Thursday, July 25, 2013
I think Wednesday weigh ins are a good idea. Every time I've tried to lose weight in the last several years, I've always stepped on the scale every morning. Two pounds down means I start the day relaxed and happy and proud. A pound up or no change at all and I'm dejected. By the end of the day maybe I'm thinking, at this point, what harm is a bowl of ice cream?
But I know better. I know that weight fluctuates due to all sorts of things besides just losing fat and weighing in every morning is going to capture all the wiggles that don't say a thing about the long term trend. Plus, I think weighing in every day led me to quit early. If I had a bad number a few days in a row, I'd just give up and wait for motivation to strike again later. Weekly weigh ins mean I need to be good for seven days in a row. Yesterday I came in at 153.5. 156 was all I needed to land myself before the blue line on my chart that gets me to 130 by Christmas. On Tuesday night before I went to sleep I practiced my reaction to the scale. "If I'm over 156, I'll keep working my butt off. If I'm under 156, I'll keep working my butt off." So when I saw the number, a strange thing happened, nothing. I wasn't overjoyed that it was much lower than my goal. It was just a number to log, to confirm that I've been working hard. But it didn't change the plan, "keep working my butt off."
I can see a definite change in my body. My stomach is flatter, my legs are leaner, and I think my face is even clearer. I feel great. It's been easy to work out every day because it's my favorite part of the day. I'm always looking forward to my next run, bike, swim, or RU Fit class. I think I've only had 5 days in the last 5 or 6 weeks that I didn't work out. The calorie limiting part has been more difficult. My original goal was to consume 1700-2000 a day, regardless of how many calories I burned, but looking over my reports from the last few weeks, I've expanded that range to 1700-2200. There are some days where I'm in the 1800s, but quite a few in the 2300s or 2400s. I think I can reign it in a little bit.
If I don't lose anything this week I'll still be below the blue line. But now I have a new mini goal. Barker Day is in two weeks. I'd like to see 149 on Wednesday the 7th.