Slowly But Surely–Learning as I Go

Check in

Current weight: 164.5

Since last check-in : 1.5 lbs.

Total weight lost:  44.5 lbs.

Sunset

What a gorgeous sunset here in my current abode!

So, progress is slow and I’m feeling pleased with any movement of the scale in a downward direction. In my 2nd week at W.W., I lost 1.5 and then this last week, stayed the same. All good.

Weight Watchers is about balance and I’m really working hard to discover what that means for me. I’ve upped my exercise regime with an intermittent run/walk routine.

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The above is a screen capture on my FitBit app for a session that involved a run/fast walk cycle. Below, a day when I chose to only fast walk. Both are great for cardio. And I love the technology that makes all this tracking possible.

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I’m also practicing meditation on a regular basis. I need to seriously reflect on why I hit the wall of backsliding so hard and meditation helps with that goal. Much is about habit. January through June of this year, I had trained myself to eat healthy food in small portions. Having created a habit, it was easy to eat in that way. When I slowly but surely let the habit start slipping away, I really struggled.

Sticking with hard-won habits, though vitally important, is not the whole story. There is a part of me that has attributed all that is not perfect about my life to being overweight. My rational self argues with that idea (for good reason) but the belief lingers. So, when some things about my life weren’t radically better, even after losing 40 lbs, I did feel disillusioned. Believe me, I’m working on self-defeating believes and magical thinking. Meditation helps!

Me

Tracking My Way to Success

Nelson - shores of Kootney Lake

Check-in

Current weight: 188.5

Lost this week: 2 lbs.

Feeling pretty darn good!

Today, I’ll share some of the tools that are making a difference for me on this current weight loss adventure.

Aside time – I did warn you about these! (I think I must be an aside type of person – LOL)

My story, my story. No kind of a recipe for anyone else’s success. That goes without saying, right? We’re all so different. But I’m going to say it anyway. This blog isn’t suggesting a you do what I do approach. It’s about motivation for me and maybe some challenge and inspiration for you. No how-to’s. Maybe more like how about?

I’ve been wearing a FitBit for almost two years. My daughter gave me her old one and using it represented a turning point in my preparation for change. The wristband combined with the FitBit app on my phone allows me to systematically track my activity via steps walked per day, active minutes, floors gone up and kilometers covered. Even two years ago, that tracking automatically made me more active. 

My motivation was increased by the FitBit badges! I’ve walked the length of Japan. I’ve achieved over 20,000 steps in one day. I’ve carted myself up 4000 lifetime floors for the 747 Badge. These may sound a bit silly but they are fun signposts of change.

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The FitBit app also tracks calories consumed – either by estimating with the quick calorie function or by searching for and entering in the calorie count of everything you eat. In my preparation year, I was hit and miss entering calories.

My final bit of preparation occurred when I asked for and received an Aria2 FitBit scale for Christmas.

For more than a year, I had weighed myself on my old scale and manually entered the results into the FitBit app. But I wasn’t consistent with doing either. I knew that if I were to get serious about tracking activity, calories and my weight, I might see some results. The scale is a pricey piece of technology, but for me, well worth the cost. My daily weigh-ins have become revelatory. Aria2 sits there on the bathroom floor, shiny black, the high-tech epitome of accountability. I love it.

I fully embrace this technology. I consistently enter my calories. I pay attention to the charts and the bar graphs and the other information available.

Lately, I’ve received my FitBit 10 lb. and 15 lb. weight loss badges. I’m looking forward to my 20 lb. badge sometime today! Yippee!

       FitBit 10 lb badge                            FitBit 15 lb badge

Enough for today. Stay tuned and look for me mid week for another walk back in time. Here’s hoping we have great days until we meet again. Days characterized by healthy eating, joy filled activity and the valuable rest needed in between.