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# Where does the weight go???

### 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!

# Measuring progress

### 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.

 TANYAHDG 5/17/2009 7:01PM Hey Jennifer,Looks like you have your mind over the matter of things. Thanks for sharing your blog. It gives me a extra boost since I started out my day with negative thoughts. I know it feels good to move in the right direction. Keep up the good work my friend!Keep It Movin' (movin' inches, pounds, weight, right up to goal),Tanya Report Inappropriate Comment
 HEALTHYME20091 5/16/2009 4:14PM I am not a quick loser of weight either and also have a comfortable "Don't ask, don't tell' relationship with the scale when I want, so I know how tempting it can be not to check in. I think it's great that you've got a system that you're comfortable with and have lost so many inches! Congratulations!And as for standard dress shapes...well, I'm not convinced there really are that many people out there who are shaped like dressmaker's dummies. You can confidently tell people that you are no dummy, after all. Report Inappropriate Comment

# Second goal achieved!

### 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)...

 HEALTHYME20091 4/27/2009 1:37PM Yay!!! I think you've more than deserved your low-fat yogurt!!Congratulations!> Report Inappropriate Comment
 MEADSBAY 4/24/2009 9:40PM Nice going there, sparkfriend! elizabeth Comment edited on: 4/24/2009 9:40:40 PM Report Inappropriate Comment

# First goal achieved!

### 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...

 HEALTHYME20091 3/28/2009 11:59AM Congratulations! Enjoy your new music - you deserve it! Report Inappropriate Comment
 MEADSBAY 3/27/2009 9:09PM Man, I can't wait until I'm overweight!!!elizabeth Report Inappropriate Comment
 PERFECT01 3/27/2009 11:43AM Great going! Just keep moving forward! I haven't set myself any rewards yet, so you inspire me to put something down. Report Inappropriate Comment
 WYOWILDDEE 3/27/2009 11:19AM Hooray for you! My rewards always change! It is just something to shoot for! Keep up the great work! You're doing AWESOME! Report Inappropriate Comment
 SUSIEG62 3/27/2009 10:36AM Congratulations!!! That must feel sooooooooooo great!!! Report Inappropriate Comment

# So I am a big ole nerd

### 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.