Sunday, February 05, 2012
I could never be one of those people who manages to only weigh themselves once a week. Ok, I tell a lie, sometimes I am one of those people - I might even go longer - but it generally ends in weight gain.
I've noticed a pattern over the last 3 weeks. I'll drop some, and then I'll jump up again, and then I'll drop again to a little less than the previous low. So overall, it's a downwards trend. But if I was only measuring once a week, and hit the up rather than the low, it would all be rather discouraging. Most of this week I would have thought that I was totally failing, and had had my first goal achievement rescinded. At least this way I'm starting to learn that it is about things evening out over time.
I'm noticing another pattern as well. When I'm trying to eat healthily, I quite often struggle to reach the lower end of my daily calorie goals. If I'm tracking, I know that I need to make sure I get there (even if it does mean having to have a glass of wine. Oh the hardship). But what I've noticed is that if I'm consistently at the lower end, I'm not dropping. If I raise it up to around the middle of the range, then I seem to drop. Which means tracking is useful for me. Because in the past what I would have done is tried to eat really "healthily" for a few days, and then end up having several not so good days, when I would have to have a red bull and scone and maybe some other snacks just to get enough energy to make it through the day. And that is not how I want to be "making it through the day".