Ok so stats: (and a long ramble)
Female age 50
weighed in at 166.2 just now, was 165.8 2 weeks ago
Calories set for sedentary at 1200 for 1.5 loss
I weigh and/or measure all my food and shoot for 1100 figuring any errors will compensate up to 1200.
Diary is open. I usually hit close to if not nail my macros. I'm not overly tired or fatigued.
I drink lots of water.
I took my measurements a week ago.
I use a fitbit charge HR to tell me of activity, and set it on workout mode for actual workouts.
I only get 5-7 hours sleep, I try to sleep more but when I wake up I remember who was elected president and I can no longer sleep. :-/ So stressed a bit.
OK to the meat of my post. How long does water retention/stiffness from working out (having not worked out in months) last? When will my scale move in a downward direction again?
This is the part where I get discouraged in my "journey" having tried multiple times before so technical answers are appreciated since I think technically. Last time I worked out with eating back half my calories and lost 20 lbs but it took so long, was so exhausting (I probably overdid the workouts) and I lost to 167, stalled at 173 and got discouraged and fell of the wagon. I gained back up to 177 so This time I lost 10 lbs by diet alone, then picked up exercise for fitness and shape and to have a few more calories to play with. I have a vacation in March.
I weigh daily and yes I read all the forums of conflicting information. Basically I started this (again) the beginning of November and have lost 10-11 lbs. Then hit a stall and wanted to build up calorie deficit for the holiday so I picked up cycling again. I cycle every other day, 9 miles currently at 6-7mph and an hour. Not my personal best, I'm out of shape. I'm reliably informed that I probably burn about 300 calories there, even though fitbit and endomondo give me even more. I only eat back half, if that, of workout calories. So I've done this for a week now, and my legs and lower back are still stiff and water logged but not sore, they do not recover fully to releasing water in 48 hours. On the days I don't cycle I do upper body freeweights. 3,5,8 and 10 lbs depending on the muscle. This takes about 45 minutes along with side leg lifts to hit the annoying bulging hip spot that cycling doesn't.
Upper body does not get as stiff, swollen as lower body.
So, I can appreciate that maybe I'm losing more fat, and gaining/strengthening some muscles. I can certainly feel the muscles. But I'm the type of person that needs to see the scale move.
Last time I was fit and thin I was about 143, last time I was thin but not fit I was 128. So I KNOW the scale needs to move. But when will it? I've gone up from the 165 and have been stuck at the 166 for 2 weeks or so.
Just frustrated! Whats a girl gotta do to get some scale satisfaction?