I swear the reason this was delayed had nothing to do with the fact it was the first month to ever show a gain.
The 16th, my usual day for these, was the beginning of BLC#21. I weighed in at 172, which is up 3.5 pounds from the 168.5 of last month's check-in.
Then again, as I mentioned in a semi-recent blog post, I've done a bit of a change-up to work on stabilizing my eating -- one part of which is setting my SP goal to two years out rather than a few months away. This adjusted my calories to a maintenance-like range. I'm also focusing very closely on measuring, because I started looking at the number of servings some things I was buying weekly would provide. When a 416g container of almonds is gone in a week, but I've only recorded 300g or less (which wasn't easy to see because I would list it as 24 almonds, which is a serving, not the grams) I was eating notably more calories than I was recording.
I will say this much. I know my metabolism is fast. I was using that as an excuse to eat loosely like that, but the problem is that once started with the excuse, it kept expanding and being used more and more often. My goal right now is to actually see how much faster by not fudging the food tracking, so that when I put the deficit back in place, I don't put too large a deficit.
The reason for that is when I eat at too large a deficit, given my activity level, after a few days or a week, I get legitimately hungry. Once I get that hungry, eating goes way overboard. It settles back down after a day or two, but that was becoming a roller-coaster ride I didn't want to be on.
So visually there likely isn't much difference in these pictures from last month. (Well, minus the fact I had my DDa take them, so the angle is different -- normally I have the phone propped on my bed in a box and using the timer.) Here they are:
Just for fun, since DDa was there, I had put on the green shirt in my original picture on my SparkPage and the pants that fit me at my top weight. She laughed hard, called me gangsta, and took this:
Then I realized she could take this picture better than me:
Compared to before (August of last year):
I'm actually back down to 168.5 today, and that in spite of a slight calorie surplus this past week.
I did get super-whammied this week, though. I've mentioned that I almost never get sick. Well, the one exception happens when my TOM hits -AND- I get exposed to a bug right about the same time. That's the only time cold sores ever crop up, too. So all week two people at work had "the crud", coughing and snuffling. I got the mild sniffles, which touch on my throat overnight. Then my DDa kindly exposed me to her tummy bug Saturday to add to the fun. (All I got out of that was tummy gurgling - and mushy doodoo.)
The worst part has actually been a tendency for my hands to get chilled. I was running warm water over them at work ... and had bright red fingers as though I'd scalded them and very pale white hands. Thankfully I seem to be pretty much through it all and back to a normal routine.
And complete unrelated to me, just two fun photos.
This first one is a car wash that has been around since I was very young. We lived less than a mile from it. I now work less than a mile from it and walk past it regularly. It's crazy, in fact, remembering this whole area because the next block over from this was a large orchard. It is now an eBay campus, shops, and so on. There are no orchards left of the ones I remember here. (There are some elsewhere, but this entire area near where I work now got completely developed. In fact, the old canneries got turned into apartment complexes too.)
As a child, early on they would let us ride inside the vehicle. Rules changed later and we'd have to walk through the little store to get outside and watch it go through. There were always whole families of ducks, often with ducklings in the spring. There was also a small pavilion area with a control panel like what might be on the bridge of an actual steamboat. I carried on the tradition when I had a car, taking my DS and DDa along and believe they had as much fun as I ever did.
This other picture is of some sort of ??? fruit ??? vegetable ??? that my landlady had sitting on the table near my room. They were sprouting. I have absolutely NO clue what they are, but they certainly looked fascinating.