I started the day out right yesterday, eating breakfast–admittedly, relatively light (a couple of scrambled eggs with chopped bacon)–and drinking water after my walk. From now on, weigh-in or no weigh-in, these are the things I do. I ate pretty good week last week, averaging 44 (out of 56) SmartPoints a day. I did have a bit of an indulgence on Friday and went over points because I drank a bit (okay, 6 glasses) of wine. The wine was great, I enjoyed it sitting out on the back veranda as the sun set and the day cooled and while watching a movie (Titanic, because the kids had never seen it) with the family. I regret nothing! 🙂
On the fitness front, Fitbit says I improved by every measure–more steps, more flights of stairs, more kilometers, more calories burned, more active minutes, and even a little more sleep (an average of 4 extra minutes a night compared to last week). I’m happy with that, and I suspect that next week’s report will be very different. I started my walk this morning and made it about 30 steps before I decided that I was in enough pain that I wouldn’t keep going. I’m not bendy enough to see it, but my wife tells me that I’ve got a cut or possibly cracked dry skin on the edge of the ball of my foot. It’s been hurting for nearly a week now, and I’ve been waiting for it to spontaneously heal, but it’s clear that it isn’t going to happen. So I’ve treated it, bandaged it, and I’m giving it a couple of days rest to see if that helps.
As for the weigh-in itself, I was happy to find that I’d lost 0.4 kg (0.9 lb) since last week. I went into it knowing that I’d consumed nearly a kilo of food and water, and suspecting that nearly half of last week’s loss was from dehydration, so I was fully prepared for a reckoning this week. So if I legitimately managed to lose almost a pound, I’ll take it. And I told the group that I’d been skipping breakfast before weigh-in, and let them know that I wouldn’t be doing it any more.
Mentally and emotionally, I’m feeling pretty good. I’m doing all the things, and while life feels very busy at the moment, it feels good to be getting things done, and to feel like I’m moving forward. I can’t say that I’m feeling overly energized (to be honest, I still feel tired and sore most of the time) or enthusiastic, but I am starting to feel a certain type of optimism, at least for the very near future. I still worry that I won’t be able to keep everything going for months or years, but I’m starting to feel confident that I can keep it going today. And tomorrow. And for the rest of the week. And for now, that’s good enough.