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Posted on Oct 18, 2010 in Weigh Ins | 10 comments

Weigh-in #9

Happy Monday, everybody. Thanks for all your messages of support over the past few days, it really means a lot to me. Well, I might as well cut right to the chase with this week’s weigh-in:

217.8 lbs.

So that means I’ve gained .4 lbs over this past week. Sigh. It’s frustrating, but at the same time I can’t really be that upset because I wasn’t anticipating a big loss. I didn’t monitor my eating as well as I should have, and I ate a lot over the weekend. But still, a gain? This is my first real gain since I’ve started this process and although cognitively I knew it would happen eventually, it is still upsetting.

It’s extra disheartening because I actually actively worked on the exercise part of this thing this past week! I ran Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday, which is more than I had done the rest of my journey put together. I just need to be really careful that I don’t overcompensate for the fact that I exercised with eating more. Because I am pretty sure that’s what happened this week. So I Β need to be more aware of balancing the eating and exercising together – being half-assed about it won’t help me lose half my ass (bahaha.)

I mean, I guess I’m not really that upset when you compare this news to other news I’ve received recently. I obviously still am working to get down to my goal weight, but calorie-counting just wasn’t on the forefront of my mind this week. But I realize that I can’t think that this isn’t still important, because it is. It might not have been cancer, but every pound that kept creeping up onto the scale month after month was killing me. Sure, it’s slow. It might not even have really been immediately apparent that it’s a problem. But being overweight, obese, it’s a death sentence. One way or another — diabetes, heart issues, digestive problems, issues with your joints, bones, muscles, the list goes on — it is. This is why it needs to change. I need to keep pressing forward, and I need to emerge victorious at the end. Because this is me, saving my life. Sure,Β I‘m not thrilled about this week’s results, but I am certainly not about to let .4 lbs knock me off track.


  1. You know a gain doesn’t necessarily = bad. Muscle weighs more than fat, so you could have lost fat and put on muscle by exercising, which is actually a good thing, cause muscle burns calories, also muscle is good.

  2. Troy brings up a good point about muscle v. fat. And as you said- you won’t let this knock you off track and you’ll also be conscientious not to let the fact that you are exercising more let you feel like you can eat anything you want to compensate.
    i’m still very proud of you!!

  3. I agree with the above comments. Great attitude!! Proud of you!!!

  4. Same thing, muscle does weigh more than fat. I remember when I first started running regularly, I was fitting into my clothes a lot better, but the scale kept saying that I was gaining weight. After a while, I started ignoring the scale and concentrated on my measurements since I found them to be more accurate to my goals.

    Keep pressing forward! You’re doing a fantastic job!

  5. You’re doing great Gretch!! Want to go running again on Wednesday?

  6. it could be muscle weight, water weight, who knows! Don’t read too much into the .00 pounds. Just keep up the good work! You’re doing awesome! πŸ™‚

  7. everything will work out. A .4 gain is like an ice cube, seriously! πŸ˜‰

  8. You’re amazing, I hope you know that. Also, I go by a mantra I learned through Spark People: “Always take two steps forward.” If you have a draw back, always compensate with two steps forward πŸ™‚ This is a PROCESS and you are already learning so much about yourself.

    We should hang out when I’m in town next! How is Stella and Dot going? xoxo

  9. Don’t let that gain get you down, especially a small gain like that. For all you know, you may just have had more food in your stomach or something.
    I think considering the curve ball life threw you last week, you did pretty well!

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