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Wednesday: Weigh-In: REVAMPED

In Wednesday Weigh-Ins on April 12, 2012 at 2:31 am

I got on the scale this morning and saw another disappointing number.  Now, I certainly overindulged all day on Easter Sunday.  There was a lot of emotional eating going on and I am very aware of that fact and own up to my actions.  However, prior and since then I have been very good about my eating so I’ve come to a radical decision: weigh-ins will no longer be on Wednesdays, they will be on the first of each month.

I remember that the weight loss program I did before when I lost 100lbs had this rule (or at least I think that is the weight loss program I got that nugget from… there have been so many they all run together…)

My intention for weighing myself monthly is prevent the emotional roller coasters I have been experiencing every week.  For the past two weeks I have gained weight and it has lead me to think terrible thoughts about myself and want to give in when in reality I know I am making progress.  My hubby says he can see that my body is changing, I feel better, I know I am eating well and I am tuned into taking care of my overall health; these are all indications that The Program is working, despite what the scale says.

A reader suggested taking body measurements which makes a lot of sense to me too, but until I find or buy a measuring tape, the first of the month will be when I weigh in.  Hopefully by weighing just once a month, the various fluctuations that my body must be going through as it recovers from giving birth, is breast feeding and is losing weight will all even out.

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Wednesday: Weigh-In: April 4, 2012

In Wednesday Weigh-Ins on April 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Starting Weight on January 18, 2012: 244

Current Weight: 201.4-204.4

Weight Last Weigh-in: 199.8

One Week Gain/Loss: Gained at least 1.4 lbs

Total Weight Loss: 43

Today’s weigh-in was crushing.  As you may have read last week I post-poned last week’s weigh-in because the scale seemed to be broken.  Everytime I got on the scale it said a different weight.  So, I purchased another scale this week for today’s weigh in and funny enough the same thing happened.  When I weighed myself at first it said 204.4, then it said 201.4.  My husband thinks the floor in the bathroom must not be level and that is why the scales are acting so funky.

REGARDLESS, I am over 200lbs again… This is just crushing.  Yes, I have been having additonal items in my diet from my birthday dinner to Easter candy to coffee cake to pizza (Monday night)…  Before the baby I worked at a job where I was on my feet all day long.  As long as I stuck to a generally healthy eating plan I could maintain a small size and eat a bunch of treats.  Not so now, obviously.

I can’t hide it: I am super disappointed and in a bit of a funk.  BUT, the only thing to do is to try not to be too hard on myself (I don’t want to give up and if I am too hard on myself, I would be tempted to.)  Afterall, I am still in the first month of creating The Program.  I have to tweak it to see what works and what doesn’t because I don’t want to eliminate “treats” completely (I just don’t think eliminating all treats would be releastic or promote a healthy relationship to food). 

So, from now on I am going to go back to what I did when I first lost over a hundred pounds – measuring out my food.  The basic guidelines on portion sizes for my main meals are as follows:

1oz dry oatmeal or 1 cup wet oatmeal

8oz yogurt

60z or 1 piece fruit

1c. rice or grain

4oz protein (if cheese 2oz if cottage cheese or tofu 6oz)

6oz cooked veggies

Frankly, the portion sizes of the “treats” that I have are more important.  I think that is where I went wrong the last two weeks.  It is so very hard for me to just have one cupcake, or just have one piece of coffee cake.

I think conventional dieting wisdom is that the compulsion to have large quantities of treats is the reason why many just cut them out completely so you are saved the temptation.  But I don’t want to live a life without treats.  I just need to grow a new “treat muscle” that enjoys a treat every so often but does so with a reasonable portion size.

I’ve read before that a new habit takes about a month to become a routine.  So, if for the next four weeks I can have the occasional treat with a reasonable portion size, then maybe it will be less hard to do so for the rest of my life.  For sure I will blog about my success (or failure).  I am particularly thinking about Easter brunch and candy on Sunday….

How do you handle treats?  How do you handle set-backs?  I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Wednesday: Weigh-In: March 28, 2012

In Wednesday Weigh-Ins on March 29, 2012 at 5:46 am

POSTPONED!!  I woke up this morning and weighed myself but my scale was on the fritz!  It gave me three different weights (and two of them I didn’t like btw….)  Going to buy a new scale this week and weigh in fresh next Wednesday.  Super frustrating!

Wednesday: Weigh-In: March 14, 2012

In Wednesday Weigh-Ins on March 22, 2012 at 5:59 am

Starting Weight on January 18, 2012: 244

Current Weight: 199.6

Weight Last Week: 203.8

One Week Gain/Loss: lost 4.2

Total Weight Loss: 44.4

I AM UNDER 200LBS!!!!!!!!!  Let me never, ever be more than 200lbs ever again (even if I do get pregnant again).  I remember years ago being at Jenny Craig when I dipped under 200lbs for just a bit and the woman consultant said to me, “you never have to be 200lbs again.” Somewhere in me I just knew that  she was wrong.  It’s not that I went out and gained the weight back right away, I just didn’t have the confidence or the hope or the belief in myself that I could be in a normal-sized body for the rest of my life.  I thought that was something only other people got to be and that even if I was slimming down it was all a big farce because I was different, I was the “big-boned” girl.

This is the third time I have experienced going under 200lbs and this time it feels different…  almost akin to when I finally quit smoking after more than ten years of trying: I just knew it was over.  Being morbidly obese for the long-haul is just over for me.  Slowly and steadily I am off to live a rich life at a healthy weight.  Good-bye 200s, GOOD-BYE!!!

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!

Wednesday: Weigh-In: March 14, 2012

In Wednesday Weigh-Ins on March 15, 2012 at 5:18 am

Starting Weight on January 18, 2012: 244

Current Weight: 203.8

Weight Last Week: 203

One Week Gain/Loss: -0.8

Total Weight Loss: 40.2

It isn’t totally shocking that I gained weight last week before implementing The Program.  I definitely recall Ben&Jerry’s, pizza and a large burrito being in the mix.  Still, I had secretly hoped for some weight loss because the rest of the time I was rather conservative with my eating.    It is SO important for me not to get side-tracked by remorse. Nothing really matters except making the next right decision…

Thanks for reading this and I wish you much luck on your own healthy journey!