Sunday, February 5, 2012

so THAT is what motivation feels like!

About 6 weeks ago, I joined a commercial "diet" plan.  Two things about that sentence:

  1. Okay, I'm totally busted.  I re-joined.
  2. Am I allowed to say Weight Watchers on here, or will the WW police show up and shut a girl down? 
I was doing pretty well.  After the first week, I tracked my weight, and found I was down two whole pounds!  I danced my way to the coffee maker that Friday morning. And I danced all day.  Well, I danced while no one was looking.

I was feeling so good about myself, the next week, I kicked it up.  Measured food portions, journaled every bit that went into my mouth, did cardio for 25-40 minutes 5 days that week.  That Friday morning, I pulled out my scale feeling pretty good about what was about to happen.  You know that cartoon face, where the dude's eyes bug out, the jaw hits the floor and the tongue rolls out?  Yep, that was me.  I gained a pound.

I GAINED A DAMN POUND.

After a short bout of wallowing in self-pity, I decided there MUST be something else going on.  Water weight, right?  So, I got back on that horse.  Subsequently, I also got a wicked cold.  Oh, and let's not forget our dear hormone friends.  For two weeks of feeling just straight up bad and needing to feed my cold comfort food (carbs, anyone?), I couldn't bring myself to step back on the scale.   I got it together, started exercising again, and three weeks after the great scale debacle, I cautiously stepped back on the scale.  I got off, made sure it was correct, and got back on.  I was down an additional 4.5 pounds!

Logging that new number has upped my chutzpah level tremendously.  It has helped me pass up the Doritos and make a commitment to exercising.  Heads up, y'all.  I've got a cute vintage baby blue brocade dress I'll be rockin' this spring.  And it will fit like a glove.

2 comments:

Randall D. Haynes, D.M. said...

It is extremely important to take little weight gains in stride... It is invariably going to happen as your body adjusts to a new regimen and your body recalculates how it uses the fuel you feed it. Don't get discouraged when it happens, just keep doing what you're doing! If it begins happening week after week, then reevaluate your diet/exercise/goals.

skillz said...

Thank you for that, Dr. Haynes! You are absolutely right. I'm trying to focus on big picture. I certainly didn't gain it all overnight, so it's not realistic to expect to lose it overnight.

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