Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Grrr...I hate the scale

This morning I decided to peek at my weight since I've had 3 great workouts the past 3 nights and have eaten well...it still says 191.2 lbs. Oh well, I guess that's what I get for checking mid week. Since I'd been working so hard I thought I'd see at least a small loss that would motivate me to keep pushing the next 2 days in my workouts. I'll leave the scale be until my weigh in on Friday. It's making me question my daily calorie intake. It's that big question we all struggle with wondering how many calories we should be eating. I've been kicking my butt working out and it makes me wonder am I eating too little? Or maybe I'm eating too much? Who the heck knows. I'm sure it's normal to question ourselves throughout this process. I just wish there was some perfect answer, so we all wouldn't have to sit and wonder.

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  1. i always wish that someone would invent a box. What we would do then is just put the food we intend to eat in the box, press a button, and it will tell us exactly how many calories are in the food and if we should eat it or not.

    wouldn't that be magical?

    keep pushing in your workouts for the next two days anyway, and tell the scale to eff off. even if you don't see the numbers- you'll still feel like a rockstar right? :)

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  2. Lol, I can't tell you how many times I wished for a box to tell me how many calories are in something. Like tonight I'm making chili with ground chicken, so I have to sit down and calculate the nutritional info for each ingredient add it all together and then divide to figure the nutritional info per serving. Thank god for excel. It makes it at least a little bit easier.

    I will definitely keep pushing on my workouts, scale be damned! I'm sure since I've started weight training a bit more intensely that's the reason for the stall in my weight.

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  3. I hear ya! I gained 3.5 lbs overnight. What? Since I really don't think I consumed more than 12,000 calories in one day... it's got to be water retention. I'm still crabby about it though.

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  4. No kidding! You would have had to eat more than 14,000 calories when include the number of calories your body naturally burns.

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  5. Hmmm, not sure about the calories because I don't know how many you're currently eating.
    But...why are you stressing? Your stats look great! You've been losing consistently for the last three weeks!
    Don't peek at the scale, woman! Just keep doing what you're doing - if you're working out hard you may be retaining water while your muscles recover.

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  6. Thanks! I know not to stress over it too much. It was just a momentary thing. I'm already over it and I've already had a great workout tonight!

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  7. Hi! I stumbled over here from a series of clicks from other sites and saw this post and wanted to comment. I once went to a dietician since my caloric intake yo-yoed constantly. She recommended the books "The rules of normal eating" and "Intuitive Eating". The basic premise of both books is about getting more in tune with your body and providing it with what it needs since that can change based on the day. It gives you a whole new way to look at food and I highly recommend trying aspects of it in your current plan. Love your blog!

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  8. For those that have asked I was consuming between 1400 and 1600 calories, but I decided last week to drop that a bit since I tend to have higher calorie days on weekends, so now I'm shooting for around 1300 calories a day.

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  9. Step away from the scale! The scale is not going to reflect what you did the previous three days - its the big picture. Could you try to only weigh in once a month?

    Also, how many calories do you eat a day? If you are working out hard, you need to fuel your body, otherwise it goes into starvation mode and hangs on to all the fat.

    Hang in there!

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