Tuesday, March 6, 2012
My Ability to Defy the Laws of Nature
The science behind weight gain (as I know it) would tell me that I had consumed 17,500 more calories than I had burned (3500 cal/lb x 5 lbs). Although I did increase my intake, I can promise you that there is no way in hell I consumed that many more calories than I burned. I cannot even fathom the luxury of consuming that many calories in a week where I never worked out at all!
So the gain was a complete mystery to me and I was pissed. I communicated with my accountability group about being less passive about reporting and suggested logging exercise and/or food. The response has been mostly positive, as a few others have expressed some frustration and complacency.
I wish I could tell you that I turned over a new leaf immediately, but that would not be the truth. Friday at noon was cold and windy with the threat of rain, so I chose not to run over lunch. I was unable to run on Saturday as we had a family engagement to attend early that day, and while away for the weekend I indulged as if I had lost 5 pounds the past week. I recommitted myself on Monday morning and lifted weights, ran 3 miles over lunch and played basketball that night. I watched what I ate and was conscious of the foods I was eating.
I stepped on the scale this morning just to see where I stood, figuring that I would either be the same or maybe even have gained considering my sloth-like behavior over the weekend. Nope. I have lost 3 pounds since Friday! Holy crap! This makes no sense to me, and it all seems to defy the laws of nature. I can work my ass off for 7 days, eat a little bit extra and gain 5 pounds, or I can eat like shit for 2 days, workout for one, and lose 3 pounds!
My friend, Mira, has mentioned in the past that sometimes one should workout less and eat more, which she admits sounds counter-intuitive, but I think my experience over the last few days serve as a fine example of what she was talking about.
I really want to be focused on weight loss over the next few weeks. I have about 15 weeks until the Bike MS ride on June 23 and 24. I would really like to be down to 175 by that time. Mathematically it works out to 1.33 pounds per week, or burning 4655 calories more than I consume. We will see if the laws of math work out better than the laws of science.