Fitness Lately: The One Where I Gain Some Weight and Some Knowledge

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Starting Weight: 186 lbs.
Last Weigh-in: 149 lbs.
This Weigh-in: 150 lbs.

Reality: The reality? This is my first quartlerly report where I had to log a weight gain (ouch). However, I lost 7 lbs this quarter. In short, I had to gain it to lose it. Oops. I went through a huge relapse in old eating patterns (eat dessert with every meal, eat more chocolate than real food, “what are vegetables?”) and that contributed to my 8 lb. gain. I got my ish back together around the middle of February.

I also was too sick to run one of the 5ks I had planned on running. That helped me realize why I never run 5ks. I like to run for me, crowds weird me out, I run more often when I don’t have to pay for it/feel obligated. So, I will be nixing that resolution. It’s quite funny, because it’s the first New Year’s resolution I’ve made in years and I broke it. I’ll probably go back to humbugging the whole resolution thing again.

What Went Right: I restarted consistently working out every day. I have rest days, but I’m back to my pre-pneumonia routine regarding the daily workouts (yoga, walking). However, I am nowhere near running every day, let alone doing 5-8 miles per day. I intend on getting back to that. Mike and I have dedicated our weekends to exploring locally/hiking around to get both of us in touring shape for our upcoming trips. It’s been helping both of us a lot and it’s super fun to get to explore. Pictures to come!

I also quit counting calories and have managed to not gain weight since. Maybe I did learn something with MyFitnessPal, but it was also holding me back in a lot of ways. I made it a goal last quarter to separate eating and events, and I think I’ve gotten that one mostly banged into my head, aside from last night when I vowed to order a salad and instead got a burger. It does happen, and I only ate half. That, my friends, is progress.

Finally, I drastically cut back on my sugar intake. I did some accounting one day and realized that I was eating 100 grams or more of sugar per day, when the WHO recommends that you only eat around 25 grams. Once I realized that, many things became clear:

  • Maybe this is why I still have acne, even though I’m almost 30.
  • Maybe this is why I’m on a weight loss “plateau”.
  • Maybe this is why I have so much trouble waking up in the morning and I’m tired/grumpy all the time.
  • Bunches of other things I won’t waste time on here.

In the first week, all I did was jones for my next sugar hit. Seriously. I had to hide the Nutella. My breakfast of cereal, milk, and coffee was costing me most of my daily allotment of sugar, so I’d have to spend it there or find other things to eat in the morning. I’d also like to mention that the first week coincided with a huge influx of work (70+ hr week, anyone?) so I was ridiculously stressed out while I was attempting to cut back on my sugar addiction. Sugar is addictive. Because science.

Let me clarify that I am attempting to eliminate added sugars. Natural sugars in fruit or milk are fine by me. In my opinion, which is just for me, eliminating fruit altogether is silly and dangerous. Fruit helps me poop. I like that.

New Goals: 

  • Hit 145 by June 15th.
  • Comfortably run 5ks at least 4 times a week without having to force myself into it. Or without having a stroke/needing to bring my inhaler for emergency use.
  • Yoga 2-3 times a week for ultimate bendy awesomeness.

Are you on a weight loss journey? What is your most recent success?

Other posts in this series, in descending order: DecemberSeptemberJuneAprilMarchJanuary, NovemberOctober, and February.

13 thoughts on “Fitness Lately: The One Where I Gain Some Weight and Some Knowledge

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  4. Wishing you all the best with your goals. I agree about your running – it will only work if you enjoy it. Being ill is your body telling you to rest. It’s important that you listened to that and take time to fully recover. It’s also going to have affected our weight so be kind to yourself. Take care

  5. You’re doing great! I… haven’t weighed myself in a few years. I meant they weigh me at the doctor, the BMI chart always says my size 10 self is obese, then the doctor says I’m not.. It’s a vicious cycle. Otherwise- no weighing since I got mad at a scale and (maybe) broke it.
    On a side note- Try oatmeal for breakfast! It’s amazing. Add berries and then you don’t need so much sugar. Or chia pudding that you make at night and eat in the morning. Yum

    • As a fellow size 10, I’d like to assert that we are not obese. Silly BMI chart.
      I’m trying oatmeal with blueberries (nommmm), along with Kashi waffles (with a tiny bit of honey). The replacements are working well. Don’t ever buy Special K Vanilla Almond, even if it does taste like happiness.

      • At the start of this weight loss thing, I was obese according to my doctor. She kept throwing the word around. I think it’s one of those words that has morphed meanings. I think the BMI chart needs some major revisiting re: body types and different categorizations to make things more specific. For instance, my doc kicked my bum into gear when she threw out the word “pre-diabetic”. Maybe “should lose a few lbs”, “should lose a few more”, “you’re pre-diabetic”, “your health is at risk”. Maybe I just need that clarification and everyone else is fine.

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