Weight gain is a complicated process, involving intricate biological systems working together. We can’t reduce it to a formula. But just for the sake of simplicity, if every pound equals 3500 calories, then quite possibly since October, I have taken in an excess of 42,000 calories (3500 x 12). Which is an excess of 8,400 calories a month, 2,100 calories a week and 300 calories a day.
Which is the amount of calories in 3 tablespoons of peanut butter, or one serving of macaroni and cheese or 34 whole grain Wheat Thins.
Speaking of Tagalongs, here’s a quick shout out to my Super Buff, Gorgeous and Health Conscious Husband:
Now, back to my 12 pounds (or 18 pounds depending upon when you start counting). Since the inception of my blogging days, I’ve resisted the urge to work through my issues on line for the world to see. I’d much rather deal with my issues in the privacy of my own heart and brain and then spill them all over the internet AFTER I’m whole. Post-recovery disclosure. It’s much more professional that way—
and you know, I’m all about being professional.
But, darn it, weight-loss journeys in real time inspire people. They stir up the inner cheerleader in all of us, so we will pick up the proverbial pom-poms and rally our fellow weight-loss champion on to Fitness Success (cue your favorite high school fight song).
And so it is for the greater good of all mankind that I invite you into my world now, rather than later. It’s not about me…it’s about you.
Right about now, you may be asking some questions:
1. Is Fitness Friday girl still working out?
Yes, I am. Currently, I work out once a week with a personal trainer at the gym, about twice a week doing P90X workouts at home and about twice a week doing some form of cardiovascular exercise for 45-60 minutes (usually elliptical or stationary bike). That’s five days a week doing intense work outs, each session 45 minutes to 1 hour, with a combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight training.
2. Could the 12 pounds be muscle?
Maybe some of it, but not all of it. My, uh, vast fitness knowledge leads me to believe that increased muscle mass does not result in larger waist, butt and thighs. In other words, I’m not just gaining weight, but my measurements are increasing. If it was purely muscle, I’d be getting smaller.
3. What in the world? Have you eaten one of your children or something?
Nope. Last time I checked, they were all still here.
4. Has Fitness Friday Girl made any dietary changes?
Sort of. The rapid weight gain started when I ended a 40 day fast where I ate only fruits, veggies, beans, nuts, tea and water. However, I was careful not to skip meals during that fast and I only lost about 3 pounds in those 40 days. While I wanted to reap the benefits of a spiritual fast, I did not want to screw up my metabolism. When I integrated normal foods back into my diet—namely carbohydrates, dairy and some meats—I started gaining immediately.
Note: if you’ve been around Fitness Friday for any length of time, you know my “normal foods” are still very healthy. So, it’s kind of difficult for me to believe I screwed up my metabolism this much by changing my diet for those 40 days. But I suppose anything is possible.
5. Has Fitness Friday Girl been to the doctor?
Yes. Yesterday. She is checking my thyroid and my vitamin D. I do not have the results of those tests yet, but will post them next week, assuming it’s appropriate to do so.
6. Is Fitness Friday Girl a closet binger?
No. I binge openly.
7. What are some other common causes of rapid weight gain?
These, according to WebMD:
a. Lack of sleep
b. Increased stress
d. Medical conditions, such as hypothyroidism
8. Are fluctuations in weight normal?
Yes. Typical weight-gain (though not inevitable) for a 40-something year-old woman is about a pound a year (not to be confused with 18). Two to 3 pounds is a normal daily fluctuation—water retention can cause that. Three to 5 pounds means you’re probably eating too much and moving too little. More than 5 pounds is serious.
It means increased stress on your heart and increased risk for all types of illnesses, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, insulin resistance and certain types of cancers.
Dude…at the weight I’m growing, I will gain 100 pounds in less than 6 years. I don’t think this is the kind of endorsement the P90X folks are looking for.
Come back next Friday to find out the results of my blood work and continue find out where I go from here.