“There’s a first time for everything.”
That is a saying that comes to mind today. Today is a first for me (as far as I can remember, anyway). When I weighed in today, I was UP from last week. I do believe that in 53 weeks this is the first time that has happened.
I would be totally hysterical right now, but I have a funny feeling I know exactly why I am up. Let me count the ways:
1. I lifted heavy weights this week with very little (to no) cardio.
2. I stopped logging my food in my journal (big no-no!).
3. I was in the gym only twice this week (Monday and Wednesday).
4. I ate a very good dessert yesterday at a family reunion…and I do not feel bad about it, nor do I regret it.
I am coming to understand that my body is *extremely* sensitive to lifting weights. Monday I lifted on my own (focusing solely on my arms and shoulders), and I ate well. Tuesday morning’s weigh in had me up several pounds. I knew I had not eaten an excess of 14,000 calories to truly pack on those pounds, though. So, I was not worried. Wednesday morning’s weigh in had me down a couple of those pounds from Tuesday. That night I focused on strength training with Denise. Thursday I was back up a little over a pound from Wednesday. I was also *extremely* sore Thursday and Friday…and Saturday. My legs took a beating with Denise. Yesterday had me back down a couple pounds (hovering right around 199.6 to 200.6). After yesterday’s sedentary nature (sitting around with family…and tables full of food), I knew I was not going to drop under that 199.2 from last week.
In one way, I do find it frustrating that I am not down for the week. However, in another way, I find it almost absurd to beat myself up over this. First of all, I am up only a bit. Second of all, I know that at least part of that is muscle…has to be. So, for this week I am going to cut myself some slack (very little, mind you) and we will see what next week shows (which better be a loss).
My plan of action:
1. I will be in the gym every day this week.
2. I will be careful not to let cardio go unnoticed again.
3. I will start logging food again (seriously cannot believe I stopped doing this).
With those three things in place, I should be back on the road down by the end of the week, and I will be able to take this hiccup in stride.
How do you handle hiccups in your path?
Hi – I just get over it, decide I’m going to do better next week, and move on. The truth is, every path has a few bumps to it. Nobody loses weight perfectly then keeps it off forever perfectly. It’s only human to make mistakes, or have flaws.
But getting back on the barrel is key to success. And monitoring more closely for the next week or two afterwards is critical 🙂
You’re right. No one is perfect…somehow I seem to hold myself to impossible standards (even with that in mind). I’m actually pretty proud of myself for taking this gain so well. This is about the time I would usually just surrender and say, “All the weight is coming back whether I like it or not.” That will certainly *NOT* happen this time, though! I hit the gym last night and I’m feeling good. The scale went down this morning, too, so that is a good sign. 🙂
Thanks for the feedback!
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