Sunday, August 22, 2010

Weigh-in no. 2 and a new goals

Ok, so I bought a new set of scales yesterday. They're cool and seem to be much more stable and reliable than the set I was using. The downside seems to be, though, that I'm still too heavy to use some of the fancier functionality of it where it measures your BMI, etc. That was a bit of a downer, but hopefully just a temporary one.

The number still fluctuates a little bit even with these new scales, so I weigh 2-3 times and then sort of do an average. So for today's weigh-in, the official number is....


*sigh* Yeah, I started 2 weeks ago at 326, but to be fair, it was a different set of scales, so I really have no idea if that number was accurate since it seemed to range so widely over the course of the week (322-330). I think I was just so shocked that I was over 300 that I just latched onto 326 that first day without really testing it. I really don't think I've gained anything since I've been eating a lot better and doing a lot more movement (walking, yoga, etc).

So, here's the deal: It's 327 today. I'll accept that and get on with it. In my mind, the two weeks prior to today have been a warm-up period, getting used to new ways of cooking, more activity, different patterns, etc. It hasn't been wasted time; it's been an opportunity to move into this new style of life slowly and intentionally.

Success tips say that one needs to set short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. I have two short-term goals. The first is to have lost 10 lbs by the end of September. That gives me 6 weeks and is completely do-able. I could aim for a higher goal, but given this whole scale thing, I want to be realistic and attainable. At that time, I'll also re-measure myself as well, so that I can track any changes in my body. My second short-term goal is that by that time (in 6 weeks), I also want to be able to run for 5 minutes straight. This is a bit more ambitious, but I think I can do it.

My medium-term goal is to have lost 30 lbs total by the end of the year (21 weeks). Again, an achievable goal as it requires an average of 1.4 lbs per week. I also want to set a goal of being able to run for 12 minutes straight, although with winter coming on at that time, we'll see how my asthma improves with the weight loss and whether or not my lungs will be conditioned for such a goal. Who knows - maybe I'll knock it out of the park...but I also don't want to set myself up for failure either, so I'll continue to assess that one as I go along and revise if I need to.

I feel good. I feel like I have more energy. I'm getting up earlier and don't feel as satisfied just lying in bed all morning like I used to. I feel strong. I am aware of my body, the movement of muscles and the strength required to do what I'm doing. I don't dread activity like I used to (although I still hate sweating and being hot...for now). So I take all of that as a good sign that this 327 number is a temporary thing.


  1. Hey Jayme- I was just on my way to look for my diet plan I'm starting on Monday . . . when I stopped by the computer to turn on the music and I saw your post on facebook. I lost 30 pounds last year and have now gained most of it back. I too have made a goal for the end of the year. I'm reaching for 35-40 pounds lost. I'll be joining the gym at the university I'm working at Monday. I'll try not to complain, but exercising is so boring to me. I think my only consolation may be listening to books on mp3. Let's keep in touch.

  2. shan, yes, let's keep in touch!! i hate the gym and am not going to spend money on it this time. we have a great park about 2 miles from our house, so i'm loading up luna and we head out to the park. the audiobook is a good idea...i may need to get some. for now, i'm not using any music or anything as it's really nice be out in nature....but come winter, i might need a bit more motivation.