Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Weekly Weigh-In: Analyzing "Off" Weeks
I had one of "those" weeks. You know, the one where you do everything you're supposed to do -- make good food choices, exercise every day -- and the scale still doesn't move like you'd like it to. I was disappointed to see that I only lost 0.2 lb. Yes, you read that right -- two-tenths. I exercised every day, with a bonus 3 mile walk during the first hour of The Biggest Loser and an extra workout at the $1 gym on Thursday.
We had my niece's birthday at Chuck E. Cheese on Sunday and I ate before we left home so I wouldn't be tempted by cake and pizza. And, I still only lost 0.2 lb. I'm hoping that it was just an off week rather than a dreaded plateau. The last time I had an off week, I lost big the next week, so I'm remaining hopeful.
I'm not getting discouraged, though, because just today I had to change from the blue jeans I was wearing to a smaller pair because the ones I was wearing were so loose they were getting on my nerves. So, I know I'm moving in the right direction. Also, according to the scale at The Biggest Loser group weigh-in, I'd lost 1.4 lbs., so maybe next week will be better.
I think that's my weigh-in thought for the week -- when the scale doesn't move the way you'd like it to, I think it's good to take some time to look at the reasons why -- not to berate yourself for doing badly, but to see if you need to make any changes to do better the next week. If you didn't exercise or make good food choices, it's obvious why the scale isn't moving and it's easy to know what changes you should make the next week. If you did what you were supposed to do, just keep on keeping on and focus on the positive changes -- healthier food choices, clothes fitting more loosely, more energy.
If you have several off weeks in a row, you might be at a plateau. I'll discuss some ideas I've got for getting past the plateau in a later post. For now, I'm going to hope that it was just an off week. ;-)
How was your weigh-in this week? Be sure to post your weigh-in results so we can cheer with you or encourage you if it's been an off week. Remember, I know we all have our weigh-ins at different times, so you can add yours anytime this week, just whenever you have your official weigh-in. You can leave your results in the comments section or post about it on your blog and link up. Just please remember to link directly to your weigh-in post so that we can all find it easy when we stop by to see how you've done.