So last night I had a little temper tantrum. This morning I'm feeling a little more balanced and am reacting with my logical side rather then just my emotional side. Remember this post? Cut the Drama I think it's appropriate in this situation.
So, I gained a pound. 1.2 pounds. What is that really? Not a heck of a lot in the long run. When you gain weight, I think you should look at your habits and consider whether there is a reason for it. Looking at my habits, I truly don't think there is. I have been on track, but fact of the matter is, I can only control me. I can't control what happens to the numbers on the scale.
There's lots of reasons for the numbers on the scale to go up, regardless of how you eat or exercise. Water retention is a big one. It can be caused by excess sodium, hormonal fluctuations, or recovering from working out. Building muscle is a bit of a possibility. It's not actually as easy to put muscle on as sometimes said. Bodybuilders celebrate every pound of muscle gained and work very hard for it. Still, working out with weights causes water retention as your muscles recover.
Sometimes your body just doesn't follow the "science" of a 3500 calorie deficit equaling a 1 pound loss. To be honest, I'm not really convinced it's the same number of calories for everyone. I'm not even convinced it's the same number of calories for the same person at different times.
Heck, even your choice of clothing, what you eat immediately before and whether you've used the bathroom before stepping on the scale make a difference. These things are the most superficial reasons, but in the short term, they effect those numbers.
Really, when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter. Because this is life. What matters is how you measure success. If you only measure based on the numbers on the scale, you're going to be disappointed on a regular basis. When I look at my successes over the last month, I see that I am making better choices; I am getting stronger and have more endurance; I am starting to like myself more.
Those things mean far more then the piddly little numbers on the scale.