Oh the dreaded scale. I have such a love/hate relationship with this heap of metal, and right now it’s definitely on the hate side.
I tend to go into streaks of weighing myself… where for a few weeks, I’ll weigh myself daily and put myself through the ringer for gaining 4 ounces over the previous day. And then I’ll wake up and be like, duh, what am I doing to myself!? At that point, I will vow to stay away from the scale for a really long time.
Yesterday I decided to weigh myself to see how my new workouts are impacting my body. I got on when I first woke up and didn’t even put in my contacts, so when it started blinking that my weight was ready… I had to get really close to the scale to see what it was.
a SEVEN pound gain.
in NINE days.
I didn’t know if I a) wanted to cry or b) wanted to throw the scale out the window and hit it with a sledgehammer.
I did some research and found this on a random Q&A website (posted by a personal trainer):
When you start doing more exercise, your body begins storing more fuel in your muscle cells, where it can be used easily and quickly to fuel your workouts. The process of converting glucose (carbohydrates) into fuel that your muscles actually store and use (glycogen) requires three molecules of water for every molecule of glucose. As your muscles are building up glycogen stores, your body has to retain extra water for this purpose. That’s what causes most of the initial weight gain or lack of weight loss. This is a good thing—not something to worry about.
It makes sense… I have been focusing on strength training a lot over the past few weeks, so it could be true.
But still… SEVEN POUNDS? My clothes still fits fine, I haven’t changed my diet significantly so mostly… I am just confused.
Oh, and I should add… according to BMI, I am now considered overweight. 🙁
And while I don’t want to become dependent on the scale, I know that this just makes me want to get back on tomorrow in hopes that it was a big technical mistake.
Do you love or hate the scale? How often do you weigh yourself?
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