I don’t put much emphasis on the scale; instead, I use the way my clothes fit as a better guide. Recently, I noticed my clothes feeling a little tighter. So I took my measurements this morning and the news is *not* good. I have gained a little bit in each area I measure (from 1/4 inch to as much as 2 inches).

There are three factors that have contributed to my gaining back some body fat:

  • I haven’t been tracking my macronutrients and staying within my plan for the last couple of months.
  • With the “I Quit Sugar” detox, I allowed myself more fat (in particular, peanut butter!). I noticed about 1/2 way through the detox I was gaining weight.
  • I haven’t been working out as much. I’m still lifting weights but my cardio component has decreased significantly. I think less cardio has probably helped my efforts to build muscle, but it’s time to tighten up my nutrition and get back on plan.

In the past, I would have just been discouraged and let the weight gain continue. Not this time. I want to catch it early while my new, smaller clothes still fit (albeit, snugly). Here is my plan going forward:

  • Be more diligent about tracking my food on MyFitnessPal, with a daily goal of sticking to my Atomic Weight Loss plan. I had my plan recalibrated last week based on my current activity level, so I know how much protein, fiber, carbs and fat I need each day.
  • One of my favorite fitness bloggers, Kate at BeyondFitPhysiques, is hosting a ‘7-day jump start’ challenge that starts today. I joined the challenge with the hopes of getting back on track and learning some new ideas for my workouts and menu plan. (Want to join the challenge? It’s free. Go here and click the link in the sidebar.)
  • Peanut Butter: As much as I love it, I need to eliminate it completely for right now, until I get back on track.
  • Water and sleep: I need more of both! I’ve started using the Water Your Body app to remind me to drink water throughout the day. And I am going to start setting an alarm to go to bed earlier each night.

Elastic Tits

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  1. From an outsider- you look fabulous! But, I realize it’s all about how you actually FEEL. I just went and checked out that 7-day Jump Start and signed up! Although, probably ill-timing, at least it might ive me some motivation to eat something other than PB sandwiches!

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