Sounds like a newscast right?
Well, the thing is I plan to do this every week. If I do that I will run out of catchy titles real quick, not to mention I might need them for something else. Actual posts perhaps…..
Anywho this is my try at some accountability for the weight loss efforts I first mentioned here on Tuesday.
I understand that exercise needs to be a big part of the whole plan. Now I am not so ambitious as to think I will go every single day. I know me better than that. In the beginning at least, as my body gets used to actually working for a living it’s going to hurt. I understand that as well. I gave myself the goal of making it three times a week. The plan being to go Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, all after work.
This week was my first, and since I started on Tuesday night I could very easily have written monday off as a day that had already passed. Instead I simply considered it a day that I missed. So how did I do?
Thursday was makeup day. I did 35 minutes of advanced step on the Wii fit to make up for Monday.
Wednesday and Friday I made it to the gym. After a bit of stretching and warm-up I went to the part of the gym that no one judges anyone…. the running track. Run a lap, walk a lap, wash – rinse – repeat. Over those two days I did five miles of that.
Five miles…. no wonder my legs hurt.
So, yea, three workouts, one week. Did it this time, next week will be easier yet.
Well, the way I am doing this is by following my old weight watchers books. They have a great system that allows you to give anything from lettuce to snickers bars a value in what they call “points”. You get (based on height, weight, age, and activity level) a certain number of these points a day to spend. You also get a limited batch of discretionary points that you can use any time during the week. After consulting the books I found that I get 35 points a day.
While I will not post info on their system past a certain point (it is copyrighted material after all) I will post about my experiences with it. If anyone asks me about it I would tell them to go to a meeting. The system works. Unlike others with their gimmicks and preportioned prepackaged meals Weight Watchers is not a diet, it is a way of life.
So how did I do?
For the three days in question I had a total of 105 points to spend. I simply assumed that all my discretionary points had been used up on Monday and Tuesday before I started back up.
I spent 106.
I would call this a successful failure.
Believe it or not this is the part I most dreaded. Getting back up on the Wii fit this morning to see how things had progressed. Now, I understand that weight fluctuates during the course of a day. I also understand that weight, although important, is not the complete picture. I also know from previous experience that I tend to drop weight at a rate that pisses my doctor off when I actually pay attention to what I am doing.
So how did this first week pan out?
Tuesday evening I was sitting at 243 Lbs, this morning I sit at 238.
Some of that might be the time of day, or the clothes I am wearing, or whether I have taken a crap lately. But I also know that the pants I am wearing today are ones I could not get buttoned a few weeks ago. However I choose to measure it, it is progress.
I can live with that.