By tracking my calories, exercise, and weight loss on a spreadsheet, I have discovered that my weight loss follows a distinct pattern.
The first week, I lose a little .5 or 1 pound. The second week (ovulation week), I gain a little .5 or 1. The third week, I can lose a good bit depending on my exercise levels and calorie intake 1-3 lbs. The fourth week, I'll drop a lot (4, 4.5, and 4 for the three months I've been at this).
While it's helpful to know this pattern exists, I'm not sure if I should just be happy and go with the flow or if I should try to fight it. For example, this would be considered my first week of the month. My weigh in day is tomorrow. It looks like I might be down 1.5. I've exercised 155 minutes this week and had a little more than 1300 calories average per day.
Would you try to manipulate the numbers (exercise more and eat less) to get better results or just go with the flow and be happy?