Wednesday, September 03, 2008
So, I bought a scale yesterday. I didn't want to do it. But I hadn't weighed myself since June, when I stopped going to the health club (biking, walking and swimming outside though!). I was really nervous about stepping on it this morning, what with all the brats, cheese, chips, beer, etc. this summer. But I knew I had to do it. And ... I've lost 7 pounds this summer. I was so happy! I was really worried I would have gained weight this summer. I know it's not a lot, but it's continuing to move in the right direction and it's very motivating to help me recommit to tracking calories. That puts my weight loss at 36 pounds since January, and that's a milestone: another 10% of my 120 pound weight-loss goal. So I've lost 30% of my total goal. And that means I get a reward (earrings).
Another big milestone is: sharing how much I want to lose. It's such a big scary amount, but if I say it out loud, it really does make it more real. And the fact that I'm 30% there tells me I CAN do this. It might take longer than I'd like, it might take two years instead of 18 months, but I CAN do it! I've lost 36 pounds! That's awesome!
So today's lesson is: don't be afraid of the scale. It's one way to measure progress, good or bad, and it can help us keep on track. If I hadn't weighed myself, I might still be thinking I'd been gaining, but I haven't -- I've been losing!
Yesterday's lesson was adding a hill when I'm pressed for time. I only had 30 minutes to walk in the morning, so I went to the park and climbed the sledding hill three times. It really got my heart rate up, and it's so good for the glutes. I added another 30 minute walk in at night, to get 60 minutes of cardio in for the day.