Weigh-in Day #21

This morning I weighed in at 175.5 kg (387 lb), down 2.9 kg (6.4 lb) for the week. That’s the result of tracking all my meals, eating a lot of zero-point foods (mostly veggies and chicken, and a bit of fish (canned tuna). And from moving more. I’m still not back to doing a regular morning walk (even though I’m getting up at 5 am most mornings), but I am making more of an effort to go out for short walks. Last week I said that I was going to increase my daily steps by planning some activities. I managed 3 out of 5 of the activities, so there’s some room for improvement there, but on the other hand, I can just transfer them to this week and it’s all good. I also said that I wanted to get my average steps up over 5000, and I did that with plenty to spare–8241 steps per day. Back in June, I was averaging nearly 9500, but that was when I was getting out for my early morning walks 5 days a week.

My Weight Watchers app tells me that this is my lowest weight since December, 2018. That’s a good feeling. Physically, I feel better because my clothes fit better. I have a little more energy. Last month my wife and I went out. We planned to meet in the city after she finished work, catch a show (Hannah Gadsby), then ride home together in her car. After a nice night, we hopped in the car, and discovered that the seat belt in her car wouldn’t fit around me. So I ended up catching the bus back home. It was pretty humiliating. We didn’t make a big deal about it, but that’s not a very nice way to end a date night. This Thursday, we tried again (sneak preview of The Invisible Man), and this time, I got the damned thing clicked, and we came home together. 🙂

These are some of the little wins. Because it’s not all about the numbers. It’s about what the numbers mean. The changes they represent. The ability to focus and maintain a more positive mindset. Feeling a little more comfortable on the bus, in a crowded cafe, or a theater seat. Walking to the top of the hill without having to stop to catch my breath. Riding home with my wife after a nice night out. This is what we talked about at our meeting this week. Non-scale victories. I know that I often have a tendency to get too focused on the numbers. It’s so easy, six months or a year later, to go back and look at them, see the trends. It’s harder to remember how good it felt with that seat belt clicked. I’m hoping that writing about it helps.

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