Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: Health Improvements

Happy Wednesday! Are you ready to weigh-in? Don’t forget that you can add your scale results any time during the week – just whenever you have your official weigh-in – and that you’re welcome to “weigh-in” on any weight-loss or fitness-related topic. If  you post about it on your blog, be sure to leave the link so I can stop by and read.

I was really worried about getting on the scale this week. As you may recall, I’ve been up a bit on the scale recently, though I did have a bit of a loss last week.

This past week has been tough, though. Megan’s birthday and some other outside commitments, resulted in two missed workouts and lots of pizza due to poor planning/lack of time on my part.

And, unfortunately, the scale reflected my struggles. I was up 1.6 pounds. *sigh*

While I am a bit discouraged, I am not defeated. I went through the same thing several months ago when I stayed in the 150’s forever. While some of this period of one step forward, two steps back is, I’m sure, directly related to my lax attitude toward food tracking (I’ve had good intentions, but keep forgetting) and exercise (those two missed workouts), I’m sure that some of it is also my body kind of readjusting to a new set-point.

It took me a full 8 months to get from 159 to 149. While it was frustrating, I was still losing. The difference this time is that I’m not willing to stay in the 130’s for 8 months – not if I can help it, anyway. I want to be at my goal weight by (preferably before) the two year anniversary of beginning this journey – November 2009.

The biggest thing I plan to do to get there is to get consistent with logging my food again. I’ve made myself a big note next to my laptop so that I don’t forget. Already, logging my food has helped me make a more informed decision about my food choices and allowed me to go over my daily calories yesterday by only 64 instead of the nearly 300 I was considering.

I also plan to focus on the positive changes that I have made in my health. I had my annual health risk assessment on Monday. Check this out:

Blood pressure: Normal

BMI: High (BUT normal is 18.5-25 and mine is 26.5…the closest to normal I’ve been in nearly two decades)

Body Fat Composition: Normal (Did you read that?!? Normal!!)

Cholesterol: Normal

Total Cholesterol/HDL Cholesterol Ratio: 1/2 Average Risk (as opposed to just plain ol’ average or more than average)

HDL Cholesterol: Slightly low (44 mg/dL and should be over 50 mg/dL)

Triglycerides: Normal

LDL Cholesterol: Optimal

Glucose: Normal

I am so excited! That’s the healthiest I’ve been in years. Can’t wait till next year when my BMI is normal and my HDL cholesterol is where it should be!

One last thing, next week I’ll be hosting Weight Loss Wednesday for Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake. I’ll be talking about staying motivated through a plateau and what really constitutes a plateau. I hope you’ll consider sharing your own thoughts on the subject and linking up next week.

This post is linked to Weight Loss Wednesday.

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  1. What an encouraging health screening! Can I ask a tacky question? How short are you? To still have a high BMI at your weight, you've got to be a tiny mama!

    I'm up 0.5lbs this week, but it's girly issue week, so I'm unconcerned.  I expect better results next week.

  2. You're doing great!  Just hang in there.  

    I think those last few pounds to goal are the toughtest.  I've just been hanging steady for the past three weeks.  I'm still seven pounds away from goal.  I was sick (sinus infection) for a week or so and didn't feel like I could go to the gym without coughing up a lung, and the next week I had family obligations that kept me out of the gym.  So I was happy just to be hanging steady for those two weeks!  
    Last week I got back to the gym and actually went UP a pound! What?!  My son's wedding is this weekend so I'm sure I'll at least slightly over-indulge at the rehearsal dinner and reception, but after that I'm getting back on track and letting nothing derail me til I get to goal.  I want to be at goal before the holidays.  

    I want 2012 to be the year that I don't have to make "that" resolution. 

  3. Again, thank you for you realness.  I am struggling so much with getting back on to WW.  When I was doing good I didn't think of it as a diet but a lifestyle.  I noticed the changes in my body---I was less tired and "sick" feeling.

    What has been your average weight loss per week?  I get so discouraged when I go to WW and I am only down 0.8.  That happened to me back in July after working my butt off that week and expecting a HUGE loss (my scale said 4 pounds).  Since then I have had a hard time getting back to do it right.  But looking back I can kick myself.  If I had kept going from that 9 week point at only losing 0.8 a week I would be down another 7!

    Today is weigh in at WW and tomorrow starts a new week.  I WILL be back with a weight loss next week : )

  4. What an awesome health check up!  It's hard to believe that it's been almost two years since you started your weight loss journey.  You look great, keep up the hard work and you'll get there!

  5. That's not a tacky question. I *am* tiny -- as far as height goes, anyway. 5' 0". I hate those girly issue weeks. I weighed today and if today were my weight-in day, I actually would have lost a little bit. Crazy weight fluctuations. I'm trying to think if I ate anything especially salty that might have caused me to retain a little water. I can't think of anything, but who knows? Hopefully, we'll both have a good loss next week.

  6. I agree that the last few pounds are the most stubborn. We'll get them off, though. I'm right there with you in having 2012 be the year that I don't have to make "that" resolution. It gets old after a few decades. ;-) Next year, I want my resolution to be to keep the weight off and work on gaining some muscle definition.

  7. What an AWESOME health assessment!! WOW! And you may be up a bit, but you're still only *7* pounds from goal! That's wonderful!!

    I lost 2.6 pounds this week. Total loss is 45.8 pounds. And I've hit a new low on the scale! YAY ME!

  8. Love your determination! That's what it takes, just a steady determination. I think a 0.8 lb. average is great! No, it's not a huge loss each week, but it's a good, steady loss. I'm not sure what my average is. I'll have to figure it up. I've lost 88 lbs. (not counting that slight gain that I've had over the last few weeks) and I started the week of Thanksgiving 2009. I'll have to see what that works out to. I'm sure the average isn't that impressive, though I've had some great weeks and some not-so-great weeks. Still, it's been steady and I'm {this} close to my goal weight. That's all that matters.

    Keep up the great work and stay determined!

  9. Way to go! That's a GREAT loss...and what a great feeling to hit a new low the scale. Congrats!

    Oh, and technically, I'm about 10 lbs. from goal weight...I don't add weight back to my ticker when I gain because I figure it's *not* staying. Still, I'm very happy with where I am right now and I know I'll get to goal weight soon.

  10. I was guessing that you couldn't be much over 5ft, if any. I"m about 5-6lbs away from a healthy BMI, too.  That will be a great milestone!!

  11. I, thankfully, am the same I was last week. Let's just say an entire pizza was consumed this week and I'm blessed there was no gain.

    I was inspired to create a blog by you!

  12.  Yay for a good health assessment!  That is a testament to all the hard work you have done.  And I am sure you will get through this plateau too.

    Thanks for linking up to WLWed!  and thanks for hosting next week!

  13. Yeah, I can relate to the pizza. How exciting about your new blog! I'll have to come visit soon...but, not tonight. I'm getting off the computer and having an in-house date with dh!

  14. great results on your health check-up! I am looking forward to next weeks post...seems I have hit a bit of a rut....I could have wrote that piece about the lax attitude towards tracking and not getting out to exercise....blah! But I am not giving up....I am not defeated!!

  15. That HDL is tricky to raise.  I'm baffled.  Mine remained at 39, even after a full year and a half of faithful exercise (which, according to my physician is the only way to raise it).  It's frustrating,  but I also realize that it is a typical symptom of metabolic syndrome/insulin resistance, which is a diagnosis that was pinned on me this year.  I will not admit defeat though, because I know that it can be reversed with a strict food regimen (low glycemic index).  I'm just not able to do that yet until I get my kitchen back.  Those numbers look great, Kris!

    And about the BMI...the charts are NOT an accurate way to determine your BMI.  There are too many variables.  The Biggest Loser has the most accurate way: the tub.  Speaking of The Biggest Loser, I have a work associate, Joe Mitchell, from Amedisys that we are cheering on.  We missed it this week!

  16. So someone that you work with is actually on the show? That's cool! I'll have to look for him next week.

    They actually measured my BMI with some nifty little hand-held device. Not sure how accurate that is, but it was cool. One of the nurses told Brian to take fish oil to raise the good cholesterol. I got flax seed oil tablets instead. I've used them before and see how it goes. It may not help the cholesterol, but it's still a good thing to supplement, so it can't hurt.


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