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Winter Wonderland Weigh-In: Week 8

Posted Feb 17 2013 12:00am

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It’s Winter! Which means that the weather turns chilly and a new year is just beginning. This year the period from January through March is going to be a Winter Wonderland for me – a time to focus on my weight loss and to finally, once-and-for-all achieve my pre-surgery weight loss requirement. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week.  This is the time of year resolutions are made and then quickly forgotten, but not with me.  I’m going to use this season to refresh my outlook, because I’m embarking on more than just a diet plan, I’m going to establish a lifestyle. My Sunday progress updates will be called Winter Wonderland Weigh-Ins.

Week 8 was great in practice, but not so thrilling on the scale.

Confusing. So, what did the scale show?!

This morning I weighed in at 293.0, which is exactly what I weighed last week. After last week’s big weight loss, I probably shouldn’t have expected a huge loss on the scale. And at one point in the week I was actually up 3 lbs because of making a poor food choice (note to self: no matter how hungry you are after a workout, do not give in to buying turkey jerky because you see it on an endcap at Target).  I’m still feeling really strong and confident about what I’m doing, and I know that as long as I keep it up, I will get those 7 measly pounds off.

The thing is, there’s more to my journey than just the scale.  I’m noticing lots of NSVs:

  • my work pants are fitting so much looser
  • two of my workout pants are way too loose in the waist
  • most of my bras are too big for me (luckily I had a couple of smaller sized bras to move down to)
  • tshirts that I couldn’t wear for so long are fitting well
  • people at work are noticing my weight loss
  • friends whom I haven’t seen in several weeks-months are complimenting me on how “skinny” I’m looking

I also really gave it my all with my workouts this week.  Six days of solid, sweaty workouts. I don’t make excuses to miss workouts, no matter how I’m feeling, I just get to the gym or turn on the OnDemand and get it done.  It’s a huge turning point for me that fitness is a daily part of my life, without question.

This week I’m off for Presidents’ Week Break, and I know that the extra down time is going to make my food plan more challenging.  Eating only shakes/soup until my late afternoon snack isn’t as easy, especially if I don’t have anything to take my mind off of it.  So, I’m planning on drinking tons of water to fill in the gaps and keep as busy as possible. I’ve made tons of plans with friends for movies, pedicures, and coffee dates.  I’m also planning on working out like it’s my job!

Here’s this week’s workout plan:

Sunday: rest day/long walk with Sofi
Monday:  aqua aerobics + recumbent bike
Tuesday: elliptical + recumbent bike
Wednesday: aqua aerobics + recumbent bike
Thursday: bike riding in Half Moon Bay
Friday: aqua aerobics + recumbent bike
Saturday: Zumba

Looking at my post from last week, it was unrealistic of me to think that I could lose 7 lbs two weeks in a row.  But that doesn’t mean I’m giving myself a pass.  I still want to do my best to take these 7 lbs off as soon as I can.  I’m looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish this week.

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Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!

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