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I hopped on the scale this morning with my eyes closed.

After a weekend of way too much chocolate and overindulgence, I’ve been having a hard time getting into the groove again. I even abandoned my food journaling last night, just not wanting to deal with it.

This is when it’s easy to just walk away, but I also think, this is when getting on the scale is the most important. You may not like what you see or you may be pleasantly surprised, but either way you are being accountable and that’s a huge key to successful weight loss.

This morning, on the scale with my eyes closed, I waited 20 seconds, peeked with one eye, and saw…


Up a little from last week but not the massive gain I was excepting.

I’m reminded yet again:

It’s about what I do consistently –NOT occasionally– that matters.

And I find that comforting. Sometimes I want to eat chocolate with abandon. I’m sorry, I just do.

OK, enough about me. How was your week?

Unfortunately, I haven’t had time to reply to last week’s comments. I’m sorry. I did read them! The week just flew by between the holiday and The 7-Year-Old’s Spring Break Staycation. It’s like time is in fast-forward mode.

  • annie

    HW: 260 (pg)
    CW: 220.2 (down 2.6)
    GW: I90
    H: 5’8″
    Age: 36

    two words, stomach virus. yesterday i was down close to 5 lbs but i ate dinner last night, first real food in almost 4 days. not the way i want to lose weight but whatever. so tired of being sick, can’t wait to be healthy again! hope you all had a great week!

    • RoniNoone

      UGH! Feel better. :(

    • annie

      thank you!

  • violettfem

    HW: 154.4
    CW: 145.6 (-7 this week. That’s mostly water because I’m just tracking again)
    GW: 140
    H: 5’7
    Age: 44

    • RoniNoone

      It’s amazing out that happens, isn’t it?

  • imacrazymomof4

    HW: 200+ when pg
    CW: 129 (+1.2 from 2 weeks)
    GW: 120′s
    HT: 5’6
    Age: 43

    i’m up a bit, but considering i just got back from the “ARUBA trip of a lifetime”, i will take it. also, considering i came back and got on the scale sunday and it showed an 8!! lb difference from the last time i weighed myself…1.2 lbs today is a present. its amazing how the body will bounce back once it’s back to it’s regular environment…not so easy to come back to the environment and get out of the vacay mode, but boy does it feel better to have structure!

    a few things i learned while i was gone besides the food in ARUBA is sooo expensive…
    it’s really difficult to get my 3 liters of water in a day when i’m out of my norm.
    it’s really difficult to get in enough fruits and veggies in a vacation/hotel situation…the serving sizes aren’t near enough.
    the exercising was easy to get in…the fitness room was amazing, swimming in the pool, walking on the beach and taking the stairs to my 9th floor suite were easy adjuncts.
    happy hour was really fun but probably not the best way to try and maintain weight…but hey i’m not going to aruba and not having a pina colada!
    i did make better choices than i usually make when i’m on vacation which made me feel more in control…i think mfp had something to do with that.
    i felt like i was having my cake and eating it too most of the time…which was a good compromising feeling…instead of “i’ve done so much damage i may as well just throw in the towel”.

    hopefully by next week the 1.2 lbs will be history!

    • RoniNoone

      Nice job!! You totally ROCKED vacation!

  • Jenn @ Healthy Fit jenn

    I was up again this week, too. I’m sorta pissed! But when I look at my week, I see exactly why…

    Gotta do better this week.

    My weigh in:

  • Rhonda and Sandrine

    We’re doing great this week! We like that you said it is what you do consistently and not occasionally that matters!

    • RoniNoone

      Good because it’s true!

  • Dukebdc

    HW: 148
    CW: 122.0 (-2.0)
    GW: 120-125
    HT: 5’2″
    Age: 35

    So I’m back into the middle of my goal range, which is where I like to be. Been getting a lot more water, which has helped.

    • RoniNoone

      Nice! Good job maintaining. <– no one ever says that to you, do they. :)

  • Svanhvit

    Thank you. Yet again you just nail it. This is indeed when it’s easy to give up. And I am fighting hard to hold on and keep going. I will get there.

    • RoniNoone

      If you are here every week then you are already “there”, remember that. The number on the scale is not a measure of your success, just one variable.

    • Svanhvit

      Thank you :) I feel like I am Dorothy, trapped in the hurricane right now. It will pass. It just takes a couple of days of getting in control. But you are right, I keep on trucking :)

  • tucking_fwit

    How tall are you?

    • RoniNoone


  • Aimee

    CW: 147 (-.2)
    Last week: 147.2 (actually 2 weeks ago)
    GW: 137 lbs
    Highest weight: 208 lbs
H: 5′ 2”
Age: 39

    I just realized I never posted my weight last week. I looked back at my tracker and I discovered that I was exactly the same as I am this week. This is great considering I enjoyed Easter brunch and a few treats over the holiday weekend. I’m really getting a hang of this maintenance piece of weight loss even though I haven’t reached goal yet. I’m rolling with it at this point. Maintenance is difficult, possibly even more difficult than actively losing weight. I’m still working on changing things up in my life. I ran up a local mountain yesterday to add a little spice to my usual run. It felt amazing. The bottom line is that I’m never going back to where I started. I don’t ever want to feel that way again. However, Roni, I feel exactly like you do and sometimes I just want to eat peanut butter out of the jar without a measuring spoon!

    • RoniNoone

      I think it’s great you are already mastering maintenance and I agree… in a weird way it is harder.

  • LisaM

    HW: 180+
    CW: 157
    GW: 150
    HT: 5’6″
    Age: 52

    Obviously I’m not yet getting to the degree of seriousness that is necessary. I have 2 crazy weeks ahead, so I’m just going to do my best until they are over, then please dear God light a fire under my tush.

    • RoniNoone

      Weather the storm, do you best and then kick it into gear. Sounds like a plan to me!

  • run4fun

    I totally forgot to weigh in last week…

    2 weeks ago: 150.6
    This Week: 149.2
    Goal: 135
    Height: 5’5

    Have fun with your boys this week, Roni.

    • RoniNoone

      Thanks! I’m trying! :)

  • Emily

    HW: 178
    CW: 135.0 (-0.6)
    GW: 125
    28 y/o

    I have started tracking again because my schedule has been totally off recent,y and i found the scale moving up. I know that tracking works for me so I’m headed back to my comfort zone but this time on MFP because I just couldn’t pay more to WW when I am so close. I am loving MFP so far but I do have a question about the sugar goal. Do people actually stay below that?! I have a bit of a sweet tooth that I have been trying to move beyond and I’ve been doing great this week with only 5-10g of sugar per day coming from candy. Fruit is killing me though with regard to the sugar goal. Help!!

    • Eth

      I usually have at least 2 pieces of fruit a day and am always above the sugar goal on MFP, even if I don’t eat any sugary foods. I decided that for myself, I’m going to subtract the sugar from fruit from my totals.

    • RoniNoone

      Nope never. Not once have I been below and it is normally only fruit that puts me over. I also almost always over on protein too.

  • Ange

    HW: 150
    CW: 126.4 (-.5)
    GW: 120
    HT: 5’1″
    age: 34
    losing about half pound a week when I really track and workout. Slowly and surely the turtle wins the race.

    • RoniNoone

      That’s awesome! Just think… there’s not way you won’t get there!

    • Peggy

      Ange, You are right about the turtle and the 1/2 pound per week. And that’s awesome that you’re just plodding along.Plodding along is a big accomplishment. The hardest part is making the effort at every meal, and it sounds like you do that.

  • NatMcC

    HW: 184.6
    CW: 159.6(+0.4)

    GW: 145
    H: 5’7″

    Eh can’t fret that I’m not losing like I was earlier this year. Not running as much but still taking the barre class 2-3 times a week and running about 2 times a week. This past weekend I was visiting friends and there was zero exercise and a little indulgence on food/adult bvg intake but not horrible. The scale can NOT be my only measurement though. My clothes are fitting so much better and I purchased a pair of shorts for my upcoming trip to the British Virgin Islands and yea I got to purchase a size 8!!!! I haven’t seen that size since 2006. My highest was a size 12. Felt great!!!

    • RoniNoone

      Woot! Nothing beats a new size!!

  • Emily Elgin

    HW-192 (Post preggo)
    CW-140.2 (-0.8 from last week)
    H-t 5’3″
    Age- 32
    Had surgery 3weeks ago and am trying to get back on track in the exercise dept. That is my goal this week. Roni, I need to remember the consistency thing and not the all or nothing thing:)

    • RoniNoone

      The all or nothing is one of the hardest things to get over. I really believe that!

  • Trixie

    HW: 215.5
    GW: 155 (reached goal about a month ago)
    CW: 156.3
    H: 5’7″
    Age: 40

    You are (as you often are!) bang on with your message this week. It is about what I do consistently – not occasionally – that matters. That might just be my maintenance mantra. This is my first time ‘weighing in’ since I hit goal about a month ago, although I periodically step on the scale for my own interest. Perhaps I will go back to weekly weigh-ins, perhaps I’ll do it monthly. More importantly is what I’m doing consistently – healthy eating, moving, tracking, drinking water. I’m okay if I’m up a couple or down a couple – as long as I’m in the maintenance range. I look forward to reading about everyone’s weeks and love the sharing and support with the weekly weigh in.

    • RoniNoone

      You are totally rocking it! Great job maintaining!

  • Reen

    I had to laugh when I read this above, “Sometimes I want to eat chocolate with abandon. I’m sorry, I just do.” That is so totally me, except I would change it to say, “And I find that comforting. Sometimes I want to eat…with abandon. I’m sorry, I just do.” Once in a while, for a day or sometimes two, I just want [and do] eat whatever I want, whenever I want, wherever I want. So far, I have been lucky enough to be able to reel myself back in before I get too out of control, but it has definitely at times sabotaged my entire week. But like you, I get on the scale [with eyes closed], accept whatever the numer is, and move on, start tracking, start making smart choices again, and get back on track.

    You always have such wonderful things to say on your blog. I LOVE reading you. :)

    • RoniNoone

      I feel the same way. There are times I just don’t want to think about anything and eat whatever and I do and then I go back to tracking. I think that actually helps keep me sane. :)

  • Shan

    CW160 (down 2)
    GW 155
    Happy Weight 145
    Age 35
    I am not on my period this week so I am down, but not back to the 159 that I was before easter and my period. I am annoyed with this but I also know that those easter chocolates had something to do with it :) I have been on track with my running. Did a very hard run on Saturday so I am happy about that. Now it is time to focus and get back in the 150′s……. I am tired of sitting in the low 160′s

    Wish me luck!

    • RoniNoone

      Hey, less of a loss in exchange for some chocolate is ok for Easter week! That’s how I’m looking at it anyway. :)

  • Amy

    HW: 163.4
    CW: 146.2 (-1.2)
    GW: 130
    HT: 5′
    Age: 42

    Shocked honestly at the drop this week. It hasn’t been a great week. Lots of stress, not enough activity and several mindless trips to the pantry were involved. Anyway, it’s the same old story…I’ve gained and lost the same four pounds over and over since Christmas. Ugh.

    • RoniNoone

      Keep trucking, You’re still maintaining a 17 lbs loss! That’s pretty awesome!

  • Kaki Bennett

    Yesterday, I DID eat chocolate with abandon. I didn’t even count all the bite-sized snickers I ate. I had a horrible, stressful day and ate away my feelings with food. The good thing is I ate a bunch, and then I was over it. I had a really healthy dinner, and have been back on track today. I heard someone say, “just because you drop one egg, doesn’t mean you throw the other 11 on the floor.” I liked that! I’m looking for progress, not perfection.

  • Maria

    HW : 199

    This Week: 135.9 (-.6)

    Goal: 120ish

    Height: 5’3

    Been journaling to share with my health coach. Amazing what having someone else look at your food journal can do for your motivation. I’ll take it, just might be the spark I was looking for.

    • RoniNoone

      That’s fun! I bet you’re learning lots!

  • Karen P

    HW 187.4
    Cw 116.4
    Gw 115.4
    Months at goal weight. Exactly 14
    Height 5’1″
    Age 47

    Good to keep weighing in, no matter what. Good accountability and it will effect choices this week. Good stuff.

    • RoniNoone

      You’ve been maintaining over a year! That’s awesome!

  • Peggy

    Thanks, Roni, again for another honest and real post. I think you did great. You may not have succeeded in impacting your weight this week, but you impacted your state of mind. That’s always a winner!

    • RoniNoone

      You’re right! It is!

  • BrightStarMama

    HW: 220s (pregnant)
    CW: 153.0
    GW: 150s (Xmas 2012 hit goal -> Jan 2013 hit Lifetime)
    HT: 5′ 7′
    This is MAINTENANCE :-) This is LIVING!!!

    Not tracking but paying attention is working better than I ever imagined. I KNOW that tracking works for weight loss and thus for maintenance – but I’ll be honest it’s nice NOT having to write it all down, as easy as it is with WW Lifetime free eTools :-) So I am experimenting with eating what I know works – pretty much same as weight loss mode with a little mellowness & flexibility thrown in…I know what appropriate portions are now & how many grams of chocolate are no big deal & I eat them all the time! So as long as I stay in my 150-153 range – it feels fine. If I push back up to 155 (I’m a daily weigher for the most part – don’t want to wait a week to get the info – prefer more regular reality checks!) – then it’s back to tracking for me! We’ll see how it goes :-)

    • RoniNoone

      Sounds like you are rocking it!

  • Fiona Jesse Giffords

    Consistency does matter on everything you do. A little deviation from the work won’t hamper it. It’s good to hear that you still maintain the weight after so much work.

  • Jeri Lyn

    I was REALLY hoping for a loss this week, I had a really great week on the food & exercise, but I still show a .6lb gain. GGGRRRRR!!!! This is always really hard for me because, what was the point??? :( I’m going to try & hang in there & not make any big changes. I’ll be doing a full trail marathon on Saturday, 4/13/13 so now is not the time to do anything drastic. Hopefully the scale will be more kind next week & I’ll keep up on my training, because that’s what a runner does. RIGHT??!!???
    HW: 200
    CW: 135.6 (up .06lbs from last week). :(
    GW: 125-130
    H: 5’4″
    AGE: 40
    As always, thanks Roni!!!!

  • Vicki

    HW: 180

    GW: 135

    CW: 147.4 (+3.4)

    H: 5’6″

    age: 32

    So the weigh in on Wednesday freaked me out! I know I ate a lot of chocolate/candy this weekend but I never thought I would see a 3.4 gain. So, I went on with my day…I ate breakfast then went for a 30 minute walk/jog and drank water. And before my shower I went on the scale to satisfy my curiosity and I weighed in at 146.6 lbs which was better than the first number. I just have to keep going even though the number may slap me in the face. In the end it is a number! And yes Roni, I do to eat chocolate with abandon as well and what you said resonates with me. “It’s about what I do consistently – not occasionally- that matters.” Thanks again for sharing with us and having this place to share with others about what we are going through!

  • Lorraine Sonntag

    I’m only 10 over you and cant wait again Ronis you inspired me again to get back in the game. You are the best person to look up to because your honest and real.

  • Sheri J

    HW 305
    CW 252(no change)
    GW 150
    HT 5’3″
    Age 56
    Kept forgetting to post.

  • nancyabc

    Wow it only took me 5 days to get in here–I don’t know why it is so hard.
    I ate chocolate and the scale showed it. It is Spring Break and I have had four different lunches with friends and I didn’t count the points but school starts tomorrow and I have my bag of fruit and veggies packed and ready to go–just hope I don’t forget to take them.
    Hope everyone is now experiencing the nice weather like I am–it is great for walking outside but I think my legs need some practice until they are back into the routine.


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