If you’ve been following me for a while…at least the last 6 months then you got to witness the “Great I’mperfect Life Weight Loss Plateau of 2013“.  Remember that?  Four months of being stuck in the 180’s!  It was frustrating to say the least.  Up and down, down and up, and sometimes up some more.  I played with the same ten pounds for FOUR damned months!

During those four months I MOSTLY ate a very low carb diet- though I did have more than a normal amount of, “not-part-of-my-routine-food” due to vacations and traveling for races.

Come August I decided to switch things up a bit.  I added more carbs to my diet each day to make sure my body was fueled for the four races I had schedule that month.

Now… when I say I added more carbs to my diet I don’t mean that I gorged myself on pasta, bread, potatoes, cookies and cake.  Basically I just added 1/2 to 1 whole banana each day and rice a fews times a week.   This wasn’t methodically planned out.  I just knew that I wanted more carbs and since wheat is not part of my everyday diet I used bananas– alone, in shakes and in pancakes each day and had about 1/2 of a cup of rice with lunch or dinner  about 3-4 times per week.  Let me say this again— this was NOT methodically planned out.  It’s just the way it turned out based on what I can see in my diary on My Fitness Pal.  I went from following a ketogenic diet (which was hard for me to maintain over the summer) to a low carb diet- averaging about 145 carbs per day.


I had deemed August a no weigh month.  Prior to day I had been weighing myself every Friday.  Much to my surprise, come the end of August I had lost 11lbs!  I went from 184lbs to 173lbs.  I was SHOCKED!  Although I had done a bit more cross-training (I swam a few times, went for a couple of runs and rode my bike a bit) I still continued to do Crossfit– but I didn’t ADD more time in the gym or increase my activity level, I just did crossfit OR something else.   Point being, I didn’t do anything THAT different from what I HAD been doing the four months prior.

Or maybe I did…

To be completely honest I don’t know what the right answer is.  I definitely made some changes- more carbs, more varied activity- but those changes didn’t feel significant enough to warrant 11lbs of weight loss.

To take that one step further, I did the SAME thing in September and lost ONE POINT TWO POUNDS!  Ugh!

…um… hold on…I thought I did the same thing is September but as I just check MFP to give you numbers I noticed something–

Do you see it?  Look at how often I tracked in August and look at how often I tracked in September.  I’m not saying that this completely explains it because half the time I track my foods at the end of the day rather than throughout the day but it is interesting, no?  Oh plus!  I just realized that I only worked out 2 times the third week of September, then I had two races that weekend and took the entire following week off.  I bet that didn’t help my progress much either.  Man it’s easy to lie to myself!

ANYWAY…for crying out loud I need to get to the friggin point!

I weighed myself today because, well… because I felt like it and this is what I saw…

Now if I believed in omens I MIGHT be a little…um…I don’t know, however omens make you feel BUT fortunately I don’t.  All I see here is that I have lost SIX freaking pounds this week!  AND I forgot to track my foods yesterday…oops.

So what does this mean?  What’s our take away from all of this?

I have no mother effin idea!  Maybe my body is back in business?  Maybe the almost two weeks (minus the two races) of rest made me lose muscle?  Maybe I’m dehydrated?  Maybe I was too full of poop last week?  Or maybe…just maybe…BODIES ARE FREAKING WEIRD!  And as long as we’re doing what’s right…even when they aren’t cooperating, eventually they have no choice but to give in!

This puts me at 1.6lbs from my original goal weight.  ONE.  POINT.  SIX. MOTHER. FREAKING. POUNDS!  I don’t even know what to do with that bit of information.  What I DO know is that I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing:  taking care of my health by eating good food and staying active because that’s what is enabling me to live the life I’m living…the one I’ve always wanted to live.

Peace out, homies.