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:
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.