Monday, March 05, 2007

looking back on 12 weeks

Weight Chart

TickerFactory now offers a graphing function, for those of you who liked my charts but don't want to mess around with spreadsheets. I think it's a nice option and I appreciate that they added it to go with their cute little weight-loss sliders (like my ladybug above), and it only took me a few minutes to add in the data from my past 12 weeks' weigh-ins. As you can see, I had a little bump up this week. I'm hoping it's just my little every-four-weeks bump, and that I can get things going back down again next week.

Looking at the graph also reminds me how serious I was for the first few weeks of the new plan. Then I started to relax a little. I'm happy with the progress I've made, but I know that I can do better if I really commit again. I just started a fresh 12-week journal, but I don't really feel as fired up, even though I'm only 7 pounds from my goal and 5 away from not having to pay for meetings.

I have plenty of external things to motivate me -- my skirt, an upcoming vacation with friends, the (somewhat faint) possibility of job interviews, summer on the way -- but I'm still feeling a little run-down and tired from reaching towards various goals. I think it's time to follow my own advice and start taking things a little more as they come and practicing gratitude, instead of just holding out for a time when all my goals will be accomplished and everything will be better.

Theme for this week: "Do the next right thing."

7 comments:

  1. OoOoOh! Pretty graph! I do love graphs, and I think I comment every time you post one. But, one of the reasons I love them so much is that you can very visibly see what has happened over time. You're probably right -- this looks like a 4-week bump. Knowing that somehow makes it easier to ride out... at least for me. Glad there are some options out there for non-excel geeks. (I am one, so I don't feel too bad using the g-word.)

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  3. I love your graph. I would make one in Excel, but my pictures come out so tiny in Blogger that it wouldn't be worth it.

    I think that's great advice, "start taking things a little more as they come." I need to do more of that and stop living in the future.

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  4. i love the graph too, its about time the came up with something other than horizontal tickers... and why does blogger shrink everything down - i hate them...

    you're doing great - we all have our slumps once in a while, no one is perfect... you have some great motivators! :-)

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  5. Jen, I see a couple of things (besides the cute graph). You see that you were more serious and it paid off in weight loss, AND you are also happy with the progress you've made. You just took a little vacation from pushing it to the max and we all do that under stress when our attention is needed elsewhere.

    Practicing gratitude is a wonderful life-mantra. Know that I'm grateful for you :)

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  6. I don't think we can do everything all the time pushed to the max. There are always things that bump or take priority. You're still as motivated and you exercise a lot.

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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07