Friday, February 10, 2012

The Winnie the Pooh Syndrome

By Heather Blake / Heather Webber

If you follow my personal blog, you know that one of my resolutions was to exercise more. After a slow start (ahem, a full month went by), I finally dusted off the treadmill (known not-so-fondly by me as the DreadTread), and got on it.

I even turned it on and everything.

I started off slowly. Very. Snail pace. But over the last few weeks I’ve gotten stronger. My pace has increased. My muscles are toning. Sure, I ache, but every time my heart pounds, I try to think of my arteries being cleared out.

It’s good to keep a visual in mind like that. (Yes, that’s sarcasm.)

Anyway, one thing I’ve found is that I’m actually gaining weight. Yes, you read that right. Gaining weight. It seems like a cruel joke. Not that I needed to lose weight, but still. Gain? Not amusing.

I blame the Winnie-the-Pooh syndrome. Here, watch. He says it all: 

It’s true! I do improve my appetite when I exercise. Almost immediately from the time I get off the DreadTread, I’m starving. I’ve been eating myself out of house and home. Doesn’t matter what it is, nothing’s safe. So. Hungry.

I haven’t figured out how to deal with this. I mean, after all, the exercise is good for me, right? Yet all that eating has to be bad, right? Such a Catch-22.

But maybe I need to take another cue from Pooh Bear:

With a hefty happy appetite I'm a hefty happy Pooh. (Er, Heather.)

Or, I could cut back on the cookies, Dr Pepper, and chips...

Decisions, decisions.

Does the Winnie the Pooh Syndrome happen to you? 


Aurian said...

Lol. this is funny, and sad. I don't really exercise but I think the solution for you is to buy healthy snacks instead of the tasty but bad things ;)
But it will have to be things you do like to eat, or you will just ignore them.

Aimee said...

Muscle is more dense than fat so when you tone you will actually gain weight at first.

Drink more water. That will keep the water weight down.

Add-in some cardio (ie dreadtread needs to go higher either in incline or speed) and the fat will melt off making the number on the scale go down a little more.

But it's not always about a number especially since you're petite already. It's about being more toned and fit.

Your arteries still thank you. :)

Dru said...

That just happened to me. I've been losing weight and exercising and when I had my weight check I had gained a pound or two and was so pissed off that I wanted to just give up.

The counselor told me that I was gaining muscle and if I increase the intensity of my workout program, the weight will come out.

I get weighed this afternoon and crossing fingers that I lost that pound or two. Because it really will discourage me.

Heather Blake Webber said...

Aurian, healthy snacks? What are you trying to do to me???? LOL.

Aimee, can I substitute "water" with Dr Pepper? ;)

Dru Ann, I feel your pain. Am crossing fingers for you, too.

Lizzie said...

I started more weight training (I am hesitant to say "weight" as it's only 3-5 lbs), and I've noticed that I seem a little heavier too, but attribute it to muscle mass!

Good luck and hang in there!

Belinda said...

I agree...exercise makes me hungry also...but I try to do the healthy snacks because unlike you...I do very much so need to lose weight (why can't I be cute like Winnie the pooh) lol
But...I did learn muscle weights more that when I don't lose (or I gain) I blame it on muscle ;)
Just stay positive (well as positive as you can with a Dreadmill in sight) and keep moving...oh and have Mr. W pick up some snacks on the way home ;) lol

Barbara said...

Much as I adore Pooh, I don't get more hungry when I exercise. However, we have a new exercise bike which shows me how many calories I'm burning - very cool. Anyway, I've gained weight too. I'll keep my fingers crossed that eventually the weight will come off, but meanwhile I'm feeling more fit.

Erin said...

I LOVE IT. Pooh is my favorite. So sweet. I am definitely not a good exerciser.

Vickie said...

I am going through this right now!!! I made an appointment with a dietitian and now having to write down EVERYTHING I eat!! Talk about humbling....