BG2: Dealing with setbacks


Oh bugger.  At my Mum’s for a few days, eating carefully, but still eating her food, and her scales don’t have anything good to say.  Of course, I don’t know if they are calibrated the same as my own, but seeing the numbers get bigger did introduce me to the concept of going backwards.

The first rule is to only use one set of scales to weigh yourself with.  It will be rare for different scales to give exactly the same reading.  But what if the weight is coming back on?

According to Mum’s heartless scales, I put on 2kg in the first day I was here, wiping out most of the gains made in the two weeks before.

Coping with disappointment and having your expectations shattered are very much part of Blubbergeddon, and to some degree, it is the most critical “survival skill” that you need to adopt.

It is bad enough to “plateau”, but going backwards?  Bah!

Of course, it helps to remember a few things.  As a woman (not me, but you may be one), you may find that you stop losing weight around your monthly cycle – something to be mentally prepared for.  (Yes, yet another fun benefit of being a woman).

Other factors include water retention and not having done number 2’s for a few days.  When you are monitoring the scales and you are suddenly 0.4kg “heavier” with no apparent cause, you may simply be carrying a little more waste and water, and it will come off again.

Some people are on medicines, and these can also play havoc with water retention.

Even the difference between having eaten a steak or a large salad the night before will cause zero point something differences as it moves through you.

This is why most weight loss programmes suggest you only weigh once a week.  This means that the natural variances that take place are smoothed out a bit, and you won’t find yourself on a roller coaster ride.

Personally, I like to monitor things closely.  Data is useful.  In my case, a lot of the 2 kg I gained can be explained by the fact that the day before I ate an extra meal and I ate a little more (Mum’s food is hard to resist).  I was simply carrying a larger digestive ‘payload’.

Not all of it will go to fat, and the blip will come down again.  But it was an interesting exercise in how things like that affect you mentally.

Your body is not a machine, and your life isn’t a constant and controllable environment.  BG2’ers need to be ready for setbacks.  The only way to deal with them is to not give up.  Over a period of time, you’ll have a few backward steps, but there will be many more forward ones.

If you are especially disheartened, pop in and share the pain.


– Pete

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