For sure there was some trauma to my body, it went wth ar you doing? Lol
Part of what I was hoping to achieve was a biggest loser type thing (I read they hike 4 hrs a day plis other stuff). So my intentions were to lose weight and not pay the crazy prices that biggest loser resorts charge. I dont think it quite worked, but I'll update. I figured the amount of hiking I was doing was excessive and ate...blah! I am thankful to have (for sure) built muscle and improved my cv system.
I hike a lot. Do you think there is a chance you are hanging on to water weight? For some strange reason that happens to me after a long hike. Swollen fingers and everything. My problem is that sometimes I just can't carry enough water.
What you did do during that hike is improve your cardio-vascular system, increase bone density, tone your muscles, and go in your necessary steps for that day.
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4/8/13 2:35 P
I'll definitely update.
I'm going to do all I can do now, including showing my thighs on a beach. I want to live my life (so the hiking trip was a way of stopping myself from the mantra...when i get thin I'll do blah nlah). Of course I'd be happier on the beach with thinner thighs, but the sun sand and surf just don't care. I had breast cancer, and truly life s for living.
I would be interested in an update from you in a couple of days to see the actual results. Congrats on your fun hike! a little jealous i am.
4/8/13 12:49 P
I agree with those who said to wait a few days to weigh yourself and then see where you are at. Sometimes you have to get back into your regular routine for a couple of days before you see the change on the scale.
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4/8/13 11:49 A
like others have said, what you ate is really huge. the intense amount of walking can trigger a physiological drive to "stock up" that you are not even aware of. Also, it should be noted that, as an outdoorsman and hiker myself, many trail foods and dehydrated, add-water type foods are LOADED with sodium. enough said.
Overall, I would look at the overall experience rather than expecting a weight loss "paycheck" after a 10 day work week. Your fitness has increased dramatically and the long term effects of that far outweigh (no pun intended) the short term numbers game that we like to play.
I don't hate the scale, as it allows me to keep honest. One issue during thr trip is that I could not weigh myself.
I didn't follow my caloric plan, but thought it was ok as I was really working out a lot.
Sorry if I wasn't clear before.
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4,387 4/8/13 10:17 A
First, kick the scale.
Now that you have that out of the way, realize that the scale can be unkind and not always reward us for our hard work. Just had that happen this weekend.
I know it is easier said than done, focusing on the other gains, how your clothes fit, the fact that you stuck with your plan, the progress you have made..... whatever you do, stay on the path! Taking a side trip to calorieville or carbville, or wherever is calling you will just take your focus off where you really want to be!
Not gaining weight on a week away from home is an awesome accomplishment! Keep up the good work!
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4/8/13 10:16 A
You built up muscles as you burned fat. Be proud of that.
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4/8/13 10:13 A
I definitely went to enjoy, and enjoy I did.
However, I promised myself that going n a trip was not going to undermine my weight loss efforts. So the possible lack od weight loss means I broke (yet another) promise to muself. And that's disappointing.
4/8/13 7:34 A
Well, you could look at it from another perspective:
Did you go with the goal of enjoying the trip, or simply for weight loss?
You've had lots of great replies regarding your first query, but I had to say it. Not everything in life is based ENTIRELY on the weight loss - sometimes you just have fun, for the sake of enjoying the activity and the company. If the weight loss is a bonus (and as said by others, it very well may be) - that's great.
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4/8/13 6:59 A
I too would concentrate on the measurements not the scale but I do know the feeling as I was on a 11 month plateau until recently.
4/7/13 11:02 P
I know the feeling. I have done several long-distance, strenuous hiking trips and every time my weight changes by less than a pound, while my companions drop up to 10. It's very frustrating, but I will say that after each trip, I look much more toned in the mirror and have dropped entire pants sizes at times. I have come to accept the fact that my weight hardly ever fluctuates, and I try to focus more on body composition and measurements.
If you haven't weighed yourself on your own scale at your usual time, you really can't tell anything yet. Two different scales can be off by ten pounds or more, and even on your own scale it's not unusual to have a 4-pound variation in the same day at different times.
When you do get to weigh in on your own scale, the same time of day and day of the week, also look at your one-month calendar. Assuming you're a woman, looking at your weight 28 days ago will give you a more accurate comparison than looking at your weight the day the trip started.
4/7/13 7:48 P
That sounds great, I hope it's water retention! I did overeat today, so who knows...
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45,394 4/7/13 4:18 P
Trail mixes are very high in calories but when I do lots of exercise, I also gain, but that is fluid retention. Give yourself a couple of days and try again. Also remember that lots of carbs will cling to water in the body. Have a low carb day before your next scale appointment. My husband and I are also keen bickers.
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When did you get home? Give it 4-5 days before you decide you haven't lost weight. I went on an extreme (for me) 12 day hiking trip and it looked like I'd gained weight when I got home. After 3 or 4 days, my weight was about 8 lbs below my weight the day I'd started the hike. Extreme conditions = loads of water retention. It's normal.
Of course if you did overeat, then maybe you didn't lose, but I'd be surprised, you probably burned thousands and thousands of calories each day.
4/7/13 2:05 P
Sounds like you had a good time while enjoying the benefits of exercise koodoos to you!
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4/7/13 1:33 P
Congrats on completing a 10 day hiking trip! That's awesome. Sucks that you didn't lose weight, but perhaps you put on some muscle. If you've gained muscle, it should speed up your metabolism and make weight loss post-trip easier.
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2,241 4/7/13 12:01 P
Been there, done that....hate it when that happens! Bummer for sure!
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4/7/13 11:44 A
I'm bummed. I just finished a 10 day hiking trip and i thought i'd come out with all kinds of weight loss (one day I walked 10 hours). I may actually have gained a pound (havent weighed myself on my scale, in the morning, so no accurate measure).
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