I relate as well. I have learned to avoid the scale during that time and just stick with what I'm doing. It's particularly challenging for me to get to the gym during my totm, but going has really helped my cramps.
This probably isn't the healthiest solution but when I have serious sweet cravings that I can't shake with all my other tricks (drink water, eat carrots or berries), I drink diet soda. I think Faygo or Canfields has a diet chocolate soda and all I need is a few sips to curb the craving.