Okay, let me be very real here, sharing my emotions and thoughts even though they are not exactly rational.
UGH!!! I cannot believe the scale is going UP since I started exercising. And before anyone says I am putting on muscle or burning too many calories for what I take in, I don't believe that at all! This week I added really MILD exercise. We are talking a one-mile *walk*, not a jog or a run and not even a heavy pace... just a regular old non-exerting WALK, and then 5-7 minutes on an indoor exercise bike. The biking is not hard. I am not breathing heavy. I am basically moving my legs in circles. Not much resistance. The bike says I am burning 19 calories or something. I am not sore or anything. But still, it is exercise, plus I have been more active this week. AND, I am in the dead middle of my monthly cycle which is when I usually get a whoosh of 2-3 pounds dropping off in a day. And yet, I started the week at 201 pounds, yesterday I was 201.5, and today... 202.5!
My emotional part is yelling "Oh my gosh! What the heck! How is this possible! Oh no!!! This is horrible! I am doing ALL this work and staying absolutely on plan and not eating too much salt and my calories/carbs/fat/protein is perfect and I am drinking tons of water and and and...." and that part of me is extrapolating the line and thinking if I continue eating right and exercising I will weigh 230 pounds in a month.
My rational part is going, "chill out woman. It is FINE. It has been less than a week! Give your body a minute to adjust! Your muscles are probably just retaining some water because you shocked them out of hibernation. Get over it, keep doing what you're doing. The weight will go down eventually."
And the emotional part screams back, "EVENTUALLY??? What do you MEAN eventually?? I do not HAVE years and years and years to work hard at weight loss and see the scale going up! I need to lose weight NOW!! Right now!!"
And Ms. Rational says, "Will you stop it? Eat some eggs and go for a walk. You will feel a lot better about this in a week."
So that's how the brain conversation went this morning. Rationality won out and I am just going to keep doing what I am doing, not change anything, and give it 2 weeks before I make and decisions about if and how to change my fitness plan and/or eating plan. No use in dramatizing, no reason to try and pretend I know the future. All I can do is keep going, give it a chance, and see what happens. I do FEEL so much better this week with what I am doing. My energy is great and mood wonderful (this morning's scale tale aside), so the scale is going to take a backseat to those things, at least for a couple of weeks.
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