HYC Week 13 – How Do You Deal With The PMS Weight Gain?

By HappySkinnyGirl

It’s healthy you challenge week 13! My weight and fat percentage went up a bit, but I lost 1cm (0.4inches) around my waist. This doesn’t make any sense. I’m confused. I measured my waist 3 times to get the average numbers. How do you measure your waist accurately?

I’m blaming my PMS for the weight gain. How do you deal with the PMS weight gain? My appetite is shooting through the roof during these weeks and I’m too tired and sore and can not work out as much. Maybe having 2 sets of plans will keep things interesting and won’t make me feel like I’m off the plan.

I went to the park on Sunday and I saw a big board sign for a fitness level test. To do the test, I’d to timed myself how fast I can walked half a mile (0.8km). Holy gosh! I was off the chart! My time, which was 10 minutes, wasn’t even on the board. It was that bad. I thought my fitness level was at least somewhat good! This Sunday I’m going to do the test again.

This week plan: Take a 45 minutes walk in the park.

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9 Comments on HYC Week 13 – How Do You Deal With The PMS Weight Gain?

  1. Mark
    March 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm (8 years ago)

    A walk in the park can only help…yes? 🙂

  2. Cynthia
    March 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm (8 years ago)

    PMS weight gain should be temporary… I wouldn’t sweat it. ‘Course, I have never suffered much from PMS. If your waist is showing a loss after an average measurement, I say GOOD PROGRESS!

    On the fitness level test thing, don’t feel bad. I walk a half mile in about 10 minutes myself. Technically, I could push myself faster, but the impact on my feet/ankles would do me in if I did.

    At any rate, remember, it’s feedback, that’s all. There’s always room for improvement no matter what level you are at.

  3. MamaBearJune
    March 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m sorry, but that chart is off. Half a mile in 10 minutes is a pretty brisk pace. And I have long legs, so most people can’t keep up with me. I do interval pacing for 30 minutes and usually walk 1.5mi. If I walk much faster, I get shin splints.

    In the past, I usually gained 3 or 4lbs during TOM. Since starting the Flat Belly Diet, I’ve been eating the Anti-Bloat Jumpstart menu during my period and have continued to lose, even during that TOM. LOVE IT! 😉

  4. Cynthia
    March 30, 2009 at 11:26 pm (8 years ago)

    A half mile in 10 minutes amounts to a 3 mph pace. How fast you can walk is not always an indication of true cardio fitness anyway. Like I said, I can beat a 3 mph pace if I want to, but physically, I won’t hold up very long, so it’s stupid for me to do that. Things like leg/stride length can also affect pace.

    At any rate, a 10 minute half mile is not ridiculously slow or a sign that your fitness is horrible! I Googled it, looking at several sites and a 3 mph pace is considered AVERAGE for women.

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_an_average_walking_pace

    So I agree with MamaBearJune, the chart is off!

    Doesn’t mean you can’t improve your pace, I did read that for fitness/weight loss, closer to a 4mph pace is desirable, but don’t knock yourself down about your fitness level just because of some darned chart in a park!

    • HappySkinnyGirl
      March 31, 2009 at 1:31 am (8 years ago)

      Cynthia and MamaBearJune – Stupid board, lol. Anyway, thank you guys for the feedback on this. My fitness may not be so horrible after all =) Even if I would have lost all the weight…I don’t think I could get to the top level. So I agree that chart must be way off.

      Maybe I need to be on some diet during these weeks. I’ll take a look at that book. If I can handle my PMS I wouldn’t struggle as much.

  5. Sheryl
    March 31, 2009 at 7:23 am (8 years ago)

    Just keep working for forward progress, you’ll get there.

  6. bobby
    March 31, 2009 at 9:42 am (8 years ago)

    I’m not sure about how it works with pms, but in my college days, to get rid of water retention, drink more water. Cells will hold onto water if there isn’t as much water as the cell requires around. When there is plenty of water, the cells release water easier and more rapidly. (Barring any pathology)

    I agree that time and distance are just indicators, tools to be used as a guide. I wouldn’t worry too much about it at all.

    I would say measure your waist after your “Friend” has left the building.

    • HappySkinnyGirl
      March 31, 2009 at 10:35 am (8 years ago)

      Bobby – Water does actually help, but I tend to forget to drink it every time! Now I know why I should drink more water, thanks for the explanation. I’ll think about my cells more 🙂

  7. Sabs
    April 3, 2009 at 3:06 am (8 years ago)

    I wait it out, it is the only way!