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Well I wrote last week all concerned that I had peaked on the scale through the week and was afraid that I was going to have a gain for the week even though I have been OP and pulled off a loss of .6 and everyone helped me get through this by making me feel better saying it will work for us if we follow the program and at least it wasn't a gain! I went through another week and weighed in this morning and almost cried......I gained .4! I agree that it is NOT alot and it could be much worse but this is the FIRST gain or no loss that I have seen in the 7 months that I have been on the program and I have NOT cheated at all! My carbs have been way up probably less than 5 times for my whole journey and I tend to choose iceberg for my green alot and keep down my condiments. The only thing that has changed is a couple weeks ago I ended up going to the dr. for a tailbone injury and found out that I had irritated an old fracture that didn't heal properly. This kept me from being as active as I usually am but I wasn't a super exerciser to begin with.....I walk every other day a mile or so and now I can't for the last two weeks. I am just shocked that just that could make such a difference cause I have read on here of people following the program and never exercising. I am just straight up worried that somehow I got out of ketosis but I have been real strict on myself the last few days and if that had happened wouldn't I have been able to get back in by following OP and absolutely no condiments and tweeks for the last few days????????? I need advice from the Medifast forum and from anyone that has went through anything like this. I don't want to allow it to affect my outlook on my program.....most of us are emotional eaters and one bad thing happens out of our control and we may lose control Sorry this is so long! Can't wait for the wise advice and help!.

Comments (55)

Are you taking any medications for the old tailbone fracture? Sometimes even painkillers can cause water retention. Just hold on to the fact that there is NO WAY that you can eat less than 1000 kcals/day and gain weight. This isn't fat, it's probably water! Even exercise can cause water retention and weight gain (see my sig for weekly weigh ins and you will see a couple of gains). I know we have all said it and heard it, but try not to weigh yourself daily - you will just end up depressing yourself. All bodies fluctuate in weight daily. Have you measured yourself with a tape measure lately? On the weeks that I see a low loss or even a gain I lost HUGE in inches with the tape measure.

Are your clothes fitting better? TRY TRY TRY not to let this get to your head!! (((((hugs!!!)))) You will get over this mental slump, and end up feeling much better about your losses, inches too - not just pounds, in the long run!.

Comment #1

You haven't done anything, and nothing's wrong. Your weight fluctuated. If it's never done that in the previous seven months then you should thank your lucky stars and move on.

I guess I just don't get how a single fluctuation could affect your outlook on this program after seven months and 86 pounds. I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, but this may just be a time when you need to put on your big girl panties and show yourself that being an emotional eater doesn't mean you aren't in control of your actions..

Comment #2

Gigi, if I ever need a lawyer, I am calling YOU! I wont flame you because your right. I think the "flame" potential comes from how you are just so blunt and say it in a way that can offend some..

For many of us, being on plan for 2 weeks and not seeing any movement would be and is troublesome. I think she is looking for reassurance and we can certainly do that-its free..

So, I say stay OP, review ALL your Medifast foods, L&G choices, salt and water intake, excercise or lack there of. Check your battery in your scale as well. Pull out some clothes that were tight a few weeks ago. Measure yourself. Then, if all thats good...relax. Your body is just getting "used" to the thinner you and will reward you again on the scale shortly..

I would, for fun, because it will help others as well, post to NS. BUT HANG IN THERE!!! .

And Gigi, it's easy for us to say "dont worry" when we lose big amounts-especially you each week. Your certainly doing awesome!.

Comment #3

On further contemplation, I would really switch up your L&G's as well. Try doing a high carb veg with the lowest lean one day, then switch the next. I heard that from a center and I think it's also in Dr A's book..

(((((((Hugs)))))))))))) and hang in there sweetie!.

Comment #4

Try and get through this hurdle. It sounds like your body is on strike. I had a couple rough weeks one with a gain and it almost did me in. I am glad I pushed through. Let us know how you are doing k?.

Comment #5

I agree with Adele, try switching up the calorie/carb content of your L&G....and what about your water? Are you drinking enough?.

Comment #6

I dont think you need worry about giving into emotional eating, not when you have proven you can lose as you have. so take a deep breath,,and relax..

Many things could cause that very slight 'gain' you are seeing.

Are your L/G options lately foods that have a higher natural soium content?.

Sometimes we forget that sodium occurs in many foods naturally, we only think of salt we add from a shaker, so maybe re-evaluate your L/G'S..

I like the idea of higher/lower carbs too,,,I lost better with carbs in the 90 to 99 range, and calories right under 1000. I have heard others say they lose better when they include more fish as their lean..

Your body may also be 'adjusting". I think sometimes our bodies just don't want to let go of the weight, and try to hang on! lol You will start losing again..

Maybe up your water by a glass or two, just to see if that has anything to do with it, especially if heat tends to make you retain water..

Since you have the injured tailbone, possibly there could be inflamation around the area, which could cause internal swelling and fluid retention..

You are doing fine, and I am glad you brought it here to the boards to talk it out ,rather than let it derail you. This IS a support board, and that is exactly what you deserve from us.

Relax, you are doing great, and you will achieve your goal!!.

Comment #7

I had many weeks of no loss, but had a good inch loss those weeks. Drink 1/2 your new body weight in water every day. Switch the leans and veggies, like they said. My center had me do that and I lost 4 pounds in 3 days...........

You know this works, so just keep doing it. Looking forward to hearing your losses in the next few weeks..

I'm one of those who did not exercise, and still don't. Just hate it and it's too darned hot..

Blessings,.

E..

Comment #8

If you are taking painkillers, they can constipate you. Make sure you are getting enough water - extra if painkillers are involved. I'm sorry you're having a rough two weeks, but it does kind of sound like your body was used to the walking. Change things up like others have said as far as your L&G and see if that makes a difference. Hope your backside is feeling better!!!!.

Comment #9

Thank you for all the ones that gave me the support that I was so looking for when I felt weak. I have again tested my strength and decided to go to the state fair with my husband and his family for his birthday today and kept taking it easy but wanted to get some walking in since I haven't for the two weeks.......I was able to stay away from all forms of temptations even when my fam was eating it next to me I have been taking Naproxen 3-4 times a day prescription strength and just read that it has sodium so even though I am drinking 100 oz water a day maybe this excess of sodium is tickin my body off Will keep ya informed when the scale moves for me and I will try switching it up this week! Thanks again.....I knew it was the right place to go to get the strength to continue on!.

Comment #10

I always had a pair of "test pants". They were the ones that didn't quite fit yet and I partly measured my progress with how close they were to buttoning or how tight they were when I sat down. A couple times, I thought I should have lost more than I did but when I tried on the "test pants" they were always closer to fitting. I just kept changing my "test pants" as I lost.

P.S. I got them from the thrift store so I wasn't spending a fortune for something that wouldn't fit because they were too small and then wouldn't fit because they were too big..

Comment #11

Are you taking any medications for the old tailbone fracture? Sometimes even painkillers can cause water retention. Just hold on to the fact that there is NO WAY that you can eat less than 1000 kcals/day and gain weight. This isn't fat, it's probably water! Even exercise can cause water retention and weight gain (see my sig for weekly weigh ins and you will see a couple of gains). I know we have all said it and heard it, but try not to weigh yourself daily - you will just end up depressing yourself. All bodies fluctuate in weight daily. Have you measured yourself with a tape measure lately? On the weeks that I see a low loss or even a gain I lost HUGE in inches with the tape measure.

Are your clothes fitting better? TRY TRY TRY not to let this get to your head!! (((((hugs!!!)))) You will get over this mental slump, and end up feeling much better about your losses, inches too - not just pounds, in the long run!..

Comment #12

You haven't done anything, and nothing's wrong. Your weight fluctuated. If it's never done that in the previous seven months then you should thank your lucky stars and move on..

I guess I just don't get how a single fluctuation could affect your outlook on this program after seven months and 86 pounds. I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, but this may just be a time when you need to put on your big girl panties and show yourself that being an emotional eater doesn't mean you aren't in control of your actions...

Comment #13

Gigi, if I ever need a lawyer, I am calling YOU! I wont flame you because your right. I think the "flame" potential comes from how you are just so blunt and say it in a way that can offend some..

For many of us, being on plan for 2 weeks and not seeing any movement would be and is troublesome. I think she is looking for reassurance and we can certainly do that-its free..

So, I say stay OP, review ALL your Medifast foods, L&G choices, salt and water intake, excercise or lack there of. Check your battery in your scale as well. Pull out some clothes that were tight a few weeks ago. Measure yourself. Then, if all thats good...relax. Your body is just getting "used" to the thinner you and will reward you again on the scale shortly..

I would, for fun, because it will help others as well, post to NS. BUT HANG IN THERE!!!.

And Gigi, it's easy for us to say "dont worry" when we lose big amounts-especially you each week. Your certainly doing awesome!..

Comment #14

On further contemplation, I would really switch up your L&G's as well. Try doing a high carb veg with the lowest lean one day, then switch the next. I heard that from a center and I think it's also in Dr A's book..

(((((((Hugs)))))))))))) and hang in there sweetie!..

Comment #15

Try and get through this hurdle. It sounds like your body is on strike. I had a couple rough weeks one with a gain and it almost did me in. I am glad I pushed through. Let us know how you are doing k?..

Comment #16

I agree with Adele, try switching up the calorie/carb content of your L&G....and what about your water? Are you drinking enough?..

Comment #17

I dont think you need worry about giving into emotional eating, not when you have proven you can lose as you have. so take a deep breath,,and relax..

Many things could cause that very slight 'gain' you are seeing..

Are your L/G options lately foods that have a higher natural soium content?.

Sometimes we forget that sodium occurs in many foods naturally, we only think of salt we add from a shaker, so maybe re-evaluate your L/G'S..

I like the idea of higher/lower carbs too,,,I lost better with carbs in the 90 to 99 range, and calories right under 1000. I have heard others say they lose better when they include more fish as their lean..

Your body may also be 'adjusting". I think sometimes our bodies just don't want to let go of the weight, and try to hang on! lol You will start losing again..

Maybe up your water by a glass or two, just to see if that has anything to do with it, especially if heat tends to make you retain water..

Since you have the injured tailbone, possibly there could be inflamation around the area, which could cause internal swelling and fluid retention..

You are doing fine, and I am glad you brought it here to the boards to talk it out ,rather than let it derail you. This IS a support board, and that is exactly what you deserve from us..

Relax, you are doing great, and you will achieve your goal!!..

Comment #18

I had many weeks of no loss, but had a good inch loss those weeks. Drink 1/2 your new body weight in water every day. Switch the leans and veggies, like they said. My center had me do that and I lost 4 pounds in 3 days...........

You know this works, so just keep doing it. Looking forward to hearing your losses in the next few weeks..

I'm one of those who did not exercise, and still don't. Just hate it and it's too darned hot..

Blessings,.

E...

Comment #19

If you are taking painkillers, they can constipate you. Make sure you are getting enough water - extra if painkillers are involved. I'm sorry you're having a rough two weeks, but it does kind of sound like your body was used to the walking. Change things up like others have said as far as your L&G and see if that makes a difference. Hope your backside is feeling better!!!!..

Comment #20

Thank you for all the ones that gave me the support that I was so looking for when I felt weak. I have again tested my strength and decided to go to the state fair with my husband and his family for his birthday today and kept taking it easy but wanted to get some walking in since I haven't for the two weeks.......I was able to stay away from all forms of temptations even when my fam was eating it next to me I have been taking Naproxen 3-4 times a day prescription strength and just read that it has sodium so even though I am drinking 100 oz water a day maybe this excess of sodium is tickin my body off Will keep ya informed when the scale moves for me and I will try switching it up this week! Thanks again.....I knew it was the right place to go to get the strength to continue on!..

Comment #21

I always had a pair of "test pants". They were the ones that didn't quite fit yet and I partly measured my progress with how close they were to buttoning or how tight they were when I sat down. A couple times, I thought I should have lost more than I did but when I tried on the "test pants" they were always closer to fitting. I just kept changing my "test pants" as I lost..

P.S. I got them from the thrift store so I wasn't spending a fortune for something that wouldn't fit because they were too small and then wouldn't fit because they were too big...

Comment #22

You haven't done anything, and nothing's wrong. Your weight fluctuated. If it's never done that in the previous seven months then you should thank your lucky stars and move on.

I guess I just don't get how a single fluctuation could affect your outlook on this program after seven months and 86 pounds. I'm sure I'll get flamed for this, but this may just be a time when you need to put on your big girl panties and show yourself that being an emotional eater doesn't mean you aren't in control of your actions...

Comment #23

I dont think you need worry about giving into emotional eating, not when you have proven you can lose as you have. so take a deep breath,,and relax..

Many things could cause that very slight 'gain' you are seeing.

Are your L/G options lately foods that have a higher natural soium content?.

Sometimes we forget that sodium occurs in many foods naturally, we only think of salt we add from a shaker, so maybe re-evaluate your L/G'S..

I like the idea of higher/lower carbs too,,,I lost better with carbs in the 90 to 99 range, and calories right under 1000. I have heard others say they lose better when they include more fish as their lean..

Your body may also be 'adjusting". I think sometimes our bodies just don't want to let go of the weight, and try to hang on! lol You will start losing again..

Maybe up your water by a glass or two, just to see if that has anything to do with it, especially if heat tends to make you retain water..

Since you have the injured tailbone, possibly there could be inflamation around the area, which could cause internal swelling and fluid retention..

You are doing fine, and I am glad you brought it here to the boards to talk it out ,rather than let it derail you. This IS a support board, and that is exactly what you deserve from us.

Relax, you are doing great, and you will achieve your goal!!..

Comment #24

I always had a pair of "test pants". They were the ones that didn't quite fit yet and I partly measured my progress with how close they were to buttoning or how tight they were when I sat down. A couple times, I thought I should have lost more than I did but when I tried on the "test pants" they were always closer to fitting. I just kept changing my "test pants" as I lost.

P.S. I got them from the thrift store so I wasn't spending a fortune for something that wouldn't fit because they were too small and then wouldn't fit because they were too big...

Comment #25


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