Post # 1
Please don’t chew me out but…I lost about 10lbs this week.
The thing is, that I am not actively trying to lose weight and am not even working out regularly.
I’m happy with my weight actually, sure I have places I’d like to improve, toning up, getting in shape etc.. but weight loss? I really don’t have any to lose.. last thursday I weighed 112-115 lbs which is LIGHT for me, usually I weigh in around 120. On Wednesday I noticed I had dropped to 106, and thought it was just the regular 5lbs flux [my son likes to weigh things constantly, I’m not obsessed with my weight].
Though I do wonder if iit’s a loss of muslce mass, though I really don’t know if it is. I’m still active and I still DO strenuous thing, just not work-outs and the like lately. And I don’t think you can lose muscle mass that quickly.
I haven’t been eating differently or stressing more than usual and I’m not sick either, not even a cold! I have double and triple checked to be sure that the scale wasn’t being wonky & I’m beginning to worry that the drop won’t stop. If it doesn’t, I’m going to have to go see a doctor, because 5’5″ and 102lbs or less is just not good.
If it turns out to be a spike in my metabolism, does anyone have any suggestions for bulking up/keeping my weight?
Post # 3
If I find myself not having time to eat, I stock up on things that are nutrient and protein rich, and keep them handy, i.e., like dried edamame, yogurt, cheese sticks, natural peanut butter, etc. That way, if I don’t have time to eat, or the thought of eating a meal makes my stomach turn (which happens when I am stressed), I can grab a handful of edamame as I walk out the door which gives me about 200 – 250 calories and plenty of protein to at least take some of the *sinfulness* out of my not eating, and helps me maintain my current muscle mass.
While you may have lost a little muscle mass, you also likely lost a lot of water, too. And if your weight loss is really *unexplainable,* which it kinda sounds like it is, it is probably a good idea to see your doctor just to make sure everything is as it should be.
About a year and a half ago, I experienced a 13-pound weight loss in about 2 weeks (and I am normally 5’8″ and right around 135, so 122 was not a good look for me!), and some of my hair fell out, too. I saw my doc for some routine tests and bloodwork, and we both felt better afterwards (everything came back *normal* except for my weight, lol).
It was definitely a wake-up call for me to take better care of myself, and to start making me a priority. 🙂
Post # 4
Oh, and if you workout, I would stick more to weight training rather than pure cardio, as cardio tends to break down muscle (without forcing it to repair and grow stronger) more than weight training. And weight training will also help you maintain your muscle mass now and in the future.
Post # 5
I also found that during the wedding planning process, I was so stressed that I would miss lunch and not even realize it. I lost 15 pounds planning the wedding, and it was definitely unintentional.
If you’re saying that you definitely don’t have a change in any of that, then see your doctor to get some blood work done. You’ll feel better and it’s always good to go and get your workup done once every few years.
But, really start paying attention to your eating habits and your stress levels. I didn’t even realize I was so stressed out until I stepped on the scale and saw that I had lost 15 pounds!