Sunday, May 2, 2010

Week 9 Weigh-In

I know I just had a weigh-in yesterday (monthly, because I always do that on the first of the month), but I have also been weighing in weekly since I started Medifast. This is the ninth Medifast weigh-in, and I am happy to report that I hit a new low today: 211 pounds. That's 2 pounds this week. It seemed like a "stall-y" kind of week for awhile, because I saw the same number (212) on the scale six days in a row even though I was 100% on plan. But I knew if I stuck with it, eventually the scale would move again. And it did!

An aside... whenever I post about this kind of thing I get an email or a comment telling me I shouldn't weigh every day. But this, of all things, is one thing I am sure I have figured out for myself. Daily weighing truly works for me! I used to be so reactive to the number; I'd wake up happy, feeling great about myself, and then step on the scale and see no loss (or a gain) and then suddenly I felt fat, depressed, frustrated, and upset. I'd let The Number rule my mood (and actions) for the day. Seeing no loss after days on plan would set me off on a binge. Pretty counter productive. Then I'd promise myself not to weigh for a week, or a month, or whatever. But I'd get so anxious about whether I was losing or gaining. I'd think about the scale all day. It was torture staying off the scale. So finally I decided I would anesthetize myself to The Number by making it an unemotional, simple, regular part of my life. Every morning I get on the scale. I take note of the number. I put it on my weight loss chart. And that's it. I have a graph of my weight going back two and a half years now and it is easy to see the little bumps up and down, the small plateaus, the daily variations. I am used to it now. It doesn't bother me anymore, because it's just a number... one of 365 a year and part of a very long graph with a downward trend. Of course I get excited when I see a lower number, but for the most part, the only other emotion I have with the scale is when I see no downward movement for 5 or 6 days... and then the emotion is more like, "humph. It has to move soon!" and that's it. No crying, no drama, no "OmigoshWhatAmIdoingWRONG??" I just do my thing and eventually it moves.

I feel a little better today than I did yesterday, but I had the funniest dream. It was so real and colorful. I was at a banquet where all kinds of exotic, fancy foods were being served: Thai food, Indian food, curries and rice dishes... all of them gorgeous, smelling amazing and spread over a very long table. Everyone was eating, and so was I! I tried a little, then started eating everything. It was all SO good. The whole time I was making excuses in my head about why I was eating that stuff when I knew I shouldn't be. And then they brought out this amazing, rich chocolate dessert! I set it by my plate to eat when I was done with my food. I turned around, turned back, and it was gone! Someone had eaten my chocolate! I was so mad. Then I woke up. It was kind of a silly dream...

Yesterday I went to a party. There were cute little appetizers set out all over the tables: cheeses, salami, crackers of all kinds, little finger sandwiches, cakes, and drinks. I lingered round the table and wondered if I should indulge. I decided to partake. I had 4 delicious fresh, crisp celery sticks and a small piece of Munster cheese (my favorite!) Yum! It was enough, believe it or not. But apparently not enough for my subconscious, judging by that dream!

Now, about the weigh-ins. I have been doing Medifast for two months now. I am going to continue, as I feel it is working for me on so many levels. I plan to write a 2-month assessment of my experience on Medifast this week. For now, here are the stats:

Week 1: -6 pounds
Week 2: -3
Week 3: -2
Week 4: -3
Week 5: -0
Week 6: -3
Week 7: -1
Week 8: -3
Week 9: -2

The totals come to -15 for March, -7 for April and -1 already in May = 23 pounds total. Feels like a nice steady yet not too rapid weight loss for me. At this rate, I will be below 200 by my midsummer birthday! I am so excited!

That's all for today. Enjoy your Sunday!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*

21 comments:

Blubeari said...

I absolutely support weighing in daily. In my opinion, a weekly weigh in is only part of the picture. You don't get to see the ups and downs and fluctuations which are really the more true picture of a person's weight.

Kyle Gershman said...

I basically weigh daily and see NO issue with it either...to each their own...and to each anxieties their own too. Good for you on your progress and sticking with what works...as you've said before Medifast has an entire approach for transitioning off the program when the time is right...and you'll know when that is.

Congrats!

Larkspur said...

I weigh daily also and do pretty well with understanding that water retention, muscle mass and so forth mess with the number. On the whole I think it keeps me honest.

Hope's Journey to Healthy said...

I weigh myself daily too. Even on the weekends, where I have a little more trouble staying out of the cookie jar. Congrats on the 211 lbs! 199 here you COME!

Have a great Sunday, Lyn and keep up the great work!

Hope

BrendaKaye said...

Congratulations!!! I have been reading your blog a long time, and am so glad you are doing so well!! Great job and thank you for sharing your journey!

Stephanie said...

You're doing so great, Lyn - keep it up! Weighing in daily is a way to keep yourself on track and really, in reality. If you don't weigh, you might be able to "pretend" that you're doing well but if you weigh, you definitely know where you're at! So go for it - to each her/his own. Thanks for coming by my blog. Take care.

The Phat Nanny said...

I'm so glad you've managed to find a way to feel satisfied. Your posts are almost always emotionally charged in one way or another, but I don't think I've read much from you about "contentment." I'm so happy for you!

Deanna - The Unnatural Mother said...

Happy Sunday to you!!! Excellent!!!

spunkysuzi said...

If i think the scale is setting my mood for the day i weigh in weekly for a while, but right now i'm weighing daily and feeling good about it.

MargieAnne said...

I have no issues with daily weighing either. It certainly helps when I have a salty gain ... I know to take care with the offending food next time it's on the menu.

It's just not a big deal to me. so much so that every now and then, if I'm distracted early in the morning. I forget. That's different from the times when I have avoided the scales because I didn't want to see the damage from over eating.

I do understand that the scales can become a monster and sometimes people weigh in several times a day so they make different arrangements. We all make out own decisions depending on what is good for us. *smile*

Lori said...

I weigh every day too. It keeps me accountable and I've learned about my own body cycles.
Lori
http://deepdarkweightloss.blogspot.com/

Salted with Shadows said...

I also weigh daily despite advice to the contrary. As others have said, it seems like a truer picture of a person's weight--and when I go to the doctor and the number is higher than it was at home, I can honestly say, "Hey, I weighed three pounds less than this yesterday" or whatever. Different strokes...

Melissa said...

I also weigh in daily. And, like you, when i used to do that it totally RULED my mood, that NUMBER. But then i had this lightbulb moment (b/c of a very good article in Flat Belly Diet Book) that it's just a number & that it can go up or down b/c of a VARIETY of things & that if you are eating right & exercising, eventually it will take notice. Ever since then it has been better for me to weigh-in daily. It helps me to see what my weight is doing. Though maybe i should do a chart like you to keep track of it! i understand why some advise against it, but once we understand that it's just a number, i think it's fine.

CONGRATS on 211! :)

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog about your meals throught the day and you never seem to eat any fruit or veggies.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

You must have missed some posts. I eat lots of veggies; sometimes, I do whole posts about them (like the asparagus post this week). You can always see my dinners on my Twitter feed if you're interested.

Medifast requires 3 servings of vegetables per day (1/2 to 1c each serving depending on the veg); however, fruit is reserved for transition & maintenance as this is a low carb eating plan.

mommygonemilf said...

Just my opinion- I think if a person has had to fight obesity it is a good idea to weigh daily. It is easier to catch weight gain right away and work a little weight off than not pay attention and have to work a lot off. The pounds sneak on fast but they are hard to work off. Weighing daily helps you understand your body's normal weight fluctuations and be mindful of when you can indulge - or have been over indulging. I have a tendency not to "see" it until I see it on the scale.

georgia said...

I weigh in daily, or every other. For me it too is just a number. I have thyroid issues and I find that if the scale isn’t moving in the right direction after I know I’m doing the right stuff, it more often than not means my meds need adjustment. It also keeps me on track better than weekly or monthly weigh-ins ever did!
Congrats on the weight lost!

Fiona said...

As overweight people we have enough to feel guilty about, I refuse to feel guilty about weighing myself everyday. It works for me and if it works for you then its not wrong. I know what you mean about it setting your mood (I am still working on that) but its also good to see that daily fluctuations dont mean a gain by the end of the week. Well done and take care x

Lori said...

Here is a good article about the benefits of weighing daily - http://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20051118/daily-weigh-in-may-help-dieters-lose

Lori

Beetnik Mama said...

I'm slowly getting to be the same way with the scale. Most of the time, I like weighing myself every day because I've learned over the years that not stepping on it can be my way of denying my behavior. If I don't see the consequences of my actions, then I can pretend for longer that how I'm eating isn't really making a difference.

That said, I still have days where I'm affected by a stagnant number. And I need to keep working toward that "just a number" attitude you've attained.

Lisa said...

congrats!