Thursday, January 3, 2008

Small successes

(I know I said I wouldn't turn this into a "weight loss blog", but I really feel the need to get this written down so that I can refer to it later.... I'm hoping it will be something that will inspire me the next time I have a rough day.)

My Weight Watchers meeting went well this evening. It was about putting together an action plan to achieve a goal. It was also about recognizing certain things, like the fact that the past cannot be changed. I can't change the choices I've made that got me where I am today. I can't even really predict the future. I CAN, however, make a good choice right now.

Furious at a weight gain of 4.4 pounds that showed up on the scale, I came home and hopped on the stationary bike. I did 20 minutes, and for the last 10 minutes, I lifted my weights for my arms. I was suprised that I was coordinated enough to do both at the same time, but it kept me from the continual "Am I done yet???" question. I had to concentrate on counting my reps on my arms!

I really do think that part of the weight "gain" was the fact that I was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt tonight. I usually wear lightweight jogging pants and a t-shirt, but all of my jogging pants were either in the washer or in the process of being dried. The nice lady who wrote down my weight advised me that jeans really do weigh about two pounds. *sigh*

So, my small successes today are: riding the bike, lifting the weights, NOT eating the chocolate cupcake that was placed squarely in front of me at lunch today, and not beating myself up too badly about what the scale read. I also didn't just say "to heck with it". I didn't come home and comfort myself with food. Instead, I used my irritation to drive me further toward my goal. That's what I really want to remember about tonight.


Heather said...

1. WHO CARES if this becomes a weight loss blog!? It's what is going on in your life, and this is YOUR journal.
2. Wear the same thing each week! Until you start to lose enough weight to go down a size, then do the same thing. Always wear the same shoes, too. Preferably some lightweight shoes, if you even wear any to weigh in.
3. You've still done REALLY well so far! And when I lose 1 pound, I imagine what a 1lb carton of hamburger looks like! That's a lot! And you've lost MANY of those already!!! This is just ONE week. You'll get em' next week!

Damsel said...

Awww.... you're so sweet. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

Anonymous said...

You know, I try not to ever know what my weight is. I only step on the scale when I go to the doctor's office. I feel that it's better to determine progress made through the way my clothes fit me and how I look in the mirror before getting dressed. Also, when you get healthier, you gain muscle which weighs more than fat. So weight gain does not necessarily mean you aren't having success.

I really like Heather's advice, too. I never thought of myself made up of lbs of hamburger!

PS: You've been tagged! Details are on my blog.

suburbancorrespondent said...

I'm going back to WW tomorrow, and I'm dreading it. I was very successful when I first went 2 years ago and reached my goal weight quickly. Last year things got away from me and, well, I think I'll be weighing in at the same poundage (if I'm lucky) as I was when I first started. 2 steps forward, one step back is bad enough; but 2 steps forward, 2 steps back? That's discouraging.

I wish I still had my exercise bike (my teenage daughter broke it in a fit of pique); I like anything that allows me to read and exercise (or knit and exercise) at the same time.

Maybe I should talk to my husband about setting up a bicycle generator for this computer....

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