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October 2nd, 2008
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Weight surprise
I weighed 202 lbs on the doctor's scale at noon today.  That's 13 lbs less than 10 days ago.  (I haven't had an actually working scale at home for a long time, so I only check my weight at the doctor's.)  This actually concerns me a bit.  When I was 215 last time I was there, it was a pleasant surprise but reasonable, down 6 lbs from two weeks before that.  The only real change in my eating habits has been that I've been sticking to my eating guidelines much better than usual.  I'm eating all my meals, eating normal amounts at those meals, and enjoying them normally; I just seem to have pretty much lost the urge to snack.  I've been keeping myself busy, but I haven't suddenly started running 10 miles every day.  I feel fine.  I'm just wondering if I need to be worried.

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Date:October 2nd, 2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
It's amazing what just cutting out the snacks will do, combined with even a a moderate amount of activity. How much of those snacks were soft drinks, btw? I know when I switched off ordinary soft drinks to sugar free ones I lost the first batch of weight just about that fast.
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Date:October 2nd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Except for a couple of designer root beers, I have not had a soda of any kind for around a year. My weight's been pretty steady at 220-225 for months until 4 weeks ago.
Date:October 2nd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)

Weight loss

A dear woman friend of mine from the early 1980s, one Jane Freitag, went through a significant bit of weight loss. She thought it was stress. It turned out to be diabetes, and if she had called any later than she did, she might not have made it. Get checked. NOW.

Nate (also a diabetic)
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Date:October 2nd, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Weight surprise

that's a lot, and even if you had cut calories by quite a bit, it would still be a lot -- one tends to lose that much only when it's water. i wouldn't be terribly worried (it's just one datapoint), but i would watch it -- and i'd bring it up next time at the doctor's.
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Date:October 3rd, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Were both weighings on the same scale?

Were you wearing/carrying in your pockets about the same amount of stuff both times?

If so, yes, you should get checked for diabetes. Sudden unexplained weight loss is one of the symptoms, and a pound a day is a lot.
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Date:October 3rd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
Presuming this isn't water loss or measurement error (which can include measurements at different times of days and after meals), it's a bit much. It's also not completely impossible as being fine. One normally expects healthy weight loss to average about 2 pounds a month sustained for moderate activity individuals.

My weight tends to fluctuate by as much as 7 pounds (around 230) over the course of a day as a point of reference.
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Date:October 10th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
That same thing happened to me a while back. They did the usual OMG check your diabetes thing (because I am diabetic) and all was well after some questioning by my doctor (who rocks).... he pointed out that about 4 months before my exercise level/type had changed. He pointed out that exercise changes become effective about 4 months after you start them.

I had a wild ride of weight loss for about a month before it restabilized.

I would take a look at what you changed about 4 months ago before starting to panic but as someone else said, get the diabetes check, it is always a good idea.
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