Join Me For Another 10 Weeks! This is the first week of ten weeks starting October 22, 2012

Hi folks! I'm at it again. I'm going for another 20 pound loss in ten weeks. I've recently had another baby, a little girl, she is now five months old and I'm ready to drop some weight.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Day 7 of Week 2 Weight Gain During A Diet

Today's weight: gained 1 pound

Total lost: 4 1/2 pounds in 13 days

1/2 cup of oatmeal: 150
1/3 cup of skim milk: 30
2 tsp of sugar: 30
1 medium banana: 70
1 very small chocolate covered rice crispy bar: 45 (est)
coffee with 2 tsp of creamer: 20
also with sweet-n-low:0
total: 345

2 large eggs: 140
2 lefse: 60
1/3 cup of low fat cottage cheese:60
1/4 cup of canned pineapple: 35
total: 295
running total: 640

1/2 cup of blue bunny bunny tracks icecream:150
small pieces of pretzels: 60
total: 210
running total: 850

1 turkey cheddar brat:130
5 oz potato: 110
1 tsp of bacon ranch dressing:23
1 1/2 tsp of light butter: 22
1/2 cup of green beans: 40
1/2 cup of cantaloupe: 40
running total: 1215

3/4 cup of Blue Moon ice cream: 250

3/4 cup icecream snack: 225
total: 1690
Today's challenge: unsure

Note on picture: We had shrimp fried rice from a package last night. For 1 1/4 cup it's only 210 calories and tasted great. You can get these at the store in all different flavors and they take 10 minutes to cook up and cost about $5 for a package that serves two.

Note on weight gain: Because our bodies are fluid, they are sensitive to hormonal changes, and perhaps additional salt intake. I'm not at all alarmed by a gain. Also, the scale I use is not as precise as I'd like it to be, so there could be some give and take there. I fully anticipate that things will drop back down in a few days.

Weight Gain During A Diet

So, I gained one pound this morning. It would seem I'm losing ground instead of gaining it.

Well, from time to time, if you weigh yourself everyday, you will notice fluctuations in your weight even though you are sticking to your diet.

Last night, I went over by a few hundred calories, however, that in itself isn't enough to put an entire pound on the scale. One pound is equal to 3,500 calories. So, the 200 I went over last night isn't going to do it.

What could easily do it is water retention that could be caused by hormonal changes, ahem, ladies you know what I mean, or if you ate something salty the night before. This would be a perfect time for me to add that you should strive for low-salt choices in your diet because salt retains water.

Another thing you want to be doing is drinking plenty of water. If your body is dehydrated it will automatically hold onto all the water it can, which is another form of water retention. Also, water is soo good for you. You absolutely need it to function. Think of water as another weight loss tool that you can use to aid in weight loss. You want to drink more water so that your body doesn't feel threatened by dehydration and try to hold onto it.

Also, if you drink alcohol or caffeine you will want to offset the affects of these on you body by drinking twice as much water as you took in with the caffeinated or alcoholic beverage. So, one cup of coffee means two cups of water.

So, I'm not very happy about a weight gain. But I take solace in knowing that the weight can not stick around in the face of this calorie deficit that I am creating. I know that it is only a matter of time before I eventually lose all the weight I am aiming to drop. And, I am still confident that it will average out to be at least 20 pounds in 10 weeks.

So, now what do I do? Drink lots of water and stick to the plan. Oh. And wait for the weight to come off.


  1. That picture made me hungry. I like that you are not freaking out about a pound. In the past I have freaked out myself and then completely stopped watching it, and ended up gaining 7. You are living your life, eating well, keeping track, and doing it the smart healthy way. I'm enjoying being able to see how you do it.

    If I may ask a question - do you face a lot of temptation through your children's food? What do they like to eat? As you know, I am not a mom, just curious. One day I plan on having a whole circus of children. We want a big family.

    Week 3 is approaching. Good luck my friend. Your doing great.

    Wait, another question! What is your favorite thing to eat on your mission? Is it the oatmeal?

  2. I do eat "bites" of the kids' foods, hence the cracker here and the cereal bite there that you see on my food diary because I give those snacks to my 18 month old. In the beginning of the diet, I often end up NOT eating what they eat because it's just easier to make what I know has only a certain amount of calories. The farther along I go, the better I get at being able to eat what they eat.

    I have a lot of favorite diet foods, but the lefse at only 30 cal. per piece is a total no-brainer for me and it tastes great.

  3. you're right about that!! i am for sure more when i've been eating salty stuff. mild dehydration does cause water retention which in turn also will do it. i never feel like drinking water, but it helps to flush the fat out as we are processing it so thats a good thing :-) keep going!! you're going to be so happy to see the new you :-)