Friday, May 24, 2013

Celebrating: Ten pounds

I have now lost 10 pounds since I decided to invest in Lose It! premium on December 28. I made this decision after my husband's 5-year-old nephew, who only sees me at Christmastime, said, "You are a little fatter." I said, ssadly, "I know." He said, "It's not your fault, it's your belly." He said this very sweetly and innocently, but I decided that was enough for me. I couldn't pretend that my weight gain was only a temporary blip.

The only reason Lose It! hasn't awarded me a 10-pound badge today is that I didn't put that December 28 weigh-in into the app, so it thinks I have only lost 9.6. I put all my weigh-ins into FatWatch, because it isn't linked to twitter and doesn't announce every up and down.

I usually post graphs here that are smoothed out with a rolling average -- they eliminate some of the big ups and downs.  I was able to export my data and make an uglier but more accurate graph in Excel of what losing 10 pounds looks like for me.  As you can see, I have a lot of ups and downs.

I still have just over 21 pounds to my Weight Watchers goal weight.  I carried another nephew, who weighs between 20 and 25 pounds, downstairs yesterday and I definitely noticed adding 20 pounds makes a huge difference in how my knees feel.  I am hoping that subtracting that weight will make things a lot easier on all my joints -- my feet, knees, hips.

Even though I still have more progress to make, I am happy that I have gotten this far.  The last time I weighed this weight was more than two years ago, in March 2011.

I'd definitely recommend both apps I'm using.  FatWatch is great for keeping an accurate and detailed record of your weight, and unlike most apps, it allows you to easily export all your data into Excel.  Lose It! is great for actually doing something about the weight with calorie counting and exercise tracking. The Premium version adds a lot of nice features for $39.99 per year. I wrote a detailed review earlier in the year, so I won't repeat them all here.

Of course, you don't need all these apps to lose weight. You could use a notebook and a calorie-counter book, and some graph paper to plot your losses. They definitely make it more convenient, though.

Anyway, I'm just taking a little time out to celebrate my progress.  I am down a little more than my 5%, and 10 pounds seems like a lot. Now to do it two more times...

9 comments:

  1. Congrats! Ten pounds is a milestone, and it didn't just fall off--you did the work!! BTW: I really do enjoy your blog.

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    1. Thanks! I like yours too!

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  2. Yay! Ten pounds is significant, both physically AND mentally. Onward and DOWNWARD!

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    1. I almost didn't notice the milestone because it has been so gradual.

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  3. Congrats on the 10 lbs. I completely understand about the extra weight on the knees. I have put on some weight since my lowest from last year and I definitely feel it in my knees.

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  4. Thanks, everyone :) it feels good to see progress. I'm going to work to keep it going.

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  5. Great job! I've been reading your blog for some time now, and I love seeing posts like this!
    Kerri

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  6. Yay for 10!!! congrats, Jen.

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