I have to admit that I was pretty annoyed with this weight loss…AT FIRST. I know, I know… last week I said I would be happy with any weight loss.
The issue is that I’m in a weight loss contest at work, so I weigh in Tuesday mornings for that contest. I lost a MUCH bigger amount at my contest weigh in, so I had expectations to lose more at my official weigh in. Looking back to last week, I realize the same thing happened. I had a large GAIN at my contest weigh in, but only a small gain at WW. I don’t expect the actual numbers to be the same, but it seems like the amount gained or lost should be similar.
Now that I’ve had time to reflect, I realize that losing 0.6 this week is pretty good considering the bad week that I had last week. I was expecting to gain more last week than I did, and that could have shown up on the scale this week. I’ve lost weight at 4 out of my last 5 weigh ins. Over the past 5 weeks, I’ve lost 3.4 pounds. What’s not to be happy about?
It’s so easy to get hung up on ONE weigh in. I like immediate results. If I have a great week, I want to see it reflected on the scale. It doesn’t always work that way! I need to keep focusing on the OTHER ways I measure my success.
- Did I track all my food?
- Did I meet my activity goals?
- Did I avoid mindless eating?
- Did I stick to my meal plan?
- How are my clothes fitting?
All of these things are great ways to measure my success and ultimately are more important than the number on the scale. Every time I’m frustrated with the scale, my husband reminds me that I can’t let a stupid number control my happiness. It is simply a measure of where I’m at for one moment in time. Looking at my weigh in numbers long term does provide great feedback and can help identify trends or things I need to work on. Obsessing about my weigh in number for one week in particular is not helpful!!
I did much better with my workouts this week! I completed 3 of the C25K workouts as planned, and I worked around the house and in the yard this week. I earned 23 activity points for the week, and I hit my activity baseline (on my ActiveLink) 6 out of 7 days. I still need to be more aware of days when I’m sitting too much. I should be hitting my baseline every day! I don’t earn any activity points for my baseline…it’s just the “normal” amount of activity I should be getting from daily tasks.
This week I want focus on sticking to the evening snack that is on my weekly meal plan. This past week I was paying more attention to the quantity of 0 points+ items I’ve been eating. I will continue to do that this week as well. I’ll explain that in more detail in a future post. My goal for the week is to lose 1 pound. I will try to take my own advice and not obsess about the ONE weigh in, but having a goal helps me stay motivated.
What’s your goal this week? What can you do to accomplish that goal?