Six weeks ago, I announced that I’d be working to lose 12 pounds in 8 weeks. Well, that hasn’t happened. I’ve lost a few pounds (down from 236 to 230) but I haven’t made the progress that I want to make. There was a week of vacation in the mix, which bumped me back up to 236 after getting down to 233, but I dismissed that as vacation and got myself back on track. However in the past 30 days, I haven’t made much progress.
I have been keeping track of my intake on MyFitnessPal.com and I would like to think that I’ve been keeping in my goals, but a quick review of their reports tells me that while I thought I was doing well, I’ve only been under my net calorie goal 12 days out of the last 30. There are 9 days with no food tracked (I’m going to assume that I was over my goals those days) and that leaves 9 where I was definitely over my goal.
Last week, I expected to get good news when I steeped on the scale, since my weigh-in day (Thursday) marked the 10th day of no alcohol, but I didn’t lose anything. I was actually up by .2 pounds. This didn’t concern me since I’m well aware that the body can easily hold as much as 3–5 pounds in water and salt, but still it was disappointing. It was especially disappointing since I’ve been biking a lot more and have put in 140.4 miles since I announced I was taking 30 days off of drinking.
Still, my pants are getting looser (despite the scale telling me that I’d gained a pound this morning – salty meal last night), so I think it’s time to start tracking some additional measurements. Moving forward, I plan to track my neck, chest, and waist measurements. That way, I can tell if I’m trading muscle for fat when I see these little spikes in the scale.
Of course, this requires a trip to the store, to buy a tape measure.