Weekly Weigh-In: Ugh! Up 2.5 Pounds

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I gained 2.5 pounds this week - the 2nd week of weight gain. My packing on the pounds coincides with my lack of tracking.

I gained 2.5 pounds this week – the 2nd week of weight gain. My packing on the pounds coincides with my lack of tracking.

The scale’s been cruel to me the last couple of weeks. I’ve put on 5 pounds since April 12. I’ve gone from 212 to 217. It isn’t all water weight as I previously thought. The big common denominator for the last 2 weeks is the lack of tracking.

For some reason I’m not consistently using My Fitness Pal’s food tracker. Looking back over the last 2 weeks, some days are partly tracked – a breakfast here, a lunch there. But most days are blank. Grrrrr!

It’s amazing how quickly a good habit can fall by the wayside. When I track, I lose weight. Period. If I don’t track, I can gain 5 pounds in two weeks. Like exercise, tracking keeps me focused on making better food choices.

OK, I pinpointed the problem and it’s time to fix it. I logged my breakfast, morning snack and lunch today. And I didn’t wait an hour after I ate. I recorded it immediately after. That’s more like it.

My mini goal is to track for a full day, so only two more meals (afternoon snack, dinner) to go today. It’s all about baby steps. I know if I focus on trying to track a full week, I’ll rebel and fail.

Nope…it’s meal-by-meal and day-by-day for me. That’s the best way for me to relearn this good food habit.

3 thoughts on “Weekly Weigh-In: Ugh! Up 2.5 Pounds

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  2. Tracking really really helps me. I did manage to gain 10 pounds last year even when tracking. BUT, I don’t ever lose weight if I don’t track. My DH was on a plateau for several weeks only a few pounds from his goal weight. He finally started tracking at My Fitness Pal and 3 weeks later was at goal. Tracking helps a bunch!

  3. After telling us your Easter dinner consisted of one meat and two veggies, no pies, breads, casseroles, cakes, jello molds or coconut, I can only confess I feel joy on hearing that such a Spartan diet goes unrewarded. Hail, the Carbs! What is a holiday dinner without potatoes, gravy, pies and sweets? –Okay. The good news is, you probably gained muscle weight. Not fat. And I’m the one wallowing in carb headaches, candidas albicans’ greedy, unceasing demands for sugar, and all that life-shortening stuff. GO Dot! (Where’d ya hide the chocolate…?)

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