Yesterday's post was full of optimism, and today I'm just feeling.... ugh.
Previous Weight: 175.6
Current Weight: 176.4
Total Loss: 51.6
This is the second time I've gained in 3 weeks. Yes, they're small gains, but gains nonetheless.
I really am at a loss for what I'm doing wrong. I'm doing things exactly the same way I have been to lose the last 51lbs, perhaps even better. I'm tracking (honestly!) daily, eating all of my points daily, eating all of my weeklies (and a handful of the 83 APs I earned last week), working out 5 times a week, drinking at least 64oz of water a day, getting 7 hours of sleep at night. What the heck, body?!
I'm still only doing strength training 2-3x a week, so I have a hard time writing this off as a muscle gain. I ran over 21 miles last week for pete's sake! That's a lotta burned calories!
My only possible guess is that I'm not eating enough, now that my weekly mileage is increasing. I've been simultaneously tracking my intake on MFP, and—with the exception of Saturday which was my long-run day and then I drank that night— my average daily intake is around 1300 calories. According to this BMR equation, my daily intake should be closer to 1,900/day, based on my activity level of 3-5 workouts a week.
Thing is, I'm scared to eat more. For me, there's a very fine line between "eating a little more" and completely justifying every extra snack I crave because I suddenly feel like I need the calories. Also, to be completely honest, aside from once or twice in the past week, I've felt pretty content with the calories that I ate. And those two times that I was hungry, I just ate an apple with some cookie butter and then I was fine.
I'm hesitant to make any changes right now, because I'm going on a 9-day vacation at the end of next week, and I'll be out of the country so I know I won't be tracking. But even if I was looking conservatively at the highest "healthy" weight for my height, I still have 21lbs to go!
Fellow Weight Watchers and calorie counters-- how have you adjusted when you stopped losing?