I went to the weight loss doctor last week. I had only lost 2 pounds in a whole month! I know, I know, I should be happy that I lost and did not gain. And I am. But when your goal is 1-2 pounds a week, losing 2 pounds in a month is not exactly a thrill. So my doctor and I spoke and we agreed that maybe I had hit a mini plateau. We discussed adding more exercise, including weight training. It was at this point that he informed me that none of his patients had ever lost weight by doing water aerobics alone. Instead, water aerobics was something that people generally did to get their joints working well and ease into exercise and then they switched to something like the bike, or the elliptical.
So, all in all, it was a rather depressing trip to the doctor. Not only had I not lost much weight, but I learned that my crowning accomplishment-- going to water aerobics class four nights a week--- really was probably not going to get me very far. I wish I had known that before I started. I've gotten to like the classes I take, mostly because of the social aspect--- I like the other attendees and the instructors. While the Doctor told me he thought it was still a good idea to go to the classes, he also told me I should add something extra. On the one hand, I do want to keep going, but on the other, is it really just a waste of my time?
So this past week, I really picked it up. On Monday, I proceeded with Water Aerobics as planned, because Monday nights have the tough instructor who really gets your heart rate up (that's got to be doing something, right? I mean if your heart rate is elevated you should be burning calories, right?). Tuesday, I went to a belly dancing class and did some resistance training. I felt like belly dancing didn't get my heart rate up too high, so I went ahead and did aqua zumba that night. Wednesday, I did a Zumba class and then went to water aerobics that night. Friday, I did a Spinning class and some resistance training.
Do you know what my results were on the scale? Every single day I went up a pound. That's right, I gained approximately 5 pounds over the week. WTF?! Want to talk about discouraging? Try working your ass off, only to find you weigh MORE than before you started!
I'm sincerely hoping that this weight gain thing is just a fluke...that its a result of adding muscle. Today I was back down a couple of pounds, but not where I was at the beginning of last week. Being completely honest, I probably could have done a little better in the food tracking department last week, so maybe some of it comes from that. Keep your fingers crossed. If not, me and the doctor are going to have to have a little talk and figure out why my body seems to respond in the opposite manner from what one would expect.
On another note, tonight is halloween. I did my "trick or treating" this weekend. On Saturday I went on a halloween pub crawl which culminated in a concert by One Republic. Unfortunately, I really only got to go to one bar on the crawl because we were late getting uptown! However, I'm happy to say I stuck to my goal and didn't imbibe too many "treats" of the liquid variety. Here's a picture of me and some of my friends.
I went as Oscar the Grouch. It sort of fit my mood lately. My friend went as a peacock and it was AWESOME! She made her own costume and then ran around all night hitting everyone in the face with her tail feathers.
Sunday, a friend had a halloween open house which, okay, lets face it, I kind of went off track at. I'm sorry, how am I supposed to resist pizza and a cupcake decorating station? It was fun all around though!
Tonight I'm handing out candy to trick-or-treaters. I'm happy to report I bought candy that I do not like so that I wouldn't be tempted to eat it before and during tonight's festivities. Good thing too, because as I'm writing this I just handed out my last piece and it's 7:26!
Happy Halloween Everyone!