I've been in maintenance for the past couple of years and my weight has not budged much out of the 134-136 range at all. Since last fall I transitioned out of logging and tracking my cals and had success. December I started an 8 week strength program with the understanding that I'd keep doing the intuitive food thing and was also doing well with that. I was expecting to gain some weight but had no idea what that would look like, but was sort of holding steady around 135 until this last week, week 7 of my planned 8, when the scale is just going up and up. 135 / 136.9 / 136.3 / 137.4 / 137.4 and today 138.1
The program itself is progressive with reps and recommended RPE and I am adding weight where I think I can. I measured at week 1 and last week I had an extra 1/4" on biceps and 1/2" on my thighs. I do have some bloating going on that I can't figure out and am just waiting for it to do its thing. I am eating pretty well, more calories I think but not straight 3lbs worth. I'm aware a lot of people's weight varies this much frequently but mine has typically not. I guess I'm looking for opinions and reassurance. Having got so locked into the weight loss game and having the positive reinforcement from being successful and predictable, it's proving hard to change gears. One minute I can see that inches gained of course means ounces and pounds too, and lifting heavy and pushing myself means water retention for repair, but then in other moments I worry that I'm kidding myself and finding convenient excuses for weigh gain.