Monday, July 15, 2013
Seven weeks into my program and I am now convinced that the scale sometimes lies. In a way, that is a good thing. This is the second week in which I hit a plateau as far as my "friend" the scale says, but my clothing and measurements tell a much different story. Regardless of the number on the scale, my clothing is fitting so much better now and I lost from both my hips and waist again this week. Could it be that my walking program is building some muscle? I hope so. I try to walk briskly three miles every day and have only missed a few days when it rained all day.
I continue to be very proud of my water intake. This is the longest streak I have ever had for drinking eight glasses of water in each day. This past week I slept the best I have in a long time and got at least 7.5 hours every night.
I am spending less time worrying about the exact number of calories I consume, although I still measure and weigh out my portions.
Here's the tale of the tape and scale thus far for the seven weeks I have been back.
Pounds lost: 6 (same as last week)
Inches lost from waist: 1.25
Inches lost from hips: 2.5
Consecutive days drinking 8 glasses of water: 42
Consecutive weeks exercising 150 minutes/week: 7
Based upon how my clothing is fitting, much of my weight has been lost from both my hips and thighs which is great since I carry a lot of weight in those two places. I found that one pair of pants has become too loose while most are starting to fit much more comfortably. I may need to find some alternative exercises to work on tightening and toning my midsection and upper arms. Weight training is not appealing, but that may be the way to go.
All in all, despite my lying scale, I am still pleased with my slow and steady progress.