Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Weekly Weigh-In: Better Late Than Never
No, the title of this post in no way relates to my scale results this week, just the fact that, you know, I usually post my weigh in on Tuesday mornings. However, Monday afternoon, I went to the Y to work out, then, my family took me out for a belated Mother's Day dinner (who wants to fight the crowds on Sunday), then we went to a local used bookstore. We got home a little before 9:00...and I went to bed!
I can't even begin to tell you how unusual it is for me to go to bed that early. Usually when I do, I doze off, then wake up an hour or two later and can't go back to sleep again. Not Monday night, though! I did wake up after a couple of hours, but I went right back to sleep and didn't drag myself out of bed Tuesday morning until after 9 AM. I guess my body needed the rest.
My body didn't need to rest as a result of losing a massive amount of weight last week, though. Nope. I gained 0.8 lb. Not a big gain, but very frustrating. See, the Chick-Fil-A weight loss program ended last Monday, which meant my free use of the Y ended as well. We did join, but not until later in the week when Brian got paid. So, I only had my at-home workout for a couple of days. Then, I decided to take off Friday through Sunday.
I've heard and read many times that you should take at least 7 days off your regular workout routine at least once every 12 weeks in order to avoid the dreaded plateau. I've been afraid to do that, but decided that three days on Mother's Day weekend wouldn't be too bad. I continued to watch my calorie intake and fully expected to either maintain or lose about a pound.
The most frustrating part of gaining was being forced to consider the possibility that I may not be able to slack off my workout routine at all once I reach my goal weight. I mean, I know I'll still have to workout, but I was hoping that I'd be able to drop it down to an hour a day, five days per week versus the two to two-and-a-half hours a day, six days a week that I'm putting in now.
On the up side, I'm hoping for a really good weight-loss this week now that I'm back to a full workout routine. I noticed that I met my calorie burn on Monday and Tuesday a little easier than I had been. I mean, I'm working out heavily, but for the last couple of weeks the heavy workout schedule that I've been maintaining so far this week was not always netting me the 1000 calorie deficit that I go for each day. Maybe there will prove to be something to taking off a few days every now and then.
How was your weigh-in this week?