Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: Ready to Scream

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a great week and that the scale has been kind to you because it’s time for another Weekly Weigh-In.

As you may have guessed from my post title, the scale was not kind to me this week and I really wasn’t expecting the results I saw.

I gained 0.4 lb. That’s in addition to the 0.2 that I gained last week for a total of a little more than a half-pound gain in two weeks.

I know, overall, a half-pound isn’t that terrible, but…

1) This is the first time in a long time that I’ve gained two weeks in a row.

2) I ran 13.1 miles on Saturday, in addition to 9 miles I ran during the week.

3) I really watched my calorie consumption last week.

Even on Saturday, despite burning 1500 calories, I consciously made good food choices. Even on Sunday, when there is typically a lot of high-calorie food at our Life Group meeting, we had soup night and I ate the low-calorie chicken taco soup (I use 2 cups of chicken broth in place of the beer, pinto beans instead of chili beans, and leave out the tomato sauce) that I brought.


It’s very frustrating, especially since I was hoping to hit 130 pounds by Thanksgiving week. I’m really not sure what’s caused the gain. It could possibly be that my body is building muscle (doubtful). It may be that my body is becoming more efficient and running isn’t producing the same calorie burn that it used to (more likely).

It could be that I’m letting unaccounted for calories creep in and add up (highly possible). For that reason, I’m working on being very diligent in tracking my food this week.

Like I said last week, I’d rather stay right where I am forever than go back to where I was, so I’m not complaining, just being a little frustrated.

Alicia’s Weight-Loss Wednesday question brings to light an interesting change in me that came to my attention last week. She asks how we plan on handling our eating and activity level for Thanksgiving.

First of all, I’ll be running in a “turkey trot” race Thanksgiving morning. It will be my first time to ever run in one of these and I’m so excited! Last year, Brian, Brianna and I did go for a brisk walk (one or two miles – I can’t remember exactly how far now) after Thanksgiving dinner, which was a huge change for me. This year, I’ll be starting the day off with what I hope to make a new tradition – a five mile run.

Secondly, in the past, my attitude about Thanksgiving dinner has been: enjoy the foods that I don’t usually get, in moderation. That meant that I would even skip some of the healthier options, thereby saving those calories, in favor of higher-calorie treats, even though I’d eat less of those than I used to.

This year, I really don’t want to eat a bunch of high-calorie foods. I love my broccoli casserole, but – honestly? – I love roasted broccoli just as much. My mom’s green bean casserole is yummy, but so are my steamed green beans. My sweet potato casserole is to die for, but this new recipe from Skinny Taste is just as good (though I may add chopped pecans on the top just for Thanksgiving).

My aunt’s squash casserole? Okay, there’s really no substitute for that!

So, I’m thinking that, unless I change my mind between now and next week, I’m going to make some of my new, healthy favorites. I may make my broccoli casserole for a family reunion on Sunday because I know there’s no way I’ll get more than a taste of it there, but, other than that, I think it’s going to be new, healthy favorites.

What about you? How do you plan to tackle holiday food temptations next week?

On a completely unrelated note, while looking back through my blog trying to see if I’d posted how far we walked last Thanksgiving, I came across photos from my first 5K run. It occurred to me that my body has changed a lot since then.

I went back through my old weigh-ins (I write them down each week), to see how much I’ve lost since then, thinking it might be 30 pounds or so. It was over 50! Wow!



Okay, I feel a little better about this week’s weigh-in now. {grin}

Correction: Oops! My husband pointed out that there was no way I’d lost 50 lbs. since March of this year since I haven’t lost 100 lbs. Um, oops. {blushing} Yeah, I was looking at March 2010 instead of March 2011. I’ve only lost 17 pounds between these two pictures.

Oh, well. It’s still a big difference. Now I won’t be so quickly blow off those people who “only” want to lose 20 pounds or so.

(This is why my kids do math on the computer. {sheepish grin})

Do or do not. There is no try.


  1. Looks like we were both up this week. (me more than you, with me knowing why)  It can be frustrating when it is an unexpected gain.  The only suggestion I have is to make sure you are eating enough.  Sometimes when we burn calories we don't eat back enough.  Just a thought.  With that said- this competition may go into the New Year at the rate I am going.  It comes off soooooo slowly and then pops on after 1 splurge weekend.  With the holidays quickly approaching... who knows what will happen.  At any rate- I know having this little competition with you is helping me.  I was struggling to stay focused- and your support has really helped me stay on track more than I would have otherwise- so thank you for that! 
    The difference in your photos is amazing!  You have come so far and worked so hard!  I hope you are incredibly proud of your accomplishments!  I am!
    I have 7.2 to lose to win.... how about you?

  2. Kim from What's Eating You?November 16, 2011 at 7:16 AM

    You're doing great! It's just two weeks. Next weigh-in will be better. Hang in there...keep pickin' 'em up and puttin' 'em down. You are an inspiration!

  3. You should be proud! You are rocking the weight loss!

  4. I see a tremendous difference in those pictures from your first run and the most recent one. Even with your tough time right now, you have every right to be proud of your accomplishment! ROCK ON!

  5. Thank you, again, for your support. Yes, the competition is helping me to stay focused, too. Right now, I'm sitting at 8 lbs. to go. Historically, I have lost a lot Thanksgiving week - 4.2 pounds the first year and 4 pounds last year. I think it may be because I'm hyper-focused on eating that week. I'm not really counting on that happening this year...but I am hoping!

  6. Thanks for your support and encouragement, Kim!

  7. Oh wow!  I'm so inspired by looking at how far you've come!  I wonder if you need to change up your workout routine a little.  Maybe your body has gotten used to what you are doing.  It seems like that's what I've heard about plateaus.  Either way I am sure you will get back into the groove of losing again!  I love your plan for Thanksgiving.  Isn't it amazing how much our taste buds change?!?!  And I can't wait to hear about your Turkey Trot.  I am sure you will do great!  Take care!  And thanks for joining Weight Loss Wednesday!

  8. Thanks, Alicia.Yes, I probably need to change up my workout routine. The biggest problem -- if it is one -- is that I love running. I'm not going to give that up. I was thinking, though, that I might change up my crosstraining days.

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  9. I know from hearing my runner and personal trainer friend talk about it that when you run a marathon or 1/2, you need more calories, otherwise your body clings onto the ones you do eat, potentially causing the weight gain.  She binges after a marathon!  Then gets right back on track the next day.  Just something to think about.

  10. An excuse to binge sounds good. :-) Actually, I wound up consuming almost as many calories as I burned that day -- not all, but close, so I wouldn't think it would be the not enough calories thing, but it could be. Who knows how a body reactst to thing sometimes?


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