Non scale motivation
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I went over my calories yesterday even before I had my dinner. what got me in trouble was the graham crackers. I made s'mores on Mother's day, and there were some graham crackers left over. I had 2 with milk. Then 2 more. Then 2 more. What a stupid thing to binge on. but it was sweet, crunchy and carby. I want to thank everyone who so very sensibly suggested I just have a light dinner instead of being concerned about it.
Then today, I weighed myself & I'm down pounds (with an "s") and body fat %. I'm not counting it until the "official" weigh in day, Thursday, because of fluctuations are normal. But if this is real, I'm excited.
The weight loss journey is not a fast, straight path. It takes a long time. Getting frustrated doesn't help the journey. In fact it can discourage you to quit making an effort. I was talking with a friend at the gym, a exercise science major who does personal training. She wanted to know how to motivate women my age. I told her that sometime I don't lose weight, so I take my measurement, and sometimes my measurements don't change, and it's frustrating. But the area that I've seen the most dramatic change is in strength. Since I started strength training last June (almost a year now), a saw dramatic growth in strength. Not building muscle mass, but recruiting more muscle fibers to work. It translates to more ease in everyday activities like hauling groceries, lifting furniture, and climbing stairs. What a boost to self esteem, too!
My new Fitbit is motivating me to walk up & down the stadium this weekend. I did 23 floors yesterday and 20 floors today.