Weekly Weigh-In #3

I’m sure most women who are on a weight-loss plan of any sort will relate: the time each month spent bloated and in discomfort due to PMS and its trappings are infuriating.

I weighed myself today: 181.2 (up from 178.6).

Mind you, I have made ZERO mistakes on Weight Watchers this past week, so delighted was I with that weird 4.7 lb loss.

There can truly only be one culprit: I know my period is just around the corner.

What does this mean? It means I must be bloating, retaining water — my weight fluctuates as much as 5 lbs when this time of the month hits, and I am someone who bloats early, and deflates late. This means that nearly two weeks of my month are sabotaged, weight-wise, and that when I try to do a weekly weigh-in I am met with horror and confusion.

I wonder, sometimes, if this particular struggle and its influence on the scale is what causes so many women to just give up on the process — for weeks, it feels like no matter HOW GOOD YOU WERE and how hard you worked, nothing changed.  In fact, things occasionally look like they’ve gotten worse (as is my current situation).

All I can do, in this situation, is remind myself that I have eaten a very low sodium diet lately, have lived completely and utterly within my points, have counted everything — even fruit and most of my veggies — and am working out. There’s nothing more I need to do.

When this wretched part of my month is over, what usually happens is I hop back on the scale and am DELIGHTED because the temporary weight does, indeed, go away. And so I’m looking forward to that.

But I probably have at least 1.5 weeks to wait, since I’m in the early stages of PMS.


I promise, guys, I haven’t let you — or myself — down with my eating choices this week.

We’ll just have to see what happens when this water weight is gone.

Sigh. Sigh. Sigh.



2 thoughts on “Weekly Weigh-In #3

  1. I have often said that this is the primary cause that women have such a hard time with weight loss for many reasons. I have an entire (or at least partial) list:

    1. It takes 3 weeks to break and habit and 3 weeks to form a habit which means that even if you start right after your period you’re lucky to get a full 3 weeks of feeling good and wanting to eat right/exercise daily before it hits again.
    2. Having PMS means you feel like crap and want to do nothing…except of course eat everything in sight.
    3. Eating everything is of course only a temporary good feeling because you will just continually feel more and more bloated and like everything you possibly did for the past few weeks was for nothing.
    4. “NO ONE understands” ….exaggeration yes. but the thought process of those first few days especially.
    5. “Just eat it if you want it so bad” doesn’t help the situation and guys just don’t get it.

    Anyways that’s just a few of my reasons. Anywho I have found that if you just try to keep doing what you do it’ll be ok. Maybe take it a little easier that really tough day (I always have one that I feel like death) and have that one goodie that you NEED because you’re female and deal with this shit every month. The next day you’re back on the ban-wagon and in all reality no harm was done in the long run. Cause let’s face it, it’s better to not kill someone and be in a ridiculous amount of discomfort just to lose an extra .1lb that day. Hope this was helpful 🙂

    1. It most certainly is! Thanks for the advice and the support. It really is so frustrating, to put on flawless work and see the numbers on the scale go UP. No wonder so many women quit.

      My plan is to just keep on keeping on, sticking to the plan. Sigh.

      And having one of those 2PP weight watchers brownies every now and again, when my points allow. :-p

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