Progress, but not on the scale
Monday, October 11, 2010
I stepped on the scale this morning and looked at it with relief and some disappointment. Yesterday my family celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada. We had the traditional meal with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry amd a traditional family salad (which is NOT healthy at all). So, it was with some trepidation that I stepped on my scale this morning, trying to assess the damage I had done. I was relieved to discover that I only put on 0.3 pounds yesterday, which is huge since until last year I had gained weight at every holiday. But there was also disappointment. Since I've earnestly begun my quest to get healthy and lose weight in July I've lostonly a little over 3 pounds. I know that some of it comes from a very busy schedule with school and work that can make it difficult to find time to do more than 20-30 minutes of cardio. Unfortunately, full-time classes and three part-time jobs (two with only one shift a week) does not leave much time after homework is done. However, I haven't gained anything and have lost about 0.5 pounds since school started. I felt for a little that my efforts this summer to really get active and workout had been wasted. I'd been eating healthy as well, but haven't lost the pounds. Then I realized that my clothes are looser, and I've gone down about 1/2 a size in my jeans. So, out came the tape measure. Turns out, although the scale's not moving the inches are coming off. In a little over three months I have lost 9.5 inches all over my body! Wow! Talk about attitude turn around. I think this experience has helped me to lose my focus on what the scale says and instead on what my body is tellling me.
This also excites me as I will be a bridesmaid in a strapless dress in December. Even now, I'm more comfortable being part of the bridal party and knowing that people will be looking at me. I also know that I'll have more energy that day and that my knee won't bother me as much since I'm gaining strength in it while losing the inches. I'm actually excited to see how the dress looks after all of the fittings are done. Praise the Lord!