It’s easy to step on the scale and say “I have no idea why I gained weight this week!” I can tell you this from experience because I’ve done it, but the truth is that most of the time, there’s a logical reason waiting to be seen if we take the time to look.
Yesterday, before weighing in, I knew I’d show a gain, and I racked my brain to figure out why. I knew I had eaten poorly Thursday night and Friday night, but I also stopped myself Friday and went on a workout binge instead. So while I was pleased with myself for exercising hard all week, I knew that I had to delve into what I ate and own it. I was up 0.8 this week.
I tracked everyday, and that’s important for a couple of reasons….First, it could be worse. Tracking (knowing that I’m going to write it down even though no one else will see it) often helps me make choices to skip junk that I might otherwise eat and forget which brings me to my second point. It’s easy to forget what we consume. And tracking allows us to look back at the choices we made so there’s little room for surprise when we see (or don’t see) the results that were hoping to see on the scale.
Before I headed to my weigh-in, I took an honest look at my tracker, and what I found explains why I saw a gain this week as opposed to the losses that I’ve grown accustomed to seeing again. As I said, I ate poorly Thursday night and Friday night, but I also ate too much Monday evening. I had Bún Thịt Nướng for dinner alone with 2 Vietnamese spring rolls. If you’re not familiar with Bún Thịt Nướng, it’s basically vermicelli noodles with thinly sliced barbecued pork and lettuce. I didn’t eat all of it, but I did eat too much…especially when adding peanut sauce with the spring rolls. I’m not saying that the Vietnamese food did it. I’m saying that these things add up, and while I exercised hard, I spent the week fighting myself over the food choices I made.
Because I tracked my food intake and workouts, I was able to look back and see what needs to be different in the coming week. I have a fresh opportunity, and I’m going to make the most of it. I’ve already started by loading up on fresh, leafy greens and protein, and I’ll keep it up by exercising hard today with my friend, Anne, at the fancy schmancy gym that I’ve referred to before.
Do you track your food intake? Are you typically surprised by what you see on the scale, or do you generally know what to expect?