My Fitness Journey

Yesterday was pretty good. Here’s my food log from yesterday:

Yes, I know I went a little over on some nutrients, but I’m ok with that because I stayed pretty close to my calories. I also got a moderate cardio workout in all my water and exercise. Today, I’ve gotten in about 48 ounces of water (the goal is 72) and did a 24-minute strength workout. Kevin’s coming home from working out of town for a few days, so I’m hoping I can stay close to my calorie goal today.

The past two days have been much better than Sunday. Here’s Monday:

And here’s yesterday:

I’ve also met, or slightly surpassed, my water goal both days and exercised both days. I’m hoping that if I can continue staying at, or close to, my calorie range for the next few days, I can at least stay the same as last week, if not lose the 1.2 pounds I gained last week.

I ate way too much yesterday. On the plus side, I did try Chilean sea bass for the first time, which I loved. I know I’ll be eating it again. Today I’ve already done my workout for the day, which was a cardio-toning workout. My breakfast was a Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt with some nuts in it.

Here’s what my day looked like yesterday:

My best meal was dinner. If I could have taken out at least one of the biscuits I probably could have reduced some of the calories with breakfast. That’s okay, I’ll make up for it the rest of the week.

My goals for today are:

  • To get in 30 minutes of exercise (done)
  • To eat within my calorie range
  • Drink at least 70 oz of water.
  • To control my cravings by finding other things to do when I get thoughts or feelings that make me want to eat.

It’s been exactly six months since I wrote my last entry, and I’m sorry to say there hasn’t been much of a positive change since I last wrote – as a matter of fact, I’ve probably gained a few pounds since then, although I’m not sure because I don’t remember what my weight was when I wrote this. I know I’m at 140.2 – just a few tenths of a pound lower than I was two weeks ago. I had lost 1.4 pounds the previous week, but this past week, I gained 1.2 of it back. I’m determined to figure out what’s going on with my weight. I wish I could lose for more than one week in a row, but for the past month and a half I’ve been on a gain-lose roller coaster – this is what the past several weeks have looked like:

8/12/22 – 138 – lost .6 pounds

8/19/22 – 138.6 – gained .6 pounds

8/26/22 – 136.8 – lost 1.8 pounds

9/2/22 – 138 – gained 1.2 pounds

9/9/22 – 138.6 – gained .6 pounds

9/16/22 – 140.4 – gained 1.8 pounds

9/23/22 – 139.0 – lost 1.4 pounds

9/30/22 – 140.2 – gained 140.2 pounds

There were different reasons for the losses and gains – one week we had gone away and I ended up eating a lot and not exercising as much, some other weeks I didn’t eat as many vegetables as I should have, which was the case this week.

I know that I do better during weeks when Kevin can make many meals with filling, low-calorie vegetables like onions, mushrooms, squash, etc in them, or when we eat salads with or as dinner, but that doesn’t happen all the time. Like this past week, I ate vegetables with dinner and bread with a lot of my lunches and dinners to make up for the calories I wasn’t going to be getting.

I probably should have saved it and just eaten it with one meal. Or I could eat a piece with some butter as a pre-workout snack. Or eat a handful of nuts with lunch instead of bread. That might have been a better choice. This coming week I’m going to work on making better choices and continuing to do the other things I’ve been doing, and hopefully I can get myself on the weight loss downward trend again.

So this week, I got an unwelcome surprise when I stepped on the scale – I gained the pound back that I lost last week. Weight gain isn't anything new to me; I'm used to it. And I have a feeling I know why I gained the pound. Still, I wanted to research why people gain weight even when dieting. Here's what I found.