October 17, 2005 – Exercise: check. Food: not so much

Weight: 324
Difference from last entry: +2.5

Hmmm… Well, that was unexpected. Though I guess it’s not surprising. I wasn’t exactly eating healthily last week. Though I didn’t think I was eating that horribly, either. I think I might need to start a food journal, so I can see just where the extra calories are coming from. The optimistic side of me says Oh, don’t worry about that. It’s just muscle gain. Muscle weights more than fat, so you gained some weight. No big deal.

But I don’t think that’s what is going on here. Yes, I’ve been exercising a LOT more than normal. But enough to build up enough muscle to increase my weight? I don’t think so. In my experience, muscle doesn’t build that quickly. This is only my second week exercising consistently. It seems too early to have built up that much muscle.

So I am going by the assumption that I simply made poor choices with food. Some are obvious, such as the tuna sub I had from Subway (don’t do the tuna, and definitely don’t do the foot-long tuna. That sucker’s over 1,000 calories).

This shouldn’t be surprising. I have not been careful about what I am eating. And that needs to stop. So, as I mentioned last night, I’m (we’re) going to start following meal plans from eDiets again. These meal plans have three benefits: 1) balanced meals, 2) portion control and 3) planning. I’ve lost weight – a lot of weight – sticking to the eDiets meal plans in the past. There’s no reason to think that I won’t in the future.

On the positive side of things, I’m up past two weeks straight of exercise. In that time, I’ve walked at least a mile a day (normally 1.5 miles), and I’ve been getting consistent on weights (average of two full circuits a week). My best workout was Saturday night: I walked for two miles and did a whole circuit of weights (I normally only have time to do either upper or lower body in one workout). I was exhausted, but in a very good way.

All in all, I’m not too worried about the weight gain this week. I know what I need to do to correct this. And it won’t be that hard to do. Exercise has always been the hardest part for me. And – at least for the moment – I have that handled. Reducing food intake will be the easy part.

Color me: optimistic! 🙂

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