“I don’t know what’s happening to me. They’re called hormones.” – Tahereh Mafi I am reading a book called The Women’s Book from Lyle McDonald. It’s an elaborate explanation about nutrition, fat loss, and muscle gain for woman. It’s a very long book and based on researches and science. Although it feels like reading an […]
Ugh… I woke up feeling incredibly bloated, and I am not feeling very well. I checked my Clue, and it is definitely not a very good time to do a weigh in. However, for the sake of consistency, let’s just pretend that menstrual cycle have nothing to do with it.
So… This week has been quite testing because it was my first week doing this while working. Granted it is a part time job, but I am not sure how it’s affecting my CICO.
To be honest I am quite anxious to see how much of a difference it is compared to last week. I was planning on walking to work, which I did a couple of times last week (while my husband can pick me up from work because we are finishing at the same time). But the weather has been nasty this week, so I will skip it until the weather is nicer. For a lot of people this kind of weather is… nice? I cannot see what’s nice of being slowly roasted under the scorching sun.
But I really hate the sun light on my skin after 10am. Like the typical East Asian women who covered up during the summer, we are more concerned about the UV effect on our skin than our need for vitamin D. Vitamin D tablets are cheaper than skin cancer treatment yo. Anyway, not going to make a lot of comments about people’s life choices, so I shall steer this back to the weigh in.
When I started this, I hadn’t accepted the job, so I set my TDEE calculator with sedentary lifestyle. I haven’t changed it since, but I started to think that I might need a bit more calories now that I am working in the professional kitchen again. I started to feel slightly hungrier especially after work. Yes, of course I can still tackle it with snacking, or a nice lunch after work, but… it’s been known that eating too little could hinder weight loss because it set the body into starvation mode.
The point of this is that this program is not meant to be fast, aggressive, and punishingly hard. It is supposed to be sustainable, and should not affect you that much except for the minor inconvenience of logging each food you are consuming. So if my calorie goals is too low for my TDEE, I might end up starving myself… and that’s just silly. Maybe I should start adjusting it to lightly active instead?
If I am going to make walking to work (45 mins, mostly flat) as a routine, this might change the game a little. On top of that, my ‘beginner week’ is going to be over soon, so I will work harder. If you have ever worked in this industry, either in Front of House of the kitchen you know it is not just like cooking at home. You are constantly on your feet, moving around a lot, and lifting heavy stuff — extra bonus if your restaurant premises have stairs. Hmm…. let’s see.
Anyway, I shall stop babbling, and go on with this week result.
So, it would be nice to know how am I doing so far. But why Wednesday though?
It doesn’t have to, but it is always better to pick a day of the week for weighing in. Any day would do. A lot of people do it on Wednesday because it has a nice ring to it, just like Throwback Tuesday, or Manic Monday. But I digress.
There is one good reason to pick a specific day of the week when you do your regular weigh in. One is consistency. Your weight would fluctuate during the week because of your activities around it. If you are working during the weekdays, and you want to spend time on a drinking night out with your friends on Saturdays, you will see the number going up and down during those days.
This is also to save you from going insane. Picking a day of the week, and banning yourself to touch that scale on other days will stop you from thinking about your weight loss program constantly. It means you will not see the fluctuation (which is normal when you are doing this), and you will not sweat over mini anomalies which is not significant on the big picture.
For me, Sundays used to be the heaviest, because my husband would be home all day on Saturdays and we will have meals which loaded with salt. Which retains water. Which makes me heavier. And normally, all of those would disappear on Monday morning. But I would freak out if I weigh myself every day because I would think that I am not losing weight, when in reality I was just fussing over a flux.
Also, for the sake of being consistent, it is always advisable to weigh yourself roughly at the same time of the day. I find it more convenient to weigh in first thing in the morning after morning pee. I don’t know whether the peeing is significant to the result, but that’s what I always do. Your weight also fluctuates during the day, so weighing yourself every couple of hours is really unhealthy for your mental well being.
If you want to have an accurate report on your weight loss progress, always use the same scale, and weigh yourself at roughly the same spot. Weight scales behave differently when placed on a different place and surface. Make sure you’re placing your scale on a hard, and flat surface. Don’t hold on anything when you’re weighing yourself, and stand straight.
I found digital scale as more accurate, so perhaps it is worth investing in a good digital scale if you are planning to do this on a long run.
Right, now enough babbling… let’s see how’s my first week has gone.
That’s a 1.1 drop in a week, and I am very pleased with the result. However I need to point out that this is probably water weight, so I haven’t necessarily lose all the fat that I need to lose. It means, I might not be able to see any changes in the mirror yet.
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