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When you're working hard and gaining weight... and 2 new PRs!!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

So, let's talk weight loss... My goal is to lose 2-3lbs a week... and I've done it.. until last week.. I GAINED 3lbs.. seriously? I had a great week food wise.. stuck to my plan... no cravings.. not even wanting to go off plan (lord, I love that feeling).. I felt very nourished.. never hungry.. if I was hungry, I ate... did CrossFit 3x and, of course, my hour bike ride that burned 800 calories.. so WTH?

I gotta tell you, I weigh everyday exactly for this moment.. I followed my weight everyday and saw the lbs adding up... and remembered that the body is not a predictable machine... weight loss is NOT linear.. not even for the biggest losers! HA!.. last week two things happened.. 1) I weight trained hard and know that when you build muscle it weighs more than fat AND your new muscle retains water initially... yep.... this I know.. and 2) I was VERY emotional last week which means my hormones were roaring (can you say Menopause?).. and I always retain water during that time.. So, there is no freaking.. none.. I'm trusting the process..

So, as of this morning I'm back down to 299 - lost the 3lbs from last week... and I'm hopeful that the scale will start to show a loss now. However, regardless of what the scale says, my body is changing.. my clothes are fitting differently... I feel STRONG... I can tell a difference when I walk up a couple flights of stairs at work that I'm more fit... people at work are noticing and commenting kindly on the changes they see.. so, I'm good.

Tonight was CrossFit #17.. and TWO new PRs (personal records)... my highest max Heart Rate which causes this little guy to appear and jump all over the screen on my phone which I LOVE!!

AND Coach wanted me to do 13 minutes continuous interval to beat my time (remember six weeks ago the longest I could go was 2 1/2 minutes... so.. it freaks me out when he does this, psychs me out... so I asked him not to tell me and I was just going to concentrate on doing the rounds (not the time)... so guess how long I did it??? 19minutes and 2 seconds!!!! I couldn't believe it!! I really thought I'd gone about 13 minutes... I was shocked.. and so excited.. high fiving.. knuckles.. skipping... yelling.. hooting.. you name it!! I did it! I can DO this! I can!!

So here's the stats and the workout:

What a night!!

127 Days til Africa
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    I'm glad you wrote this (& I read it!) I was having the same feeling this week - knew I was working hard & eating right and the scale wasn't budging. It finally dropped 2 pounds!! Losing weight is so frustrating sometimes! You are doing an awesome job emoticon
    1293 days ago
    How Awesome for you !! It is so hard to see the Scale go up , but like you said in the long run burning more calories by building those muscles...I'm glad the scale came back down for you .

    And your WORKOUT !!! OMG you are ROCKIN it.. Keep it up you're doing such AMAZING things. emoticon
    1293 days ago
  • -AIMIE-
    I still don't even know how much I weigh. I know that it can be motivating to jump on there and see those numbers going down but for this very reason you mention here, I can't have it in the house. I end up driving myself crazy weighing more than once a day and beating myself up when the numbers go up.

    Even though I know logically that it is normal for it to fluctuate it gets in my head and makes me start to doubt the process. For now, I am fine not knowing where I am at with the numbers. I am just practicing mindful eating and trying to do more to increase my fitness levels. I am also trying to get out of that "guilty" mindset when I do choose a high calorie meal which has been once or twice a week, way better than once or twice a day like it was getting around the holidays.

    Congrats on an awesome workout, you are really building your endurance and doing great things for your body!!!
    1293 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Weight fluctuates for odd reasons. You are doing a great job!
    1293 days ago
    emoticon I notices the same thing with gaining weight with exercise, it's ok it's supposed to be that way!!
    1293 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
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    1293 days ago
    YOU GO GIRL ! Can you feel all of us congratulating you emoticon
    giving you hugs emoticon and routing for your success emoticon
    Wish we could be there in person emoticon
    1293 days ago
    The scale sometimes does not reflect what we are doing. I have learned to be patient and realize that often it is the sodium that is causing a problem and not diet or exercise. Sometimes we just have to wait for our bodies to catch up with our efforts.
    1293 days ago
    You're right--your body is changing! Sometimes the scale is not your friend as it can really bring you down.

    But I love reading how strong & empowered you feel from your workouts! So the bottom line is go for that feeling!

    You're doing it. Look how you're changing!
    Keep rockin' it!
    1293 days ago
    1293 days ago
    You did well.
    1294 days ago
    Glad your mind was stronger than your emotions regarding the temporary wt. You're growing so much in understanding...I really admire that growth & wish I could emulate it. That attitudinal development alone is work all the work you're doing 'cause it'll carry you through the long term...into Africa and long beyond.

    Great endurance, too. 19+ a long time at that pace. Jeez...I hope you stop & really look at your accomplishments now'n then!!! It's just ...sigh...fantastic. Great work!
    1294 days ago
    Good on you...looks like you're on a great plan! there will be ups & downs on weight....I can't figure it out myself....just keep consistent with eating well and working out.

    And I LOVE my Digifit app too! It is the best thing since....peanut butter!
    1294 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    There are not enough emoticons to properly comment!
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    1294 days ago
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