Monday, May 4, 2015


It didn't go well, last week. I don't even know quite what happened. I had some stress--two deadlines--but not THAT much stress. I ate some naughty foods--my friend D. took me out for an early birthday dinner at Macaroni Grill and though I ate a loaf of rosemary bread all on my own, I only had half of my entree and half of the dessert, and before that all I ate was cucumber salad. And then I fasted on Sunday! My inner tube is shrinking, and my rear is tightening up, but the number on the scale yesterday was NOT KIND.

But, before I reveal the number, here are some of my outdoor runs. (Tready runs not pictured.)

Notes: On today's, I had to come home to make sure the kids were getting ready for school and then I finished the last 1/2 mile on tready. You might also notice that on 4/30 - it says that I only did 2.85 miles, but it's because I forgot to turn on my mobile data. 

See, this is the path I ran, but it shows that I started it two blocks from where I REALLY started. 

This is what it should look like. Start and end in the same place. 

I tracked my walk through Wal-Mart as I did my grocery shopping. I always wanted to know the distance it takes to get all the stuff I need. 

Strawberry, cucumber salad with poppyseed dressing and feta. (Just a recipe I found on Pinterest)

So here it is. The embarrassing results of this week (and on my birthday week too. [sad face]):

START: 178
WEEK 1: 175 (-3)
WEEK 2: 174 (-1)
WEEK 3: 180! (+6) 

HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?! I'VE BEEN RUNNING SO DANG MUCH!!! I mean, I know that you can gain muscle, but 6 lbs of muscle in a week?! Doubtful. What HAPPENED?!

My body hates me, that's what happened.


Ok, I know it's not that, but I had to figure it out, so I did a little research. This website helped. 

Here are a few possibilities for my gain.
I gained weight due to:
1. inflammation (retaining water)
2. an increase in muscle
3. I didn't follow my diet carefully enough
4. the stress on my body made me more stressed and I ate more.

Advice to handle it?
1. eat fewer calories
2. be patient
Paleo stuffed peppers. I made it with spicy turkey sausage. 

Running as much as I am (I'm up to 16 miles a week now) does increase the appetite, so I'll need to keep a tighter leash on my caloric intake and cut out the crap (sweets and snack foods), which I've already made GREAT efforts to do. Hopefully that will help. Because I need the help. I'm going to start taking screen-shots of myfitnesspal too, just to make me that much more accountable.

I'm leaving for Vienna in two months, and I really want to lose 10 - 15 lbs before then, I was on a pretty great streak, until WEEK 3.

Sigh. I guess I'll skip the cake tomorrow. Instead, I'll stick a candle in a broccoli floret.

De-stressing in my backyard and listening to The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig
Wish me luck. 


  1. Rena- you are amazing!!! Screw that scale you gotta throw it out. When I work out my weight fluctuates dramatically and it doesn't make sense to me. I just judge on how my clothes are fitting- you said you felt firmer in your stomach and butt- that's the progress you need to focus on!!! Be kind to yourself- you're making progress:)

    1. Thanks for the love! I should, huh.


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