This week I completely expected to see a gain on the scale–even though it was supposed to be my first week back “OP” (what we Weight Watchers refer to as “on program” or “on plan”).
Last week I made it to the gym at 5:30 M-Th as I’d hoped, and took Friday off. I planned to go to Zumba Saturday but hubby had a study group and daycare at the gym doesn’t open til 9 (class is at 8:15) and then Sunday we had too much going on to carve out time to go, so I made do with long walks and lots of house-cleaning. But in spite of thinking more about my choices, my eating was still pretty craptastic … and I went over my Points by 48.
Seriously, again! #FAIL
Imagine my surprise, then, to step on the scale and see a “decade” I haven’t seen in like 18 months!! I had lost 2 lbs and was in shock. I am guessing maybe it’s because of my milk production decreasing so much and then ending? I don’t know, but whatever the case, I’m only 9 pounds away from my comfortable, stress-less/feel-good weight. It seems attainable now.
And if nothing else, it gives me the motivation to at least TRY!!!
[It also makes me think, maybe I should have had that glass of wine last night, after all?! ]
Speaking of weight loss, a friend shared this NYTimes article with me today, “Why Even Resolute Dieters Fail.” Pretty fascinating stuff that turns the tried-and-true calories in/calories out philosophy on its head, but the basic premise makes sense. Thoughts?
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As someone who has followed the exact same diet and routine as a friend and achieved completely different results, I have believed for a very long time that the calories-in/calories-out thing was not as simple as people preached. I believe we all metabolize differently and that it’s obvious that it changes with age and physical (and mental) stress. It makes me angry for all the people who are like, “You just have to eat less, fatty!” Not everyone who’s fat is inhaling McDonalds daily. It’s so much more complicated, but I’m glad science is still working on helping us figure it out.
Absolutely Candice. Age and genetics definitely come into play.
In my case, my body seems to have a “set weight” that pretty much stays the same unless I go completely out of control with my eating or severely cut calories. It’s pretty incredible…I weigh exactly the same today as I did 5 years ago when I was exercising 2-3 hours a day, every day. And one could say “muscle weighs more than fat,” but I don’t look much different in photos than I did in 2005/2006. I don’t really understand the biology of it. I used to think excessive exercise was the only way to stay thin.
I still weigh about 5-7 lbs. more than I did before pregnancy (about one pants size), but that was after a year of eating 1500 calories per day and tracking my intake Sparkpeople. Back then, it was worth it to fit into a size 4, but today I don’t really care if I weigh a little more – as long as I feel healthy.
Isn’t that interesting!!! And so nice to know you don’t need to work out that much to still see results, ya know? I have seen you in person and you look awesome, my friend. Glad you are at peace! And feel HEALTHY, above all!
Grateful for sharing thiis