The Little Engine that Could

Saturday, February 02, 2013

So this morning was my one week weigh in. I got up last night for a drink and couldn't wait til morning, so I stepped on the scale just for a sneak peak. And the scale settled on 190... which would have meant one whole pound gone. I can't say I wasn't a little disappointed. I have been running on the treadmill, riding stationary bikes, doing zumba, keeping within my range on my calorie, protein, carb, and fat intake, and drinking plenty of water. I have been working hard and heavy at this all this week. One pound! It just didn't seem right.
Ok, I knew I needed to slow down and focus on some positive self talk here. My focus should not be only on the scale... right. Plus I did have on my PJ's and when I initially weighed in, I did it right before I got in the shower so that I did not include the variable weight of clothing in my weigh ins. Then had a thought that really motivated me...
I thought about a steam engine... how it starts off slowly and has to build steam in order to build momentum. I figured that even when I weighed myself in the morning (without the weight of my clothing) if I had truly only lost a pound... I would simply consider that as my steam building up. I knew that I'd be well on my way in no time. I was super excited to have lost a pound rather than gaining one and know that am on my way. I could feel the "steam" (motivation) building within me and I was feeling much better when I closed my eyes to go back to sleep.
Then this morning I got up and weighed in just before my morning shower, I was really surprised to find that I had actually lost 3 lbs! And I had a new way to think of my progress, regardless of how slowly I'm moving along- as long as I'm building the steam I need to make the trip. :)
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  • JUNEAU2010
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    1693 days ago
    I love how you're looking at this. Best of luck for a year of success. emoticon
    1693 days ago

    So you know, it isn't *just* the weight of the clothes. At least for me, I "gain weight" during the day, just by simple biological processes. I used to do a lot of self-experiments regarding weight, and one of them was to weigh myself directly before and directly after bed. No "emptying" myself after the night-time weigh or beore the morning-weigh, and no change in my PJs. I would often find I would lose ~1lb during the night "mysteriously." I thought that was pretty cool :P
    1693 days ago
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