Okay, so in one of my first posts I told you I would weigh myself everyday for a week and then report back why that is not a good idea. Well, here goes my experimental information. This was in no way a scientific experiment, just real life application.
life, the majority of us at some point embark on a fitness goal. For the
majority of those that includes weight loss. We, as humans, expect that
if we are doing all the right things, then all the right things will
happen. If you're eating a paleo diet, then you should garner the
results. If you are doing 21 day fix then you should see appropriate
results. What no one tells you, though when they discuss their results
is the actual process. Sure they may say eat this, not that. Exercise
this way, for this amount of time, on this number of days, and you will
get results. What they don't tell you is that it isn't linear. You don't
lose weight at a steady rate. Well, I suppose you could if you went to
the moon. It's a steady difference between here and there to my
knowledge. Here's a chart demonstrating what I mean about expectations
you are a Sparker who is reading my post there, just look to the bottom
of the page, sometimes it does weirdo things with the pictures when I
copy the post from here.
See we want the top image, but
the bottom image is reality. There are many reasons for this reality.
1. Food amounts/ nutritional information are relative. If you look up
eggs they have 0.6g carbs. Do all large eggs weigh the exact same
amount? I don't think so. I am sure that commercial farms try very hard
to place every carton within a range that is relatively small, but the
reality is that no two natural things will ever be 100% equal. Look at
twins. One generally has some distinguishing feature, even if they are
identical twins. Nothing is truly identical. It may be imperceptible to
most, but there is a difference in all things. That 0.6g of carbs is on
So you tracked your carbs, ate under your
goal, and didn't lose, or worse: GAINED. Why? Maybe you retained more
water today. Maybe you ate more than you thought (weighed food wrong,
guestemated wrong or you just had a carbier egg). The moon was in the
wrong phase so you gained. Hormones were slightly off? Or maybe you
lost. Who knows?
Last week, I weighed 203.4.Boo, hiss.
Since I am writing this today (9 days later) we will go with my weight
from yesterday. I said a week, but was delayed in writing so we will
split the delay. So Tuesday I was still 203.4. And Wednesday. But
Thursday I was 201.5! Yay! A loss. But Friday I was 202.0. Ugh a 1/2
pound gain. Saturday 200.6 I was now 0.1 smaller than I was when I fell
off my wagon around my birthday. Go me! I had reversed my issue. And
Monday was the best feeling for me as I weighed 199.8! I had hit
ONEderland. And finally Tuesday I woke up 198.2. Even further into
ONEderland!!!! I realize that I lost more days than gained, and it was
by small amounts. What I didn't realize though is the thoughts that it
would create. The highs and lows and boos. What was I doing differently?
Nothing really. Weight just isn't a stable thing. Environment matters.
Yesterday I did a lot of walking. It was hot. I sweated more than usual.
No big deal. Today it is cooler and my ankle hurts (more on that in a
minute). I probably won't lose as much for a few days if that is a major
factor. I also ate higher carbs yesterday. Away from planned eating
will impact weight loss.
The moral of the story is
weighing everyday is A. pointless B. stressful and C. not going to tell
you if you gained muscle mass, water, or lost fat. It only tells you the
relationship to gravity at that ONE moment. Is that to say you should
never ever weigh. No, not at all. Weigh if you want. Especially if you
have a target weight. How will you know how to get there if you don't
know where you are going? But don't weigh all the time. Once a week or
even a month is fine. I weigh more times when I know that I have a
higher carb meal coming so that I can get myself back in line. I don't
worry as much if the scale rises if I can determine why and how to fix
Now, the ankle. I did my first workout on the C25K
app. I did this while waiting on Reid to finish baseball practice on
Monday. My ankle hurt a little yesterday, but I didn't really worry
about it. I went to Raleigh and participated in the Down Syndrome
Advocacy Day there. I did a lot of walking. I got home last night and
thought I would die. Today, said ankle is in a brace. Booo Hisssss. I
hope it's better soon. If not I will have to restart the app. I need to
get in 3 exercises this week.
Good luck to you! Peace be with you.