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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
60lb goal 43 to go

Annie
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LOOKINGTOBEFIT 4/12/2013 4:46PM

    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

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DAWNSJOURNEY 4/12/2013 12:19PM

    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

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-AIMIE- 4/12/2013 12:12PM

    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!!!

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MISSG180 4/12/2013 12:04PM

    Weight fluctuates for odd reasons. You are doing a great job!

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CAROLLEE57 4/12/2013 11:00AM

    emoticon I notices the same thing with gaining weight with exercise, it's ok it's supposed to be that way!!

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SUGAR0814 4/12/2013 10:21AM

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FUNLOVEN 4/12/2013 9:16AM

    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

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GAILRUU 4/12/2013 9:01AM

    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.

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ZEECHA 4/12/2013 7:51AM

    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!
xo

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ORCHIDLADY56 4/12/2013 7:44AM

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AEGISHOT 4/12/2013 1:08AM

    You did well.

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COLUMBINE2 4/11/2013 11:23PM

    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+ min......is 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!

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/11/2013 11:03PM

    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!

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JUNEAU2010 4/11/2013 10:24PM

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