Thursday, March 17, 2011

WW Weigh-in, Week 2

Subtitled: Our Bodies, They Are Not Bank Accounts

Note: there may be some "language" in today's post. This would be why:

Start: 150
Week 1: 147.25
Week 2: 150.25

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That's a 3 pound gain. And if you think I'm going to blame it on hormones... are dead on the money.

Let me give you the data. Here are my calories and points for the week:

3/10 - 1670, 37
3/11 - 1261, 28
3/12 - 1163, 29
3/13 - 1312, 29
3/14 - 948, 22
3/15 - 1247, 27
3/16 - 1005, 21

That averages out to 1229 calories per day, 27.5 points per day.

Last week when I lost 2.75 pounds, my average intake was 1252 calories/ 29 points per day.

So basically, I managed to gain weight while consuming 161 calories less than I did last week. I know I'm scrupulous about logging every bite. Like I've seen others say, if you don't journal your food, your butt will. I know the truth of that -- if I weren't logging every bite (seriously y'all, I made sure to put in the six lousy chocolate covered almonds I ate yesterday), we'd be looking at an even higher scale number.

The simple truth is, my body is holding onto a boatload of fluid. I'm on day 17 of my current "cycle" and it's prime time for the water retention to kick in. I don't like it, but it's a physiological, medically-verifiable fact.

And hell yeah I'm pissed. It's not even as if I can comfort myself by saying "Oh, next week will be better!" because who knows? Next weigh-in will only be day 24 of the cycle. So... maybe yes, maybe no. My last cycle was 35 days. The one prior was 17 days. The one before that was 26 days. I've gone as long as 58 days between periods.

There is no telling.

Welcome to perimenopause, kids. In spite of being used to this insanity -- I've been going through it since I was 37 -- I am so freaking aggravated. These are not mathematically valid results. At least not by the average 3500 calories/ pound measurement they aren't. Theoretically, at the absolute bottom end I should be eating 1660 calories per day just to maintain my weight. By that math alone, I should have lost almost a pound. Or something. Hell, I'd have taken holding steady. So instead to gain?

Frustratingly, it's just more proof that our bodies aren't like bank accounts.

It annoys my "Give me something concrete and I'll run with it" mind to no end, but it's the jaw-clenching, tooth-grinding truth. Sure, it's comforting to think "Okay, if I put 3500 calories less into my body than it needs to function on a daily basis, I'll lose a pound, and that means if I put 7000 calories less into my body than it needs, that's two pounds, and then..." but the math just doesn't hold true in reality.

That 3500 number is an average
, which means there are those freaks of nature (of whom I am shamefully jealous) who burn calories as if they're well-aged pine, and then there are those on the other end of the scale whose bodies are exceptionally efficient (i.e., they hold on to fat as if famine were around the next corner, rather than McDonald's) and only require a minimal number of calories to sustain life.

Those are the types of people on both ends of that 3500-average bell curve. The rest of us fall somewhere in the middle, some higher than 3500, some lower, and a precious few right on it. You simply can't look at intake and assume a specific weight loss. It's a nice guide, but we're all running with different metabolisms. When you then throw in the hormones (don't even say it's an "excuse" boys/ girls who've never had a hormonal fluctuation in their lives or I won't be held responsible for my actions), tormenting yourselves because your weight loss isn't adhering to a specific, mathematical formula is unrealistic at best, and self-sabotage at worst.

Be honest. Journal your food. If it's the chocolate that nuked your weigh-in (I've been there), then own it. By the same token, if it's the hormones, quit bitching yourselves out and own that.

I do.


Cheeseboy said...

That is really frustrating. I hate people that have that incredible metabolism. Well, I don't hate them, but I hate their metabolism.

Keep up the great work. I'm sure you will start seeing some more real progress.

Dizzy Girl said...

Damn girl- I'm so sorry. There is nothing I hate more than a gain. It is so discouraging and depressing. But the good news is- at least you know why it happened. When I look at your numbers, I'm perplexed until I see the whole cycle/water retention bit. Then the aha moment arrives and I can nod with understanding. I HATE PERIODS. I get why we have them- but they are such a pain in the ass- especially our weight loss asses.

STAY THE COURSE. That is really the only words of comfort I can offer you right now. I know it maybe discouraging to see that number on the scale- but STAY THE COURSE. It will come off- it has no choice- if you stick to your plan. And i know you can!!! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

xoxoxoxox- D

Amanda said...

Cheeseboy: Word. And well done on that female-blog-comment generator! ;)

Dizzy, thanks LOL. So much ick (this and ringworm? I must have been evil in a past life), but eventually it does pay off. It just takes time to see it :)

Drazil said...

Oh I'm so sorry. THIS is so frustrating and hard to explain and like you said - factually makes no sense. Ugh. You're doing the right things though - mentally your body knows that. So keep doing it - you are worth it!

tz said...

fat pants (okay who am I kidding all my pants are fat let's just say, fatter pants), bitchiness, running out of fem-hygene products at the worst times, outrageous chocolate cravings....the list goes on as to why it sucks to be a girl one week out of four....
hang in there!

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

Oh no!! But I know you will see results eventually. And I know you'll keep at it :))

Amanda said...

TZ, you ain't kidding. It's enough to drive a person mad. And Alexia, thanks!!