On Monday, October 1, I weighed 185.8. On Monday, October 8, I weighed 184.6. On Monday, October 15, it was 185.6. On October 22, back down to 184.8. This week, I weighed in at 183.6. See the graph from LoseIt -- the line looks flat, but it's going down slightly. I'm down a total of 2.2 pounds on my last weigh-in of the month. I think I may take measurements next week, just to see if anything has changed.
A few people have commented. My fitness instructor, who sees me in yoga pants and a tank top, said I was looking good. My Aunt Bonnie, who has some sort of superpower for spotting weight changes, said I looked like I was losing. Most normal people can't spot a difference of 2.2 pounds, though. What I'm noticing, to be honest, is that my belly bothers me more, reminding me of Vickie and her belly posts when she was losing. I bought another control-style tank, this one from Flexees. If Pete Thomas can wear Spanx, I can too. Worn tucked in, it also makes sure I don't get the plumber effect if I am crawling around on the floor with my nephews. I tried on some clothes yesterday, and I'm still wearing an XL top and size 14 jeans, they just fit better. I have a few pairs of dress pants in a 12 that fit, but I think they are wide-legged pants. M thighs are always the last place I lose.
Successes: By a stroke of luck more than my own planning, food was much better than usual this weekend. My nephews were in town for a family party yesterday. For once, the food wasn't exceptional. The one thing that was really great was the cake, but I had a few bites of piece before sharing it with a drooling toddler -- after he got his hands on it, I was done. I did a better job of logging food every day, though Saturday was still a little off because I didn't log until the very end of the day. Interestingly, from my food and exercise journals on LoseIt, I would have only expected to lose half a pound, and I lost one.
Opportunities for improvement: My workouts were better, but I still didn't find time for a lot of walking or other restorative work. Since Sundays are a hard workout day, I'm going to do my best to make it to yoga on Mondays. I was a little down on my body this week, mostly because of the extra weight around my middle. That was the last place I gained, so it should be some of the first to go. Maybe it's fluffing itself up in some kind of final revenge? Mostly, though, I've been able to put on one of my my control tanks and move on. "Yes...and?"
For the first time in a long time, I feel focused on my goals in a positive way. I have a little more than 6 weeks until my 42nd birthday, and I feel like it is possible to be in the 170s by then. At the very least, I'd like to make 2012 the last year my weight ever fell in the "obese" BMI range. I never thought I'd be so happy to be just "overweight."