Thursday, August 28, 2014
Finally out of the 280s!
Hit 279 this morning. It feels like it was a long time coming, especially since I had to re-lose the pounds that I had gained back this spring.
I was just looking back at some of the mini goals I had written down, and I noticed that I had wanted to be "under 275" by Labor Day. Since that's another 5 pounds away, I doubt very much that I'll lose that much by Labor Day, but I sure am a lot closer than I was, so I'll just keep going and I should get there eventually.
After 3 days of near-90 degrees temps and high humidity, this morning it's much less hot and humid, but I'm not feeling 100%. Some dizziness and balance issues I deal with are kicking in today, and it would feel better to just sit in a chair and not move all day, but I'm going to do my best to keep moving as much as I can in spite of it.
Outside my window it sounds like the end of summer. The crickets are chirping wherever they're hiding in the grass. There are lots of birds around. The blue jays are stopping at the bird bath under the hemlock tree to get a drink, and the squirrels are very, very busy gathering acorns from the tree out near our mailbox.
I noticed a couple of big red tomatoes and some ripe SunGolds in the garden, so I need to take a bowl out and pick them.
How about you? Are you seeing any early signs of Fall where you live?
Hope you have a nice Thursday!
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
I guess I just like to know "the number' too much to leave the scale under the bed.
I dragged it back out and weighed myself this morning. Down a tad from yesterday. That's good.
Maybe one of these days when I've taken off a lot of weight, I won't care about weighing as much and might cut back on my daily scale habit, but for now I will continue.
It's a good thing a girl can change her mind, right? ;-)
Monday, August 25, 2014
After 30+ years of struggling with weight, I'm getting ready to ditch the scale.
I have notebooks full of daily weight numbers that I've recorded for YEARS. I'm a numbers geek, and love having that data. If I had to, I could probably dig through my notebooks and tell you exactly what I weighed on August 1, 1997.
Daily weighing is an ingrained habit by now--but is it really helpful? Not really.
Here and there over the years I've tried going without weighing myself for a few days, and during those times I found that I did fine with my eating. I didn't go crazy and eat everything in sight. It was actually the opposite--the inner pressure about weight and keeping the weight number constantly in the back of my mind actually diminished and I felt more relaxed.
After fear of more weight gain would grip me and I'd go back to daily weighing, I'd find that I'd either maintained my weight or even lost a little, and I'd always wonder what would have happened if I'd stayed off the scale longer.
A few years ago I found out about "weight smoothing" and "rolling averages", and that gave me another thing to strengthen my daily weighing habit. To get accurate numbers, I needed to weigh every day.
It was okay when I used just one weight averaging program, but for the last few weeks, I've been using THREE different ones. That's a little ridiculous.
Even though the programs are fun to use (if you enjoy numbers/data), they aren't all that helpful either. What are they telling me that I don't already know? I can tell by the way my body feels, or the way my clothes feel, if I've stayed the same, gained, or lost. Why waste time entering weight numbers into three different programs every day?
I've read several articles that say we don't really need to weigh ourselves as often as we do anyway, that once a month can be fine, and certainly not more often than once every couple of weeks.
I'm not ready yet to give up weighing myself completely, but I think I'm going to try weighing myself just once a month for awhile. I just took the scale out of its home in the bathroom and shoved it under my bed. Out of sight, out of mind.
I'll plan to weigh myself on the first of each month only and see what happens.
I'll probably have scale withdrawals tomorrow. ;-)
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
I turned 58 this weekend. 60 is coming up fast. I want to be one of those older ladies who dresses well and always looks nice the older I get, not the frumpy-dumpy stereotypical fat grandmother that I feel like right now.
I'm happy to say that I had another over-10K steps day yesterday. Mowing the lawn really helps to rack up the steps.
I also decided on a new mini goal to aim for: I want to get down to 260 by the end of this year. That's 21 pounds away, and since I lose so slowly, it may be a very ambitious goal, but it's one I'm going to work towards anyway.
Getting to 260 will mean that I've come down 37 pounds from my highest weight ever, and if I remember right, it should put me into the next size down in clothing.
I haven't weighed that little in eleven years. I remember it well because the day I first saw 260 on the scale was the day two of my co-workers and I had the bright idea of weighing ourselves at work because we all wanted to lose some weight. Ever since then, it's been more gaining instead of losing that I've done, but I'm turning that around now, and look forward to making more progress.
It's a gorgeous August day here today, sunny and not too hot, so I'm off to get some projects done.
Enjoy your Tuesday.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
I don't know what I was thinking...In a fit of stupidity last week, I went over to buy some frosted Pop Tarts. My hubby isn't big on Pop Tarts, but he said they sounded good, so I was going to get some for both of us.
When I got to the Kryptonite aisle---er, I mean the Pop Tart aisle, I chose a 12-pack of frosted brown sugar cinnamon ones and a 12-pack of frosted strawberry ones for me. Being generous, I picked up a 12-pack of cherry frosted Pop Tarts for hubby, along with a small box of frosted raspberry ones for him because they didn't have those in a 12-pack.
After I got them home, hubby ate a couple of cherry Pop Tarts, then told me he didn't want anymore because now he remembered that he really didn't care for them.
So here I am with four boxes of Pop Tarts sitting on the shelf, calling my name. Fortunately for me, two of my grandsons came over, and they each ate a pack, but that still left too many for me.
Pop Tarts go down easily, and it isn't all that hard to eat too many in a day if you're not paying attention. They don't really fill you up. They just make you want to eat more of them.
I've been tracking my food and my weight diligently this week, and I made a discovery. The amount of calories per day that are keeping me from a loss this week equal out to the amount of calories in a pack of Pop Tarts. If I had just skipped a pack of those each day, I might have ended up with a loss for the week.
*Slaps self in head* I'll be leaving the Pop Tarts on the store shelf from now on.
I'm being smarter today--I'm having yogurt for breakfast instead of a package of Pop Tarts.
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