Sudden, depressing weight gain
I have posted about this ongoing depressing situation in my journal, and I know on an intellectual level that this is probably due to just a Perfect Storm of events that have happened to come together at the same time, but, come on...
In the past week I have gained FIVE POUNDS. And I'm not trying to gain weight.
I realize there are many, many reasons for going/staying primal and it's not like I'm going to abandon this new way of living for...what? Going back to eating the crap diet I was eating in December? But I really do need to lose weight. I have a heart problem (A-Fib) and borderline high blood pressure that needs to be controlled. I get to lose weight or go on more meds. I choose lose weight. Besides, I want to be able to do more, and weighing less makes that possible.
Here's the tale: Started at 189 pounds on Jan. 3. Last Monday was at my lowest (176). Today weighed in at 181.
Food details: Eating no grains, no legumes, some dairy (no milk, Greek yogurt a few days a week, raw milk cheese a few days a week), nuts a few days a week, 85% dark chocolate "as needed" (try to limit it to one small square a day at most), no alcohol, no "primal baked good" or other treats. I eat good fats (coconut oil, avocados, olive oil) and meat (about 4-8 oz. a day) and eggs. Tons of vegetables (typically a BAS every day, some steamed vegetables at dinner, make a big veggie soup each week for lunches, raw veggies with lunch and dinner if no salad) and I might have fruit once a week (an apple or a few berries) once or twice a week, if that.
Here's the situation: Should be starting my period sometime soon. (I'm perimenopausal, so it's a guessing game). Have been primal only a month or so, so maybe my hormones are adapting due to that, too. And the Big Deal right now: I started a new workout and got in trouble with a trainer who pushed and I was too wimpy to tell him no. Not just muscle soreness, but muscle pain. This is ongoing since Thursday. I read you can retain 3 to 4 pounds of water weight in muscles dealing with Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, so that is probably the biggest part of it.
I don't know what I want from anyone. Maybe just some support or to know if you have been through this. Right now I am just eating normally and hoping things get back on track. I can't believe that my weight is going to just keep going up and up when, until now, it has been on a downward trend eating this way.
BTW, I'm not eating more or differently than before. I had one day where I ate a lot more, but that passed and things are back on track.
What the heck is going on? Is it really just water retention? Should I just hang in there and figure I'll just lose it all again overnight (or over a couple of days) pretty soon?
Everything I eat has been proved by some doctor or other to be a deadly poison, and everything I don't eat has been proved to be indispensable for life. But I go marching on. ~George Bernard Shaw
Starting Weight (1/3/2011): 189
Current Weight: 173
Goal: To be in the best shape ever by age 50! (5/11/2012)