Happy holidays! I’m glad you’ve bene able to get out a bunch. Do you track your heart rate on your outings? How much did you eat while you were out? If you didn’t eat enough, or were going too hard for long periods of time, your body can go into storage mode. Stress can have different ways of affecting weight: it could be that you lost weight during a stressful time at work, or your body saw the increased training volume as a high stress and put on weight to save fat in the instance that you need to have a baby (thanks, evolution). My hunch is that you were during many more calories than you were taking in, or you were burning more carbohydrates than normal, so your body shifted to a more glycolytic metabolism, which uses more carbs than (stored) fat. Or, it could be you increased muscle, which weighs more than fat. So I guess all that is to say, we need more info! Do clothes feel tighter too, or is the number on the scale just different?
I am a 40-year-old woman and for my holiday break (I am a teacher) I have been putting in some decent days in the mtns. The days are back to back, decent elevation gain, good time on my feet, and winter hiking in the Whites of NH. It was a stressful fall and just wanted to get out and exhaust myself in a different way. (I have been playing and running in the mtns. for 20 years and have a solid base level of fitness with a number of ultra like events in my past.)
I managed to burn off the stress and am happily relaxed, but am curious- I stepped on the scale- I am up 8lbs from the start of vacation. This was not the indulgence of the holidays. No big parties, maybe a few more Xmas cookies, but nothing to warrant this swing. I did just have a physical; I have no underlying conditions that it picked up and am in good health overall. I am just curious if there are any insights to what is the reasoning behind this?
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