Welcome to week 2 of my weight loss journey to shed the baby weight and feel great again! I have to admit, stepping on the scale this morning was a bit discouraging and I’ll tell you why.

I knew there would be cheating this weekend. I knew that there was going to be pizza for dinner, a heavy brunch with few options, and lots of soda and beer. It was a birthday weekend and I didn’t want to be a party pooper. On the other hand, I could enjoy in moderation.

Because I knew this weekend was coming, I weighed myself on Friday before the festivities and then again this morning. Needless to say, the results were a bit surprising.

Check-in before weight loss

To remind you all, I started this journey at 187.8 pounds. On Friday, I had managed to shed 2.8 pounds throughout the week. I only cheated a few times, nothing major to tip the scale.

Week 2: 185 pounds

Then, Monday morning – this morning, the scale told me 189.6 pounds. That’s a 4.6-pound weight increase from Friday.

Week 2: 189.6 pounds

Since I know that isn’t correct due to my calorie count, I can conclude the following:

  • I clearly didn’t drink enough water this weekend (In fact, I know I didn’t)
  • Birthday parties can slow us all way down
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the little things in life

Sure, the 4 pounds in weight gain sucks. But I also know that it isn’t accurate and that my body may just be retaining water due to the unhealthy diet this weekend and the fact that I’m still breastfeeding. I’ve been more thirsty than normal, but this weekend was so busy that I didn’t even think about drinking enough water.

This week, I’ll focus on getting back on track. I have a good weeks until the next birthday, which can be a bit milder for my sake. Until then, I’ll let this Jillian Michaels quote serve as my inspiration.

“Think of it this way: If you got a flat tire, what would you do? Change the tire? Or get out of the car and slash the other three tires? No! Get back on the road. Don’t dwell on it; don’t beat yourself up. That gets you nowhere.”

Until next week, just do your best and don’t worry so much about the little things. It’s the motivation and passion to do better that counts.