Back to Basics
Yesterday’s weigh-in at Weight Watchers was not what I had expected or had hoped for. Prior to the weigh-in, I went on a 40 minute bike ride in the sun ( about 7 miles – yay!) and then a 50 minute walk with my walking gals. At the scale yesterday, I was up 1.2 pounds, and the week before I was up .4 of a pound. What gives? I’m sure that half box of Melba snacks on Friday didn’t help any as I dealt with a very stressful workday.
Although these were a better choice than, say, Doritos, still, they packed on some calories. I had figured though that with all the activity I’ve been doing (I earned a modestly calculated 28 activity points last week) that I’d be okay.
There is research to indicate that working out immediately before a weigh-in has adverse affects at the scale, and there’s the old “muscle is denser than fat” excuse, and all that may be true. However, I’m being honest here and disclosing that although I tracked all week, I wasn’t precise, and I wasn’t diligent. I’ve found that, more often than not, when I am not carefully tracking and measuring my portions, then the scale shows it.
I did have a long talk with my leader, and my fellow WW members, about the weight gain. I’ve been working hard the last couple months to lose this next five pounds and am becoming the queen of maintenance before my time fluctuating within these same three pounds. LOL. My leader thinks that perhaps I should eat a few of my activity points each week. The pitfall of doing this is to modestly calculate them. By that I mean, when I go for a 50 minute bike ride, I don’t calculate the whole ride as high intensity. I’ll split it up into portions – the warm up period, spurts of really hard riding, and moderate riding – into different intensity level calculations. I’ve been told of the pitfalls of overcalculating activity points and then eating them all leading to a gain at the scale.
So, this week, I’m measuring, weighing, tracking everything right away, as best I can, on a daily basis, as soon as I eat it, or before, so there are no surprises. I’ve mentioned before how I use this handy little scale. Today I peeled my banana and weighed it. One point. I’d been posting it as 2 points because I’d just been looking it up online and guessing as to the size. I weighed my one cup (measured) of strawberries. Zero points. I’d been guessing here too. That on my one cup of oatmeal and half-cup of fat free milk makes my breakfast. I ran out of my non-dairy creamer today and used my daughter’s whole milk, so I need to count that half-cup too.
Tracking and paying attention to portion sizes has been the key to my success so far. Early on this journey, I was diligent, precise, consistent. I need to get back to basics and kick this next leg of my weight loss into gear. One day at a time, one week at a time. It’s a journey. Results like this at the scale happen to us all, and although it’s not what I hoped for, I’m not disappointed or depressed over it; rather, I’m motivated to get focused again and just try harder. I’m stubborn that way. 😉
Happy Tuesday to you all, and if you have sun in your neck of the woods, may you find something pleasing outside to do to enjoy it! I know I will.