Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekly weigh-in: November 19

That is a seriously low blow, scale. I weighed in today at 0.8 pounds more than I did when I started in October.

I had Chinese food for dinner last night so I am hoping that at least part may be water weight. I have not been doing well with the meal planning or tracking (Chinese food for dinner the night before a weigh-in, for example) and this is not unexpected. I have been feeling pessimistic since last week about my ability to lose and maybe it became a self-fulfilling prophecy this week.

Successes: I went to swim last night even though I really, really, really did not want to. I have been making more of an effort to dress nicely for work and social events and people have been noticing.

Opportunities for improvement: Tracking. Planning. Getting my fruits, vegetables, and water in. Eliminating the takeout-because-I-didn't-plan meals. More than that, being kind to myself. I need to stop kicking myself for getting out of shape from my Supercool Triathlete Days years ago. I was working on my dissertation and then I worked a job where I commuted 2 hours a day and traveled about 20% of the time. There were reasons. Dwelling on that is only making it harder for me to get closer to my goals. Besides, even then I had moments of feeling Not Good Enough. I'm pretty good at bringing that mindset along with me no matter what the circumstances.

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  1. I think it is helpful to stock my fridge on Sunday, so no matter what happens I have food READY.

    Last night I cooked chicken breasts, roasted veggies, cleaned/chopped raw veggies, lightly steamed asparagus.

    I go to the grocery on the way home from yoga every Sunday night now. When I walk in the door, I cook/prep.

    I also have a mental list of food I can get away from home in an emergency.

    These are things that made a big difference for me.

    Very good job on not kicking yourself over this, good job on just figuring it out and moving forward.

    I also have days where I do not want to go to class but make myself and am always glad I did. If I can just keep moving forward in my actions, then I feel better.

    Good post.

  2. Food prep & cooking is a big issue for me, too. Any kind of restaurant food makes me bloat & I'm sure Chinese is some of the worst. Could be 2-3 pounds worth of bloat.

    I love how you are working on being nicer to yourself. It is so hard to not dwell on the glory days of when we were fitter. I do that all the time when I run. "I used to be able to run 3 miles in 30 minutes" runs through my head way too often when my garmin reports 37 min for my 3 mile runs. Then, I take a breath and look at when it was taking me 40-45 minutes to run/walk 3 miles. And I recognize progress instead of living in the past.


"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