I am not a slave to the scale. I do not measure my self worth by the numbers staring up at me from that cold piece of metal. So why have I been avoiding that meaningless little tool like the plague this summer?
As much as I like to think my weight is not, at least slightly, important, it kind of is. Its no secret that since June, I have not been the workout beast I was earlier in the year. Yet I continue to eat like I’m training 10 hours a week. And its just a basic truth….more calories in than calories out and your weight increases. Duh!
Last week I felt uncomfortable in my clothes, so I bravely decided its time to assess the damage. I stepped on the scale and I did not like the numbers displayed between my feet…..1.6.2. A full 10 pounds over my comfortable weight.
Because I know how much you love my stick figures. And YES, my hair really does look like this in the morning!
Who knew stick figures weighed so much!
I am not a diet-er, I love to eat and don’t react well to restriction. So I decided a minor modification was in order. I don’t like to drink my calories, but I LOVE beer! I typically enjoy the heavier, more calorie laden brews, and I drink 1-2 beers/night with dinner. Beer = Empty Calories, so I decided to cut it out during the week. That is easily 1200 calories a week eliminated! BOOYAH!!!!!
I also switched from regular skim milk to almond milk several months ago. I did it for no particular reason other than I just like the way it tasted, and my skin did seem to clear up after I cut back on dairy, so I just went with it. But almond milk has 3.5-4.5 grams of fat and 95-120 calories/cup depending on which brand you buy. I could easily cut out 12-16 grams of fat and several hundred calories a week by going back to skim milk. DONE.
I also made more effort to workout more last week. 2 swims, 2 runs, 1 bike, and 1 core/strength workout. According to daily mile I burned nearly 2400 calories. Not to shabby!
So……..I step on the scales this am eager to see the results of my modifications.
I suppose I should be happy, any weight loss is good weight loss, and I know weight loss takes time, but really?!?!?! Only 1/2 a freakin’ pound! I guess if I want to see real results, I need to put in real effort. Cut out the Oreos at night, the simple carb snacks throughout the day, the 5 slices of pizza when 3 will do.
At nearly 6ft tall, 161.5 is still well within my healthy weight range (143-178), but I feel uncomfortable there. 150-153is my happy place. I feel slow and sluggish carrying around 10 extra pounds, 10 lbs could be more stressful on my joints, and my wardrobe is a little snug. And lets just be honest here, I am after all human, and am vain….I think I look better 10 lbs lighter.
I’m not going to obsess over my weight, I just want to be comfortable again. I’m not a serial weigh-er, I only weight once a week at most. It is mildly frustrating that I’ve already lost “those last 10lbs” once, and now I’m doing it again, and we all know “those last 10lbs” are the hardest to loose!