Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Battle of the Bulge: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
I gained a pound last week. I almost decided not to post this, but I thought I should.
I was disappointed. I was disappointed in part because I ate significantly less last week. The previous week I had ate more than usual, and lost two pounds. I also want the ego-pleasing narrative of a continuous journey in the right direction. Unfortunately it does not work that way.
I have two main excuses why I may have gained a pound this last week. First, I cooked for myself on Sunday, and although I was within my point range I ate late (10pm), and at a low-calorie turkey smoked sausage (perhaps high sodium) and noodles. It might have stuck in my belly a little longer.
I also had been without my blood pressure meds for a few days. My bp meds include a mild "water pill" kind of medication as a part of the treatment. I think not taking my meds could have helped with the one pound gain as well.
Finally, I am pondering whether the timing of my food consumption is having an effect as well. When I spread out my meals, I lose weight even if I eat a little more. When I load all my food to later in the day, perhaps this causes some weight retention. We will see.
Wish me good luck next week and on the journey!