I Gained 5 Pounds but All is Well
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Yup, I gained 5 pounds. When I got on the scale on Monday and saw the 5 lb gain, I almost threw my scale out the window.
Luckily, we have two scales, one that measures just my weight and the other scale measures BMI, fat and skeletal muscle percentage, and caloric maintenance total for my weight.
For the past 3 weeks, I've been adding strength training and core exercises to my workout regimen, primarily working on my upper body, back, abdomen, and thigh muscles. I've been working out twice a week in addition to my aerobic workouts 3 to 4x a week.
Back to my weight gain, well when I weighed myself, I honestly thought that I would have lost at least a pound or two, so you can imagine my dismay when I saw the 5 pound weight gain. For a moment, I got really angry about it, then later a little depressed.
Well, luckily I had the other scale. The second scale still showed that I had gained the 5 pounds but it also showed that I lost 2 % fat and gained a little over 1% skeletal muscle. My BMI also went down by 1/2 a point. I couldn't believe it. I was so happy seeing the change in the numbers.
I decided to weigh myself again today and although the measurements remained the same, I'm glad to know that it wasn't just a fluke.
Although I've read articles that state that strength or weight training may add pounds because of the muscle growth and that muscle retain more water. Knowing this. . .I'm still a little bothered by the weight gain. I've always associated success through actual weight loss but I do need to look beyond it and see that the loss of fat is a better measurement of success. Still . . .it would be nice if the scale could show that I lost weight.
I'm still having problems focusing on a healthy diet although I've been eating more fruits. I still can't control myself when I'm eating something I like. Maybe I should eat food that aren't so yummy! LOL!
I also had a PBJ (Goober) sandwich fixation the past few days. . .luckily we ran out of bread or I'd still be gorging on it. It's a whole other story that I'll blog on another day. It's crazy how food can be such an obstacle to my success.
Anyway, that's it for today.
I hope you all have a beautiful Thursday.
P.S. I haven't been on Spark for the past week because I've been having computer problems but I've been exercising regularly. . .not to worry, I'm still here. . .:)