Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Weigh to Go Wednesday: I Just Don't Understand

Spring In2 Action

It seems to me, here lately, that weigh in days have become more like a lottery competition than a weigh in.  I've gotten to the point where I have no idea what number is going to show up on the scale.

One minute I have a nice loss - the next, a gain.  No reason for the gain WHATSOEVER, but there it is - staring me in the face.

Frustrating is an understatement. 

Last week, I had a 2lbs loss...this week, almost a pound gain.  No difference, really, from last week to this week...yet there it is - in bright black numbers.

My feelings may explain why I bawled like a baby watching Biggest Loser last night... but more about that in a minute.


Starting Weight:        214.6lbs
Weight Last Week:  212.4lbs
Weight This Week:  213.2lbs

I've gained 0.8lbs!

In a total of 5 weeks, I've lost 1.4lbs.  Really?  That's what I have to show for the hard work I've put in?

The numbers just don't make sense.  Even my BodyBugg is telling me that something just isn't right.

According to my BodyBugg, I should have lost about 13lbs in the past 7 weeks.  But, alas, I have nothing but a measly 1lb to show for meticulously counting my calories and working my behind off in the gym or running.

I'd kind of be ready to throw in the towel - if it wasn't for Biggest Loser last night.

Seeing my poor girl, Courtney, stand on that scale - knowing that she busted her ASS all week long....and seeing that sad 1lb loss - I just broke into tears.

That girl has more heart in her pinkie finger than I do in my whole body - yet she is struggling just as I am.  She has seen terrible numbers on the scale for the past 5 weeks....and it appears that no one on the show had any explanation as to why.

She has described it as a plateau that her body is having a hard time dealing with.  To help with that, her trainer completely changed her routine and her eating habits - hoping that the changes would spark her body into re-firing.  The hope was all it was.  She lost less weight this week than she EVER has...and she probably worked 5 times harder than any week.

My only explanation for my own struggles is that I'm dealing with a similar situation as Courtney.  Maybe I need to make some drastic changes.  Maybe I need to up the intensity.  Maybe...Maybe...

Of course, I will admit that I haven't worked out as much as I should have.  Despite that, however, I've been extremely careful with my calorie intake.  Yeah, OK, I had one moment of weakness last Friday when I ate the wrong food items at the restaurant...but I really doubt that caused all of this.  AND, that's one night - what about the rest of the 5 weeks I've been dealing with this?  In all honesty, it's been close to 2 months I've been dealing with this.

I cut my calories back this week to 1500 instead of my recommended 1700.  I burned an average of 2200 calories a day - which should have given me a deficit of 3500 calories for the week... a 1lb loss... but no, I get a 1lb gain.

My BodyBugg read-out says that the problem is probably my not being honest with my food intake.  Well, let me tell you BodyBugg - I have logged EVERYTHING that has entered my mouth...EVERYTHING.  I even round up on my portion sizes - logging a little more than I know I actually ate.  I do this so that the deficit is a little lower than it should be...well, because I believe there is always a margin of error in how many calories it says I'm burning.  Yeah, look how well that paid off.

Like Courtney - I refuse to give up.  I refuse to let this bring me down.  I will keep fighting.  Maybe my body will work it's self out - and the weight will start flying off.  I'm keeping a positive hope in my heart.

Well, time to get ready for work...

Till next time. ;)
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1 comment:

  1. Finding that perfect combination of calories in and calories out is tough. And just when you think you might have figured it out something gets tossed in the way and changes everything. It pretty much sucks to be honest!

    I wish there was an easy answer to this problem but unfortunately I haven't found it yet. I do know that the BodyBugg, the scales or even tracking every single thing you put in your mouth doesn't always's a hit and miss issue and sometimes we just miss more than we hit. Hang in there and know you are giving it the best effort you can!


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