Journal Entry – January 25 and 26

January 25 & 26 – Days 20 & 21 

Weekly Weigh In

I took my weight and measurements and this is what it’s looking like for this week.

Weight: 1 lb. loss

Chest: 1/2 inch gain

Waist: 3/4 inch gain

Arm: 1/4 inch gain

Thigh: no change

I lost 1 lb.  Yay!! However, I’m a little bit confused about my inches gained.  It seems counter intuitive to believe that I could lose weight yet gain inches especially since I’m working out harder than I ever have. My first inclination was to panic.

I did speak to a friend who teaches Zumba and my sister who is a health nut.  They both believe that I need to give it time.  I have been doing this intense program for only 3 weeks so my body could be making all kinds of adjustments so some fluctuation should be expected.  I wonder what the science and physiology is behind that though.  I also visited a few forums on the subject and most people (fitness fanatics, trainers and the like) say not to panic and give it time.  There can be many factors as to why this happens.  For example:  measuring error (holding the tape too tight), sodium intake (I did have miso soup which was a bit salty) and for women, their cycle could have impact as well.

I’m not defeated.  I will watch this closely over the next few weeks to see how things change, but I figure a month is a good evaluation point to see how things have gone overall.  I must say that I did do another Zumba class on Saturday morning, which is normally my rest day for the week, to motivate myself to move and not get upset about it.

Sunday, I again did the stretch and I am getting more flexible.  It actually feels good to do the functional training stretch.  I took it easy the rest of the day to get ready for my week given my no rest day this week.

Daphne Oz's Chicken Paillard - Photo by Jennifer Welsh

Daphne Oz’s Chicken Paillard – Photo by Jennifer Welsh

I’m settling in and still motivated to move my booty and get this weight off.  Part of me of course wishes that the weight would just come off faster, but slow and steady wins the race. Here comes week number four.  My form is improving, I’m getting more flexible and I’m still conscious about what I put in my mouth (probably a little obsessive about it actually).  Like the delicious Chicken Paillard (above) I got from Daphne Oz on The Chew.  The meal is delicious and under 300 calories.  Click on the picture to get the recipe. Check it out.