Tuesday, May 1, 2018

The Scale Will Not Define Me

So yesterday, Monday, was the day that I met with my trainer. The end of the month. That means weigh in day (My rule not his). Usually that day is very happy. I’ve lost so many pounds and inches and everything's going great. However, I’ve noticed that my clothes aren’t shrinking as quickly as they were before. So I really wondered what that scale was going to say. Well let’s just say I was not very pleased with what I saw on that scale.   I had lost only .2 pounds.    For the whole month..... For all the work that I’ve done…. For all the tracking…. For all the cardio…. For all lifting….. For all the training sessions with Jordan….  All I lost was .2 pounds.   GRRRRRRR!!!!!    FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!

So what am I going to do about it today? NOTHING!!!!! I am going to do the same thing I did yesterday and the day before that and the day before that.   I’m going to stay the course. Keto stalls are normal - not fun, very frustrating - but normal.   But was it really a stall?  It was a scale stall, but was it really a stall.  See I have a scale that also measures body fat % and muscle %.  This data point is a little more telling.  I lost 2.7 % fat and gained 1.9% muscle in the last 6 weeks.  Staying the course seems like the right thing to do. 

Hind sight is 20:20  RIGHT?!?!?!?   

Reflection is something I do on a regular basis.  Take all the data I have and give a really hard look at what I did during the last month. 

I did make some dietary changes. I stop drinking my meal replacement shake at lunch, and started eating real food. The main reason for doing that is that I am not getting enough green leafy vegetables or  other veggies in.   Plus eating as much real food as possible is always better. 
Does that has something to do with the scale stall, maybe? But maybe not.  I really doubt it! I really won’t know until I have to stayed the course and continue doing what I am doing.

There is another BIG thing that is going on.  It’s the end of the school year and my most stressful time of year. Stress takes a really bad toll on your body.   It can be a real scale staller.  Now the good news is that I am not stress eating.  My diet and macros are right where there they need to be.  Except my trainer wants me to up my protein.  Working on that Jordan.  Add to that, increased stress on my body through exercise.  This is good stress, but it is stress.   That is OK but just knowing that I’ve added work and exercise stress is an important piece of data.

So I will keep the course.  I will do some minor adjustments that my trainer wants me to do with my cardio.   He has been talking to me about it for a while, now it is time to implement.  Not something I really want to do, but it is time.  

If we have a scale stall next month, then Jordan will help me break through it. Until then, I'll keep doing what I have been doing.  

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