Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A New (Out)Look for the Weekly Weigh-In

red applesAfter over two years of weighing in once a week here on Eclipsed and inviting you to join me, I think it’s time for a change.

As you know, the last few weeks have been a bit frustrating for me and the last few months have sounded a bit like a broken record, as I’ve reported, for the most part, small gains and small losses the really amount, more than anything, to maintaining my weight-loss.

After deciding that I am going to recommit myself to really working to reach my goal of 125 pounds, there is still a little bit of that “refocusing” mentality floating around in my head – which isn’t a bad thing.

I’ll just tell you, I had a little bit of a gain again this week. That’s five weeks straight of small gains that keep me hovering right around where I was last August. If I chose to focus on that, I could easily get frustrated and give up.

However, yesterday when I was setting up my new fitness log, I noticed some changes that I found very exciting. From the first time that I started my fitbook (about a year ago), I have lost more than 20 pounds. I’ve also lost 3” in my bust, 2” in my arms, 4” in my waist, 4” in my hips, 2” in my thighs. That’s exciting!

Those aren’t the only changes I noticed, though. My big workout goal, at that time, was to build up to running for 20 minutes at a time. Now, I’m getting ready to run my second half-marathon a week from Saturday! I never, ever – back when I couldn’t run for 20 minutes at a time – would have thought I could do that.

So, while the number on the scale is a good indicator of where we all stand, as far as our overall health goes, it isn’t – and shouldn’t be – the only indicator. So, from here on out – especially as I approach maintenance – I want to shift the focus from only the number on the scale to other indicators of fitness progress.

What can you do that you couldn’t do a month ago? What progress have you made this week over last week? What positive changes have you made that have really begun to stick? What does your measuring tape say? How are your clothes fitting? What does your food log say about your overall health?

There’s more to fitness than a scale. Let’s celebrate the positive changes rather than being tempted to define our success by a number on a scale, knowing that some degree of fluctuation is normal.

How fit are you this week?

  • I have logged my food for two days.
  • I have done my strength training for two days.
  • I have ignored the mini-Heath bars in my fridge since sometime last week.
  • I have eaten a healthy breakfast every day this week.
  • I have done cardio every day this week.
  • I have consumed healthy amounts of water every day this week.
  • I did not ask my husband to go out and get me a Frosty last night, even though I really wanted one.
  • I have made a conscious effort to eat well-balanced meals, including lots of fruits and veggies this week.

Your turn!

Do or do not. There is no try.

7 comments:

  1. You're right - there are ways besides weight to track fitness... I did the measurement thing this week, and with almost 30 pounds gone, I have lost 4" of each my waist and hips, 5" from my bust, half an inch from one thigh, an inch and a half from the other (so now they're even!), half an inch from each upper arm. I can run for about 15 minutes on the treadmill now, as opposed to the barely 2 minutes before I started this journey!

    Just so you know, you are an inspiration to me! Keep up the excellent work!

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  2. Kris, I really so admire your dedication to this and your commitment to keeping this blog going as a way to keep yourself and others motivated.  I read this (and Jill's) blogs regularly and am right along with you (although with more pounds to lose still) as far as needing to recommit myself to this journey.  I still have about 25 pounds to do to reach my original goal and I was closer than that at one point.  I've gotten back into unhealthy habits and have not been as strict with myself as I was being when I lost over 30 pounds originally.  I'm thinking that I need to really start weighing, measuring, tracking, and being very firm with myself.  In other words, do as you and Jill are doing and just do what it takes to get this done!  Thanks so much for putting it into words for us to read and be motivated by!

    Christine

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  3. Great results! It's nice to take time to look at things besides weight to see how far we've come.

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  4. You can do it, Christine! I think a big part of being successful at this is a continual recommitment.

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  5. What a great idea!  I remember when you began your weight loss journey.  You've accomplished so much that you should be proud of!  Fitness and health are most certainly part of your lifestyle now, I'm sure that you will reach your goal.

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  6. Thanks, Paige! Your support has always meant so much.

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  7. What great victories!!

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