Well, ha! Looks like I need to take a dose of my own medicine that I doled out last week! I gained a pound. After 23 straight weeks of losing or breaking even, I finally had a gain. Haters can rejoice! 😉
It’s been a bizarre week on my scale. I actually gained 3.3 lbs in one day! (Yes, I weigh myself every day. I know I am not supposed to, but I’m not perfect, and I just can’t help it!) I got all the way back up to 150.1 lbs and about flipped out! (Especially with an all time low of 145.0 lbs last Sunday!) So I guess getting back down to 147.3 lbs is pretty good in the whole scheme of things!
So, I’m doing what the little Weight Watchers tracker and everyone else says to do. I’m taking a look back at this week to see what I had done differently. This is what I came up with:
- I only used 6 Weekly PointsPlus, but normally use almost all of them if not all of them.
- I drank way less alcohol. (Hence, why I did not use very many Weeklies!)
- I added back in resistance exercises to my routine, 3 days a week (crunches, planks, clam shells, inner thigh lifts, reverse leg lifts, squats, pushups, dips, and 4 different arm moves with 5 lbs weights – about 15-17 minutes worth).
- I drank more water than I normally do. I usually get about 60-80 fl oz, but I was up to more like 90-120 fl oz. Not including my usual 10 oz of green tea each morning, so add that in too.
- I ate 3 full servings (4-7 PointsPlus worth!) of chocolate on 3 days. I think usually it’s maybe one or two days a week, if at all, and usually a 1/2 serving.
- I did cardio all 7 days, and for the past couple weeks I have been taking a day or two off a week (but feeling guilty about it). I got way more activity points this week (43 to be exact!) than I have in the previous 3 weeks. I even got over 19,000 steps on Saturday and over 15,000 steps on Sunday, and I haven’t done that in a while.
- I met the Good Health Guideline checks completely on 4 days, and did pretty well on the other 3 days, overall better than the previous 3 weeks.
Ok, so what gives?!? It sounds like I generally did much better than the last few weeks, right? So I am kind of at a loss. I guess I should work out less, eat more, drink more alcohol, and drink less water! Ummm, yeah, that’s counter-intuitive!
Ok, so maybe that new resistance training is making me gain muscle? It turns out my body fat percentage actually dropped 1.1% since last week. Well, according to my Withings scale, anyway! I am not sure how accurate body fat is on scales these days, but that seems pretty significant in just one week, right? And it could be that I am retaining water in my muscles from this change in routine. I will say that I actually experienced swollen ankles for a few days, which is strange, since I am on a diuretic (water pill) for my blood pressure, which is supposed to give you skinny ankles, as my doctor says! I did have Mexican food and beer one of those days, but I have done that before without swelling. And well, that is why I started drinking more water this week too. I guess retaining water in general is not related to my muscles retaining water, but both can affect the numbers on the scale. Either way, I am thinking my body should even out. And I should in no way use this as an excuse to not keep doing resistance training!
And back to that drinking more water thing. My mother did remind me what The Biggest Loser contestants do when they want to throw the scale and not lose when they have immunity… they load up on water. Ok, so they do that right before a weigh-in, but I definitely loaded up on fluids this week. I know a lot of you are on the #100ozchallenge kick, but I have read conflicting ideas about just how much water a person needs. The majority of it says that 100 fl oz (12 and 1/2 glasses) is not necessary, especially if you are someone who eats healthy because you get a lot of water through fruits and veggies. The Mayo Clinic and a host of other sites say that, on average, food provides about 20% of your total water intake. In fact just last night, I happened to be skimming through the chapters I haven’t read yet of Working Out Sucks (by Chuck Runyon, the founder of Anytime Fitness), and it stated that there was no scientific research to back up the need for even the typical recommendation of 8 glass of water a day. And since I literally feel like I am force feeding myself water, I am going to lay off it and go back to the about 72 fl oz (9 glasses) a day that I came up with from a Water Calculator on About.com Nutrition.
Speaking of that diuretic, I just started that 25mg dose 4 weeks ago. Before that I was on a combination beta-blocker that had only 6.25mg diuretic. And during one of those week I lost 2.4 lbs and another I lost 3.5 lbs… and I did not do that amazingly well those weeks either. Seemed odd. So perhaps this diuretic has been making things wonky, and now it is evening out losing only 0.4 lbs last week and now a gain.
Less chocolate? *sigh* I try not to eat a lot of sugar, so maybe the three servings this week did it. But since I was on point, I will have to replace it with something else, or I will hardly be eating anything! Or maybe I already cut back too much, not using those weeklies? Especially since I did more activity this week. Maybe I deprived myself too much? And I definitely would have felt more deprived without Mexican food, a half Croque Monsieur, beer, and chocolate this week! Maybe my body is going into that so-called “starvation mode” where it thinks it needs to save more fat for energy or whatever, which is also a highly disputed concept. I have to say that in my experience, I actually do better when I have a sort of “cheat” day in which I get to eat a ton of points…almost like shocking my body into thinking, “Oh, ok, we don’t have to be careful and save up fuel sources for energy because it appears there is not a lot of food coming in… we got food now! So we will let go of this fat now!”
Can not giving myself a “rest” day be the culprit? Ok, so maybe that did not affect the scale, but maybe it will affect my body and my mindset. Maybe I just need to force myself to have that break for my own well being, and learn to do it without feeling guilty.
And well, I am long overdue for a plateau. I had a small one in January, but have been in a downward motion for quite some time now. Not to mention I am just a few pounds outside of being in a “normal” weight range and about 20 lbs from my goal weight, and as they say, the closer you get to your goal, the harder it becomes.
Speaking of my goal weight, that is negotiable as well. I am at the point where I sort of want to listen to my body to see what is “natural” and sustainable really, with the ultimate goal just to be in the healthy weight range. And I’m not gonna lie, I’ll miss my boobs! I kinda like my curves, and I’m not so sure I want to be that skinny little girl I used to be. And if my body won’t budge from where it is right now, so be it, as long as I continue to take care of it with (mostly!) healthy food and activity, and my health stays good. I’m trying to focus on that as well as improving my body fat percentage more than my actual weight. I’m okay with my size, it’s more the appearance of it (a.k.a. the jiggle) that I want to go away!
All in all, I am actually not feeling so bad about this gain. I started reading Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life again (another book in which I haven’t ever finished. I’m good at that!) by Wayne Dyer, a man who has Leukemia and still manages to be positive, which is based on the teachings of the Tao Te Ching. Now I am not at all particularly religious, but I am a big ball of stress, and I find wisdom and calmness in the very centered ideas of this book. So I am feeling very zen about this gain. I am embracing it, and accepting it, and appreciating how far I’ve come. I’ve lost 53.8 total pounds and my body fat has dropped 16.4%. I am eating better and getting more exercise than ever before. I may never be that skinny girl I used to be, but I bet I am healthier than she ever was! So yeah, I am taking my own advice. I’ve put on my big girl panties, and now I’m just gonna keep on keepin’ on!
Weight: 147.3 lbs
Change this week: +1.0 lbs
Total lost: -53.8 lbs
You can also check all my progress 😉
And if you’re wondering, it’s not actually week 24 on Weight Watchers, it’s just week 24 of giving weekly updates since re-committing myself to the program.