Sunday, March 14, 2010

Yikes! it is working

Hello Everybody,

Today's post is going to be very brief. I have been avoiding the scale even though I have been sticking to my program. I was weighing myself almost every day in the beginning of the week and nothing happened, but Friday was my good news day. Another 2 pounds is gone. In the past, I would have celebrated with a cookie or something, but this time, I just had a cup of coffee.

How has your week been? I hope good things happened for everyone. I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

That darn scale!


Hello Bloggers,
It has been a very interesting week. That scale did not move. I followed my plan, but the numbers did not go down. I was so discouraged. I did my exercise according to the Five Factor Fitness plan. I did use lighter weights but I did everything else as directed. I have been stiff all week. How could that scale have the nerve not to move, especially when I did? 

Then I remembered something I read on WebMD, a site that I have used from time to time. I like this site because it has lots of very helpful information. When I saw the WebMD magazine in my doctor's office, I knew it was a reputable site. I remembered reading that every Friday instead of getting on the scale, we should try on a piece of clothing that has been too tight. I knew just what I would try on. A pair of jeans that I love but have not been able to wear for a long long time. So I ripped those suckers off the hanger and hoped for the best. THEY FIT! I mean they really fit. They were not even snug. They were comfortable. So while the numbers on the scale were not on my side, I can say I did have some success this week.

Now for the other aspects of this journey. I did slack off a bit with my water drinking. That may have had something to do with the scale not moving. I am back on track though. I also removed the counter for my 100 Days of Weight Loss. I did not stop reading the book, but I find that not reading a new tip every day gives me time to think more about each tip. This chapter's theme is feeling satisfied versus feeling full or stuffed. I want to really work on this, so I have been spending two days or more reviewing the tips.  Having come from a mind set of no portion control (low carb), I now need to make changes. I also need to work more on focusing on the food when I am eating and not eating while doing something else.  This book has been very informative and thought-provoking. I have learned a lot from it. One big change is that I exercise because of this book. The words "Do it anyway" remind me to get going when I don't feel like it.

For the first time in many years, I am happy with an eating plan. Since I started this blog at the end of last year, I have not gained any serious weight, only a few pounds as a result of switching plans. And then there was that cheat day from hell. No more of those even though the plan allows it. I will have a cheat meal once a week, but never again will it be an all-day event. It wasn't that great. I felt terrible afterwords, too. The results so far are great. i have maintained a loss of 16 pounds. Slow but sure wins the race!

Well that's all for this week. I'd love to hear from you. How are you doing? What are your successes?