Well, I had my weigh-in and appointment with Dr. Ziltzer today. *sigh* I promised myself I would keep this appointment no matter what, and I did. Over a month ago, when I made the appointment, the minute I hung up the phone I knew I might run into trouble with my weight this week… I have noticed a trend when I am “mid-cycle” that I tend to have weird weight fluctuations or a stretch of days when what I’m doing with my eating and exercise is completely opposite of what I would then see on the scale. So it should come to no surprise to me this morning that after 3 days of nothing but meal replacements with one small lean and green meal for dinner, the scale jumped up 1.5 pounds on me since Tuesday.
Anyway, the medical assistant that I see now that checks my weight and vitals, etc. is pretty cool. She was not around when I lost all of my weight, but she has been there for at least a year of my maintenance and she seems to know a lot about exercise and some of the stuff I am experiencing at my weigh-ins with regard to body fat %, etc. So, the bad news was that I had an 8.5 pound gain since my last appointment, the largest since entering maintenance. This puts me well into my “red zone”. I already knew this, which is why I started back on meal replacements last week, post vacation. So, here is where it gets a bit tricky…body composition. If we go by the readings from the Tanita scale in the office from April, 4.5 of my 8.5 lb weight gain is “fat”. This, I can deal with. It also indicates a 3 lb. water gain. Also somewhat understandable, given the amount of inflammation probably in my muscles from strength training. So, that leaves another 1 pounds of “something”… it could be muscle, it could be more water, it could be fat. The scale is making a lot of assumptions based on the impedance it is measuring and none of this is an exact science. I think it is safe to say that my 8.5 pounds is a combination of all 3, the percentages are a little fuzzy. Dr. Ziltzer did have the medical assistant come back in and do some measurements on me (waist and hip) and they were exactly the same as I was back in October, which was about 7 pounds lighter. But, those aren’t an exact science either, based on where the tape measure is placed.
Dr. Z and I had a good talk. I told him I was already back watching my diet like a hawk. I told him about my new Tanita scale and how I had the ability to really track things now. We noticed that the new scale is reading my fat % way lower than the Tanita scale at his office. This was a bummer but not terribly surprising. I was really hoping the two scales would be a closer match. I think, for now, we will just say that there is a 3% offset between the two scales (i.e. my Tanita at home measured my fat % at 34.0% today and Dr. Z’s scale read 36.9%) and that I can use my readings as a reference at home so that I can monitor my progress. I told him, truthfully, that I feel really good. I am happy with the work I’m putting in at the gym. I am re-motivated by watching the numbers on my new scale and playing with my new “data”. So, I’m glad I went in for the appointment, as usual. He always makes me feel better about things. I’m going back to see him in about a month though and not wait so long this time. Regardless of the body composition, my weight is way higher than I want it to be so I’m still focusing on getting back down – I just want to protect my muscle mass at the same time.
I wish I could say this gets easier in time…but it doesn’t. It changes. But, wow, it sure doesn’t take much to get the scale climbing again. It is frustrating because I am far from sedentary and I don’t feel like my eating is out of control either. Welcome to life as a middle-aged woman I guess…