Weigh-In #31

I went to my meeting just for the weigh-in last night. I’ll get back to staying for the full meeting after they remove the mask mandate. My official WW weight was 181.9 kg (401 lb), so that’s down 0.6 kg (1.3 lb) for the week. So that feels a little disappointing given my efforts over the past 5 days, but pretty reasonable given my behaviour before that. And really, that’s right in the “healthy weight loss” zone, so I should be good with it. And yet I’m not. Not entirely. But I’m feeling good about being able to keep up these better habits, and confident that I’ll lose more weight next week.

I’m going to aim for a 2 kilo loss because that will put me below 180 kg and 400 lb. Crossing those sorts of milestones helps mentally and emotionally, and looking back at previous weigh-ins, I think it’s an achievable goal. I’ve done it before, so if I stick to the plan, I should be able to do it again.

So you’ve seen what I’ve been eating. Lots of veggies. Lean meat. A few little treats. I plan to stick with that. And according to Fitbit, over the last 5 days, I’ve walked a little over 55,000 steps, and averaged a little over 11,000 steps a day. In WW numbers, I exeeded my FitPoints goal by enough that I’ll probably need to change it. I averaged 36 FitPoints a day, with a range of 30 to 46. And I’ve averaged 6 hr and 40 min of sleep every night. All of those numbers are within my goal range, so I’m going to keep that going, too.

I’ve done a bit of math, and over the last 5 days, I’ve averaged 23 WW points, with a range of 19-28 points. That’s info is handy for Weight Watchers, but I have to know the calories for it to really make sense to me. Again, over the past 5 days, I’ve eaten an average of 6547kJ, with a range of 5372-8884 kJ. Converting that to calories, and I get an average of 1565, ranging from 1284 to 2123 calories. Those are great numbers for a guy my size. If I keep that up, I’ll be dropping kilos every week.

A good example of why I’m going to keep an eye on the calories, and not just he WW points, is that while I’ve been thinking that the higher-calorie foods were things like the steak, the meat loaf, and the corn chips, it turns out that it was the wholemeal pasta. By far. That pasta, by itself, had more calories than most of the entire meals I’ve eaten. And yet for WW, it’s 0 points. Free.

And hey, at the end of the day, eating wholemeal pasta instead of the regular stuff is a good choice. I ate it with some lean meat and a couple of serves of veggies, so it’s all good. But it’s a good reminder that, even with 0 point foods, I need to be mindful of portion sizes.

But more important than any particular number is that I’m feeling better emotionally. Getting back into a regular routine helps. Writing every day helps. Moving more (not just the walking, but just being more active in general) is helping reduce the chronic pain. And it’s not just helping me. I’m spending more time, and giving more attention, to my family (and they generally think that’s a good thing).

So, all in all, I’m feeling good about my efforts over the last 5 days. It’s a bummer that my overeating and lack of activity in the days before that meant I lost less weight than I could have, but the important thing is that I’m back on track and feeling better physically, mentally, and emotionally. I’m going to try hard to find some happiness, contentment, satisfaction, and pride in that. Because as I was reminded in my meditation this morning, “If you can enjoy the journey, you can enjoy your life.” I can’t afford to wait until I see some particular number on the scales before I start feeling all those things. I need to working on feeling them now.


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