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.