Don’t Quit!

Today marks one week since I started working out every day… again.

Now when I’m trying to be healthier and workout, I do like to track my weight. I know it isn’t the best thing to measure success by, but I am definitely at a point where my body should be losing weight to be at its healthiest. I like to limit myself to weighing in once a week. If I forget and don’t weigh myself for a month that’s great, but not more… it just messes with your head. Even once a week can be too much sometimes, I think.

Anyway, it’s been a week and I’ve been working my butt off so, I weigh in.

I gained 3 lbs.

Wow…

Sooooo depressing!

And I’ve been feeling SO bloated… way more than I ever remember being before with new workout routines. Seriously, every time I eat or drink just about anything I feel like I gained 20 lbs. instantly and I am so uncomfortable. It’s getting ridiculous. Maybe it’s the new birth control I’m on?

So… I should just give up, right?

(NO! Are you crazy? That is the worst thing you could do right now!)

I’m gaining weight, I’m bloated, and I’m sore ALL the time!

That’s not motivating at all!

However…

I will not give up! I will not quit!

A big help to me is that I have done this before… I start to workout, (knowing that there is no quick fix (but seriously crossing my fingers!)), I feel amped up! Ready to DO THIS! And then I get bloated and start gaining weight instead of losing it. I’m tired and sore and have zero energy.

Then, after a couple weeks, the bloat goes away and I drop the few pounds I gained (sometimes more) and I start to be able to get through a warm up without dying!

It’s magical.

And VERY motivating.

But you just have to muscle through those first 2-3 weeks, which is hard because this is when you don’t have much muscle and the muscle you do have feels like it’s dying.

I get it. I really do. All I want to do right now is say screw it! I tried and it sucked and I got nowhere and then go eat a bowl of ice-cream…. well, maybe not right now. Right now I feel like I just ate a pregnant elephant and would rather throw up, but you get it, I get it. I’m there.

Don’t give up. Starting over is the hardest, most infuriating thing. I know, I’m there.

“In two weeks you’ll feel it. In four weeks you’ll see it. In eight weeks you’ll hear it.”

2 Comments

  1. Jeremy Hood

    Another measure you might try instead of just using the scale when you start working out is to measure your total inches. Arms, naval, legs. Sometimes you can gain weight from the muscle if you haven’t worked out in a while.

    For the last three months I have been working out/dieting and the scales bounces between 165-168 like clock work but I have lost almost two inches around my waist.

    If you have access to some sort of body fat measuring device this would be even better.

    • Lisa

      Haha! Thank you for your advice Jeremy! I definitely measure total inches as well, I am just frustrated everytime I start to work out again this happens. I gain weight before I lose it. Measuring is a much better way to measure success, although this week I’m certain it would have been equally depressing… I’ve been so bloated!

      The last time I worked out for 3 weeks I only lost 3 lbs, but a total of 24 inches! It is amazing how much the scale really lies.

      Thanks for the reminder!

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