It started with my birthday. I took about four days off for various celebrations. Then I got the Wii Fit from BJ, and it said I was about 15 pounds heavier than I thought I was. Surely I wasn't THAT bad. Must be a fluke, right? Until the doctor's scale said the same thing. Turns out, I wasn't that bad, but my scale was.
I got a new scale, and sure 'nuff I'm back up to where I thought I was in late February. Either that, or all the weight I thought I lost in March was actually my scale crapping out. I'm not sure. I lost 15 pounds in March, so it could be either.
And either way, it's like March never happened. I find that very depressing.
So, the last couple of weeks I've been pretty frustrated. There has been some other stuff going on too, that I'm working on addressing, and a bunch of Easter candy in the house that needs to go away, but the net result is that I need to recommit myself to losing weight.
Now, this is a huge revelation, because in the past I would have said, "To hell with it, I've been deceived by technology, I'm a giant failure, I can't do this, I suck, pass the cheesecake!"
Not this time, folks. Because either way, I've lost a lot of weight. A crappy scale can't make my pants size go down, right? I'm down from a 20 (nearing 22) to a 16 (nearing 14 - they zip but they make awful muffin top!!), and that is NOT nothin'. So I am NOT going to let the scale beat me. I am NOT going to sabotage myself because of the emotional burden I'm carrying right now. I am NOT going to give up simply because I've had a small set back. I am NOT going to fall back on my old friend food just because I'm hurting. I am NEVER going to do that to my body again. And if it takes me another month or two to lose the same 15 pounds I thought I'd already lost? Fine. Because that just means that I'll be able to say I lost 90 pounds instead of merely 75 when I'm done.
Or something... Math isn't my strong suit.
Here is my plan:
- Get back to drinking green tea every day. I'm not sure how it works, but it seems to help. When I'm consistent with drinking it, I seem to lose faster. Whether this is science or a coincidence doesn't matter, because it's tasty (I get the blueberry flavored "Purple Antioxidants" green tea at Kroger) and it kind of helps me perk up a bit in the afternoon, too.
- Get back to "an apple a day." Again, may be science, may be coincidence, but I notice better results when I'm eating apples frequently. Lots of fiber, lots of sweet to curb cravings, 80 calories? Sign me up.
- Gradually knock my calorie goal down to -2 pounds per week. If I really started at 15 pounds heavier than I thought I was (yikes) that means that I was figuring my calories based on someone 15 pounds lighter than myself, which could be why my loss has stalled since I got the new scale a few days ago. So, I am going to have to be stricter with the number of calories I allow myself in a day, unless I
- Get serious about exercise. I did ok in January, but since then I haven't been even remotely consistent with exercise. I'm more active than I was, but obviously that's not cutting it.
Hold me to that, ok?