Saturday, November 28, 2009

Trying to keep everything in perspective is hard...

Weigh in this morning was a bit encouraging but a bit discouraging too. Mainly because of what I THOUGHT I'd weigh in at. Boy, doesn't the mind play tricks on you about your weight loss? The further I go down this weight loss journey, the more I am convinced it's 95% mental and 5% physical.

So I told you already that I lost a pound on Thanksgiving day, right? And yesterday (Friday) I was even better (food- and exercise-wise) than I was on Thursday. I ate a healthy breakfast (home made fried potatoes, a slice of whole grain bread with light butter and a sliced apple = 6pts). Then a sensible lunch (Steak N Shake southwestern hot dog (chipotle sauce and pico de gallo), cottage cheese & pineapple ring, and veggie soup = 13 pts) and a half a piece of pecan pie (5 pts). Then I went running last night for almost an hour = 3.75 miles. All in all, a pretty great day, right??

Then why did I gain 1.8 pounds between Friday morning and Saturday morning??!!

How could I lose a whole pound on Thanksgiving, but gain it back plus another 8/10ths the next day by eating better and exercising more?

Very frustrating.

So when it was all said and done, my official weigh in at Weight Watchers was down 1.2 pounds from last week.

This is when I have to make it all come into perspective. I have to look at the big picture.

My body is going to fluctuate from day to day. And sometimes, for no reason whatsoever. This I have to keep remembering. This is why most weight loss programs tell you to NEVER weigh yourself on a daily basis. Most will call for a weigh in once a month. But at the most frequent is once a week. But never more than once a week or heaven forbid once a day.

So I have to take those 1.2 pounds and be proud of it. Heck, it wasn't too long ago that I would have jumped up and down and screamed for losing 1.2 pounds in one week.

So I'm inching my way closer back down to that ominous 100 lb loss mark. I only have 1.8 pounds to go to get back down to my 100 pounds lost. So, it might take me another 2 (or more) weeks to do it. I can't rush it. I can't obsess over it. That will do me no good whatsoever. In fact, if I think back to one year ago, that's what started me on my spiral out of control. I obsessed over it too much.

Take a deep breath. Be patient. And be happy with your great loss, Cara!

On a slightly different subject, I've started reading a new book that's, so far, really great. It's called "Dr. Colbert's "I Can Do This" Diet". It hasn't been released yet (supposed to be in January), but I've received an advanced copy from the publisher (with the hopes that I'll review it on my blog). Its an extremely thorough book, let me tell you. It's not light reading, for sure. But its amazing. I'm learning SO much about weight loss and how our bodies respond to different types of plans and foods, etc. Here's what the publisher says about the book: "you'll discover the top five reasons why diets fail; explore weight-loss fundamentals; overcome roadblocks including insulin resistance, neurotransmitter imbalance, and hormonal imbalance; and design a program catered to your needs." To me, it seems like an intellectual approach to weight loss. I'll keep you posted on how it goes.



screwdestiny said...

Yes, be proud of that loss! A loss the week after Thanksgiving is really great!

Me said...

Scale error is the probable reason for your weight gain. Have a look at this webpage: See how the marks are all over the place? I'm using three scales to take six readings (I weigh myself, record that weight, hold a kilogram weight, weigh myself again, then subtract 1kg from the result). Some readings on the same day are nearly a kilogram heavier than the lightest for that day, although all are taken within 5 minutes of each other. Some days one scale will show heaviest, the next it'll be lightest. Amazingly, for about a week, all the scale errors seem to drop to zero.

See how one day the marks can be grouped around one area, then the next day they are much higher? Variation of food mass inside my body. Taking a 5 day average can smooth out fluctuations immensely.

spunkysuzi said...

The only thing i see is that lunch was really high in sodium! Look up salsa, hot dog, cottage cheese and vegetable and they've all got a lot of sodium in them!
So my guess it's water and will be gone in a blink of the eye :)

josie (35 and shrinking) said...

Congratulations on the loss! During Thanksgiving week no less! That's awesome, and much deserved.

The book sounds fascinating and I look forward to your more in-depth review to come.