OK, I knew I wasn't actually losing
weight for awhile there......after I started working out in earnest, the downward trend ground to a halt, even though I've continued to shrink out of most of my clothes, and even the things I bought a few weeks ago are getting roomy.
Then I go to the doctor today, and I find I've actually GAINED six pounds!! :angryfire What's up with that??!!
Granted, my appetite's picked up some since I really started pouring it on (I'm up to 40-minute workouts, five or six days a week), but I'm not eating huge amounts of anything, and I'm not eating junk food or sweets.
So why in the name of all that is fair and reasonable should I be gaining weight?? It's SOOOOOOOO frustrating, when everything I've been doing is geared toward weight loss and I've been getting congratulated on how much thinner and healthier I look now than I did four months ago.
What am I doing wrong?? Here's what I've been up to: I eat low-carb foods for the most part, and while I can't stay anywhere as low as I did when I wasn't exercising, I'm still well under 100 grams a day. I don't think my calories are excessive either......I don't count them (maybe I should START), but I don't think I go over 2000 a day, if that much. I work out with weights every other day of the week, alternating with stationary cycling (20 mins. 4-5 days per week), although I sometimes combine 20 mins. cycling with 20 mins. of floor exercise. This includes abdominal crunches (I'm up to 200 per exercise session), balance and toning exercises with a ball and a Thighmaster, and stretching.
Now, I've already developed some muscle tone.......my upper arms and thighs are firming up, and from the shoulders up, I look almost normal. I have a definite jawline, a neck, and the beginnings of what I think is a waist line. My breasts (unfortunately) have gotten bigger, which may explain a couple of those pounds, but everywhere else I've lost inches, including 2" off my arms. I'm fitting into things I haven't worn in three years, and I look and feel like I've lost much more weight than I have. But dang, shouldn't the pounds be going too?
My doctor, who wanted me to lose 25# between January and April, isn't the least bit upset that I fell short of that goal: he knew from one look at me that I've made some major progress, and he says fitness is the ultimate goal for someone in my situation anyway. My blood pressure, while not ideal yet, is waaaaay down from what it was three months ago.
I feel terrific. I move more easily, and am capable of so much more physically than I was four months ago when I started this whole thing. So why can't I lose those rotten, stinking, stubborn pounds?
I can deal with the fact that I probably will NOT meet my goal of "100# in one year"........I knew, even going in, that I'd do well if I made it to 75# off, and I think I can still do it. But I'm wondering if I need to tweak my diet a little so I can start the scale moving in the right direction again; I'm going to continue ramping up my exercise program because it feels good and I am accomplishing the acquisition of physical competency I'd set as one of my goals.
I'd appreciate any suggestions you all can offer; at this point, I'm willing to try almost anything other than a totally low-fat diet in order to get things going. (I'm carbohydrate-addicted, so a high-carb diet is counterproductive, and I've spent far too much time starving to death on low-fat and no-fat diets.) I probably should mention that I'm on an antidepressant as well as blood pressure medications, which I know can make weight loss more difficult, but I can't come off any of it. Beyond those limitations---and I'm also NOT going back to eating sugar or other "refined whites"---I'm open to suggestion.
Thanks, everyone......I know I can count on you!
Apr 27, '04
I was a skinny runner whose only exercise was running. One of those bone-thin runners with no arms. Today I weigh 20 lbs more, because I started going to the gym about six years ago and slowly but surely gained muscle. I could stand to maybe loose five lbs of middle age fat, but my overall body fat isn't all that much more. So yes, muscle weighs more than fat. Sometimes I cringe when I get on the scale and realize I weigh more than I've ever weighed. I actually have to wear xtra large t-shirts now, but it's because my shoulders are so wide, (plus I like comfortable loose fitting clothes) but having to gain weight and upsize my clothes is weird.
Take a hint from your doctor. He isn't the least big upset. He knows you are healthier. Things are just shifting right now, metabolism is changing. Stick you what you are doing (take the advice about writing down what you eat and adding it up just in case, but then go back to not counting calories.) and keep up the good work!
Also note with the metabolism change, you're going to burn calories faster, but your body is going to say "hey I need some calories for these workouts" and the fat loss is going to slow down. Muscle burns more calories so in the end, while you might weight more you'll find you can eat more too.
The bottom line is how do you physically feel today compared to January, rather than what the scale says.
Good luck. End of lecture.
You're an inpiration and you rock! Woot!
Last edit by Tweety on Apr 27, '04