Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Me. Him.

Me: “You know what stinks? What totally stinks? That I’ve worked out six days out of seven for the past two weeks. I’ve only skipped TWO DAYS. I’ve walked a MINIMUM of a mile and a half each day … most days between two and two and a half. I’m watching what I eat, drinking tons of water, and yet I’ve GAINED one pound since I started!! Where is the justice, I ask you? Where??”

Him: “Well, maybe walking isn’t enough.”

Me: “I know, but I’m doing Pilates twice a week, and I even added nautilus three times a week … why isn’t it working??”

Him: “Oh, there you go. You’re lifting weights. Everyone knows that muscle weighs more than fat. That’s your problem.”

Me: “Oh, please, don’t give me that load of crap. I’m lifting five pound hand weights, the smallest in the gym, and I’ve got the machines set to almost the lightest weight possible because I am such a weenie. And it’s not like I’m taking steroids. Just how much muscle mass could I have possibly added in the past two weeks? Hmmmm??? That’s not it.”

Him: “Well, maybe your body is in shock and hanging onto every pound. You know the older you get, the harder it is to lose weight.”

Me: hateful death-ray vision stare

Him: “OK, maybe I didn’t say that right. No, seriously. What I mean is, I remember reading that when you start exercising, your body goes into this shock mode and hangs on to all the extra weight. Then after a while you’ll reach a peak, and then past that, the pounds will start falling off. Just falling off faster than you can imagine. You just haven’t reached your peak yet.”

Me, slightly hopeful: “Really? Is that true?”

Him, pause: “No. But did it make you feel better even for a second?”

Me: “Shut up and pass me the Chips Ahoy.”

22 comments:

cakeburnette said...

I am convinced that husbands are the single-most deterrents to middle-aged (ack! what a horrible adjective to use on oneself) mom's workout progress. I've been working out 3 times a week since the beginning of the year and recently added the other two weekdays as well. BTW, I haven't lost one damn pound, so it must be true that muscle weighs more than fat! ;) Anyway, Mark mentioned how hot some other guy's wife was last weekend--she's 28! Sheesh. *rolling eyes*

Danielle said...

I totally hear you...I started working out more and gained 6 pounds. Makes it even harder to drum up any enthusiasm for the gym.

Danielle

Grandma J said...

In support of Earth Day, go buy yourself some flowers. You deserve them and it's the right thing to do.

Trish in Leesburg, VA said...

gotta love Blaine for trying- even if it was a little late! lol!

The Running Girl said...

Don't give up yet! There could be several things going on. Muscle does weigh more than fat. Plus if you've been drinking a ton of water, it could be water weight. Pay more attention to how you feel and how your clothes fit than to what the scale says and you'll be fine.

Anonymous said...

Oh Yeah!!! My husband only gave up drinking sweet tea and lost 10 pounds in 2 weeks!!! Have you seen the commercial on TV...Slimquick I think...that the cartoon man talks and says he's been exercising and eating right and he shrinks by 20-30 pounds. Then the woman cartoon says she does the same thing and only her boobs shrink!!! Isn't THAT the truth!

Meg from Ga

CAT said...

Hey Kristie,

Guys just don't get it we think differently! Hang in there, you will see results soon if you keep it up. I am so impressed with all of your hard work and dedication just go for it. Don't weight yourself for a few weeks and see what happens.

Have a great day!

Cathy

Cate said...

I'm an avid mountain biker who also rides on the road to train. A couple of years ago, I was riding about 150 miles a week. I didn't lose one damn pound. Turns out, I wasn't eating ENOUGH! ARGH! Though the cravings for sweet tea and meals at Chick-Fil-A (not salads) probably didn't help either.

Grandma J said...

I want to ask a question of you and your readers...has anyone tried the fitflop sandals? They sell them at Bath and Body Works (and other places). They are $50 but supposed to help with fitness. I've read several testimonials on-line but hesitate buying them...
Anyone have them?

Thanks, in advance Kristi...consider it along the lines of a public service announcement :))

Anonymous said...

muscle does not weight more than fat! they weigh the same just distributed differently. sorry.(learned this with all the weight loss doctors.) a package of popped popcorn weighs the same as a package of unpopped popcorn, a packed ream of paper weighs the same as a shredded ream of paper, its just muscle is compact and fat is...well...not!

Megan

katy said...

The more muscle you have the faster you burn calories. Your body is just stocking up on muscle now but you will start burning it once your body adjusts to the workouts....

Anonymous said...

OMG Kristie, that is so funny. It sounds just like something my husband would say. Bless his heart for trying. I hope you threw the cookied at him instead of eating them. That might be part of the problem, I'm just saying ;-)

I lost about 25 pounds last year. The equivalent of one whole size, 7 to 6, in my FREAKIN' FINGER! My wedding set just slips off now. Now what's up with that???

Keep up the good work though. You should proud of yourself. You are half way to the point of creating a new "habit" of exercising. What an accomplishment.

Sheri in CA

Anonymous said...

I have logged in over 500 miles on my treadmill so far this year (and I had over 1700 last year) and really am careful about what I eat and you would think I was a svelt 125 pounds...but I'm not....I've been stuck between 150 and 160 for the last 14 years. I think it is my predisposed weight and it sucks!
I swear it IS easier for guys to lose vs. us women and we're the ones that care more! At least Blaine tried.

Keep up the good work...it WILL pay off!

Lenaya

misty thacker said...

Kristie im right there with ya i have been walking 4 miles a day and still gaining today i went to my dietition got on the scale expecting a loss and WHAT??? umm i even got off and reset it and stepped back on a GAIN!!! i left there in tears! I am so tired of it grrrr my hubby can eat fast food every meal and still lose and look a practically starve myself and still gain wish we lived closer!

Meredith said...

Hi Kristy, I am a long time reader (and lover) of your blog - although I am mainly a lurker. I consider you a cyber-friend! I saw a cartoon last week that made me think of you and your kid's school. Have a great day!
http://www.mycomicspage.com/closetohome/2008/04/20/

Sandy P said...

Go back to being hopeful. I have heard the same thing!

Anonymous said...

Speaking of chips ahoy!? Why are they so small now? Arent they smaller - or it just that I am so much larger that they seem smaller?


Love Erin

brent said...

"Me: “Shut up and pass me the Chips Ahoy.”"

OOOH!!!!

I found the problem!!!

Renee said...

I love Blaine.

URBAN BLONDE said...

Don't weigh yourself! Concentrate on feeling better and clothes fitting better.

One thing that I find helps is to not wear any baggy style clothes (ie. sweatshirts) when I'm not exercising.

Really stops me from taking another bite.

Blondie
PS I think you're doing great!

Dianna in Louisiana said...

LOL Kristie---- Kudos to Blaine for even trying to respond to you. My husband has learned to plead the fifth when discussing my weight in any way.

Tracey in Calgary said...

Kristie,

I have done it ALL and I mean, done it ALL! And I have discovered the secret, the truth. Losing weight is 80% about the food, 20% about the working out. I am down 12
pounds in 4 weeks, with just some walking as exercise so far. Get the 'Eat Clean Diet' book and I promise, you WILL lose weight. Doing your cardio is very important, as will be your strength training. The more muscle you build, the more fat you will burn. It WILL work, if you stay committed, particularily to your nutritious eating. Not a diet, a lifestyle. You can do it. I can do it. We CAN do it!! Take a very truthful look at your eating, and you will find the reason why you gained a pound. Honest.
ps Blaine is so funny :-)
pps Take a 'before' photo. We'll cocmpare notes at the end of summer. :-)