Man, I feel like I've been at war the past two weeks with my scale. I know my eating hasn't been 100% but it hasn't been been horrible. I've been increasing my running a lot the past two weeks and it has reflected on the scale with my muscles being swollen (mainly my quads).
This morning I jumped on the scale and I was up 4 lbs since yesterday, so I know for a hard fact it was because my legs are pretty swollen and sore from pushing myself on the race yesterday morning. After about 2 days the swelling is usually completely gone and the scale drops dramatically, so I know it's not a permanent thing... just frustrating during the week. On Saturday I was 2 lbs lighter than Friday's weigh in, so I can tell all the swelling finally left from last weeks harder runs (harder to me that is). I will note, I do not have Edema, I hear that all the time but I don't have it. This is just from increased exercise.
I know my body will adjust as I continue with running and I am by no means slowing down anytime soon! Some days I feel like it's the "scale vs running" and for my sanity, I will ditch the scale for a bit and focus on eating, running, and being happy until things equal out if I need to. My body did the same thing when I increased my walking a couple months ago to walking just one mile to 3.1 miles, after a couple weeks it balanced out and my legs were fine. Feels like deja vu all over again, I just need to trust the process and relax.
This week, I have some big focal goals. I need to shape up my eating before I start to slip into old habits and I'm starting to see some warning signs that things could go that way if I don't whip it in the butt now. I am (was) 10 lbs from my first goal and I've made it too far to fall back now!
- Meal Plan - I planned my meals for the next 3 days
- Cleaner Foods - I eat pretty clean now, but I'm trying to eat cleaner
- Water - meet my water goal of 100 oz a day or more
- Run Training - starting today!