Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Week 12 & 13 Weigh-in and Exercise

So I meant to post last week but put it off because...

Week 12 weigh-in: 134.3lbs

I was (and still am) embarrassed and ashamed to admit it, and mostly just angry and frustrated at myself for gaining back half of what I lost during the challenge in just two weeks. I had kept up a decent amount of exercise during the week...

Mon: Jillian's Six Weeks Sixpack
Tues: Killer Buns & Thighs, weights, and rock climbing
Wed: Killer and weights
Thurs: rock climbing
Fri: Killer
Sat: 4.76km elliptical
Sun: 17km biking

...(and it's hard to tell which burns more calories, 35-40min of Jillian or 40 min elliptical) but after all my talk about continuing to eat healthy, I really let myself go.

The worst part is it hardly ever felt like I was pigging out. There were some days where I had two desserts or a bunch of booze or felt really full and knew I'd eaten too much, but most of it was just too many bad choices in a row - fries instead of veggies, going out for pub food instead of eating at home, picking the creamy soup instead of the brothy one.

Looking back, I realize I've never actively tried to maintain my weight before. I've always come close to my diet goal, gotten lazy or frustrated and half-dieted for a while, causing a plateau for a few weeks before getting into really bad habits and gaining weight again. Now I know that when I hit my goal, I have to really work hard at maintaining my weight, and learn how to do it right.

After that weigh-in was a slap in the face, I decided to go back on the diet. It's so frustrating that by the time I fully accepted I'd hit my goal (and made a big post about success), I wasn't there anymore! Since my calories on a diet are already pretty low, I decided to double my exercise as many days as possible to try and shed the re-gained weight fast so I don't have to diet much into the summer.

Mon: rock climbing
Tues: Killer, Sixpack, and weights
Wed: 17km biking and weights
Thurs: Sixpack, 17km biking, rock climbing
Fri: 17km biking, Sixpack
Sat: Sixpack

And my week 13 weigh-in was: 132.7lbs. Down 1.6lbs. Good. I think I am on the right track.

I also bought a bathroom scale so that on the days I am too lazy or don't have enough time to do my weight on the Wii, I can still do a quick check to keep myself in-line. Hopefully next week will also have good results.


  1. This is one of my biggest fears when I go into a whole lifestyle change. When I pick a new eating regime I pick one that I know I am going to have to do for the rest of my life. Sad but true. It was hard for me to accept that I never will get to enjoy drinks with dinner or having dessert or just going out for lunch and getting what I want. I can have small bits of what I crave and if I want a cupcake I can have it provided that I am good 95% of the time.

    I hate that our bodies are sooo good at what they do!

    I am going to post about this tonight but I had a huge scare after my vacation of +6lbs and I am still in the challenge! I know it was nearly impossible to gain 6lbs in 4 days but boy was I scared. Still have that one stupid lb that wont go away!

    If you have been keeping up your exercises especially with the weight training, it does take around 2 months to really start to build those muscles. I mean depending on your protein intake you can see muscle builds in as little as 2 weeks but keep that in the back of your mind as well! I am sure with all of the weight working out you have also been putting on some muscle.

    To help me out because I feel like I don't super change or when I build muscle I get larger, I take weekly photos of myself so I can see just how far I have come despite what the scale says.

    1. Thanks Michelle. You're so right about keeping vigilant about eating habits, and I agree with you about choosing an eating regime that is sustainable even when not dieting. Dessert and alcohol are the main things to cut out, and I just have to learn how to eat them and high fat foods like fries and mayo and cheese in moderation when dieting is over!

      Your 6lb weight gain would be really scary to see on the scale! Hopefully it was mostly just food left in your body.

      I should take pics more often, that's good advice. I do take measurements every couple of weeks which really helps when the scale isn't changing much. I think my body is like yours - it doesn't look much buffer but I can tell by how biking and climbing and Jillian are getting easier that I must be getting stronger.

      Thanks for all the support and advice!

  2. It is soo hard to maintain! Giving up the things that add calories seems unfair. They taste so good! You can do it though - and you look great so don't sweat it too much!

    1. I swear, those genetic engineers need to work on changing what we crave - we don't have feast and famine and it's no longer hard to find fat and salt, make our bodies not want it!

      Thanks Breanna. At this point it's mostly a mental thing. 132 is a good weight, but I really want to know what it's like to no longer be constantly wishing I had lost those last couple of pounds! Hopefully it won't take too long to get back down there!