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?