Saturday, April 19, 2014
I lost five pounds!
As I've said in my blog before, I weigh myself daily. I do so to stay accountable. If I weighed myself weekly, I'd "cheat" and starve myself the day before a weigh-in, or purposely dehydrate myself just to get a lower number. Dumb and counter-productive, but that's the way I am.
I don't ever get too excited about one day's number because it's just that: a snapshot of my body composition on that one day. Usually when it swings up or down radically, my body fat percentage also swings, but in the opposite direction. So my weight may have gone up, but if my body fat percentage is lower, that generally means I'm very well hydrated. If my weight goes down but my body fat percentage goes up, I'm dehydrated.
I watch my weight, but I view it more like a 15-day rolling average. If it goes up days in a row, I have a problem. But bouncing up and down by up to three pounds isn't unusual.
So this morning, I weighed myself after a short run. I was down five pounds, but my body fat percentage was up a full percent. According to my Tanita scale, that five pounds was 90% water (my lean body mass went down by 4.6 pounds). I'm glad my body fat mass didn't increase - I'm kind of surprised it went down, too.
So, while it may look fantastic to lose five pounds overnight, I'm not doing handstands. (I can't do one, anyway.) I did put a little extra cheese in my grits this morning. That's as much celebrating as I'm going to do. Tomorrow, I'll probably be back up three pounds. And I won't sweat those three pounds any more than I celebrated the five I lost.