Our bodies are so funny in the way they respond to different variables, both mental and physical. It can be frustrating, to say the least, but it can also be very interesting. Like you’re your own science experiment.
This week has been an experiment for sure, and I’m eagerly waiting to see what the results will be.
First off, let me explain that my body seems to have a cruel sense of humor. Last year when I was doing really well with my weight loss I weighed in one day and eagerly told my husband I was on the edge of something big: my 20-lb weight loss milestone. I had weighed in 19 lbs down and had such consistent weight loss that hitting the big 2-0 seemed inevitable. I was excited!
But I never ended up hitting the 20 lbs lost mark. Suddenly my weight loss slowed to nothing and then all the other items I dealt with last year surged in and I gained almost all of that 19 lbs back.
Well guess what – history is repeating itself. I’ve been losing weight pretty steadily and predictably. As such, last weekend should have been the weekend where I hit the first big milestone I’ve been waiting for. Nothing changed about my eating or workout habits, yet, instead of dropping weight I gained it.
So this week has led to a lot of experimenting because I’m now approaching the 2-week mark with no indication that I’m going to lose again. As if keeping me from my 20-lb milestone wasn’t bad enough, my body seems to be teasing me. I mentioned in an earlier post this week that I intentionally had a cheat day and that at least got me on track with the weight I had been at. The next day I was all healthy and back up the weight went. Next day, I unintentionally went over my calorie deficit and back down the weight went.
Given that I’m seeing changes when I eat a little more I decided to do an active experiment and decrease my calorie deficit from 750/day to 500/day. I usually end up eating less than my goal so it could be that inadvertently eating too little. Might as well give it a shot, right? If it doesn’t work, I’ll just tweak something else!
No matter what, though, I am staying on track and I will get past that 20 lb mark and keep going!