Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Weigh-in Wednesday


There is a Cathy comic strip I saw years and years ago that stuck with me. Maybe you remember it. It's the one where we see Cathy using the loo, brushing her teeth, shaving her legs, and cleaning out the lint from her belly button. Getting ready for her day? No. Getting ready to step on the scale. That was me this morning. And it paid off!

Hello, minus FIVE!!!!!

Can you tell I'm a little excited about that?

All of you who said it would take awhile for me to see the benefits of the exercise were right. I just had to hang in there for one more week. And shave my legs. (Hey, it's not quite capri season here yet, alright? Don't judge.)

Now, sadly, I didn't hang in there with the Shred. I wanted to. Boy, I really wanted to. By Day 5, I could definitely see a difference in how well I could keep up. Unfortunately, by Day 3, I was already feeling heel and knee pain. So when it stuck around, and got worse, I decided I needed to listen to my body and back off a little.

I am now either walking with the girls in the stroller or doing the Walk Away the Pounds DVD. The DVD is old-school, but I like it. I can keep up, but still be challenged. I sweat, but I don't feel chewed up and spit out at the end. For now, the walking is working for me.

I did make another change this week. I decided to really pay attention to how many calories I'm taking in. Right away, the very first day, I saw several areas that were clearly trouble makers. 200 calories worth of granola on my yogurt? And 300 calories worth of salad dressing? Ouch. I quickly realized I could make a couple of adjustments and have room for more filling (and nutritious) foods throughout the day. So I'm still using granola on my yogurt, but now I measure out a tablespoon or two and simply enjoy it as a little added crunch.

I will be the first to tell you that I typically hate measuring my food with a white hot passion. But, I will also be the first to admit that I have pathetically poor judgment when it comes to amounts. Give me a 1/4 cup of something, and I'd swear it was probably a tablespoon's worth. (See why physics was so traumatic for me? I have zero capacity for anything spatial. Maybe that's part of the reason I failed to notice my hips spreading over chairs until it came time to cram them into a middle, airplane seat.)

So because I can easily call a pint of soy ice cream one serving (What? It's soy. Come on!), I think I need to stick with the measuring and tracking for awhile. I plan to also start being mindful of the nutrients I'm taking in, and a site like daily burn was recommended to me for doing that.

I'm so excited about the progress this week. I've been thinking a lot about getting into the next decade because, psychologically, it's an important one. But I truly didn't expect that to happen already. I thought it was probably still a couple weigh-ins away. Now that it has, I'm really feeling lighter -- in more ways than one. I left a little bit of mental baggage behind along with those five pounds. Oh, it's still going to take me many months of hard work to reach my goal, and I have a lot more decades to break through to, but maybe I can celebrate more weeks like this one along the way.

And I hope you'll be here to celebrate with me. Thank you so much for the supportive comments. You didn't let me throw in the towel last week and go running for the cookie jar.

You're better than a new sports bra that hasn't accidentally been thrown into the dryer yet.

14 comments:

Michel said...

Great job T!! You are doing awesome!

Lucy said...

5! Oooooo! Well done well done! That is BRILLIANT! I love that I can hear the enthusiasm about it all in your post!

I am doing the Fat to Fit Blog Hop again tomorrow and I would love it if you would link up again: inspirational!

Roni said...

Rock on!!! You are doing so well.

Natalie said...

Nice loss - congrats!

D'Andra said...

I knew you could do it! I'm so happy for you. Slow and steady!!

Megan said...

WOW!!! Good for you--you're doing it!!!

OMA said...

Way to go, Sweetie-Pie, you are my inspiration.

Tricia said...

that is super duper AWESOME!

In Real Life said...

Hi! I'm stopping in from Lucy's Blog Hop. Congratulations on your weight loss! Way to go! I love walking too!

Flabby McGee said...

lol, too funny! I really did laugh out loud - I identify with the measuring food thing. 1/4 a cup really IS a teaspoon - or less. Whew... anyway, congrats on the minus 5, what an achievement!!!

Anini said...

Wow great loss! Congrats! Sometimes that scale can be so slow to budge but I knew you would pull through :) Keep it up!

Kristin @ Ellie-Town said...

You're doing great!

I left you an award on Ellie-Town. Be sure to stop by and take a look. :)

amoslionhorse said...

congratulations!! sorry I couldn't comment yesterday. You are doing brilliant!! I hear you on the weighing/measuring. man do I hear you...

You've also reminded me that I need to dust of my WATP dvd's, I've let the weather get the best of me too often lately.

Oh and the Cathy comic.. that's so me.. every Saturday morning. :)

angela | the painted house said...

Congratulations, Tracie!!!!

(Your last line made me laugh...I hate it when that happens!)