Week 4 / Month 1 Weigh In

Weight this week: +1.2 lbs
Total weight loss: 11 lbs

Since this is the end of Month 1 of my challenge, I also took measurements. An inch off my waist and hips, and 3/4 of an inch off my thigh. Not exactly the dramatic change I was hoping for.

I took pictures (which I am absolutely not posting here) and did a side-by-side comparison of the starting pic and today. Can’t say that I see much difference. My face looks a little thinner, and you can see my neck better, but that’s because I got my hair cut, not because of weight loss.

Disappointing all the way around.

The week started weird because of the holiday. We did our Christmas last Saturday because that was my cheat day, but then I had two more days of holiday that weren’t cheat days. That made me antsy. Once I got back to my regular schedule, I felt better. I’m probably the only person in America who isn’t glad that I’m off work on Monday!

I really felt at the beginning of the week that I wasn’t going to lose weight this week. Everything just felt OFF, you know? I can’t say I’m surprised that the scale showed a gain this week, then, but I also can’t say I’m not disappointed.

It makes me wonder what I did wrong. I worked out with Jenny and B. I did all of my cardio. I ate 100% according to plan, even on those hoiday days I wanted so badly not to. In my head, I should have lost 3 lbs this week, like I have the other weeks, so that means this isn’t a 1 lb gain — it’s a 4lb gain. I KNOW that doesn’t make sense, but it’s still my emotional reaction.

I wanted more change at the end of the first month. I wanted to be wowed by the results. Instead I’m left ambivalent, disappointed, and sad.

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5 Responses to Week 4 / Month 1 Weigh In

  1. Peg mccallum says:

    Buck up, Melissa! All is not lost, if you’ll forgive the pun!

    One thing I learned when I lost weight (on my version of WW Points system) is that your weight goes up and down seemingly randomly. I weighed every day and saw it happen. If you a freakishly low weight one week on your weighin day, and a freakishly high weight the next, it makes you crazy and you don’t get the Rf you need. I liked seeing the trend over time with daily weights,even with the ups and downs.

    Hang in there! You are eating well, and following a good plan. Rf yourself for that.

    Not only that, you’re influencing others to Get a Plan. Yay, You!

    • Melissa says:

      Peg, thanks SO much for taking time to comment. I really appreciate it — and I agree with what you said. I used to weigh every day, and I know well that weight loss is not smooth. I also know that scale weight is a HORRIBLE measure, because it measures more than body fat. Just need to be reminded every now and then. 🙂

  2. Maggie says:

    What Peg said.

    What counts are the changes you made. Don’t you feel better? Have more energy? It takes dicipline to commit to an exercise routine. It takes even a helluva lot more discipline to change your eating habits. Pat yourself on the back for sticking this out for four weeks.

    • Melissa says:

      Yep, Maggie, I feel a LOT better. I love how I feel on this challenge. I love the binary nature of the challenge. I love the little steps forward. Thanks for reminding me!

  3. Lynn says:

    Melissa, I think you should be very happy and proud of yourself!! 11 pounds in just one month …. and you have to remember that muscle does weigh more than fat too! But those muscles help you keep burning calories!! Just hang in there and try to be patient – I know I didn’t gain all this weight in 1 month and we sure can’t lose it that fast either! You’re still and always will be a beautiful woman, inside and out! Happy New Year! Love you!

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