Sunday, February 10, 2013
But I'm super frustrated. The scale has not been kind. In fact it hasn't budged, oh wait except for that half a pound weight gain.
Last week I got my monthly "friend" and was up 1/2 a pound. I thought I was doing good, made it through my dreaded week 2 with a 1.5 pound weightloss and then boom my period comes. I'm up 1/2 pound.
That didn't worry me too much because many women experience weight gain through their periods and I'm definitely one of them. A few years ago I was standing up in my cousins wedding and went in for my first dress fitting. The dress was tight, really tight. The seamstress was talking about having to special order fabric and I left feeling pretty horrid about myself. After calling my Aunt and answering her very simple question, "Was I having my time of the month?". "Why, yes I am Aunt Susie" to which she replied wait a week and go back in. So I did, and the dress was actually really big in places! So yes I experience definite weight gain during "my time". And honestly I was expecting more than a half a pound. So really not that bad. Even through my period with the cramps, bloating, and back pain I managed to stick within my calories and even get in an extra day of cardio.
So then I thought this week just had to show a loss right? I mean all through my period I kept up with the exercise and cal counting. This week I did three cardio's and yoga. I was feeling pretty good about getting on that scale and then nothing... flatline... no weightloss... not even that stupid 1/2 pound I picked up during TOM's visit.
I know really it's just two weeks and I shouldn't be stressing. I know that the scale isn't the only measure of fitness, blah, blah, blah... I've read all the Spark articles and boards. I know that something needs adjusting, that each person's body is different, and that it takes time for the body to adjust. One person said at least 21 days. Another person said 4-6 weeks. I also know that I'm getting older ( hello 36th bday coming up in 3 days, yep I'm giving you the stick eye) and that your body just doesn't lose or gain the weight in the same way it did even 5-6 years ago. I know I need to look at what I'm eating and try to make some changes, I'm working on the whole protein issue.
Even knowing all that, this still just sucks. I'm not expecting big numbers but even a pound or even losing that stupid 1/2 pound gain would have made me happy. I'm working harder than I've worked on this before and I'm trying to really push those, "What is all this for then if nothing is happening" thoughts. I keep telling myself just keep at it, keep fighting, and don't give up. The only way to lose this weight and get healthy is to keep at it.
So trying to get some perspective here. I've lost 3.5 pounds so far, that's something and my energy level has been up as well.
I will be taking a look at my nutrition the weeks I lost weight and compare them to the last 2 that I didn't and make sure to add in more strength training to build muscle. Here's to hoping that I figure out the winning formula.