Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Well, I updated my status a couple of days ago with the statement that I was going back to what worked before. The basic background is that the only thing working right now is that I walk far more than when I started my weight loss journey. But my weight is up 6 pounds, I've stopped doing any strength training, my eating is erratic and unplanned, and I'm getting next-to-nothing done around the house. So I took away my 40 pound loss trophy and gave back my 30, and I've begun to think about what's going on and why.
The easy way out would be to blame depression. I AM depressed, profoundly so, because I'm still trying to figure out what it's going to take to get my Dad's house in my name and get a mortgage to pay off his mortgage. I've certainly found out that the aftermath of dying is hell, even for someone whose Dad took pains to lessen the burden. (I'm just coming up on 5 months. When my Mom's father died, it took over 3 YEARS to get everything done. Mom and Dad promised us they'd make it a lot less complicated).
That said, there's still much that I could be doing differently. It's time to get back to what works.
The first thing that works for me is anathema to many, I know. But it's important for me to weigh every day. I started that 38 pounds ago, and continued until late April. I have a relatively old digital scale, so I only get my weight in whole pounds. I was "capturing" the lower number the day it appeared and then not getting bothered as long as daily weights didn't go up to more than 3 pounds above that. (Combining weight loss and weight maintenance mentalities, I guess). Once I went 5-1/2 weeks before I dropped another number, and even then it was just one pound. But I was happy with my system. Sometime late in in April was the last time I was on the scale until Monday. Now I'm planning to weigh daily again.
I'll be writing some subsequent blogs to detail more of what I plan to do and why.