Alternate title: I didn’t realize I was thirsty…
Alternative Alternate title: Even when filled with living water, I still need to drink dihydrogen monoxide.
Although I’ve snarked before on the dangers of DHMO, the truth is two hydrogen atoms combined with one oxygen atom is the most important element to those that are living (plant AND animal). [Sidebar: arsenic? really? ] After my frustrations of the last week of Novemeber, I immediately enacted my plan of not over eating and drinking MOAR WATER! The downside to this strategy, without being too detailed to my gentile readers, is that I am now taking lots of breaks during the day.
But that’s the only downside, everything else is upside. Well upside in the downwards direction. Gravity is confusing, when you’re losing weight. But I digress. A couple of pictures. help to tell the story of where I’m going with this:
That double upwards spike had me seriously stressing. Through all that time I was taking a good food log, and getting in exercise, the day before the first spike I had a 4 mile run (then ate pizza. *facepalm*) In this time I’ve also added weight routines on off run days, which might be the culprit for some of the weight gain. The old adage muscle weighs more than fat, while technically incorrect, muscle is denser than fat and adding more muscle mass is better for my metabolism, but it’s impossible to put on 6 pounds of muscle (or fat) in a week. The problem was/is water retention. The cure, oddly, Drink MOAR water.
SpongeBob Narrator voice: THREE DAYS LATER:
Woo, thank you Sir Newton for inventing that gravity thing. Although gravity has nothing to do with the above chart, the increase in water intake (and, oddly, urine outtake) has reversed that scary trend in just four days. People, if you’re breathing, drink water! Especially when the heater starts working, and dries everything out… (Note: for further research weight loss bubbles as a result of colder temperatures?)
The other part of my last post, was the long dissertation on trend lines, and confusing math. Let my break it down, The daily weigh-in numbers can act as either anchors or buoy to the trend line. A weigh-in number below the current trend will drag it down, how much depends on how ‘heavy’ the weight (the more below the line, the “heavier” it is) and will pull the trend line down. Similarly, a weigh-in number above the line acts as a buoy and lifts the trend up. So in this chart, blue dots are the daily weigh-in numbers, and the red dots are the daily trend numbers. Remember all that stressing about the fluctuating numbers on the scale each morning? Well the trend numbers help with that. (I started using the trend after the scary spike!) If my numbers fluctuate a little up but stay below the trend, that’s good still on track. If they spike above the trend line, then I’ll need to re-evaluate and make sure all the checklist (exercise, food log, water intake) items are in order. A bit of freedom.
So, don’t freak out, I’m not stopping this journey train because of some wacky number. I’m feeling too good about myself, and enjoying myself too much to get too grumpy. I’m just geeking out on the numbers, because that’s what I do. Also, I recognize looking at last post’s money chart, that I was due for a little plateau. All signals are in the green, Houston. Let’s light this candle.