Monday, October 09, 2006
I bought a scale last week and weighed myself, for the first time in at least 2 years. I've been telling myself that weight doesn't matter, that how clothes fit is what counts, etc etc. But it does count...I need to weigh myself to keep myself in control. I really didn't notice this weight gain in my clothes until about 15-20lbs into it, and didn't start trying to fix it until 40 lbs in! I was surprised to see the weight that high, at 207. It means I weigh more than my husband, it means that I am technically obese. Not a good feeling.
LIFESTYLE CHANGE #1 - I will weigh myself on a weekly basis so I can track my progress and maintain my losses.
This week I weighed in (one day early) at 206. Down a lb! I think I must be doing something right. I thought about my alcohol consumption last week, averaging 1 or 2 drinks a day. If I skipped many of those I could have been down another half lb, maybe. This week will be different. I will try to limit my alcohol more. I don't need it, I don't crave it. I could drink water with dinner.
I joined the 8 lb by Halloween challenge thinking it would be easy to lose 8lbs in a month. Last time I lost weight I was going down 2-3 lbs a week. I should admit to myself that it could be different this time. I'm not exercising as strenuously this time because I want to take better care of my health this time around. I should lose the weight more slowly in order to be able to keep it off. I should make changes in my diet and activity level that I can keep doing each week. I was making it too difficult before.