My scales moved this morning. Five days ago I hit my all-time low of 147.6 pounds. Then for four days my weight just fluctuated up and around a pound or two, finally settling back at 147.8 today.
This is the reason it’s recommended to only weigh once a week, or monthly even. There are SO many fluctuations from day to day.
When I first woke up this morning, I still weighed 148.6 and I had this whole conversation in my head about it.
I’ll share that conversation with you, because I’m sure you’ve had the same one (or one very much like it) and may just find this helpful…
I had a restless sleep last night, and slept less than 5 hours. I kept waking up startled, having that dream where you fall – over and over. It was about yesterday’s hike lol, and I kept falling over the waterfall or falling off the cliff. 😛 I finally just gave up and got up.
I’ll share the hike with you in my next post. You’ll LOVE it. 🙂 This was my most adventurous and ambitious hike yet!
I thought: Maybe that’s why my scales didn’t move AGAIN today. Not getting enough sleep always affects my weight loss.
Then I thought… maybe it’s muscle recovery. I’ve had two BIG workouts two days in a row, and that’s known to cause a “stall.” Or maybe it’s this sore throat I woke up with two mornings in a row. I might be coming down with something, and I never lose weight when I’m sick.
Hmm. Maybe I need to switch things up, even though these same foods worked just fine for me in the past (for weight loss). But I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve been really lazy and just eating a lot of nuts, cheese & cream cheese. Those are always the first things to cut, or cut way down on.
You can speculate a lot, but bodies will do what bodies will do. I’m not one to take drastic measures to force the scales to move, but I do believe in evaluating your lifestyle to see if there are healthier choices you could make – or considering any healthy changes that might be beneficial.
If you are not losing weight – or not losing as fast as you feel you could, read these two posts:
It’s funny too that we might work out once or twice, or have a really good food day, and just expect the scales to move immediately – as in, the next morning. 🙂
Funny as in – almost comical. It takes our bodies 48-72 hours to process food completely. And as we all know, exercise is all about the long game – and much more about toning and overall health than actual weight loss.
I decided to do two things: Have eggs for breakfast this morning, instead of my usual “nuts & berries cereal” – and to sleep more. I went back to bed for a couple more much-needed hours… and woke up to see that loss on the scale. 🙂
Read the two links above if you’re struggling and think you may need to make some tweaks. There are some great (healthy) suggestions there that don’t include starving yourself or living off of eggs alone. I’m a BIG believer in a healthy balanced low carb diet, and in healthy weight loss – and weight loss mindset.
The bottom line is this: Consider what you can change and improve. Always be improving. But don’t get yourself in a tizzy about it, or damage your health over it.
This whole health thing is a journey, not a race! 😉
Here is my Low Carb Food Diary for Day 31 of the “Get Lean For Summer!” 90 Day Low Carb Challenge. It’s not too late to join us if you haven’t already!
Day 31: Wednesday’s Low Carb Meals
For breakfast yesterday I had 1/2 cup pecans, 1/4 cup Daisy brand cottage cheese, and 4 small diced strawberries = 5 net carbs and 85% healthy fats.
I headed out early for an adventurous hike, so I packed a large coffee thermos and plenty of low carb snacks: turkey, cheese, almonds, pecans and bottled water.
I just had a block of cheese on the trail, and plenty of water, then we ate the snacks on the way back. I was wiped out so just had some turkey & cheese and a few nuts.
We did stop at the store for fresh drinks, and I bought these ******* thinking I really wanted them. I rationalized the whole pack was only 35 carbs, it wouldn’t kill me, yada yada yada. But then by the time I got back in the truck… they didn’t appeal at all. And there they sat, straight in front of me, for almost 60 miles.
That was an interesting experience. The freedom of CHOICE is empowering. Being in control of my choices… even more so.
I was completely exhausted after hiking, so for dinner I just heated up two zero carb Oscar Mayer Smokies and called it an early night. 🙂
Here’s My MyFitnessPal Diary for Wednesday:
Net Carbs: 13
Total Carbs: 22
Protein: 56 Grams
80% Fat, 16% Protein
Exercise: Ambitious Hike! 🙂
FitBit Steps: 10,508
Water: 40 ounces
See my Fitbit stats? That hike was an AWESOME workout! 45 Floors, lol. There were tons of hills, including rock climbing and scaling what looked like an impossible mountain. 😛
I mentioned yesterday that my weight has only slightly fluctuated for two full weeks now. It was nice to see a pound disappear this morning, almost back to my all time low weight.
Like I said, I’m not one to do anything drastic to force it. I want to respect my body and do what’s healthy.
I was actually planning to go out for sushi yesterday after hiking. It was a tentative plan at least, to have a healthy off-plan (higher carb) meal. But once again, when it came down to it… it just did not appeal. And I ate my meat, cheese & nuts instead.
It’s nice to have the choice, and not just “eat on a whim” like I used to. It’s also nice not to WANT to eat what’s sitting right in front of me on the dash for almost a full hour – even though I gave myself full permission to eat it if I DID want to.
This is what 30+ days of being super consistent has done for me…
And I like it! 🙂
Tonight I’m planning to go to the local carnival. If my body can handle it after pushing myself SO hard the last two days. I’m surprisingly not sore this morning (wait until you SEE this hike I did!!)… but I bet that hits me tomorrow. 😛
How are things going on your end?
I look forward to hearing from you!