176 … First Ugh, Second a Plan

Last Thursday, before packing up and heading out to our church’s 3-day kids camp, I decided to weigh myself.  I won’t belabor you with my reasons, but let me tell you I wasn’t pleased with what I saw. 
176
Um, that’s up 4 pounds from the beginning of the month.  That was also after getting back into regular exercise, so I was a bit mortified.  I kind of chalked it up to water retention from exercise or my muscles growing already, so I tried to not let it bother me too much.  
However, while at camp I could tell in my clothing that 176 was probably a real number.  Lately, I’ve noticed my middle seems fuller than it has in a long while; even before my skin removal surgery.  
Sunday morning I weighed myself again, hoping I’d still see 176 because I’m always up a couple of pounds after camp, so if that number was a fluke it might still be there.  
Um, no.  It said 180.  
Proving 176 was most likely a true reading a few days earlier.   
Ugh. Double ugh.  How embarrassing. 
The only good thing about this revelation of where I’m truly at right now is that I did not allow that number to ruin my Sunday.  Instead I decided on a plan. 

  • I am going back to weekly weigh-ins while losing this weight I’ve allowed to creep back on.  
  • I am also faithfully tracking my food daily AND making sure to stay within my calorie budget six days of the week.  
  • I will continue with my regular exercise, including running 2-3 days a week and HIIT classes 2-3 days a week.  My goal is to exercise 4-5 days a week at minimum.  

The exercise is nothing new.  Outside of my surgery recovery time I’ve never really had a problem getting 4-5 days of exercise in, especially once my children return to school. 
The food is a whole other ballgame and that has been my problem.  I’m on day 2 of tracking and staying within my allotted calorie budget for the day and it’s going fine so far.  
For the record, I have My Fitness Pal set to lose 1 pound a week, so I’m allotted 1520 calories daily.  I will input my exercise, but I think I’m going to try and only eat about 1700 total, even if MFP allows me more…unless I’m truly hungry.  
This is a lifelong journey and I don’t plan on starving myself back down the scale (and to where my clothes fit comfortably again).  I also refuse to buy bigger clothes, because this recent thicker Leah is not my new normal.  
So, there it is.  I’ve seen another new highest number, I’m a tad humiliated, but instead of letting it take me down I’m choosing to make a plan.  
If I don’t make it back before Friday I’ll see you then with my weigh-in — hopefully it will be less than 176.  (It was already back down to 178 a day after camp…that weight never stays for long..whew!)
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2 Responses to 176 … First Ugh, Second a Plan

  1. Lori says:

    Welcome back! Yeah, those weight gains are never fun. I am working off stress gain from the past 8 months with the whole house mess. It always comes down to food for me as well.

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  2. jesseybell says:

    So sorry you are still struggling, but it seems like you turned it around before the scale could venture any further into the 180s. Sounds like you have a solid plan to zoom out of the 170s. Back to basics is the way to go to jump start your loss again (and I really need to be practicing what I preach so I can get out of the 180s for the first time in 12 years!!!

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