Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday weigh-in

I haven't weighed in with Tales From the Scales in two weeks. Two weeks ago I kept forgetting until later in the day -- and for me, probably for most of us, my weight is up then, so I didn't want to use that total! When I did weigh then, I was up four lbs. I don't remember what was going on last week and why I wasn't here, but I was down by one pound.

Today I am back where I was three weeks ago.

But both the gain and the loss weren't a result of any deliberate action. I thought the gain might have indicated That Time of the Month was coming -- I never know when it's coming any more -- it has been anywhere from 23 to 49 days in the last year. I have found through these weigh-ins that my weight is up then, but it hasn't come in that time period.

So, I don't know if the gains and losses were just fluctuations or what.

I do need to do better about tracking what I eat. I make note of what I eat in the mornings because that's when I am at the computer. But throughout the day I don't think about coming back to do that. I would guess that I am probably taking in more calories than I realize on those weeks when my weight is up.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Wednesday weigh-in

-1 lb! Woo-hoo!

I also began tracking my food intake again and started exercising this week, so hopefully there will be more improvements in the future.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Getting reacquainted with the treadmill

Today was the first day I have exercised in ages. I got on the treadmill, thinking I'd try to go about 10-15 minutes. The first five minutes went veerrrry slowly, it seemed, while I struggled to find a comfortable speed. With TM I have a balance problem and my footing isn't great, so I needed to not feel like I was about to keel over. I thought it was going to be a strain to make it 10 minutes, but then I did, so I thought I'd try for 12. Hit that and thought I'd try for 15. I made it to 20 minutes (and about half a mile, so I wasn't going too fast).

I have to hang on the the handrails because of my balance problem, and I can kind of feel the pull across my abdomen.

I definitely feel more awake. I had almost talked myself into a nap but decided to try the treadmill instead.

I think exercising is one of those things I am not going to feel "inspired" to do and I am going to have to "just do it."

Reasons I should not eat sugary snacks

Reasons I should not eat sugary snacks:

1. They are good for a few minutes, but they don't satisfy long term.

2. They raise my blood sugar, then it falls back down, then I want more.

3. It stifles my taste for good food and increases my desire for bad ones.

4. Are the higher calories really worth the few moments of pleasure?

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Wednesday weigh-in

I'm not sure what to make of the scales lately...

Last week I weighed but was too discouraged to post as I was 4 lbs. more than last time. I was just starting my period and have learned that my weight is always up then. There was one time before that I was up inexplicably four lbs, and then back to normal the next week. I don't know if that was all menstrally related or what. My usual weigh-ins have been fluctuating between the same two lbs. -- I don't know if I am really losing and gaining those two off and on or if that is just the variation of the scales.

This week I compared, not to the higher numbers from last week but the regular weight I've been maintaining, and one one set of scales it was 2 lbs. less, so I checked on the digital scales, and there it was the same as my normal weight. So I am not sure which to count. I usually use the first scales as the digital ones belong to my son and are in his room and I don't usually have access to them first thing in the morning.

But I am happy either way. After the holidays I was almost afraid to look. I'm glad the damage isn't worse. I don't think I've been "pigging out," but there has been an excess of candy -- chocolate, to be exact -- around, and that is a major weakness. My husband bought me truffles for our anniversary. Those things were wonderful! I didn't look at the nutritional information until they were all gone: the serving size was 8 of them for about 230 calories. I can't imagine eating 8 at once!! I could only have a couple at a time, so that helped.

But I need to get off the chocolate habit and back in gear. I wish there was a way to keep in the forefront of my mind the goals and reasons I have for losing weight and to keep myself from giving in to the temporary pleasure of taste in light of the longer-term goals.