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Three pounds is progress (I guess)

2011 January 24

I don’t know what’s going on, and my trainer doesn’t have all the answers, either.

I stepped on Paisley’s scale at the gym this morning, and it told me I weighed exactly 259 pounds.

That’s just 3 pounds of weight loss after seven days (2.6 pounds to be exact). I’m not going to sugar coat this: I’m disappointed, and I said as much to my trainer.

“That’s actually a more healthy pace of weight loss than what we had discussed,” Paisley told me. “But I expected you to lose more.”

I did, too. Because I feel fucking fantastic. Even my sore muscles feel good in a weird, pleasurable way. Last week I stuck to the 40-40-20 diet without deviation, and really enjoyed it.

I’m wondering if I had a small setback this weekend at the coast, because my eating schedule got a little out of whack and I had a few cocktails and pigged out on pizza Saturday night with my friends. I went to the beach to work on three condos I manage, and I had planned to get a 10 mile hike in but I got too busy with my project.

“Too busy with work” has tempered my exercise schedule my entire adult life. I’ve got to get to the point where I was “too busy with exercise” to get all my work done. But I digress.

The scale at the gym and the scale I’ve been stepping on at home do not jive.

Last Wednesday I stepped on my personal scale — the first time I weighed myself at home in several months — and it said 252. On Thursday it said 249 and on Friday it was 249 again. When I woke up Thursday morning I even felt thinner. Not in a big way, but if you’ve ever lost weight I think you know what I mean.

Before I got to the gym this morning I let out a loud groan when my personal scale said 251.8. Three down, 2.8 up. What’s going on?

“Do you have any ideas of why it might fluctuate like that?” I asked Paisley, referring to the apparent three-pound swing between Friday and Monday.

“It could be a lot of things,” she said. “It could be your water weight or any number of factors.”

Maybe I should have taken a shit before I went to the gym, and not right afterward?

Regardless, 3 pounds is progress. Because if I keep this pace, I’ll lose 30 pounds in 10 weeks, and be poised — I hope — to win the Just Lose It! contest.

Still, I know I can do better.

Food Journal:
Breakfast: Oatmeal with milk and walnuts.
Snack: Protein water drink (why am I still drinking this crap?) with banana
Lunch: Tuna salad
Snack: Greek yogurt
Dinner: Grilled chicken, brown rice, steamed vegetables, salad

Exercise: Arm Day with Paisley plus 45 minutes cardio on the elliptical

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Tamara Young permalink
    February 10, 2011

    I would go on a 10 mile hike with you anytime. How about this saturday morning?

  2. Brian permalink
    February 11, 2011

    You gotta fix your weight references in this entry, you keep saying 150 instead of 250. Sorry, that’t the QA side coming out.

  3. Troy Foster permalink*
    February 11, 2011

    Good eye Brian. All fixed now. But I’m insulted. Computer guy correcting the mistakes of a former newspaper editor. That would be like you asking me to help you fix your PC.

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