Hey Lin - I know right where you are coming from. We decided to landscape our back yard, and for a period of over a week, we were shoveling dirt, carrying heavy rolls of sod, laying paving stones (16 inches that weigh 36 pounds each), and the retainer wall stones that weigh about 23 pounds each. Anyway, I lifted in one day all 300 retainer wall stones (twice) and put them in place or moved them to the opposite side of the yard from the drop to put them in place the next day. Also, I moved all of the paver stones. We calculated that over the course of the 2 days of moving the stones that I lived over 5000 pounds. At the end of the week, I had gained 4 pounds. My neighbor was joking with me saying "you probably lost 20 pounds with all that work", and I countered back - nope, in fact I gained 4 pounds. I took a week to lose that 4 pounds I had gained.
Good going on the exercise, getting out there and having fun... not worrying about the scale.
I second with what Raney and Suke said about weight/muscle... turning some of that gain to muscle tissue is what I've done.
Something else to keep in mind... muscle growth causes temporary inflammation, as a fitness instructor you know muscle grows thru microscopic tears and repair... your muscle will hold on to water during this time. Water is heavy... 16 oz (2 cups) is a pound.
The other factor is your digestive track. At any time you're carrying several pounds of food, water... and bacteria. How much is in there at any one time can give you a swing of 1 -4 pounds.
Remember too... this is a process, you're still finding your proper dose.
: ) Mzzchief
Never underestimate the value of getting out of your own way.
Yes, the scales can be discouraging, but it's true, when you work out and gain muscle, you'll gain weight, but be leaner. Try using a measuring tape as a guide instead of your scales. I don't even own scales and only watch my inches. You'll feel so much better watching the inches decrease.
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Luv your positive attitude Lins! Keep your chin up and don't let the scale discourage you! I know that the scale can be VERY misleading! With the intense workouts you have been doing your body structure is changing to a leaner meaner you. Your muscle mass will make the scale go up but you are getting rid of fat and that is what counts. I can gain up to 5 pounds after hitting the weights heavy the next day. I know that my muscles are repairing themselves and that my muscles take in glycogen to repair. Focus on the changes your body is making. Like that bicep that is getting defined and less flabby or your measurements.
So not only did I meet my calorie goal this last week ..and still continuing this week..but I also burned a grand total of over 4,000 calories..
the kicker..I gained a lb! I literally got on the scale, laughed out loud, and thought to myself..of course I would! :)
Not much I can do other than laugh..
On a positive note..I feel better. I even ran a total of 15 miles last week, climbed stairs (if you live in seattle you know why stairs is a big deal) at work with my kids all week, and took the dogs for walks. Was basically doing double and triple workouts each day! So that is an improvement..now..to stop the weight gain.. ;)
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