Monday, September 29, 2014

Week 27-Increased activity means increased weight??Really???

I've been away this past week so I'm late in posting.  For week 27 I gained .4 pounds.  I really don't know how.  I've been trying so hard with this 6 week challenge that I'm on with my coach.  I refocused and really got my head back in the game.  The one change I've made is that I'm sick of being sedentary.  I want to get my activity level back up and build some muscle.  So I've started increasing my walking and adding some hand weights/upper body.  So sure, maybe that little .4 pound gain is muscle mass. Maybe it's a fluke.  My experience in this "game" tells me it will come right back down.

But not this week, I'm afraid.  Here's how it's been.
Clay and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We are both trying to lose weight and get fit, so we planned a trip that included lots of activity and very little temptation.  We went camping, staying in a rustic cabin at a campground in the mountains near the C & O canal bike trail.  We biked between 6-15 miles each day, and took at least one walk or hike a day.  One hike was really long and strenuous.  We also had to walk a long ways to the bathroom (and when one drinks as much water as I do, that's a lot of walking in a day).  We also decided to keep to our diets on this trip.  We are both using meal replacements (I'm using Medifast, he's using Special K Protein bars), and then eating one healthy meal a day....we go by Medifast's Lean/Green standards, but I increase his calories a little because he doesn't have as much to lose/he's male, etc.  Now, I realize that with so much activity...hours a day...I needed to increase my calories a bit too, so I added almonds and peanuts and an extra Medifast bar each day.  I also allowed myself two servings of fruit a day over 3 days time (fruit is not allowed on Medifast because of the sugars).  My reason for this was because of the hair loss I've experienced.  I know it messes with the Medifast program/balance, but I was getting concerned about my nutrition and frankly didn't want my hair to keep falling out (I also have increased vitamins).  So bottom line, I burned way more than I consumed this past week.  We did eat our Lean/Green in restaurants a few times, and I had a few bites of soup once, and a few bites of Fried Green Tomatoes once, and a Pepperidge farm 100 calorie thin bun (7 grain) with my Turkey burger at camp one night. 
So, extra activity, healthy eating/calories watched closely, water consumed.  I took my scale along and weighed every morning.  (Sharing numbers is necessary here). Clay's weight went down daily.  Mine went up daily.  Factor in a little "female fluctuation", but I still don't get how it kept going up...a total of 2 pounds for the week.  Week 26 I was 207.6.  When I left for our trip on Wednesday I was 208 (assuming female flux).  Friday morning I was down to 206.4.  Then Saturday, my usual weigh-in day, I was up to 208.  Then Sunday I was 209.  And today, Monday, I'm 211.  I do NOT get this.  I can't tell you how frustrated I am right now!  This is beyond fluctuation.  It can't be water weight/female stuff anymore.  I doubt I built that much muscle in a couple weeks of increased activity.  I just don't get it.  I'm so discouraged.  I was SO HUNGRY all week...Clay even said one night my stomach growled all night!
In the past, small gains have come right back off. I want to encourage myself with this. But this is the largest gain I've had and it is frightening.  I'm trying so hard and sacrificing so much. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

WEEK 26-SIX MONTHS

It has been 26 weeks/6 months since I started my Medifast journey through Take Shape For Life.  I am down another 2 pounds this week for a total of 57 pounds!  I had slowed quite a bit, but my coach encouraged (railroaded :) me to join a 6 week weight loss challenge to get me back on track.  So far it has helped.  My mindset is much better.  I've had to face several events and a lot of stress this week.  I haven't been 100% on my eating plan, but I've been better, and it showed in my 2 pound loss.  For this challenge I need to lose 6% of my body weight...that's quite a lot for me, especially after already losing over 50.  But it IS possible...more even if I push it.  But I'm not about pushing...I just want to keep going and not lose focus. 
It's time to take measurements and pictures again.  I'll get to that soon!
Thanks again for my reader support!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week 25

Week 25 brought me down 1.4 pounds. I weighed daily and watched the scale RISE until this morning when it went way down.  Figure that.  Roller Coaster.  But I like down. 
Total for 175 days is 55.2 pounds.  That's only 5 pounds in 6 weeks, but down is down. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Week 24

Bleh. Up 0.8 pound. Didn't really "deserve" a loss this week anyway...too much cheating.  Even ate a couple Atkins (sugar free) peanut butter cups. Just tired of all this.  It's so hard to keep up in "real" life. 
But I'm still gonna hang on.  I just bought six months worth of lean meats/fish/poultry and veggies that will be delivered to me and packed into my freezer for me.  All individually packaged.  Trying to eat better quality, lower fat/preservatives, but still be somewhat convenient.  And keep me out of the grocery store!
I saw a behavioral coach yesterday...I will take her advice (keeping that part personal).  But today I'm not overly positive.  Just tired, I guess, and bummed about the gain.