Water and Weight Loss: How I Lost Over 30 Pounds in 3 Months
March Weight Loss Weigh In
To say this month was challenging and frustrating would be a massive understatement. I set out with a massive goal to hit 40 lbs lost by the end of this month. And I missed my goal. I got caught up in someone else's journey and felt like if I didn’t mirror her success then I was somehow messing it all up.
When you are in the thick of trying to lose this much weight you can get really caught up in minor details. And maybe even become borderline obsessive. While I crazy look up to this woman who lost 125lbs (40 of which were in the first 3 months) I had to find my own path.
It would be so awesome if life just lined up perfectly with what we were trying to accomplish. But weight is just one of those things that you can’t just pause living to focus on. It’s 100% integrated into every decision you make. And in a culture where food comes with nearly every celebration it’s a little hard to get away.
Trust me when I say if you could live in your own bubble this would be a lot easier. And in a lot of ways I’ve made that choice. We don’t “go out” as much or go to as many events. When I can control what I’m eating and how it’s prepared, I can lose fairly easily. It’s when faced with real life that it gets complicated.
This month I traveled for work and was out of town for 4 days. In those same 4 days I made lots of solid choices - ate salads whenever possible, would get dressing on the side, worked out in the hotel and walked 16.97 miles (that’s over a half marathon for anyone counting). I also lived in the moment, tried some new cuisine and yes, definitely had desert. In 4 days, I gained 9 pounds. And was beyond frustrated. But I made a plan.
How to Lose 9 Pounds, Quickly
It would have been so easy to be defeated, to say this is where I give up. But I got to work and kept it simple.
I went back to what worked immediately:
smoothies for breakfast
a salad for lunch
a dinner made up of 75% veggies and 25% protein
I upped my water intake and made sure to stay hydrated
Did 30 minutes of light exercise a day
And I started elevating my legs for 2 hours a day (with my legs above my heart)
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In 3 days I lost the 9 pounds, had more energy, didn’t feel as bloated and my joint pain vanished. (And it happened again - I gained 3 pounds at my sisters baby shower and lost it again the following day)
Most people can get their heads around the diet - but the elevating your legs, what does that have to do with losing weight?
The key distinction here isn’t that I gained weight - in fact it’s really freaking hard to put on weight that quickly. But water weight, that can have dramatic fluctuations. Literally just the change in cabin pressure from being on an airplane can cause you to gain water weight.
Here are a few quick tips to combat the water retention:
Eat a low sodium diet
Add potassium and magnesium-rich foods (like avocados, bananas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables)
Up your B vitamins (I love Super B from Young Living)
Elevate your feet
Wear compression socks or leggings
If it persists seek a doctors help - there may be more than what meets the eye
Despite feeling like I was on a roller coaster for the back half of the month, I did have a lot of non-scale victories. While they aren’t as quantifiable they do have a whole hell of a lot of feelings around them.
Clothes that hadn’t fit in years suddenly fit again
I could shop in the “regular” “normal” women’s section - fit in an XL - not a made up size with a W or multiple XXs next to it
I had to have several of my bras altered (took 2 inches out of the band - and fit in some with bands up to 4 inches smaller)
I bought the same pair of pants I bought last spring - 4 sizes smaller
I can stand for longer periods of time
I could keep up with a crowd of people walking (many of which who are still more than a hundred pounds lighter than me)
So much more energy
Better sex (mom, pretend you did not just read that)
Anyways, on that note, I think it’s time to look at our progress!! I’m pretty proud of us.
Here are our numbers at the end of March:
-9lbs for March (-34.3lbs Total Since 1/1/19)
-9” for March (-40.75” Total Since 1/1/19)
Completed 84/100 Day Workout Challenge
-5.2lbs for March (-25.3lbs Total Since 1/1/19)
-8.5” for March (-19.25” Total Since 1/1/19)
-a1c level at 5.4 (was 5.9 December 2019)