Monday, August 12, 2019

Keep living and TRUST the healthy living plan

This week is a mixture of emotions.   I had my weigh in on Friday and I was SOOOO not happy with my weight.  Seeing a number that I don't like really makes me want to give up, but that is NOT an option.  So I reviewed the week.  I pondered and I decided upon my course of action.   And honestly, my course of action may surprise some!

So lets get the nasties over with now.......I gained weight last week.
Just imagine me giving a deep sigh right now about showing a gain.

So I sat back and pondered and thought about my week. Honestly, when I thought back to the week that had just passed I could find NO issues with my food for the week.  I was honestly within my calories and eating really healthy options! Limited my carbs....ate near dang perfect.   I allow myself splurges here and there but I hadn't had ANY that week.  The biggest splurge I had was one night when I had some extra calories left in my budget and I had a banana with some peanut butter and chocolate.  I splurged on a a 3 pound gain?  I swear, it wasn't a big banana!

See, my calories were fine...and if I add in my exercise/activity I was MORE than fine.

I rode my bike.  I ran.  I walked every lunch break and every 15 minute break.  I also did yoga at 4:45 in the morning.  Did you get that? IN THE MORNING!  I sacrificed. Oh, and lets not forget the squats...175 a day.    I pushed myself.  I was KILLING it!   And I gained?

~~Another deep sigh~~

So what is my plan of attack?  Nothing but stay the course!   I am doing this the slow way and I am ok with that (really, I am).  I know that this way is the way that is going to set me up for 'forever' in terms of keeping my weight off.  That means that the scales will not always show a loss.  And if I am going to go this route I must accept the weird numbers on the scales.  

Ok, so that is TOM (darn monthly water retention) and all that added activity and sore muscles which means that I was probably retaining water as my muscles worked to heal themselves.  So I KNOW that the muscle thing could be a part of the weight.  Are the muscles I'm gaining outweighing the fat I'm losing?    I wrote about the possibilities  a while back....right here if you are interested.

So, I am doing NOTHING different.  In fact, today is Jason's birthday and I celebrated this weekend with an indulgence of a Cinnabon.   Yes, it was super high in calories.....and yes it was worth it.  And I am ok with it!   It was a one night thing.  I am back on track and don't need a splurge again...maybe next week. (But I'm not interested in Jason's birthday sweet treat that is being made today....he would certainly share it with me....but I already splurged on something that I thought was worth it!)  

Ironically enough... one day this weekend when we rode our bikes I actually had the calories to have a Reece’s Cup (one cup...not a package) and I was so disappointed to find myself full and satisfied after dinner.  Did I shovel the Reece’s Cup into my mouth? No, I want to enjoy it and eating it when I’m already full is not enjoying...that is folish! will be waiting for whenever I have the calories AND when I can appreciate it!!!

So I am NOT changing course.  I am quite ok with what I am doing.  I am living healthy  I'm learning to live in moderation.  I"m learning to manage food.  I am learning to NOT allow food to have a hold over me.  I'm living life but changing at the same time.  I call that a weight loss journey win!


Melanie said...

I think you are doing great. From what you wrote, I am sure that is all water weight - I know for a fact that heavy exercise will cause the muscles to retain fluid while they repair. The week that I was on vacation - hiking, working out, painting on the weekend, etc. I did not lose one ounce from all that exercise. I bet you see a loss next week!

*Stained Glass Butterfly* said...

It is so maddening when all of our hard work and sacrifices do not show on the scale! But it does not sound like you did a single thing wrong. You are probably right about water retention. When the scale is not cooperating, look at other signs of success. And I think that not eating that Reese's cup and saving it for later, when you are hungry, is AWESOME! It's a huge shift in thinking that is quite a milestone. Celebrate those successes until the scale catches up.

Shelley said...

It's the long haul, the change over several months, that is the thing to focus on, because it adds up and you'll see a better change then. I know how frustrating weekly weigh ins can be - mine would be on Fridays, and of course I'd weigh myself on Thursday and be down, but the very next day? Up. Or no change. I feel your pain!!

jesseybell said...

Darn scale - but you are killing it! Glad to hear that you are keeping the course. The scale will catch up!

Amy said...

Could be cortisol levels up with all the activity, and yes, you might be gaining muscle. I'm glad you are going to keep diggin in anyway, you have lost a whole teenager's worth of weight, that's amazing! Never in my life have I lost 80 pounds, that is so impressive to me! Sometimes you have to show the universe what's up before it catches up to you. Changes will happen and they will be measureable in multiple ways!

Anonymous said...

It was more than likely just fluctuations which is extremely hard to see. I bet you’ll see a big loss this week.

jen said...

Darn the demon scales !!
And high five to you for staying on course. You got this.
Bet you see a good loss this week...keep it up !!

Sarah said...

You did great! Don't worry about the scales. They'll catch up. Right now my scales are so far behind... I swear I'm a tiny 125 LOL.

Awesome job saying no to the Reece's! That's a big win in my book.

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Mrs Swan said...

That is why I switched to a monthly "count" I prefer seeing -2.2 lets say rather than -5 +2 +.8 goose egg

I know it will catch up to you eventually just as you do. I know when your in that moment though it is hard to see.

It's so odd how our outlook on our weight loss is so wishy washy. (general our) Some days were shouting from the mountain tops and others we are just mute in our feelings.