Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Damned Scale

So I've been using My Fitness Pal as a way to journal what I eat in an attempt to lose the last 10 pounds that I've been gaining and losing for the past, oh I don't know, 2 years.  I like that it's free.  I like that it has a user interface that is similar to facebook.  I like that I can scan the barcode of food that I eat so I don't have to enter it all manually and I like that it lists out not only the calories, but the fat and protein and stuff.  I DO NOT like that I don't get the flexi points that I got when I was on Weight Watchers, but to save myself the $17 a month I'll deal.

Now I've lost about 4lbs so far, saaa-weeet!  But this past week I had a 1lb gain.  Now I know one pound isn't the end of the world, but it shouldn't have happened.  I really stayed within my caloric limit.  I didn't have my period nor was it impending.  I didn't work out as much, only twice instead of 3-4 times.  I don't know what the deal was this week.

I was so super jazzed up to get on the scale on Monday morning and see a loss, a reward for saying, "No beer for me" the night the Giants played or "I'm gonna pass on the chips" at a friends birthday party.  But I wasn't even granted a stagnant number...nope that son-of-a-bitching scale went up.

Was it discouraging?  A bit.  I really worked hard this week.  Will it break me?  Nah.  I don't know what the culprit was this week, but I'll look back over my food journal to see if I can pinpoint something.  And keep on keeping on.
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Sarah said...

Are you working out? It could be muscle weight, seriously. I started running last August and didn't lose ANYTHING until January (seriously wanted to throw the scale off a bridge) but my pants got so loose I couldn't wear them, even the the scale didn't budge. Even now, I've only lost 7 pounds total since last August, but I can see a huge difference in my body. So maybe you are "going in". It could also very easily be water weight. Try again in a few days and don't give up! I LOVE myfitness pal! Hang in there!

Erin said...

Ugh, scales are awful, I know my weight can fluctuate by 4 pounds or so simply based on the amount of water I've drank that day, if I have to use the bathroom, etc!

Eclipsed said...

I am working out. Not as much as I'd like. I'm going to take that into consideration. I try not to go too crazy with the scale, but I'm too vain and I can't help it. I want to own that scale!

And if I don't get in a good poop I don't even bother weighing myself ;)

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