This week's stats:
This week's gain :( = +4.2 lb
Total loss = 30.2 lb
Now, I know I should still be proud of my 30 lb loss, and I am, but it is frustrating. This is a real journey though and that means that each week won't be perfect. I've been losing at least a little bit of weight without a gain for practically a month and a half. I've been doing a great job, but life isn't perfect and this journey is hard. I wish I could snap my fingers and be my goal weight, don't we all? But, that doesn't happen. It isn't realistic. Gaining occasionally, plateauing. . . that is realistic.
Going into this week I knew that I would be retaining water. However, I was so excited about starting with a personal trainer. I put in 2 great workouts with her and then stepped on the scale this morning to see a BIG gain!
I was told that sometimes after starting more exercise, like I did working with a personal trainer, and having some intense workouts that your muscles are really trying to recover and tend to hold in a lot more water. Anybody find this to be true for them?
I know I didn't eat enough calories this week to justify that sort of gain. However, I'm not completely innocent. I did attend a lovely bridesmaid's tea for a wedding that I'm in on Saturday. I guess enjoying the little tea sandwiches and tiny cakes the day before a weigh in really isn't a good idea. But, at the tea house it wasn't like you could select from a menu. You got what you got. Now, no one forced me to eat that bite size chocolate brownie, I did that all on my own. Hey, we need to live a little sometimes! But, I do take responsibility for dipping into my extra 49 weekly points a little much this week.
What do I plan to do about it this week?
When I was struggling gaining and losing the same 2 lbs back in December I was so close to throwing in the towel. I was ready to just walk away and accept that maybe I was just going to be overweight forever. Today, that isn't the case. I'm ready to fight for this, for me.
I accept that this is a long journey that I am on. It will take me over a year to get to where I need to be, but it will be worth it. I really do believe that.
Because my muscles are recovering from doing things that they have not done in awhile, I need to really drink more water. This week I will be working on increasing my water and adding more fruits.
I also did not track every day last week. I added up everything in my head, but I often didn't enter dinner into my tracker. I need to track everything that I eat.
Lastly, I will work out with the trainer 2 times again this week, but I need to brave the cold and get out for my walks again during my lunch break and at least do a little on the elliptical to keep working out my muscles on my off days.
Yes, it is frustrating that I gained. I'm not happy about it, but I can fix this!
How did your week go? I really hope your weigh in was better than mine!
Week 5 = + 4.2 lbs
Total challenge loss = -3 lbs