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Up this week...ugh

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Up 1.2?

Who knows why...not going to kill myself trying to figure it out, nor will I beat myself up over it.

My eating was great this week; at least I think it was. I didn’t cave to the deadly Superbowl snacks that were brought into the house. I stuck to my regular eating plan all week….got in my water all week. I’ve not been tracking, but I’ve been sticking to my same food intake that it’s been for months. I’m very much a creature of habit because that’s what I need. Life is too darned busy for me to have to put too much thought and time into it. Other than my Saturday out-to-dinner indulgences (which aren’t usually too horrible, unless I add a DQ Blizzard to the mix every once in a while), I stick to the same thing most every day with a few alternates for lunch ideas.

Since the scale has been up all week long, I took some time yesterday to enter what I’ve been eating regularly into the tracker, and if anything, I may be eating slightly lower than I should on some days…but not markedly so. I was within 150 calories, and I’m sure the Sat. night splurges make up for that deficit, as do my Dunkin Donuts coffees with cream and 1 sugar – that I did not track, likely make up those 150 cal that I was short.

My exercise has not been what it was over the warmer months, but this would not cause me to gain if I’m staying in (or even slightly below) my calorie range.

I was really disappointed at first – even said NO WAY in defiance when I stepped on the scale (haha!), but I’m dealing with it better now. Instead, I’m presenting myself with the ol’ “Option 1 or 2” decision. Well, I’m not going to go back to old habits and I’m not giving up, so I guess that just means I’ll continue to press forward and hope for better results next week. That’s that and now it’s time to move on.

I did look back at my #s the other day and am finding it frustrating that I’m only 5 lbs lower than I was back in mid October. This is disappointing to me. I just want to be able to say that I’ve lost 70 lbs, but it keeps jumping around…64lbs, 66 lbs, 63 lbs, 65 lbs. Ugh. And that is only my FIRST goal. According to my Dr. appt. in November, she’d like to see me at a weight which would total 80lbs lost. Groan… This is where the battle in my mind takes place and I have to fight my impatience. I’m feeling like I’ll never get there, but am trying very hard not to let it get me down. I’m reminding myself that it isn’t a race. If I stick with it, then eventually I’ll get there. I just need to continue to eat healthy and continue to exercise and know that THIS is what matters, not the #s. (But unfortunately, those #s are one of my biggest motivators. I know, shame, shame, but it’s a fact.)

On another note – “Nemo” is in still blowing away outside. I didn’t get a very good night’s sleep, the wind was crazy and my husband is out plowing. It’s just me and the boys. I’m very grateful that we still have electricity and hope it continues. The severity of this storm helps put my pity party into perspective. It’s hard to not to eat everything in sght – something about a snowstorm does that to me, but I’ll persevere! It’s still snowing, but has lightened up. The wind is whipping and it’s FREEZING, but the sun is coming out - so I suppose I should head out there and get in some cardio.

Here’s a photo of the snow. Yes. It is to the top of our above ground pool.



Well, that’s this week’s report. Moving on and hoping for better news next week. 40 days until Spring.

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  • CLPURNELL
    The bouncing around does suck and it will happen more as you get closer and closer to goal. Try not to get discouraged. Maybe try getting back to your 8 minute strength training workouts. it may help you get a kick start while the weather is nasty! You have still done awesome so don't beat your self up!
    1650 days ago
  • BARBANNA
    There are actually a lot of reasons the scale can show and increase. If you are working out really hard you might be adding muscles which are dense and weigh more. Lack of sleep can cause an increase in gherlin or cortisol which stimulates the growth hormones. Your estrogen level can cause weight gain. Sodium content in many foods can cause water retension. In reading about horse jockeys you learn a lot about the techniques they use to loose weight before a run. They know many of the tricks! I have seen several days and weeks where my workouts should have burned more calories than what I ate but the scale did not show the loss.

    Try to look the other way and find a positive outcome! As you get older you need a certain amount of fat to protect you from injury. Doctors prefer people to be a little overweight than to be underweight in case they have a serious illness and take a rapid decline.

    Thanks for adding me as a friend. You might change your mind after this message. LOL
    Good luck!
    1651 days ago
  • AUSFAM
    I know you're frustrated right now, but don't let it overshadow everything you've accomplished since October! :) One thing I've learned on this journey is that frustration ebbs and flows, but looking at where you've come from is always exhilarating! Are you eating too many of the same foods? I've heard that if you stick too closely to a 'rountine' eating plan, you can gain/slow down. I have no idea if it's true or not--I have the attention span of one of your students, so I'm always switching things up. :) You're an inspiration to many and keep pushing, you can do it! :)

    P.S. I complain about wanting it to be June and here you are stuck in a blizzard AND you're still going to go out and get some cardio in the cold--I have no reason to complain. We have a rain storm right now and almost all of our snow is melted...YOU GO GIRL! :)
    1652 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Love your honesty! To me you are an inspiration! Yes, lots of snow!!!
    1652 days ago
  • PSHOWS
    Hope you never lost power. We didn't here in the North shore of MA. Don't worry , you will get on a roll again.
    1652 days ago
  • BARBANNA
    Sorry for your frustration. I have been very disappointed with my stuck scale but yesterday I found that my waist and hips are smaller. Maybe your scale is wrong! You sound like your determination is strong so you will get there some time soon!
    Hope you can survive the Blizzard! emoticon
    1653 days ago
  • KING_SLAYER
    Well, you know this happens every once in a while. We think we're doing everything by the book and wham! the scale goes up, inexplicably. You've made the right move, to just look forward to next week and see what happens.

    As far as you exercise goes, have you been upping the time or intensity of your runs? Your body will get used to running the same way and find ways to conserve energy, to make that run as efficient as possible. Could be that your body isn't burning as many calories as you think it is due to this efficiency mechanism. Just a thought :)
    1653 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    I like your planning. You see an indicator that you're not pleased with, and you go to the tracker to analyze what the issue might be. Don't let it get you down too much, I have a weight and try to be cool if it varies +-3 lbs or so. That takes into account hydration levels, maybe I ate too much sodium one day, or if I haven't been eating enough veg.

    You're right, steps towards our goals add up to miles on our journey, even if we can't see the changes instantaneously. Keep pushing!
    1653 days ago
  • SHERICAN
    Having the same week! I have lost 16 pounds in my first three weeks, got on the scale and up 2. I have tracked and even increased my exercise. I am a little dumbfounded myself. These are the times when I try this on my own that I say forget it. BUT I will continue to track and i am hoping for a drop soon. You have done amazing and you will get there! STay safe and warm!
    1653 days ago
  • _BABE_
    Looks like shovelling will be a major calories burner after this big storm..good luck! emoticon emoticon
    1653 days ago
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