Originally Posted by Newlee11
How do you stay motivated when you don't get the reward of good results?
By remembering that there are soooo many things that can throw off a weigh-in. By thinking logically, have I done everything right? If so, then going up in weight is an artifact of water retention, natural processes, whatever. By asking myself, realistically, if I'm up a pound, did I really eat 3500 extra calories the day before? By staying off the scale when I know it's going to send me into a tailspin. By not giving up even when the news is bad.
If you had meals out, more likely than not, your sodium was higher than usual, which can make you retain water.
Weight loss isn't a steady linear decline, unfortunately. Maybe consider weighing in weekly or biweekly instead of daily if you feel you really need to see the drop to keep at it.
Hang in there. We've all been there and it will go down again.