23 pounds. That's how much weight I gained from November 3, 2012-November 20, 2013. About 2 pounds per month. Don't really notice 2 pounds creeping up on you until suddenly it's 23 pounds. I started to notice that something was different in July. My legs were suddenly much bigger, as was my back end. BUT...the thing was, it was muscle. It was firm. I chalked it up to lean muscle mass, bought larger shorts (went from a size Medium to a Large) and kept on keeping on. I am the fittest I have EVER been in my life. I have muscles in places that I thought I would never have! It's pretty awesome. But.....
Summer and the return to the school year was stressful for me. But I'm not going to let stress be an excuse or a crutch. EVERYONE has stress. It's the way we respond to the stress that matters.
I guess I responded to my stress by cracking open one too many beers.
And then we had a cold day back in October. I pulled out my jeans and they didn't FIT! They fit in July, but they didn't fit in late October. I could get them on, zipped, etc., but they looked horrible and it seriously looked like a can of Pillsbury Grands Biscuits had exploded. I knew then that something was seriously wrong. Around the same time my size Large shorts were getting a bit more snug than I would have liked. I had to buy an XL. They looked so big on the hanger. So big. I cried a little bit when they fit and didn't fall off my hips when I put them on. I made a promise to myself that I would examine my daily food intake and try to figure out what was going on. Within a week the XL shorts were sliding off my hips (actually slid off during a CrossFit workout) and that led me to believe that whatever I was eating/drinking previous to this week was NOT the right path.
I eat a very clean diet. I don't eat added sugar, don't drink caffeine, no diet soda, no fat free crap. I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, and protein.
It's not like I sat there and binged on cookies. No. I worked my butt off in the gym, and I ate too much healthy food. I tracked a normal day on etools and when I should have been eating 29 points per day, I was eating/drinking 46!! Chicken adds up, people!! So do beans! Oh and beer.
Yes, you can eat too much healthy food. It is a simple formula. Calories in/calories out. Too many calories in, and not enough calories out caused me to bulge out of my pants like a can of freaking biscuits.
So I did what any good loser would do. I had a conversation with my husband, I put on my big girl panties, made a commitment to myself, made myself accountable on my blog, on my social media channels, and today I drove my butt to Weight Watchers.
And that's where I learned that I gained 23 pounds.
This is my new leader. Her name is Pam. She is very nice. She lost 20 pounds and has kept it off for 11 years.
I'll be updating you all every Wednesday as that is my official weigh in day. So here I go again on a weight loss journey. Except this time I get to do it in front of all of you. Thank you in advance for being my virtual cheerleaders.
Have you ever lost a significant amount of weight and then regain some?? How did you handle it??
What do you know about muscle gain?? What do you think is a reasonable estimate of muscle gain in a total 23lb gain??