Friday, March 1, 2013

March 1, 2013 Weight and Measures

Finally today, after over a month of staying off the scale, I got on.

On January 27, I weighed 216 pounds. Today, I weighed 213 pounds. A loss of 3 pounds for the month. I also took measurements. The last measurements I had taken were in December weighing 215 pounds. So I didn't expect much of a change, and most of the measurements (neck, hips, upper arm, thigh, and calf) stayed exactly the same. But my bust measurement went down .75" and my waist went from 41" to 39.75"... an inch and a quarter less now! That made me happy. Oddly, my wrists were UP by almost a quarter inch, which I'll attribute to the PMS bloat.

February was *not* a 100% on plan month for me. I was sick with a bad cold for the last week of January and into February, then had a day of excruciating migraine pain, and finally started to feel better and get back on plan around the 5th or 6th. I did well then on Medifast all the way until last weekend when I ate too many carbs on Saturday, but got right back on plan and have stayed there since.

So. Three pounds in a little over a month. I am glad I was not weighing weekly, that's for sure. I might have gotten discouraged. But now, I look back over my monthly weigh-ins over the years and I see something noticeable: the last time I lost more than two pounds in a month was in January 2012! Seems like my body has really slowed down the weight loss and my weight has been relatively stable when you look at it from a long-term, monthly perspective. Back in 2011, my weight fluctuated wildly:

198 May (+14)
195 June (-3)
184 July (-11) 
191 August (+7)
201 September (+10)
190 October (-11)
203 November (+13)
214 December (+11)

Up and down, up and down in huge chunks as I struggled with periods of strictness and times of overeating. All research shows that that kind of yo-yoing is NOT good for our bodies. I think finally, my body had enough and started to moderate things *for* me this past year, while I learned to be more moderate in both directions. Look at the difference in 2012:

215 May (-1)
217 June (+2)
216 July (-1)
217 August (+1)
219 September (+2)
221 October (+2)
219 November (-2)
218 December (-1)

Looks like maintenance. So looking at it that way, a three-pound loss is not disappointing. It's the best loss I have had in awhile, especially taking into account that I am retaining water like crazy right now. So I am choosing to call this a success and continue on with what I'm doing.


Megan S @ Gourmet or Go Home said...

I am SO happy for you! I have to admit opening this post I was nervous for you. I knew that if you saw a gain it would be really difficult for you. I think three pounds is a success and I am happy for you that you are continuing what you are doing. Plan changes can be exhausting and from an outside point of view it seems you are more calm when following a plan than when choosing one. Congratulations and good luck.

Lori said...

You made the right call not to weigh. It probably would have been discouraging, particularly while you were sick.

May this be the first small step forward to a healthy, happy spring.

Susan said...

Lyn, I was wondering if you ever tried or research oil pulling. I would like to get your feedback on this when you have a moment.

Jac said...

Congrats on the loss - AND congrats on the beautiful, positive attitude! If there's one thing I've learned from watching Biggest Loser, it's that stress can impact success on the scale. Keeping a positive mindset has GOT to be an asset!

MargieAnne said...

I've come to a similat conclusion about my body slowing down. It doesn't seem to matter what I do the pounds are coming off very slowly. I'm so much lighter than this time last year I must celebrate that. Also my weight is very easy to maintain. But I do want to complete the second half of this weight loss. I just think I need to stress about it less. *smiles*

Congratulations on your weight loss. Progress toward your goal is always good.


Lyn said...

Thanks for the kind words! I have learned over the past 2 years to be kinder to myself, and to be satisfied with the results of a good effort. Being positive will only help me to stay on plan *more* days in March and to be happy with the good changes I am seeing.


I have not tried it and haven't looked into it much. Perhaps I will!

Chanelle Felder said...

All I can say is THANK GOODNESS.

I was also worried about this post because I have seen you slip into the vicious cycle of depending on weigh-ins to tell you how to "feel" (but who am I or anyone to judge... I am sure we have ALL been there!) and it just made me a bit sad because that is a realization that you have to reach yourself and can't really be "told".

Anyway, I think this is a good testament to the power of faith. I observed that you felt very strong about doing 1 weigh-in a month, but as the month went on, I could tell you were scared, if not terrified that you had made the wrong decision, and the other day you were thinking of changing again before you even weighted in (all just observations, not judgements). So I think it's great that you held out till today and it actually WORKED.

I feel the last moth has been less chaotic when it comes to the weight/your feelings about weight loss stuff and the fact that you just stuck to the plan and didn't use the scale as an excuse or a crutch is very admirable.

I hope you can approach this month with a little more faith in the process! A little more faith each month could help bring those stress levels down :)

Anonymous said...

i've lost 70 pounds in 6 months on brad pilons, eat stop eat, without exercising, or cutting out my favorite foods, just my 2 cents

Lyn said...


thanks! It absolutely felt less chaotic and stressful and I had a lot less thinking about food and weight. I am glad I stuck it out too :)

LHA said...

Hurray! Congratulations, too! I think three pounds in a month is a very good outcome and I am so glad you didn't weigh before the month was up. As I have stated before, weighing more than once a month has sunk me too many times. I am just not able to control my emotional response to the scale when it doesn't seem to be going my way. It is so defeating to try so hard to be consistent with eating and then see the scale not moving as you feel it should. Just remember that 3 pounds a month is 36 pounds in a year, and although that is probably slower than you want the alternative could be worse! Many, many times I have gained way more than 36 pounds in a year.

I think you had a terrific month and you should be very, very proud of yourself.

Marie Smith said...

Congrats on the loss and it's great that you had less stress this month! That's SO much healthier!