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Me and My Scale - Week 8 - Picture

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Seems like I have slowed down on the weight loss, but trust me when I say that I am still in the race!

Since my horrid scale shows that I GAINED half a pound this week, even though I know I put in the effort, I am going to just assume that this was a water weight gain. I know logically that we can weigh 3 pounds or more different throughout the day, so this is NOT going to bother me or get me down.

Here is my picture of my feet on the scale, taken on Wednesday. I just didn't get around to posting until today.

I am ok with this. I have always said that I would like to lose the weight as healthily as possible, and without starving myself or making myself feel deprived. Even if I only lose a couple of pounds in a month, well, that's still a loss. Still less than I weighed before, and still a step in the right direction.

I watched The Biggest Loser, and the teams sent home on the first day there were back for a weigh in. I was so amazed that the lowest loss for the month was 24 pounds. 24 POUNDS in a month! Wow, they were killing themselves to try to get on that show. The highest loss was 51 pounds. It was actually an unfair thing, to put a huge man up against a woman like that. Men are known to lose weight faster and easier than women, and the heavier you are, the faster you lose the weight at first - so he had two distinct advantages over the women. Oh well, nothing I can do about it.

I wonder if they will be able to keep the weight off once they finish? I am sure they won't keep up with that killer pace of exercising. Who has time to devote themselves so many hours each day to exercise? I wish them the best, though. I know how tough it can be just to lose the weight, but it's even harder to keep it off.

That is why I devoted myself to a lifestyle change and not a diet. It's not too difficult to lose weight; it's hard as hell to keep it off. I want to lose slowly so that I can adjust my food intake and other elements of my life slowly and in a way that they will stick with me forever and ever. For me, it's the only way to go. I have lost large amounts of weight before doing stupid diet things, and always gained the weight back and then some.

At one point, it hurts to admit now, but I would eat on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. I would fast on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I even fasted on Thanksgiving Day one time! I lost 50 pounds in a quick amount of time, but then I became so tired and anemic that I couldn't keep that up without killing myself. Believe me when I say that I don't plan on dying anytime soon! Of course, all of this was when I was 16 years old, and I didn't really know any better. I think that was the beginning of the awful lose-gain weight cycle I have been going through for most of my life.

I tried the Atkins Diet. Lost 40 pounds in a few months. Got so bored with the food that I just couldn't continue with it. I am not a big bread person, but I do like an occasional sandwich, and I do love potatoes.

This time around (the LAST TIME), I decided to eat only the foods I really love to eat. I am NOT eating diet food unless it's something I love anyway. I do eat Lean Cuisines often, but I LOVE them, so they are cool with me. I don't munch on carrot sticks all day, although I like them ok. I still have an occasional piece (not whole bar) of chocolate. The trick is to get the mini's and only eat one or two on any given day. You still get a chocolate fix, but not enough to derail your calories for the day.

Another thing - I don't count calories! I know I probably should, but it just seems like too much thinking. I want to keep it as simple and easy for me to follow as I can. I just eat things I know are not bad for me, or if I do eat something bad for me, I keep it to a minimum. I have learned that I am controlled enough to be able to do that.

Anyway, lots to do today. I am planning on going to the park and trying out my new walking poles to see if it feels any different than just walking normally. They say you can burn up to 45 percent more calories using the poles than without them, but I am skeptical of that. However, I do want to try them out.

Spark On! Have a great weekend.
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