I’ve been following my own advice about focusing on health, not weight, since march 8. And it has been going well, I’m more relaxed and am eating healthy, and am still active. But in that time period I was less active on average than usual because of my collarbone rehab. I usually wear comfortable clothes with elastic waistbands. Recently going to a more formal occasion led to my wearing pants with a belt. It seemed I needed to loosen the belt a notch. Hmm… Then this week I was going to sell the bike that I broke my collarbone riding. I love that bike but have crashed on it twice, and no longer think smaller wheels are a good idea for me since some of the roads I ride have potholes. I had to list the weight of the bike because it is a good selling point, it is lightweight for a travel bike. In order to weigh it, I did the trick of weighing myself while holding the bike, on a bathroom scale, repeat for myself only, then subtracting. It was good news for the bike weight, but not so much for the “tare” weight (me). I’ve gained 17 lbs since the last time I weighed myself in early march. Oops! I had been holding steady at around 175 lbs. for several years, so that is a good weight for me. Now it’s 192.
I think what happened is my “intuitive eating” is not calibrated properly, at least partially because I am adapted to exercising a lot, but was not able to do that the last couple of months. And, truth be told, I have been pretty good but not as good as I can be at avoiding junk. So hopefully between that and being able to be more active now, the weight will gradually resolve itself.
I think in the interim it is important for me to go back to weighing myself once a week and be sure that the weight is gradually trending back down. But it’s also important to stay the course on the health-first philosophy, and not do crazy stuff like super-intense workouts to get a good weight result, or drastic experiments with dieting. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.