Friday, August 7, 2015

Week Two - Friday Check-In and Workout

Week Two weigh-in: 
08/07/2015:        + 0.5 pounds
Total lost:           4.5 pounds  
Current Weight: 225.5 pounds

Okay, well, let's talk about why a weight gain happens when you start a major workout routine because this sucks, especially as this "new" blog is now two weeks old and all I've had was a gain.
I did some googling and this was the most clear and simple information I could find. This comes from an article on

"The temporary weight gain explained:
When someone starts a new exercise program, they often experience muscle soreness. The more intense and "unfamiliar" the program, the more intense the muscle soreness. This soreness is most prevalent 24 to 48 hours after each workout. In the first few weeks of a new program, soreness is the body trying to "protect and defend" the effected or targeted tissue. Exercise physiologists refer to this as delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS.

This type of soreness is thought to be caused by tissue breakdown or microscopic tears in muscle tissue. When this happens, the body protects the tissue. The muscle becomes inflamed and slightly swollen due to fluid retention. This temporary retention of fluid can result in a 3- to 4-pound weight gain within a few weeks of a new program. Keep in mind that muscle soreness is not necessarily a reflection of how hard you worked. In fact, some people feel no signs of muscle soreness, yet will experience the muscle protection mechanisms of water retention and slight swelling."

So, while this gain makes me want to crumble to floor sobbing and wailing "it's not faiiiiiirrrrr!!!!" (not that I'm dramatic or anything), I'm going to have to suck it up and deal with it.

On the plus side, I did accomplish quiet a bit this week. Out of my goals for last week I met all but two of them: the complete homemade dinner and the body measurements (which I'm doing this weekend).

This weeks goals are...

1) make it to the gym 5 days out of 7 and hit all three weight training days
2) continue with a lot of walking to prepare for the 5K.
5) continue sticking with this coming month's step challenge.
6) get new body measurements by Sunday.
7) take at least two outdoor walks during the week
8) only get on the scale twice this week
9) schedule this coming week's workouts into the calendar

Also, here's the breakdown of my workout week so far...

Day 1: OMG just let me get home so I can collapse on the floor and whimper in pain
Day 2: Huh, I thought I'd be way more sore than this
Day 3: Holy crap, there's the soreness... owwwww... just going to shuffle to bed by 9pm
Day 4: ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow, ow....
Day 5: not there yet but will keep you guys updated lol

August 7th Workout:

Treadmill: 39 minutes, 1.65 distance, 4,008 steps, speed between 1.2 - 2.7 mph, incline between 0 - 1.5.

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