Friday, April 20, 2012

Weight Loss Recap: Week One

Good morning!

I’m currently in Chesterton, IN with my friend Aimee. We drove here last night from Grand Rapids and I actually wrote this post while we were on the road.

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This weekend is our Kappa Psi spring assembly. Kappa Psi is the professional pharmacy fraternity that I’m involved with (it’s actually how I became good friends with both Aimee and Eric) and every year we have a conference in the fall and in the spring. It’s always located in a different location, as we rotate the hosting responsibilities between the different chapters. This spring, the assembly is being held in Madison, WI, which is a bit of a drive for us (about 5 hours). To break up the drive a bit, we headed down to Aimee’s mom’s place last night and crashed here since it’s about halfway to Madison, and then we’re making the rest of the drive today.

Before we hit the road last night, I made a very random, but tasty dinner.

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It consisted of a spinach salad with feta, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, and avocado:

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Plus two scrambled eggs and a piece of Ezekiel toast with a Laughing Cow cream cheese wedge and some raspberry preserves.

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Like I said, totally random, but it worked. It’s been forever since I’ve had the cream cheese/jelly combo, and it was really good! Definitely a great way to use up the rest of my cinnamon raisin Ezekiel toast and those Laughing Cow cream cheese wedges.

 

Alright, let’s move on to something a little more interesting…


Weight Loss Recap: Week One

I’ve decided that I would like to start doing a weekly weight loss recap to not only post a weigh-in, but to also discuss the ups and downs from the week, what I’ve struggled with, things I’ve learned, etc. I think this will be a good way for me to write about all of the random things that happen during the week that I want to blog about but are not really significant enough to merit their own post. I’d also like to discuss a specific-weight loss related topic each week during the recap post. This can be anything from something that came up during the week, something that’s been on my mind, or a request from you guys. I’ve never done anything like this on the blog before, so we’ll see how it goes!

Of course, this first recap is based on a very short week since I just started my weight loss plan on Monday and weighed in yesterday morning, which reminds me of another point I wanted to mention. Thursdays will actually be my new weigh-in day because I always draft my posts at night to post in the morning, so when you see the post on Friday it will include Thursday’s weight. That being said, here’s this week’s weigh-in:

Starting weight (Monday): 188.0
Thursday’s weight: 185.0

Pretty darn good for only a few days! I’m definitely happy with a three pound loss, although I did have a minor freak-out on Wednesday when I got on the scale and it read 188.6. Weight fluctuations are actually the topic that I wanted to discuss this week, so more on that in a minute.

Some notes from the week:

  • I’m eating enough calories (between 1500 and 1600) but I’ve been really hungry the past few days. I think it’s a bit of a shock for my body to adhere to a much lower calorie regimen than it’s been used to for the past few months but once my stomach gets used to the smaller amount of food it should be better. The hunger is the worst at around 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. I’ve been trying to minimize snacking, but sometimes I have to eat a small snack so I don’t go crazy and binge the second someone offers me cookie.
  • Speaking of sweets, I haven’t had any all week! *pats self on back* It is most definitely easier to say no than to try to just have a “little.”
  • My workouts have been pretty standard and nothing too intense. I could amp those up a little, but I’m not going for an insanely fast weight loss here because that only makes it more difficult to maintain.
  • I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about the temptations that this weekend holds. Between the food and booze, it will test my willpower for sure. Of course, I don’t plan on depriving myself completely so my goal is to maintain my weight through out the weekend.


Gosh, this post is turning out to be a lot longer than I planned! I still want to talk about weight fluctuations though so I’ll try to keep it brief. As I mentioned earlier, I got pretty irritated when I got on the scale on Wednesday morning. Even though it had only been two days, I still didn’t expect to see a gain after doing so well. At the same time, I’ve been doing this weight loss thing long enough to know that your weight fluctuates daily and often times a small fluctuation up is followed by a loss the next day (which obviously happened to me). Even though I already knew this, it still didn’t stop me from getting completely annoyed and considering throwing the scale out the window.


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I posted about my “gain” on the Facebook page and many of you reminded me that it was just a fluctuation and mentioned some of the things that could cause it. Why is it so easy to forget these things when it’s happening to you? The scale should not make or break your day, yet I still let it get to me. Not good!

Weight fluctuations can be extremely frustrating, but I think it’s really important to not let those little day to day changes bother you too much because that can make you lose hope and motivation. I could sit here and tell you to only weigh yourself once a week, but I certainly don’t do that so I’m not about to tell someone else to. Here are some of the common causes of weight fluctuations, taken from this article:

  • Consumption of a big meal (regardless of calorie content)
  • Excess salt intake
  • Water retention (caused from not drinking enough water)
  • Constipation
  • Hormonal changes

Apparently, these things can cause your weight to fluctuate up to five pounds in a day! I’ve never had a fluctuation that high before, but that makes me a feel a little better to know that. It can take your body a while to digest the foods you consume, which can cause a “gain” on the scale if you step on it too soon. Basically, the moral of the story is to not weigh yourself every day – a lesson that I still need to learn Winking smile.

 

How often do you weigh yourself? Does your weight fluctuate a lot? What have you found causes fluctuations?

I usually weigh myself every couple or days or so to see where I’m at, but I used to step on the scale every day. My weight always fluctuates up a couple pounds the week before my period, and sometimes during the week of. I’ve come to expect it!

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