Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Can anyone tell me how this happened?

196 pounds
I've been on the road about 14 of the past 21 days, and during that time, I've pretty much stayed away from the scale. But this morning, I decided to brave it and step back on that magic number box.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that I had gained four whole pounds. Four pounds in three weeks. WHAT THE HELL?!

How does a person gain four pounds in three weeks?

Admittedly, I wasn't exercising as much or eating as well as I normally do when I was on the road, but it's not like I was spending my days sitting on my butt eating bon bons and potato chips. In fact, I ate almost nothing of the sort—or at least not any more often than usual. It almost seems like I gained four pounds just because I was away from my routine, and that doesn't seem right. Four whole pounds? Give me a freaking break!

I had really hoped to break into the 180s before the blog hit the one-year mark in a few weeks, so I have to say that I find this news pretty disheartening. Still, I'm not giving up. I have almost two full weeks left to get back where I was and drop another pound or two. Who says I can't do it? If I can gain four pounds as a result of being away from my routine, maybe I can lose that much from getting back to it.


  1. Travel is very stressful on your body. I know I always get dehydrated when I travel, either by air or in the car, and when you're dehydrated, you retain water, hence it looks like you gained weight when maybe you didn't.

    How do your jeans feel? That's the real test.

  2. Molly, Are you going to watch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution? I plan to.

  3. Something I've noticed in my own battle with weight is that hormone imbalance is a huge contributor to retaining weight when you shouldn't, and it's not just a matter of retaining water. Hormone levels in women effect everything, and are the number one contributor to problems with weight, outside of poor diet and exercise. If you haven't gotten your hormones checked out I would definitely recommend it.

  4. I really need to do this, Courtney! Thanks for the advice!