a week or two, and it never came off.

All I can say is, this had *better* come off quickly; and no Halloween candy for me this year!
It seems to me that fat people, and some former fat people, can bounce around a lot. I've swung as much as six pounds overnight. Water is water. Don't sweat it.

As for candy, that's dandy, but liquor is quicker.
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Plus you're female (duh!), which brings along its own set of water-retention and weight-loss issues. You retain water easier than men and it's harder for you to lose weight than it is for men.

Plus, come clean, when you had company and stayed home, did that mean you nibbled a bit more?

Just don't sweat it, this is a bad time of year to be dieting (candy's everywhere), and don't get too down about it.

When you know you're not going to be exercising on a day for whatever reason, try cutting back on your food intake, if you can. That'll help make up for the calories you aren't burning during exercise.
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Constipated?
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It seems to me that fat people, and some former fat people, can bounce around a lot. I've swung as much as six pounds overnight. Water is water. Don't sweat it.

As for candy, that's dandy, but liquor is quicker.
+1

I completely understand the concept of bizarre weight fluctuation. If it makes you feel any better, I weigh in every morning - same time, au natural. This is my weight history over the past week:

10/28 = 278.0
10/27 = 280.0
10/26 = 283.0
10/25 = 288.0
10/24 = 286.6
10/23 = 284.4
10/22 = 284.2
10/21 = 278.8

Gotta love gaining and losing 10 pounds in a week's time. When we had a "Biggest Loser" competition at the office, it used to stupefy the folks I worked with how I could have my weight fluctuate by more than 5 pounds throughout the day.
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Just don't sweat it, this is a bad time of year to be dieting (candy's everywhere), and don't get too down about it.
+1

I'm going to try and convince my darling wife to let me put Old Blue on the trainer in the living room. If not, I'm designated a "basement rider".
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Old 10-28-10, 11:42 AM   #8
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Constipated?
I wasn't going to say that, specifically, but Spudd makes a point worth elaborating on. There really wasn't enough information in the OP to offer a well-considered opinion about cause (if that's even what you want - I certainly understand the need to simply vent; I do it often myself). You'd really need to say something about eating during those days, any unusually high sodium intake, and all those more delicate matters Spudd alluded to.
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Water. I can go up and down 5 pounds in a day.

Really what I've read it often means is we probably aren't getting enough sodium and water normally, and so if we don't work out for a few days (and aren't sweating) we balloon up.

Another thing that can cause it is the amount of food you have still going through your system (when you last went to the bathroom etc) not to sound gross but that can add a few pounds. It's not fat though, it's just food being digested.

Also make sure to weigh under the same circumstances, such as first thing in the morning, every morning.

Or for fun weigh yourself before and after eating, using the toilet, working out, do that a few times and you'll see how much your weight fluctuates throughout the day. especially seeing yourself lose a few pounds of sweat makes you realize how poor we often hydrate.
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I find if I eat Indian food for dinner, like clockwork I know my weight will be up in the morning. Amazing what loads of salt will do for you.
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I was venting more than looking for advice, but the advice is welcomed nonetheless. I'm used to weighing myself every day or every other day, I know my usual day-to-day variation -- and this is excessive. I'm going to chalk it up to not enough exercise and too much salt for now. Plus, it's one more reason to stay away from the candy this weekend.
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I'm going to try and convince my darling wife to let me put Old Blue on the trainer in the living room. If not, I'm designated a "basement rider".
I set the trainer up today in the man cave, put the road bike on it, have not ridden much this month, want to surpass last years total. Planning a ride for the early AM..... Haven't been able to get out much lately..... Nice thing about having 2 bikes, you can put one on the trainer, leave the other in the shed, for the few times you can get out riding. Will move the bikes in the shed to the cellar for the winter though.....
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FYI, back to my baseline now.

I have remembered that I ate something very unusual for me a day or two before my weight spike: steak. Yup, I'm one of those mostly-vegetarian-except-when-I-visit-Mom types, and Mom made me some steak that was very tasty indeed that weekend.
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Just got back from a week in Mexico, laying on the beach and eating and drinking whatever I wanted. I went running every morning and swimming every day, but still, I gained a little over 5 pounds in a week. So I lost a month's worth of weight loss. But am still under 195....which is lighter than I've been in years....back to bike commuting today in NYC.
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