I haven't been around much the past few days because I've been busy with family obligations, but I have been sticking to my plan and getting my workouts in. TOM ended a few days ago, which generally means a little whoosh a few days after.
When I got on the scale before TOM started, I was at 153.4. This morning and yesterday morning, I was at 156.4. So in spite of being OP and working out regularly, I have somehow managed to gain three pounds.
I know, I know, there are all kinds of reasons this could happen. I am not always as careful as I could be during TOM. There's been more alcohol than usual lately (though not that much). Recently I've switched up my workouts by starting the P90X classic plan, which means a lot of heavy lifting that I hadn't been doing previously. So some of it could be muscle gain, some water retention.
It's also at the 30 pound mark since my last plateau, which means I should really have been expecting another major plateau. (For some reason they have happened to me every thirty pounds. It's been almost like clockwork. Weird, but true. Yet I didn't see this one coming.)
I guess I am more frustrated than usual because 153 marks the line between 'obese' and 'overweight' for me, and bouncing back up into that (admittedly arbitrary) category has been pretty disheartening.
Anyway, I am just publicly stating that I'm resetting my ticker to reflect my current weight, and I am hoping to move it back down again soon. I am going to push my calories back down (P90X recommends 1800 because of the intense workouts -- for example, my heart rate monitor claims I burned 600 calories during an hour of Plyometrics this morning, though that estimate seems high to me -- but I'm going to try 1400-1500 and see how it goes for awhile).
I'd love to say my clothes are fitting better and I'm sure I'm losing inches thanks to the lifting, but the truth is I feel *bigger*, especially in my stomach and arms. Those are my two worst problem areas, so I sort of feel like crying from frustration. But I won't. Instead I will keep pushing forward and hope to move my ticker back down soon. (I should reset my avatar as well, but I just can't bring myself to do it. I lost those 90 pounds, darn it!)
I was 150.4 on October 21st. It's been bouncing around the 150s ever since. Frustrating doesn't even really begin to cover it at this point. Gosh, when I think about the timeline, I really am plateaued. I've even been in denial about that.