I’m still managing to stick to Weight Watchers ok. I haven’t felt like I couldn’t have anything or that I’m depriving myself. I know I have the extra weekly points to use if I want to but I haven’t felt the need to dip into them. It’s nice to know there’s that cushion there if you are close to your daily points yet fancy a little treat. I do find though, that I’m thinking about whether I truly want something or not before eating whereas before I’d just grab whatever I fancied and eat it. That, my friends, is why I’m in the position I am in now! Thinking about whether it is worth using up valuable points on the latest craving is certainly helping to keep me in check. I hope I can keep this mindset up!
Exercise wise, yes I’m still at it. I find it easier to work out during the week and take my rest days at the weekends. I completed my Wii Active 30 Day Challenge on Friday and did feel like I’d achieved something. I wasn’t so worn out by the time I’d completed exercises that, when I first began the challenge, almost killed me. That is not an exaggeration.
Today I began the Wii Active More 60 Day Challenge. Day 1 and again it has become apparent that EA Sports want to end my life. It’s nice to switch to a new set of exercises though. I wouldn’t have been happy to re-start the 30 Day Challenge again as it is time for a change. Some days I really have to push myself to do the workouts, so I daren’t let boredom set in as I’d then very likely start slipping. You can also weight yourself using the balance board. While I do so twice a week so it can register on my profile and because I like looking at the downward slope as I lose weight, I don’t really take too much notice of what it says. This morning, for example, it stated I had lost 2lbs more than my bathroom scales said just seconds later. Now, even as a self confessed serial weigher I know not to take any notice of several times daily weigh-in results. Weight fluctuates even within minutes. You know the story, you weigh yourself once and take note of the result. You have a cup of coffee and you weigh four pounds more than you did half an hour ago. Really, it’s no good. Why put ourselves through the torture? The best way to do it is to only weigh yourself once a week on the same day at the same time with the same scales. If you’re doing it right you’ll find yourself losing regularly.
Oh and the other thing I hear a lot of is that muscle weighs more than fat. You know when people say “I Put on two pounds this week but I worked out three times so I think I burned fat and put on muscle instead.” Umm, the thing is, a pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle. A pound of whatever is equal to a pound of whatever else. A pound is a pound. A pound of one thing cannot be equivalent to two pounds of another. Fat is f-a-t-t-e-r and wobblier. Muscle is leaner and more toned. So, if you haven’t lost weight but you’ve eaten healthily and haven’t overdone the sweet treats, and you’ve exercised regularly, make a habit of measuring yourself and even if the scales say you haven’t lost you will likely find that you’re losing inches instead.
I decided that I would take my measurements every four weeks. I took the first lot when I started my 30
Day Challenge and my second lot of measurements this morning – three days after completing the challenge. The results will follow the weigh in results which are coming right up.
My report for this week is as follows: Starting weight: 13st 1 (or 183lbs) Week 13 results: Lost 1 lbs (that’s okay. Remember what one pound of fat looks like?) Current weight:11st 8½lbs (162.5lbs) Total loss to date: 1st 6½lbs (or 20½lbs) Amount to lose before freeing Skinny Me: 2st 11½lbs (or 39½lbs)
And my four weekly measurement results are as follow:
Bust: Lost 1½ inches
Waist: Lost 3½ inches
Hips: Lost 1 inch
Thighs: Lost 2 inches from each
Upper Arms: Lost 1 inch from each
Calves: Lost ½ inch from each
Are you trying to lose weight too? How are you getting on?