Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Weigh-In: Sometimes It's Just Annoying

Last week I was disappointed that the my weight was essentially the same despite a good week, so this morning, after another on-plan week, I was expecting to be close to my birthday goal of getting out of the 170s.

The weigh-in:

Lbs. Fat82.772.570.370.868.167.167.666.565.366.8
Lbs. Muscle 67.366.865.267.363.363.96565.164.465.2


And this. 

What is this sorcery? This is one of those times when I think I just have to accept that, sometimes, the scale really just doesn't reflect the last week (or two) of hard work. Still annoyed, but have to trust that my body keeps track and it will catch up. I feel like I'm riding a bike at a really high gear - pedaling so fast and hard, but barely moving.

The stats for this week: 


I went to the gym six times this week, and burned a total of 3650 calories. I did one session of strength training, so will try to do another tomorrow since that's one of my February goals

Workouts included two classes - my beloved Sunday Zumba, and a step class. Holy crap, step classes are hard. They don't explain any of the moves, they just start and newbs like me try not to fall off or be too awkward when we realized we've been facing the wrong way for the last twenty seconds. 

I had a couple of higher calorie days, especially on the harder workouts, but it averaged out well with my "flex" calories and I ended the week with a deficit of about 3200, or close to a pound. Not that you'd see it on the scale though. (Bitter? Me?)

We went to a friend's Super Bowl party on Sunday and I told John that it would be easier not to eat any of the snack foods than to just have one chip or one pretzel or one pizza. I'm so much more about the sweet, so it would just be picking and mindless eating if I ate it. And I succeeded! Our lovely host also made a huge tray of cut up veggies, and we brought some baby carrots and hummus as well. It was a fun party, and my pride was such that you'd have thought I'd just aced the LSATs. 

Upcoming challenges this week: Nothing too challenging coming up, thankfully. However, my birthday is in a couple of weeks, and we have a wedding the weekend after that.

I'm stuck between "This is one of two days a year, literally, that I will not worry about calories and enjoy some food" and "Why lessen the week's accomplishments? Will your birthday really be so much less special if you don't eat a ton of junk food?" We'll see, I guess - though whatever happens, I WILL track it. 

Onto the next week. Really hoping my efforts show on the scale next week. I feel like I could squeak out my goal if that happens. 

Birthdays - Junk-fest-free-for-all or a chance to take a special birthday edition SoulCycle class? 


  1. Aww Leah, it sucks when that happens. It could be sodium causing fluid retention, it could be a little inflammation from increasing the intensity of your work could be a butterfly sneezing in Wisconsin. Just know you are doing well, trust the process, drink lots of water, get good amounts of sleep, and soon the scale will budge. :)

    1. Haha, I think the butterfly thing might be the closest.

  2. I am right there with you. I was up a few pounds this week and after all the running I did and the calorie counting, well, it's such a let down. You've come so far though, and you'll see it on the scale soon enough!!! Hang in there!

    1. Thank you for the encouragement! You're doing amazingly.
      We can do this, and it (should) really all even out in the end. Your body won't forget all the running this week, and mine won't forget the workouts either.

  3. I'd say keep up going with your plan. It's nice to just let loose on your birthday, but it will be even sweeter to meet your goals... Although, I am one to talk. I should follow my own advice. :)

    1. Good point! I think the most important thing is to remember that it's just one day, right? Even if you or I go a little overboard, we can still get right back to it.
      Since my birthday is a Tuesday, maybe I'll try to save some of the flexible calories.

  4. Keep doing your best. Think of the great health and fitness benefits you're getting, whatever the numbers. I'm positive the numbers will change for you.
    As for birthdays, how about a treat AND exercise?

    1. Thanks, I am trying to be patient while the scale catches up with my efforts.
      Since it's a workday anyway, I'm definitely planning to get a workout in on my birthday.