Friday, May 29, 2009
OK, I'm serious. At this point I've lost more weight than I would care to carry around in one hand.
Where did it go? I mean, honestly, I think I can figure out the answer. It's why we drink so much water and eat so much fiber in our diets, but...
I am flushing myself down the toilet!
And it's working great!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Everyone has their own unique relationship with the scale. I feel like mine is OK; I never dread the number I may see, but the fact is when I am not taking the best care of my body I tend to avoid it altogether -- how convenient!
Now that I've been losing, though, I am always very curious what number will appear each week when I weigh in. Since I track all my food (calories, fat, fiber, and WW Points) and excercise (as much as I can keep track of above and beyond my estimated Basal Metabolic Rate) in Excel, it's easy to aggregate these numbers into a mathematical reality that I *am* expending more calories than I am consuming -- so I don't worry about whether I am losing, only curious as to how much I lose and when based on weekly variations in my food intake and exercise output.
The other thing that's been slow going but useful in terms of tracking progress is taking my measurements -- something I've always dreaded, because I've never been happy with my "size" (few women are, I suppose). These numbers are slower-moving than the scale, but in some ways to me are truer to reality. Since starting in January I've lost 2.5 inches off my bust, 2 off my waist, and 3 off my hips. (I still don't have the "right" proportions for standard dress sizes, but that's a different issue altogether.) Knowing those numbers helps me really believe what I see in the mirror -- since we all know what we see in the mirror can be distorted by our own sense of self-image.
I guess I just find giving myself a dose of reality to be comforting and encouraging in that way, as an antidote to the tricks our minds sometimes play on us when it comes to our body image.
Friday, April 24, 2009
No time to sit and spark since I have to jet off to work, but my weigh-in this morning brought me to my second goal, to lose 10% of my original body weight.
Feels great! Makes me want some breakfast in fact (nonfat yogurt, of course)...
Friday, March 27, 2009
Today's an exciting day for me because I achieved my first goal, which was to exit the "obese" range in my BMI, which is now a scantily "overweight" 29.8.
It took a lot longer than I originally thought it would, but that is totally OK by me. I'm losing weight in a way that feels sustainable and which I feel like I can live with, so I am motivated to keep going -- my next goal is to have lost 10% of my original body weight, which is about another 10 pounds.
Originally my Goal 1 reward was supposed to be to get a new digital scale, but I actually bought one about halfway along, since my old scale was being very temperamental and unpleasant. Then, as it turned out, getting the new scale forced me to have to lose 4 more pounds to meet my goal than originally intended, because of how my old scale and new scale were calibrated differently. So maybe I will pick up some new music instead.
Also on the subject of goals and rewards, I had planned as a reward for my final goal to buy one of those devices that converts your old LPs to MP3s (I have a lot of records I just don't get to listen to much anymore). Last weekend I found out that my friend's husband already has one, and he's like, "Oh, you can borrow it anytime you like!" Hmm.. I may need to rethink that one too, because that's not something you need to purchase and then keep indefinitely, you really only need to use it once. Oh well, plenty of time to think about that. In the meantime...
Friday, March 20, 2009
I like to track my food and exercise on a spreadsheet in addition to tracking my exercise on SP. I start a new tab for each week to track my daily calories in (food) and out (exercise), then input caloric averages from each week into a summary sheet. I use the summary sheet to produce weekly and cumulative estimates of my weight loss progress, and then compare them to my "observed" results on the scale. It may sound terrifying or that it might set one up for discouragement, but actually it helps me feel less as if I'm at the mercy of Mother Nature's whims when I step on the scale each week. In a previous blog I mentioned how I was afraid that no matter what I did, the weight would stubbornly refuse to come off. Now, with my growing mountain of data collected over the past 10 weeks, I can see in plain black and white that the weight has no choice.
So far my weekly-average and cumulative observed losses have consistently outpaced my estimated results; I assume this is because I burn more calories each day and week than I'm actually tracking via my fitness tracker, which is fine with me. Looking at weekly averages also helps me see when my average daily calories start creeping up, and especially how much of an impact consistent exercise has on my overall results. It really underscores for me how powerful the combination of diet and exercise are; even though it's possible to lose with just one or the other, it's so much better (and creates less overall deprivation) to do both.
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