One Foot in Front of the Other
I couldn’t wait to weigh in this morning as it seemed like things have been going so well since last week’s hiccup of .6 lb gain. I’m certain it was from extra sodium as it came off within two days.
But what started off as excitement—turned to deep mathematical concentration. The scale showed I’d lost a total of 4.2lbs since last week. I practically jumped up and down for joy….at first…..until I started doing the math. If I had showed a gain of .6 lb last week….and theoretically should have lost at least 2lbs instead…that meant I could pretty well knock off the first 2.6lbs of that. Hmmmm….that meant I really only lost 1.6 lbs this week if I look at it like that.
Oh…the wheels in my head were turning…..how come I’ve lost so little? I am keeping track of everything I eat. I haven’t had as many workouts as I wanted…..probably only twice a week. I’d gone out and busted my tail-feathers hiking Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin on Sunday…and if you’ve never been there, let me tell you….it’s a bun and thigh workout like you wouldn’t believe! We hiked for 1 hour and 15 minutes, which was all climbing….and I burned just over 500 calories. I feel muscles I didn’t know I had in my butt and legs!
So after doing all this analysis this morning, I decided that today was as good as any to re-measure myself. When this began five weeks ago, I took base measurements and planned on measuring once per month. So…today I decided it was time to check in on my measurements.
I went from elated…to disappointment. I thought for sure after losing a total of 11.8lbs in five weeks that I’d see all kinds of changes. Nope! I’ve lost a total of 5 inches….and that’s measuring everything. My waist was just half an inch of that.
Maybe I’m hoping for more than there should be at this point…..but how come I never got the huge drop in the beginning like everyone else does when they start losing weight? Most people in the first week or two lose a ton of weight before it levels off to the slower amounts of 2-3lbs per week. Heck…most people can lose 11.8lbs in the first two weeks! Not me! It’s taken 5 weeks! Grrrrrrr……
I’m just going to have to step up the plate a little. I haven’t been exercising as much as I want…and am just going to have to make it happen–one way or another! I’m not going to give up no matter how frustrated I feel. I’ve done that—way too many times—the past couple of years. I’m just going to try harder to get those workouts in. I’d like to get a morning and an evening workout in if I could—-and at least if I get the morning workout in, and something is going on in the evening, it won’t be quite so bad.
I don’t have a plan for this yet—I’m just going to see how it goes as it happens. Wish me luck!