It’s funny how, no matter how many times I tell myself that it’s really NOT about the numbers, on Weigh-in Day, it’s totally all about the number. Which is a bummer when the number isn’t great. This morning I weighed in at 177.9kg (392lb), a loss of exactly 1kg (2.2lb). Which is a perfectly respectable amount of weight loss. I know lots of other people in my group who would be thrilled to lose that much weight in a week. But because it’s so much less than the loss in previous weeks (1.4 – 2.7kg, with an average of 2.2kg), it doesn’t seem very good in comparison.
So I skipped the rest of the meeting, skipped my after-meeting coffee, and just came home. I’m looking at the numbers, and it’s clear that one reason why it’s important not to focus just on the numbers is that they don’t tell the whole story. I ate an average of 4 fewer points worth of food this week compared to last week. I walked over 30,000 more steps, was active for over 4 more hours, and earned 101 more FitPoints. But for all that, I lost a kg less than last week. Less than half as much.
Why? I have no idea. Maybe I didn’t measure and record the food accurately enough. I’m pretty sure that I ate more 0 point foods this week (but I don’t know for sure, because I don’t always record it), and those foods still have calories even if they don’t have points. Maybe it’s because my body is adjusting to the reduction in calories by slowing my metabolism. Maybe it’s because more exercise means that I’m increasing my muscle mass. Maybe it’s because I drank 3 big glasses of water and a cup of coffee this morning before weigh-in. Maybe it’s a combination of some or all of those things, or maybe it’s none of them.
In any case, it can’t just be all about the number. I feel better and healthier this week than I did last week. That’s important. I’m eating food that I enjoy, and I’m not craving anything. I’m getting out of the house. I’m doing new things. I am, from time to time, at least fleetingly, enjoying myself. That’s more important than a number. And besides, the number isn’t even bad. It’s a substantial loss. And it is directly connected to a couple of other important and meaningful numbers–30 and 15. Having lost a total of 30 pounds since I joined Weight Watchers, I’ve now lost 15% of the 200 pounds I set as my goal. That’s not nothing.