Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: Getting Strict

Ready to weigh in?  It’s that time again!  I’ve been toying with the idea of changing my weigh-in day to Tuesday so that I’ve got one good, solid workout day after a less active, less calorie-strict weekend.  If I do that, I would change the Weekly Weigh-In day to Wednesday.  It could be the Wednesday Weigh-In.

What do you think?  Like it?  Hate it?  Don’t care?  What day do you typically weigh-in as your official for the week?

Okay, enough hem-hawing around.  My results: I gained 0.6 lbs.  *sigh*  I’m so tired of going back and forth.  The last thirty pounds is proving to be much more difficult to get off than the first 65.  I knew what was coming, though.  While I maintained a good activity level all week – even going biking on Saturday, something I never would have done a year and a half ago – I let my food choices get out of hand and I knew it.

Sunday night I got on the Wii Fit and it asked a question I’d never seen before:  What do you think you weigh?  I entered 155 since I usually weigh a couple of pounds heavier in the evenings.  That meant that I thought I was at 153 at my regular weigh-in time – a little up from where I was last week.

See?  I knew the truth; I was just in denial.  The Wii Fit followed that question by asking why I thought I’d gained.  I chose “overeating.”  Again, I knew; I was just hoping the scale would prove me wrong, in a good way.  It didn’t. 

So, if I know what I’m doing wrong and what the results are, why do I keep doing those things?

Compromise built upon compromise equals failure. – Lisa Terkeurst (Made to Crave)

I’ve been justifying little compromises for several months now.  Part of it is that I’m so happy with where I am, based on where I was…but I’m not where I want to be.  If I never lost another pound, I could be happy at my current weight because I know where I was, but I wouldn’t feel like I’d accomplished my goals.

I want to reach my goals.  I want to succeed at losing the weight I set out to lose.

So, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m going to have to go back to being as strict with myself as I was in the beginning.  When I reach my goal weight, I can relax a bit like I have the last few months.  These few months have proved that I can maintain my weight-loss, but I want to be at my goal weight before I start maintaining.

It can be so overwhelming to think that I’ve got to strictly count every calorie for every meal for the upcoming week – or month, so I’m not going to stress myself out like that.  I’m going to make good choices at each meal or snack.

Every opportunity adds to or subtracts from the results. – John Waters (my pastor)

Good or bad, each choice adds up to get me closer to or further from my goal.  So, yesterday, even though I’d planned to have a Frosty with Josh when we went out for some mother-son time together, I had water…and I didn’t even eat a bite of Josh’s Frosty.

When we came home and Josh wanted to ride bikes in the neighborhood, we went – even though it was windy and cloudy.  Even though I’d have preferred to go to the nature park where there is no traffic.  Even though I really needed to get some things done on the computer.

Every opportunity adds to or subtracts from the results.

No, it’s not fun being strict with my calorie budget or my activity level goals, but it will be fun being at my goal weight when my husband and I go on our 20th anniversary vacation together this summer.  It will be fun being a little less strict when I’m at my goal weight.  It will be fun being able to say that I lost the 95 lbs. that I set out to lose.

So, that’s where I am on my journey this week.  How about you?

Oh, one more thing:  I got an email yesterday saying that the Made to Crave webcast is going to be rebroadcast on demand on Tuesdays for the next six weeks.  That means if you missed it you can listen to it at your convenience on Tuesdays for the next six weeks.  I highly recommend listening the the series.  I enjoyed it so much, I’m going to listen to it again from the beginning.

I encourage you not to miss this opportunity.  You will be blessed and inspired.  You don’t have to have read the book to benefit from the series.

11 comments:

  1. I am down 8 lbs, but only by being sick with the flu. So that is not a good weight loss. I am also going to have to be more strict with my eating and exercising. However, I have to get well enough to exercise first. I am also having to slowly get back into eating since I haven't really been able to keep anything down. Thank you for being so honest and upfront about your weight loss. It definitely give me hope. Blessings to you.

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  2. I so needed to read this post today. Every decision I make really is either helping or hindering me from reaching goal. After losing 130 pounds I have been stuck since July. Gaining and losing the same 5 pounds while still having another 25 to go. I want to say I am just happy where I am after where I came from but it's not the truth. I want to finish off and say I did it and I am done with the losing part. Thanks for being honest about it all.

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  3. Great words of advice! You can do it and so can I if we keep persevering!!

    Here are my results for the last few weeks. My official weigh in day is Thursday so today's weight may even drop a bit more. I'm posting for the accountability factor!

    Week 1: 5 pounds down
    Week 2: Gain 1 pound
    Week 3: Down 1.5 pounds

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  4. Ack, Joy! No fun! I hope you're feeling better soon. Of course, I always joke that at least there was a fringe benefit to being sick. ;-) Maybe that 8 lbs. will jump start your weight-loss efforts.

    wissnik6 -- Wow! Losing 130 pounds must feel incredible! Way to go! I think it must be something about getting so close to your goal weight that makes losing it harder. I lost from where I am now to just 5 lbs. above my goal weight in six months 16 years ago just before I got pregnant with my daughter. It seems like it shouldn't be so difficult now. We'll get there, though. We just have to buckle down and do it.

    Susan, you're absolutely right. We can do it...and we will!

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  5. Great post Kris! I realized this week that I'd let some important areas slip. I dropped a pound, although to be honest I skipped an entire meal so I could endulge in something fattening and unhealthy...so it's a loss at a cost I suppose.

    As far as the day of the weigh in and posting I'm good with whatever works for you!

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  6. As you know, I've been struggling since the news about my mom came, and I've gained 4 lbs. I could kick myself.

    I just posted a link on my blog that I think you would so appreciate. It's to our sermon at church this past Sunday, but the focus of the sermon was this very issue. Our pastor kindly but passionately spoke on taking care of our bodies. I found it to be extremely inspirational, and I really think you would appreciate it as well. Here's the link to the post:

    http://lighteninglog.blogspot.com/2011/02/my-life-in-hd-sermoni.html

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  7. Not worried about which day we record our weigh-in.

    I'm hanging on at 192 still and blogged about it here: http://eclipsednomore.blogspot.com/2011/02/weekly-weigh-in-getting-strict.html

    You put your point across very well Kris!

    G

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  8. I weigh-in twice a week - on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I find my Wed. weight seems to the most accurate. I loved this quote and I'm adding it to my new "quote book." ;-)

    Every opportunity adds to or subtracts from the results. – John Waters (my pastor)

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  9. my dh always says . all he needs to lose weight is a good flu... it drives me nuts, as i drag out the scale to weight my lunch.

    thank you for posting the note about compromise and it being good where we are at. i lost 80lbs.. 2 years ago and then thought i was okay. i was lighter than i was in high school. well i found 40 lbs. and am back on this journey. i just posted your note about Do or Do not... on our homsteading forum about weightloss, its a good mindset, we have all tried enough..thank you for your blog, you always have such relevant comments but today especially hit home. i came for the homeschooling and love it but the weightloss hits so close to home.

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  10. I have just joined your blog and am enjoying it immensely. It is so lovely to find encouragement while on this journey. I've struggled with my weight for years and this week, while I lost a pound, I'm still a pound heavier than I started!! Thanks for the help!!
    CCx

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  11. My "official" Day is Sunday, and I will probably keep it there for my purposes. I have found that my weight is lowest in the middle of the week though.

    No total from me this week, as we were on vacation, and I didn't weigh in. Initial report from this morning seems to show that I'm about the same though. ::sigh:: And I had a really active vacation!

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