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I Gained 5 Pounds but All is Well

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yup, I gained 5 pounds. When I got on the scale on Monday and saw the 5 lb gain, I almost threw my scale out the window.

Luckily, we have two scales, one that measures just my weight and the other scale measures BMI, fat and skeletal muscle percentage, and caloric maintenance total for my weight.

For the past 3 weeks, I've been adding strength training and core exercises to my workout regimen, primarily working on my upper body, back, abdomen, and thigh muscles. I've been working out twice a week in addition to my aerobic workouts 3 to 4x a week.

Back to my weight gain, well when I weighed myself, I honestly thought that I would have lost at least a pound or two, so you can imagine my dismay when I saw the 5 pound weight gain. For a moment, I got really angry about it, then later a little depressed.

Well, luckily I had the other scale. The second scale still showed that I had gained the 5 pounds but it also showed that I lost 2 % fat and gained a little over 1% skeletal muscle. My BMI also went down by 1/2 a point. I couldn't believe it. I was so happy seeing the change in the numbers.

I decided to weigh myself again today and although the measurements remained the same, I'm glad to know that it wasn't just a fluke.

Although I've read articles that state that strength or weight training may add pounds because of the muscle growth and that muscle retain more water. Knowing this. . .I'm still a little bothered by the weight gain. I've always associated success through actual weight loss but I do need to look beyond it and see that the loss of fat is a better measurement of success. Still . . .it would be nice if the scale could show that I lost weight.

I'm still having problems focusing on a healthy diet although I've been eating more fruits. I still can't control myself when I'm eating something I like. Maybe I should eat food that aren't so yummy! LOL!

I also had a PBJ (Goober) sandwich fixation the past few days. . .luckily we ran out of bread or I'd still be gorging on it. It's a whole other story that I'll blog on another day. It's crazy how food can be such an obstacle to my success.

Anyway, that's it for today.

I hope you all have a beautiful Thursday.

P.S. I haven't been on Spark for the past week because I've been having computer problems but I've been exercising regularly. . .not to worry, I'm still here. . .:)
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ERICA_NICOLE83 3/2/2010 5:18PM

    Hey! You know my scale has not moved an ounce. I think it is because I am make muscle!? I think this is your problems too.

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SLKYSMTH 2/26/2010 2:47PM

    Thanx for sharing all that! I too watch the scale as a form of progress. I just started strength training (although I haven't logged it in as strength training in my fitness tracker, only high impact and low impact aerobics) I better keep all this in mind if and when i get on the scale and it tells ME I've put on 5 pounds too! I have seen a difference in my belly fat which is so so sooo nice! Happy Friday!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/25/2010 8:05PM

    This is a long, arduous journey and the ONLY BAD THING YOU CAN DO IS QUIT!

Really, you have to look at the "Non Scale Victories". We are all looking to be 105 pounds (or a size 0), but a lot of other stuff that goes on is just as important, if not MORE important.

Judith Beck ("The Beck Diet Solution: Train Your Brain to Think Like a Thin Person") says that whether the weight comes off in 4 months or 4 years, you will be doing the good things for yourself for a very long time.

So don't sweat the small stuff! Glad to see you are back! I've been checking!



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KMBRADY 2/25/2010 2:59PM

    Thank you for this blog. I've been very frustrated this last week as I've gained a couple pounds after encorporating elliptical training into my routine. I have not been doing much strength training, as I wanted to focus more on fat burning at this moment, but I do hour long daily sessions of multi level elliptical training. I can tell my thighs are a little slimmer and less cellulite/jiggling going on, but yet not much weight loss, which has devastated me - especially since I've actually GAINED weight despite my calorie limitations and daily workouts. I do use a BMI scale to weigh in daily, but I haven't checked the BMI readings - I think I will and then recheck next week to see if there is any difference, as you describe. I think there's a mindset that we can lose weight AND gain muscle - we did it when we were young, right? So, I've been focusing on losing weight/fat and gaining strength muscle which may not be how to look at it.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that it's good to see someone else out there in the same boat and a good result. Maybe I'm just not giving myself credit and need to start using the tools I have to measure my success - and most importantly I guess just keep plodding along if I've hit a wall at the moment.
Thanks!

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