Sunday, January 6, 2013

Fake Weight

Last night, my husband and I joined my in-laws for a family game night. We didn't get to bed until 2 a.m. We had a blast playing Battle of the Sexes! There were adult beverages, a smorgasbord of snacks and board games. A great way to spend Saturday night with family, in my book!

My snacking started off healthy with a salad (and a mojito) but went a little downhill when I found the crab dip (my sister-in-law makes a killer crab dip!). I still think that I did pretty well at the game night, regardless. I grazed over a long period of time and the scale didn't seem to mind my fun night out when I checked with it this morning. I am actually down 4.6 pounds from last Sunday!

Recent Weigh-ins:

12/30/12: 239.6 lbs.
1/6/13: 235 lbs.

I am very pleased with my first weigh-in of the new year, however; these results are not typical. I actually know exactly why I lost so much this week. So, without further ado, I would like to focus on what I like to call, "fake weight".

Have you ever eaten "too much" over a holiday, during an event, or just for no reason at all?

If you answered yes to the question above, tell me this; have you ever weighed yourself the next day to find a significant increase in weight on the scale? The significant increase in the scale is something I would like to call fake weight.

Over the holidays, I gained somewhere between 3-5 lbs. It can be very discouraging to see this gain from only a couple days of celebrating. After many years of experience, however, I have come to find that a significant gain in a little amount of time is not real; it's fake weight!

Now, I don't mean to cut your dance-for-joy short, but don't stop reading there. This fake weight can become real weight if you don't do something about it, quickly. This is not the time to become discouraged and throw in the towel; it's a time to change things up! Otherwise, that fake weight will become all to real in just a matter of time.

After the holidays, I changed things up. This past week, I began exercising again, eating better and drinking at least 64 oz. of water each day. In doing this, I made my fake weight disappear, and then some! These big losses can be fun to see in just a week's time, but don't get use to them for the long haul. Remember, you just got rid of fake weight, now it's time to start chipping away at the real stuff!

Have you had any experience with what I refer to as "fake weight"?

Also, I want to hear about your victories this past week (scale or non-scale victories); let's hear them!


  1. I have the opposite problem. The easier the weight is to put on, the harder it seems to get it off! I put on 5 lbs at Christmas and just lost the first pound of that weight today. Yuck!

  2. I have experienced this! My first weigh-in this year was Friday 1/4, I was down .8 pounds since 12/31. I'm happy with that. That night we went out to celebrate my hubby's birthday. We went to Genji's Japanese steak house where I had the full ribeye meal (we only make it out to eat here 2 times a year so I'm not skimping on those) then went to a movie and drinks after!
    Friday morning: 255.6
    Saturday morning: 258.0
    Sunday Morning: 255.6
    I hydrated a lot on Saturday and went back to my regular eating pattern. I took a small slice of his cookie for dessert and said I indulged enough. I'm almost excite to get back on track so quickly! I'm excited for my next weigh in on Friday!!

  3. Its been a long time since I have tried to lose weight. I resolved on the new year to live a healthier lifestyle. I started making healthy meals, healthy snacks, and drink 64 oz of water a day. Im not necessarily exercising or anything yet because I want to take 'baby steps' into this whole healthy living lifestyle and I need to get the nutrition end down before I become overwhelmed with it and quit. However, I lost 5 lbs in 6 days (cuz I weighed myself on 1/1 but prefer to track things on Sundays) I only counted losing 4 lbs because I dont want to be overzealous in my tracking, but I was pleased non the less. Maybe it was fake weight from the holidays... I dont know because before January 1st I think my last time on the scale was last summer... haha

  4. I have this issue. So frustrating but i think weight is weight and taken any weight off is an accomplishment. :)