Weigh-in Wednesday: March

Fortunately there’s more to weighing in than stepping on the scale because I’ve been stuck on the same weight for three months now.  However, this month the MRMC Wellness bus enabled me to check on progress of a variety of health measures, not only weight.
After starting my year long weight loss efforts in 2013, I realized I hadn’t kept any data regarding health or fitness other than my weight. If I were to start today, I would also measure inches to get another picture of progress.

Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Wellness Bus every year since 2000 so this year’s health screening provided data that enabled me to compare more than my weight this year compared with my weight a year ago. And while I knew carrying extra weight affected other health measures, this year’s results proved the importance of lifestyle changes.
For those not convinced, the proof is in the numbers.

  • Weight: 25 pounds lighter than 2012 and 10 pounds lighter than in 2000
  • Blood pressure: No change…I’ve always been the picture of health where blood pressure is concerned.
  • Cholesterol: In 2008, my doctor’s office called when my total cholesterol exceeded 200 warning me that I needed to exercise and lose weight or I’d need to take medication. Guess what? They were right. A year of weight loss and increased exercise and my total cholesterol dropped over 30 points – back to where it was in 2001. And better yet, both the HDL and LDL levels improved as well.

Even my grip strength improved after declining for several years.
In fact, my health stats are back to what they were at age 40…not bad.

Of course, the nursing student conducting the screening couldn’t let me escape without admonishing me about my body fat percentage (the one stat that remains less than desirable) telling me I need to drink more water and participate in a weight training regimen.

Oh well, a good reminder that this health thing is a constant work in progress.

Weigh-in Wednesday: January

I’ve been on my own for a month now after faithfully posting my weight loss progress weekly for a year. Since my weight has fluctuated up and then back down two pounds for a month, I decided I better start recording publicly to hold myself accountable.

I earned the 2014 Starting Off on the Right Foot Badge for logging in Lose It, but I haven’t logged consistently and too many excuses have interrupted exercise routines.

The last Wednesday of each month, I’ll be weighing-in and writing about my successes or failures for the month. January should have been much better, but at only a pound heavier than in 2013, I’m sure I’ll get back on track. Back to logging, back to regular exercise, and back to sharing.

After all, it’s nearly time to buy a bathing suit.


Weigh-In Wednesday: Wrap Up

When I proposed writing about my weight loss successes or failures weekly all three of my daughters thought this was not a good idea. Some of their comments:

  • What if you quit?
  • What if you don’t lose weight?
  • If I did that, I’d lie.

I considered the advice, and then ignored it! If I quit, I’ll say, I quit…just like millions of others who try to lose weight every year. If I don’t lose, I’ll just say, this is really tough. I’m not having any success, and maybe use the I quit line. I knew lying was not an option. I don’t live in isolation. If I claim to lose weight and don’t, others will call me out. And besides, my original goal: lose 15 pounds. I could do that!

As a result of sharing my weight loss journey, John and I are 70 pounds lighter heading into 2014. I hope that also means we’re healthier as well.

For me, Weigh-In Wednesday served as a measure of accountability. I had to write about not only successes but the bumps in the road.

While I know everyone is different, the keys to my success:

  • setting realistic goals (first 15, then 20, then 25, and finally 31 pounds)
  • thinking about (and recording) what I eat every day instead of unconsciously putting food in my mouth
  • making a serious effort to move more daily – just move, walk, ride a bike for pleasure, even do a little work in the yard
  • weighing in, not just on Wednesday, but everyday
  • sharing with others who hold me accountable

I looked for the magic weight loss bullet throughout the year but didn’t find one. What I did find was the willpower to continue working on better health for 365 days. I also know I’m not done. I still want to lose two more pounds and continue making positive changes toward a healthier lifestyle.

Just move!
Just move!

I’ll continue weighing-in, although I won’t be writing about it every week…unless the scale starts moving in the wrong direction.

Merry Christmas! I think I’ll go for a walk…and then eat dessert!

Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 49

IMG_1714I’m making a change to my morning routine now that we have ripe grapefruit again, and best of all, this is a homegrown grapefruit. I’ll be starting the day with one of my favorite foods every morning and according to Lose It, a grapefruit for breakfast will use about 100 calories of my daily calorie budget. This may be just the change needed to start shedding pounds again.

Another week with no change in weight. My body seems quite content with settling in on a maintain mode. I’ve got to convince it, to continue with weight loss. Four more pounds, then maintain.

I hope grapefruit’s the key.

Weigh-in Wednesday: Week 48

pizzaIt’s a good thing I’ve lost over 25 pounds this year…just think how I’d look bundled in four layers of clothing with the extra weight as well.  It’s pretty discouraging to look at pictures from our recent trip to New York because what I see is the heavier me of a year ago.

My goal for the week was not to lose weight but to just avoid gaining weight.

I can’t say that I succeeded since when I returned home I weighed in at 1 pound heavier. This despite the miles and miles of walking throughout the city and stair climbing in the subways.

I wonder if this could have anything to do with the extra pound?

Four more weeks…four more pounds. I’ve got my work cut out!


Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 48

Back on track, one pound lighter, and just in time as I plan the next few days around food. The goal for the upcoming week…don’t go completely crazy overeating.

I’ll concentrate on three things:

  1. No soda! Don’t drink extra calories.
  2. No candy! Dessert – now that’s something else, but I can stop after one slice of pie or cake. Just stay away from the bags of candy and homemade fudge.
  3. Walk, walk, and walk some more! Walking off large meals is the only chance I have to keep from gaining weight this week.

I still need to lose two more pounds before the end of the year. Difficult…but not impossible.

I remember 30 years ago when pregnant with Meghan Dr. Webster scolded me during my December appointment for gaining six pounds since my last appointment the previous month. He reminded me that if I continued at that rate I’d gain an additional 30 pounds in the next five months. Then he admitted that he’d gained five pounds during the same period and that we’d both need to do better.

I’m not worried about gaining six pounds this month, but I’m also not optimistic that I’ll lose weight this week. I’ll be have with maintaining the status quo.  Happy eating and happy walking!

Ready for a walk!
Ready for a walk!

Weigh-In Wednesday: Week 47

I’ve always read that if you do something for 3 weeks it will become a habit, but apparently 21 days is the minimum amount of time needed to develop a new habit – everyone has his or her own timetable. One source says it’s more likely 66 days, another reports 9 1/2 weeks is required, but in a study by University College of London, it was found that 254 days may be required to develop some habits.

It looks like I may set a new record. It’s already been 324 days, and I still resist doing the things I know have brought weight loss success. This may never be a habit, but instead something that requires constant thought and intentional action.

I thought returning to my regular schedule would be the key to losing the final three pounds before the end of the year, but I managed to gain a half pound instead of losing weight this week.

It’s pretty easy to explain where I’ve gone wrong:

  • Drinking too little water.
  • Failure to record food intake and exercise on Lose It!
  • Not enough exercise.
  • Avoiding the scale.
  • Snacking on chips.

You’d think that since I can readily identify the problem it should be easy to solve, and I have taken steps in the right direction the past couple of days. Monday and Tuesday I started the day by stepping on the scale. I logged my food and exercise – that means I exercised!

Now I’ll work on water intake and stock up on some impulse fruits – grapes, apples, bananas, and tangerines – to take the place of the chips. Back on track, but unfortunately not a habit…however, I expect to be a pound lighter next week.