Monday, June 27, 2011


I just don't know what to possibly say today.

Ever since I got home from my 2week work trip where I lost 3 lbs I have steadily gained weight. I tipped the scales this morning at 157.6.

157.6?!?!! How could I possibly gain 8 lbs in as many days? That would take some serious work, calorie wise. It just don't make a single lick of sense. I cannot figure it out, what have I done differently? I'm still working out, I'm still eating on plan. I mean I had my usual cheat day, and perhaps I dipped into the cookie jar one too many times, but not enough times to explain an 8lb gain.

I am freaking out right now, I just don't get it. I am angry, frustrated, annoyed, discouraged, and heartbroken. Yes heartbroken. Last week 149.6lbs was a great victory for me, I managed to widdle my weight down to a value I hadn't seen since highschool - a good 7 years ago. I was excited to move onto my next and ultimate goal of being a fit 135lbs. I am watching that slip away, and have no reason to explain why.

I feel let down by my body, that I am trying so hard to lead it in a direction for healthy living and all it wants is to be fat and unhealthy. It has got me scared, scared that the diet I have trusted and that has worked so well up until this point is failing, and I need to find some other nutrition plan to get my weightloss back on track.

I have a million feelings in my head right now, and none of them are positive or hopeful. I know that since getting home things have been very different for me, but I have never blamed stress or anything other then the way I eat or work out for my weight.
I mean everyone says the formula is simple: Calories in - calories out
Not: ((Calories in*Cookies) - Calories out)*(exercise)*(water intake)-(water retention)/(stress)*(PMS)

I just feel lost. It took me a good 3 months to lose 8 lbs. Have I really undone 3 months of work in one week? It seems impossible, especially considering how well I have been doing with my exercise and that I haven't been eating differently at all.

Sorry for all the babble, I just really needed to vent. For the reasons stated above I will not be weighing in this week....


  1. Could it be muscle?! I mean you are doing a pretty intense workout. Muscle does weigh more than fat, we are all well aware of that fact. If you are eating on plan, I dont see that being a downfall for you. So are you sure its not muscle from insanity?

  2. hee hee... i said...

    "muscle from insanity.."

    like you are gaining muscle from being crazy... damn I would be a body builder already. ;)

    but in all seriousness, could it be from the workout?!

  3. I agree with Trisha, it's likely a combination of muscle mass and some retained water from traveling. Eight pounds of fat gain would mean you ate nearly 30,000 calories over what you need to eat to maintain each day - and you know that's not the case. Still, I totally understand the frustration at seeing a gain, even if it's not a real one. Hang in there. :)

  4. This happened to me a few weeks ago....when my husband was out of town.

    I blamed stress and water retention and hoped that my weight would return to normal when my husband came home.

    It took me 2 weeks to lose 3 of the 7 pounds I gained and now it's back.

    I have no explanation either.

  5. Ellie, I hope you are feeling better since this post (you haven't posted - where are you??) I sympathize with every single word you've written. There is nothing more frustrating than feeling betrayed by your body. I wish I could say it's uncommon to have a sudden gain like that but it has happened to me many, many times. Please just remember that it IS temporary and it's especially important to keep your wits about you and remember what Mary said: there's NO way you ate the equivalent of 30,000 calories. You've come a long, long way (look back at previous posts). You're doing great and you will be OK.. Promise :)

  6. Ahhh, I hope things have come back to the upswing since this last post. Come back and tell us how much you rocked it out this week! ;) Look for other changes, the way your clothes fit, your strength, etc.

  7. I have blogged about that math myself and how it often does not add up. I can feel your frustration!

  8. Haven't heard from you in a while, hope all is OK. It's never too late to pick up where you left off, and there's lots of folks here wanting to see how you do! Here's hoping that you find time for an update soon.

  9. Hey dear! Don't worry weigh gains can be so awful sometimes but that doesn't mean you are doing wrong! Just try to keep it undercontrol up to next weigh in and then, if you still gained, ther'll be something wrong! :) KEEP CALM

    Still your blog inspires me a lot!

    I blog about a lot of things but I post a lot of healthy choices that may help you and give you ideas! It's cool to exchange experiences with other bloggers so I hope to see you soon by and hear what you think.
    By the way I follow you now :)

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