I had the idea that I’d start weekly weight-loss updates… but then I stopped photographing my daily meals, and I also realized that I don’t need to spam my own blog with weekly diet updates. It’s important for me to keep tabs on myself, yeah, but not to the extent that my relatively well-rounded personal blog becomes a weight-loss blog.
I’ve started using my data-nerd tendencies to my advantage, though, and actually using the data I collect in a timely fashion. I average my daily bathroom-scale weight per week and plot it against my weekly Weight Watchers weigh-in, and that helps me avoid the all-or-nothing thinking I can so easily fall into (as in, I’ve already screwed it up for this week’s weigh-in, so go ahead and eat the whole sleeve of Thin Mints). When I can see my progress over time, as it’s happening, rather than letting myself stall because Monday nights before a weigh-in are always my worst munchies — well, it makes me feel like not so much of a schmuck. Makes me feel like that point-in-time on the WW scale is just that: a point in time, not necessarily representative of the hard work I’ve done all week, or all month. Or all year.
It’s also helpful to be able to look at a month-long stall in weight loss and see it in the context of previous months. Sure, I didn’t lose much weight over the course of March, but everything trended down from February — my max weight was lower than February’s max weight, I hit a lower low weight, and my average is down. It might be down by less than a pound, but that’s still progress.
Related to weight loss, but more to the fitness side of things: a friend shared an article on Facebook that really resonated with me, listing the 10 things a weightlifter should be able to do. I don’t identify as a “lifter,” per se, but I still thought they were valid points in terms of general fitness.
- Bench Your Bodyweight – I don’t bench press right now, but this will be a good goal once I start. I actually talked to the manager of our fitness center at work today about proper bench press form, and how to use the machine vs. the free weights.
- Deadlift Double Your Bodyweight – My back issues preclude me from doing deadlifts, kettlebell swings, etc, so I’m exempt from this one. That’s not to say that I shouldn’t be finding acceptable alternatives to deadlifts.
- Hold a Two-Minute Plank – I’ve got this one, but barely. My abs were trembling early on, and my mid-back and biceps were screaming at me by 1:45. (Push-up/full plank position, BTW.)
- Sleep With Only One Pillow – Well, yeah, although I already know I have the cervical kyphosis the author is alluding to.
- Sit on Floor Without Using Hands, Knees, or Shins – Successfully did this one just now. I had to sit there for a moment to contemplate how exactly to get up, but I did it.
- Balance on One Foot for 10 Seconds – Tree pose. ‘Nuff said.
- Hang for 30 Seconds, Pull-Up – I don’t even have one pull-up in me right now, much less a pull-up after hanging for 30 seconds. I would love to work up to a single pull-up… but knowing the current state of my grip strength and upper body in general, I know it’s going to be a long road.
- Long Jump Your Height – I haven’t tried a long jump since Field Day in elementary school. I’m wagering I only have about a 4ft jump in me right now, but I’m curious.
*gets out measuring tape and jumps in middle of living room*
Trying not to make noise or fall down, I only jumped three feet. I’m 5’9″ tall. I’ve got some work to do.
- 30-Second Bodyweight Squat and Hold – Just did this one to make sure, and yep, I’ve got it. Even with sore legs from yesterday’s treadmill run and today’s kickboxing class.
- Farmers Walk Your Bodyweight – Yikes. So, walk across the gym holding an 85-lb dumbbell in each hand? I don’t think I even have the grip strength to pick them up off the rack!
If I want some fitness goals, I think those are some valid and mostly attainable ones. Now my next obstacle is getting myself to the little free-weight corner of the fitness center without feeling self-conscious, or like I’m getting in the way of the burly menfolk.
- A co-worker and former Weight Watcher lauded me for my weight loss twice in a single day. The second time I saw her, she actually said, “There’s my idol!” Awesome but awkward.
- Went to the vending machines for a Diet Dew and some chocolate. Chose a Dove bar, and only ate half. Saved the other half for later.
- A co-worker had a trench coat that didn’t fit her right — size medium tall — and thought it would fit me perfectly, so she offered to let me have it for free. AND IT FITS. Holy shit, I can fit into a size medium trench coat.
- Bought a chicken salad sandwich and mac-n-cheese for lunch from the restaurant downstairs. Only ate until I was satisfied (OK, maybe I ate a little past that point), and left half the sandwich for later.