Weigh-In: Week 23 – The Week I Had a Gain

Week of 10-07 through 10-13 in the year of our Lord 2011
This is the first weigh-in of the rest of my life. Here are the results for week 23:

Today: 269.8 lbs.
Last Week: 267 lbs.
Week Difference: +2.8 lbs.
Total Loss: 64.8 lbs.
Body Fat: 22.7 % 
(+0.2 (boo))
Lean Mass: 46.4%  
(+2.8 (huh?))
Blood Pressure: N/A
BMI: 33.7 (+0.3 (ugh))

Hmmmmmmm.  Well the streak is broken. I am not sure what to say.

I feel like I have done everything right this week. I can tell that this is going to get harder from this point on.  I would love to be able to say that I put on 2.8 pounds of muscle this week, but I can’t say that because I don’t know that.  I could also sit here and beat myself up about my FIRST EVER posted gain. But I am not going to. When I weighed in this morning I knew that it was going to be a gain from last week.  But interestingly enough, I was only sad for a moment. And here is the reason I am not discouraged or sad.

I am wearing a pair of pants that are too big already.

I am wearing a pair of size 44 pants that I bought last year as motivation to lose weight. I called them my “skinny pants.” And now they are too big.

But here is the interesting part.

Last week they fit. As in they were not too BIG or too SMALL. They fit just fine.
I posted a gain of 2.8 pounds this week, but my pants are too big.
Where is the emotional justice in that?

So I am lying if I say I am not aggravated. A weight loss journey is about LOSING weight. Arghh! But I will get over it. I will not drown myself in beer or nachos. I will stay on the horse and keep pushing the distance.

I just sucks to go all this way and then have to take ANY step backwards.



Also I had such an epic workout this morning that my arms were too tired to lift an arm to flick the bird at the scale.


So you win this week scale. You win THIS week…I will see you again in 7 days.



10 comments to Weigh-In: Week 23 – The Week I Had a Gain

  • Just keep in mind, that at this point, you may have a week or two or 3 when you gain a little or you stay the same, but then, there will be another big pay off.

  • Glenn
    Twitter: FatBrain262

    This post leaves me with two questions:

    1. did you log every single thing you ate and calorie beverages in MFP?
    2. were you under your MFP daily calorie limit every day of the week?

    If yes to 1 and 2, then perhaps you need to adjust your daily target calories in MFP. I’m very curious about your responses to these as I’m just starting off using MFP, and it looks like a great tool to me so far. I’m amazed how easy it is to use and at the extensive food database.

    In any case, you’ve encountered the inevitable. Great streak .. can’t assume perfection every single week. Real perfection is bouncing back immediately from a set back and not bringing home the beer and nachos! 🙂

  • yanicka

    Maybe time to start using the mesuring tape. In fact in the last 7 weeks I lost 6 inches over all but the damn scale stayed within the same pound up or down. After a certain point, the scale is really not the best tool to know how you are doing.

  • crystal

    Agree with Y. I’ve had stalls for 3the weeks where the scale doesn’t move, but the tape tells a happier story.

  • Glenn
    Twitter: FatBrain262

    Hey Hank-
    I reaally am going to need full disclosure on my previous question on the comments for this post being a stockholder and all. I’m not trying to puit you on the spot – honest … I just want to reconcile your logging activity against how well MFP might do for me in my efforts. Also – have you provided your MFP username previously? I’d love to see your food & exercise logs if they are public.

    • hank

      Hey Glen. Busy weekend. Sorry for not getting here earlier.

      I log everything that I eat in MFP. I have only gone over my calorie goal, maybe 5 times in 165 days.

      I do not think that it was a food issue. I am hoping it was just a water retention issue or something of the like. It would have been impossible for me to ACTUALLY gain 3 pounds in one week with the way I have been eating. There is something else that contributed. Who knows. It may actually have been a muscle gain.

      I have been working and lifting much harder lately so that is a possibility.

      My handle at MFP is hightide13 by the way. Hit me up. My stuff is public.

  • Hank, I too gained this week. It was crazy hard since it also my 1st gain I had since January. I keep telling myself I ran 14 miles last Sunday.. I want to remember that then a silly ole gain of .8
    Hang in there!

  • Glenn
    Twitter: FatBrain262

    That’s good to hear. I’m sure then that you’ll probably be back to a normal loss registered with your next weekly weigh in. I’m down 5 lbs my first week logging everything I do on MFP so I’m pretty psyched using it. I’ll check out your profile – thanks!

  • Whitney Wickity Whack
    Twitter: ForestersFight

    Great attitude. You know you’re doing all the right things and the scale will catch up. (preaching to the choir!) And once again you make us feel normal. Lets be honest – I think most people who are on this journey have had a week where the scale didn’t reflect the effort we put in. Keep up the great hard work!

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