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Weight Loss Week 1 Day 5 – THE WEIGH IN

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Ok, you guys may be wondering why in the world I am weighing in day 5 of my week instead day 7.  Well, I learned a long time ago perfection isn’t worth it. I felt myself slipping. I thought I needed some structure so I began a week on plan without ‘officially’ weighing in. (For the record, I officially weigh in on the Weight Watchers scales) I started when I needed to start, not “tomorrow”, not “on Sunday”, not after my first week of classes because it would be “to hard”, I started now, well then, whatever you get my point. I made enough of those procrastinating remarks in the past and I never found success until I stopped putting off what I could do today EVEN if it was a Friday, or in the afternoon of a day I already pigged out on pizza.  Every choice is a new choice. It took me a long time to figure that out and lose the “all or nothing” mentality and honestly, sometimes I still struggle with it.

So you may be wondering how the weigh in went. This is another lesson is mindset that took a long time to master. I was UP! (144.6) After all my hard work these past 5 days I gained!  However, I am NOT going to let it get me down, especially after my morning scale reading. Remember that number on the scale is just a number. If you know you are making the best choices you can don’t let the scale derail you. It will catch up.

Alright, sorry for the preachy post today. Just know, I’m normally telling myself what it is I need to hear so I feel better. It’s like my own personal pep talk.

Day 5 – Morning Scale Reading: 143.5 (I know NOT what I owe the drop too) Target: 20
Food Points Countdown
Special K Chocolate Delight cereal with berries (this was good, the chocolate and the berries together was really good!) 3 17
orange 1 16
Homemade Lentil Soup 3 13
lite flavored yogurt with berries 2 11
ww pretzel sample given out at the meeting 2 9
can of chicken soup with a sandwich made on ww bread with a Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge, lean ham, turkey pepperoni, baby spinach leaves, tomato and mustard 7 2
4 Halloween Brownie Bites(I found them in the freezer!) 3 -1
Total 21  
Daily Activity Log: Nada – I’m trying to figure out how to fit the gym into my new schedule
Notes:Overall, not a bad day. Actually I’m so satisfied right now I feel like I missed something!

Weekly Flex left:10



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There are 21 comments so far.

    Jill

    January 30, 2008

    I am minoring in nutrition and I just wanted to say that I wish you wouldn’t put so much thought into your weight. While weight loss/gain over time is important, day by day really depends on a variety of elements. Anything from water retention of the day (such as salt, K, Cl, or ADH related) as well as just the rate your food is being digested or the time of day (goes up over time, usually!) Anyway, you don’t seem too obsessed, but maybe switching to a weekly weigh in only rather than daily would help take the worry out of it.

    Roni

    January 30, 2008

    Jill, I appreciate your comment but I don’t put that much thought into my weight, that’s the point I was trying to make. I guess it didn’t come across that way.

    I use the scale simply as a reading. It helps me stay focused. Focus for some may equate to obsession for others but I like weighing in every day. It shows me (and consequently everyone who reads) just how fickle the scale is. I hope to be proving a point, not spreading a obsession.

    Anar

    January 30, 2008

    Roni I got your point just fine. Based on my personal experience scale has between one to two weeks delay. That is if you have been “bad” this week it will be up not this week but the week after and if you have been good, you have to be good for two weeks to see the results so don’t worry…what you are seeing is “the past”…present will follow soon.

    Good luck and keep keeping your spirits up!:)

    Ashley

    January 31, 2008

    You are totally balanced on your health/weight/life from what I see with the blog. You keep everything so real. Psh.

    Krista

    January 31, 2008

    Roni: I also have a love/hate relationship with the scale. Unfortunately, I need to see that number every few days to see if what I am doing is working. I think it stems from my love affair with food. I think you are just being honest with yourself and to all that read your blog. Can’t get more real than that.

    Anonymous

    January 31, 2008

    Sometimes when we minor or major in nutrition it is an ego booster to show our knowledge base by spewing off technical information. Unfortunately book education cannot substitue for real life exp. You are NOT an obsessive type person and I strive to have the relationship with food that you do. You are able to go out and eat with friends and choose wisely or get back on track. You are an inspiration for all who want to maintain their weight loss – I like that you keep your focus, it shows how serious you are about keeping those pounds off – good for you!

    Angela

    January 31, 2008

    Just keep on keeping on… you’re doing awesome!!! :-)

    Angela

    Kathy

    January 31, 2008

    Every time I put a few spinach leaves in a salad or an omelet or whatever, I think of you! You’re the one who inspired me to toss those pretty little green leaves around so freely.

    It’s tofu for February…Chocolate Mousse, lasagna, caramelized, and in artichoke dip!!!

    Scrumpy's Baker

    January 31, 2008

    Hey Roni –

    I also gave myself a pep talk this moring. I’m ready to kick myself in the butt and get in gear! I know you go to meetings so this isn’t really an option for you, but I’m trying an end of the month weigh-in to see if it helps control those emotional ups and downs from the scale reading. (I think that run-on sentence I just typed needs to step on the scale though.)

    Vickie

    January 31, 2008

    if you have a minute to stop by – I have been pondering your posting about weight loss and maintenance feeling different – and I wrote more about that yesterday and today. No worries if you are too busy.

    Anonymous

    January 31, 2008

    Roni, Thanks for this post! I have been back on plan for a month, eating healthy, adding some exercise, drinking the water… and the damn scales is hovering in the same area. I wondered if its even worth it? But truth is I feel healthy, happier and in control… so Yes it is worth it… and the scales will show it one day! youve done a great job… Try to go easy on yourself :)

    Janice

    January 31, 2008

    Wow, your post hit home today. I was up a pound after being perfectly on plan this week. I know there has to be a reason, and that it will come down. It just sucks to see it go up!

    JavaChick

    January 31, 2008

    Great attitude. I find that I will often tell others not to get fixated on that number because it can fluctuate up and down so much. I know this to be true. But I still have a hard time applying that knowledge to myself. It’s good to be reminded.

    fieryirishangel

    January 31, 2008

    I’m in my third week on plan and just got on the scale despite the fact that my normal weigh-in is on Mondays. I was horrified to see that I was up. I’m trying to not let it bother me, but it’s hard, having seen the number go down every other time since I started.

    RunningNan

    January 31, 2008

    I weigh myself daily when I remember. It’s not really an obsession, it just keeps me in check with how I eat. I do the things I do to be and stay healthy. Not to look good in a bathing suit (Although, I wouldn’t be so upset if I happened to look good in one!)

    Courtney

    January 31, 2008

    I know you aren’t obsessing so much over the number…BUT, to get back into your comfort zone, you should maybe try to start counting your APs. You might need to be eating a little bit more on those days you are working out. I found, before I was pregnant and I was losing consistently, that if I used my APs for the day, I lost better. I’ve noticed on your food logs that you don’t really account for those. Just an idea…but seriously, you’re doing great!

    Courtney (formeforlife)

    Dev

    January 31, 2008

    I also have a love/hate relationship with the scale ~ but I’m one of those who weighs everyday, but have my “official” weigh-in day as Mondays. It works for me and keeps me ontrack ~ although I don’t put a lot of faith in the number, it’s more of a guideline.

    Tina

    January 31, 2008

    I love that.. “it will catch up”. Finally starting to see evidence of that is awesome… it can get frustrating to keep doing the right thing and the scale says the wrong thing.

    I got what you were saying… totally.

    Keep up the good and hard work neighbor!

    Marlo

    January 31, 2008

    I also usually see a delay in the scale. Usually I have 2 or 3 weeks of so-so loss (under a pound) and then wham, a 3 pound loss. So it averages about monthly.

    Anyway, Roni, I have a question. I have reached a weight that I tend to hover at, possibly my body seems ok at, and have reached a plateau. I have stayed about the same for 3 or 4 weigh ins. Do you have any suggestions on kickstarting my efforts again? I still have about 23 pounds to lose for my personal goal.

    The tanning lotion directory

    January 31, 2008

    Keep it up and stick with it. Remember there is more than one way to lose weight. If one works for you stay with it, if it doesn’t find one that does. I’ve lost 240 lbs over 2 years by just watching my fat grams and calories and drinking water. Congrats keep it up.

    No Where to Run ...

    February 2, 2008

    thanks for keeping it in perspective. sometimes i get so “down” when the scale is “up” that i forget it doesn’t always reflect all of my efforts and it takes a while to catch up to equilibrium. it’s just a number…i gotta keep telling myself that.
    you really have a great outlook on it all. i appreciate your honesty…showing your own personal frustrations even after coming so far and learning so much is inspiring to me.