Thursday, August 19, 2010

Weigh-in no. 1 (belated)

Well, it's Thursday and I was to have weighed in for the first time and posted it on Sunday. But life sorta gets in the way sometimes, so if nothing else, this is a lesson in being flexible and not unduly strict with the carrying out of this mission, although life is back to normal now.

We had friends in from out of town from Thursday to Tuesday, so while I still paid attention to what I was eating and doing, I enjoyed the time we had with them and didn't exercise as much as I should have. So I was prepared to not have made much progress this week although I have been good in other ways.

But mainly, I didn't record my weight on Sunday because I discovered over the course of the first week that we need to buy new scales. The one we have is unreliable, I think. For example, my initial weight was 326. But the next day I weighed, it said 328. I chalked it up to not weighing at the same time of the day or perhaps the amount of water I had drunk previous to weighing. I know it can fluctuate during the day, so I didn't panic. The next day it was 327, but later that same day it was 330 (eek!!). And then on Sunday, I weighed in the morning and it was 324 (and had a little cautious celebration), took a shower, and out of curiosity weighed again 10 minutes later and it was 329 - and I know that my wet hair didn't add another 5 lbs and given what I was eating over the course of the week, I couldn't have gained that much regardless.

So, all that to say, we need a better set of scales so that I can weigh myself reliably. Until then, the weigh-ins may only be a mere suggestion of weight rather than an authoritative measure of loss. But I get paid in a few days, so hopefully it will be rectified in time for weigh-in no. 2 this coming Sunday. I want to get one of those scales that measure your BMI and everything, so it won't be a cheap-o scale.

I have to say, though, that my attitude toward this remains the same. Despite not being able to track weight progress over the last 10 days, my commitment to calorie counting and living healthier hasn't wavered. It's pushing me to organize my life and time in order to have time to exercise, eat regularly and be more intentional about those types of decisions. So, so far so good.

By the way, if you're looking for an easy way to count calories, I highly recommend Calorie Counter. It makes it really easy to keep track of what you eat (including nutritional values, so I'm learning I need to eat more things with fibre, potassium and vitamin A) and activity, then contrasting the two to see if you have a deficit (which contributes to weight loss) or a surplus (which contributes to weight gain). It's a lot better than writing everything down and trying to do the math in your head. Yay for technology!

So, on that note, I'll get back to other work and hopefully will post the next official weigh-in in a few days with my new trusty set of scales. Enjoy!