Hey everybody, just looking for some input on what may have caused my change in appearance over the course of a few days, despite the fact that it shouldn't have happened.
First, the background. I went up to Dartmouth with a bunch of other people from Thursday to Sunday. The whole time I was there, I was eating junk : pizza, oreos, oatmeal cookies, tortilla chips - those were just snacks. For meals, I'd have potatoes, bagels, muffins, orange juice, cheeseburgers, ice cream, rice, more cookies, etc. I drank a lot of water, as I normally do. I also drank a lot of diet coke - normally I don't touch any sort of sodas. I ended up probably having multiple liters during that span. To top it all off, on the final night, I drank an entire bottle of wine in a short period of time (needless to say, waking up early the next morning was not pleasant).
In terms of exercise, once I woke up at around 7 and exercised my upper body for about an hour. The next day, in mid-afternoon, I exercised my lower body. For a few hours each day, I'd play frisbee, but just standing around throwing it, sometimes chasing after badly thrown ones. I'd also do quite a lot of walking around campus. I didn't get much sleep, and often I'd go to sleep with quite a bit of (unhealthy) food in my stomach.
For some reason, though, I ended the session significantly more cut than I had started it. At first I thought it might be the wine, but even a day or two after, I still haven't gained any weight or lost any definition. While I don't have a 6-pack, I do have the step right below it in terms of definition. I'm just not sure of why, after all of that unhealthy activity, I ended up looking better than before. To top it off, normally when I engage in that sort of stuff, I can see a visible change, especially if it goes on for more than one day.
On a side note, the gym at the school was absolutely fantastic. As a freeweight user my entire life, using the machines got me much more sore than usual, I especially liked the oblique and ab machines (they were different than what you usually see), I have to say I'm tempted to join a YMCA in order to use more machines, I think it could help me break my plateau.