Monday, April 20, 2015

Dealing with Weigh-In Disappointment

I was really looking forward to my weigh-in last Saturday--I assumed that since I maintained the previous Saturday, I would see a good loss this week. Silly me! I maintained again (well, up .2, probably due to getting soaked in the rain before the meeting)... I didn't use all of my weekly points and didn't touch any of my 24 activity points. (I do realize that I've upped my activity level quite a bit, and running is certainly building more muscle than just walking! Maintaining these last two weeks is evidence of my body getting stronger, not fatter!)

I know I shouldn't let the number on the scale affect me so much, but I was so bummed! For a split second, I thought, "What's the point?!?" I talked about it during the meeting, and I felt a lot better afterward. I <3 my leader and group! I reminded myself that I've lost at least 12 inches from my body, and that I feel stronger and healthier than I have in a long time. I even took the stairs up to my office on Friday! I never would have done that willingly before I started exercising. 

When I got up this morning to go run (8-minute intervals today!), I was so exhausted--mentally and physically. Today was the first time in 3 weeks I haven't been excited to go exercise. I went to put on my Garmin, and it was dead--completely, utterly dead. Sigh. I think one of my kids managed to unplug it, and since I don't turn off the GPS because I plug it in every day, it used up all the battery. I probably should have gone out and at least walked, but I didn't. Instead, I laid down on the couch until it was time to get ready for work. Oh well. I'm going to go for a walk today, and resume my running schedule tomorrow. I hate that I've missed a day now! Or maybe I'll go to the gym later and run on the treadmill there... I don't know if I'm ready to run in the bright light yet; that's part of the reason I enjoy running so early in the morning, not many people can see me huffing and puffing ;) 

I did take a look at my food journal, and I realized that I'm eating way way too much sugar on a daily basis. A frappuccino, a cookie, ice cream, a few bites of chocolate all in one day... and not nearly enough fruit/veggie servings. So this week I'm focusing more on balancing that out, and I will tell myself again and again (until I believe it) that I will focus on how I feel, and not let that pesky number define me! 

A look at my summary page from last week. ("PF" is Power Foods)


  1. Don't let the scale define you!

    We all have off-days when we don't feel like exercising. Be patient with yourself. Remember that the goal is progress, not perfection.

    Congratulations on losing 12 inches! That is awesome!

    1. You're so right. "Progress, not perfection." I think I have a new mantra to add to my list :) Thanks!


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