This week I'm putting off my "official" weigh-in for a day. The graphs above suggest some of the worst water weight gains I have ever seen -- my body did not drop several pounds of fat while gaining twice as many pounds of lean mass.
I wouldn't be surprised to see some real weight gain on the scale tomorrow, but not this much. Things could not have been worse for healthy eating. I had planned to bring safe food with me but I ran out of time and didn't get to the store. Every day we had a buffet breakfast with rubber scrambled eggs, bacon, simple carbs, and some lackluster fruit. We had a baked potato bar with a "salad" of plain lettuce for lunch one day, and a wrap with potato chips and cookies another day. There were always cookies and other junk food for snacks. On the final day there was finally a fruit basket -- the apple I grabbed was probably the best thing I ate all weekend. There were no real healthy restaurant options in town and I didn't have a car of my own there.
I have another conference this summer, but I don't expect it to be as bad for a couple of reasons:
- I actually want to attend the conference and am looking forward to it, not dreading it
- It is in Monterey, California, where I will have opportunities to really get outside and exercise. This conference was in a bleak, deserted downtown of one of those sad little Midwestern cities gone to seed. It didn't feel safe to be out by myself in the early mornings, the only time I had to myself.
- The conference facility is likely to have a nice fitness center, instead of a tiny room filled with broken equipment.
- The food is likely to be healthier (how could it be worse).
- I will be able to walk or use public transit to get to healthier food choices.