Today, it's been exactly 6 months since I joined SparkPeople, and I weigh 189. That's a 2 lb. gain from last week. Yikes! My starting weight was 201, which means that for the last 26 weeks, I've averaged less than 1/2 pound a week. Ouch! Really? Can that be right? I've only lost 12 pounds? I feel like I've done so much better than 12 pounds! I've tracked my food, and stayed in range. I've worked hard; and, I've burned over 11,000 fitness minutes!!! Is that my scale laughing at me? Oh, wait... Nope. That was just my inner fat girl, and now she's saying something about skipping my workout today and going out for coffee and cherry pie??? But I'm not going to let her bring me down, especially not today. I'm going to take a deep breath, have a hot cup of Matcha tea, and then go workout. There's a section in the book, The Spark titled "The Scale Doesn't Know It All." Actually, there's A LOT that my scale doesn't know!
It doesn't know that when I started my journey in December, motivated by the looming New Year, as well as the fact that I had just turned 47, I actually got off to a "False" start. I lost 9 pounds right away, and then per my usual habit, I started gaining it back. By March 17th, I was only a pound away from my starting weight! Now, if I had stuck with my usual pattern, that's when I would have given up, and gained even more weight. But this time, I did something surprising. I got focused! I set new goals; and I took two steps forward. I was off to a new start, and this time, it was a "Strong" start.
When I started, my body fat percentage was 43%, that means that I had 86 pounds of FAT, and only 115 pounds of lean body mass (which is everything else). No wonder I never had any trouble floating in the pool. Today, 15 weeks, after taking those 2 steps forward, I have lost 4 inches off my chest, 4 1/2 inches off my waist, and 4 inches off my hips! My body fat percentage is now, 35%! Which means that I now have 66 pounds of fat, and 123 pounds of lean body mass. So, I've actually lost 20 pounds of fat, and since I know I didn't grow any new bones, I must have gained 8 pounds of muscle! Hey look at that... 20 - 8 = 12! Now, that's definitely 12 pounds worth celebrating! Perception really is everything!
Something else my scale doesn't know is that since taking those 2 steps forward, I've gone to parties, family gatherings, celebrated holidays, had several house guests, eaten lots of meals out with friends, and taken a couple of fun trips with my husband. In essence, I've just been living and enjoying my life! I have never felt deprived when it comes to food; and I haven't felt guilty about anything I've eaten. I've learned to treat and budget my calories like I do my money. Everyday, I decide how I need and want to spend them. I definitely keep track of how much I spend, and how much I earn (through fitness minutes). Somedays, if I really WANT something, but getting it means going over budget, I'll use a credit card. But I make sure, anything I charge is paid off at the end of the month. Exercise is not optional, it's mandatory!
I'm so thankful for my husband. He's my best friend, the love of my life, and has given me his unconditional love and support for almost 20 years! I'm thankful for SparkPeople, and for my Spark friends. You understand this journey I'm on, better than anyone else! The inspiration and support you've given me, means more to me than words can express. I'm happier today than I have been in years! So, now that I'm DONE looking back, I'm ready to keep moving forward. I will continue to live my life, one day at a time, and one choice at a time. My scale really DOESN'T know ANYTHING!