I think the whole reason I blog about my weight loss/health goal for 2010 is merely to keep MYSELF accountable. If I publish something "out there" in cyberspace, I'm more likely to try and stick with my plan. So if no one but me reads this, I am perfectly okay with that. To be able to go back in a few months and read through my progress will keep me motivated, so here is mid-March's progress report…
The chart above is perhaps the single most motivating factor for me. Livestrong.com has been my daily reminder to keep my cals in check (although I've certainly had my fair share of days that I've been "over my recommended daily allowance"!). One of the features of the site is that as you log in and track your new weights from one date to the next, it creates a graph for you to see your progress. Now, I am wayyyy too vain to give you actual pound amounts, but I will tell you that each horizontal hash mark up the left side represents a pound. Each purple dot is a date that I weighed myself and recorded it. As you can see, I've let almost half of March go by without a weigh-in. I was getting so nerved up about seeing NO difference the second half of February, despite a valiant effort both at the gym and at the table, that I just couldn't bring myself to step on a scale. I also wanted to check myself and be sure I wasn't becoming too obsessed with the number, and instead re-focus on how I look and feel, how my clothes fit, etc. I've been incorporating a bit more strength work in my workouts and between a week of swimming only (something I never do) and taking on a new (hard!) hot yoga class, I wasn't sure if the numbers would even be different, as I have no doubt I'm putting on some new muscle. (Hello! My ARMPITS were even sore after that last yoga class!)
The difference on the scale is only about two pounds between now and three weeks ago, but I'm okay with that. I always start these plans thinking "two pounds a week" and that is usually the case the first couple of weigh-ins. I keep reminding myself this has to be a lasting and lifelong change, not just some crash program I burn out on and then return to my old ways. All things considered, this is averaging out to be about a pound a week, although it has frustratingly gone in spurts of more (and then way less!) at a time. But to see this visually on a graph, over time, averaged out, I can reassure myself that yes, I am being reasonable with my goals, and yes, I am doing something right, and yes, I do need to keep sticking with this because ultimately I WILL get what I want out of this!
So there's my ramble session for March. Like I said – sorry if I bored anyone, this topic on the blog really is just for myself rather than anyone else. If you are on the same type of journey, please feel free to leave comments with tips/personal successes…let's share the motivation!