Breathe! It's only been 3 weeks. And in my experience, when I'm lifting, I hold on to water a bit more - helps the muscles repair themselves. Give it time, I'm sure you will stabilize. Also, remember, as the book is written, it is not designed to be a weight loss program.
First, calm down....that's it. It has only been 3 weeks! I want to remind you to read in the book pages, 68-70. They suggest to calculate your maintenance level of calories and stick with it for 4 weeks before you re-evaluate how this program is working with your body type/metabolism. (take another deep breath) Ahem, did you skip the part where the book recommends beginners of this program to lift at least 3 days a week and no interval training during phase 1? You are doing cardio, which is fine for warm-up reasons, remember you need to have focus energy to do the workouts to your best advantage and progress.
I get crazy when people who say they are doing this program and then they also say they are doing such and such in addition to what the program in this book clearly says they don't recommend.
So, I want to encourage you to stay the course but stay THE COURSE as outlined in the book, otherwise, why follow it and make yourself crazy in the process?
Ok, I'm freaking out. I told myself I wouldn't but I am. Here's the deal.
I started NRoLW three weeks ago. I read the book and am trying to follow their recommendations. Before starting (a month or two ago) I had my metabolism checked by the local hospital using a metacheck. Its complicated but basically it uses a machine to measure your oxygen output while at rest and calculates your basic resting metabolism. Mine tested at 1800 calories per day. So I feel that must be pretty accurate (as this test is known to be). I used that number to calculate my calorie need per the book and came up with 2160 (non workout day) to 2520 (active workout day). I tried to eat this way and my weight jumped up so I lowered it to 1800 - 2100 calories (still a couple hundred more than I'd been eating regularly).
Anyway, three weeks in and I've gained 3-5 lbs. I HATE this!!!! I know people say to go by the tape measure and that hasn't changed either. I have gained in the amount of weight I can lift. It has increased almost every session. So I know my strength is improving, but I can't stand the weight gain. I'm soooo frustrated I want to quit! If the tape measure was showing progress I think I could hold on better, but with no improvements -- I'M FRUSTRATED!
Also -- I am still doing some cardio. I usually walk/run a mile or two to warm up before I lift and I swim on non lift days.
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