Week Two

Posted by Jen | Journal | Sunday 10 February 2008 5:48 pm

So, how have I been doing?

Well, the scale finally moved and showed 146 instead of 147.  It’s been like that for the past few days, so I feel pretty good about trusting it.  This is a really good thing.  It means something is happening.  The body is releasing something.  Is it water?  Fat?  I don’t know, but something’s going and I’m going to make darned sure it’s fat.

Speaking of scales….
I’ve been making sure to weigh myself every single day at the same time: in the morning, after bathroom routine, before I get dressed and definitely before I eat.  Personally, there is no reason to weigh more than once a day…I mean, once I start eating, all the consumed food just adds to the scale numbers.  I would never consider weighing in just once a week either.  Why?  Well, weight has been known to fluctuate – a lot.  What if, on my “weigh-in” day, my weight suddenly decided to fluctuate in an upward direction of a few pounds.  If I were to hang my entire week’s progress on that one day…I would be rather bummed.  However, if I know I weighed 147 daily for the past 3 or 4 days and then one day, I am suddenly 149, I wouldn’t sweat it too much.  There is no way I would have gained 2 pounds of fat in overnight.  I simply track the number and wait until the next day and the day after.  Most likely, if I am gaining, I’ll see 147.5 then 148 then 147.5 then 148.5.  If the numbers start sticking around like that, then I’ll know that things are trending upward instead of downward.

Just a quick note:  I truly believe the only people who shouldn’t weigh themselves everyday are the ones who find that the numbers on the scale have a profound effect on their mood and a negative effect on their eating habits.  That can definitely destroy someone’s motivation. I never let the scale numbers bug me so I really don’t worry about weighing myself once a day.

If anyone is interested in a weight tracking site, you might want to take a look at : The Hacker’s Diet .  It allows you to put in your daily weight and weight loss goal and it will actually let you know when the numbers are starting to show a downward/upward trend.  One day or two days of a scale number aren’t enough to really make that determination.

Here’s an example of one of my charts from that site:Hacker's Diet

The “Weight” box is where I post my daily weigh-ins.  The “Trend” is calculated for me.  I kind of look at the “Trend” number it as my true weight.  As you can see, I saw my first weight loss on Monday, February 4th.  Just because I was suddenly seeing 146.5 on the scale, though, doesn’t mean that I am permanently at that weight.   The Trend acknowledged that I was heading downward, but it wasn’t until 6 days later…on Sunday the 10th when my “Trend” box finally showed 146.5.  It’s almost as thought it’s telling me that the weight loss definitely seems to be sticking around and I can finally count it as true weight loss and not just a strange fluctuation.

So, what is in store for me this week?

Well, I want to get a heart rate monitor.  I am really liking the science part of all this…counting the calories, matching the calories in to the calories out.  Not everyone likes that, but I really really do.  It makes sense to me and it gives me something to work with. As time goes on, I plan on slowly shifting away from the exact science of calorie counting to something a little more natural, but I won’t start that until I get closer to my goal.  I really believe in this process and I can already see it working.