Tuesday, October 27, 2009
It's been over 2 months since I last blogged on SparkPeople. I think I'm finally reaching a point where it is time to analyze what I am doing and decide what changes need to be made.
I've been making a big mistake by getting on the scale more often than I should. It's an addiction and a gamble. I could get up and see a lower number (yay! instant gratification!) or I could get up and see a larger number (doh! am i retaining water?) or I could get up and find that everything seems pretty much the same. It all averages out in my head, and that's why for the last few weeks I have thought that I wasn't losing weight anymore. I checked out the SparkPeople "Stay on Track Calendar" in the Reports section (at the bottom) and sure enough, I've lost 7 pounds in the last few weeks. So, I'm doing fine. Everything is fine. Everything is working out just as it should. I'm getting on the scale every day and risking disappointment, for nothing.
I know the drill - water retention, exercise, sodium, hormones, blah blah blah. I know it is normal. I know I'm not supposed to get on the scale every day. I just do it anyway.
My eating is going well. I am coming in my target range - or under it - on most days. I set up the nutrient tracking for all my vitamins and minerals so I can keep an eye on that, too. It's shocking to see how I am still "deficient" in some areas, despite taking a multivitamin and eating so many fruits and vegetables. There's something to work on.
The fitness side of things is going OK, but I could do better. I am exercising regularly, but I don't like that I have so many days this month that I didn't exercise at all. I know I'm entitled to an off-day once or twice a week, but I have it in my head that I could at least take a walk on off-days. Low intensity exercise is OK for off days. I am not pushing myself to the limit, nor do I expect myself to do so in the future. I just think I need to be walking if I am not at the gym. So, I set up a goal tracker in SP for "take a walk" as one of my daily goals. If I don't go to the gym, then I need to at least go for a walk. Nobody was meant to sit on their but all day and not even go for a low intensity walk.
My daily activity minute average, according to bodybugg, has gone down. My average steps per day has gone down. My caloric deficit is OK, but the other stuff needs to improve. If I keep losing steam, I'm not going to finish this fight. I don't have an excuse. I'm not too tired, I'm not injured, I'm just getting lazy. It's time to fix that!