Weigh-In #34

My weigh-in this week was weird in the sense that I was thrilled with the results, but feeling a bit unconfortable about how I achieved it. As I mentioned in a previous post, I haven’t even been getting close to sticking to a regular, 3-meals-a-day schedule. I’ve been going with the idea that I shouldn’t eat if I don’t feel hungry, or in any other way inclined towards putting food in my face. But on the other hand, I’m thinking that maybe, after the disruption from fasting before my colonoscopy, I might need to work to get myself back on a more regular schedule. I really don’t know what to do.

And honestly, if it was just the food, I might not worry about it too much. I mean, my energy levels don’t feel any different. I’m still taking my iron and Vitamin C supplements. But my lack of routine extends to my exercise, drinking water, food tracking, and other things I was doing regularly. For better or worse, I guess I kinda organize my activities around meals. So one way or another, I’m going to have to get that sorted.

Anyway, on to the numbers. This week I weighed in at 174.9 kg (385.6 lb), for a loss of 3.4 kg (7.5 lb) since last week. A HUGE drop, and one that earned me my 15 kg milestone award.

Oh, and before somebody messages me to tell me that the numbers on the scale don’t match the numbers I post, that’s because the pics are from my home scales, not the official scales at the WW meetings. They’re taken at different times–sometimes before I leave for the meeting, sometimes afterwards. I’m wearing different clothes. The important thing, I think, is that they show the upward or downward movement from week to week. And they break up the wall of text on my posts. So that’s why.

Looking at my steps, I didn’t hit 10k any day in the past week. I started out the week (Wednesday – Tuesday) in the 8000-9000 zone, then steadily dropped to barely 3,000 steps on Sunday, then headed back up to a high of 9800 steps yesterday. I hit that number because I went for a walk at the mall before my meeting, and that 35 minute walk made up nearly half my steps for the day. So yeah, a 3.4 kg loss is great, but it’s not the end-all. I’ve got to work harder to do the things, like walking, that improve my health.

I didn’t walk regularly (Google says that I walked yesterday and also last Thursday, but I can’t remember if the Thursday walk was a planned bit of exercise, or just walking around the shops or whatever) but I did make sure I went to both my hydrotherapy sessions this week. I’m still trying to work out the best intensity for those sessions (one group, one solo) so that I feel like I’ve had a sufficient workout, but not gone overboard so that I can barely move for the next few days.

I averaged exactly 6 hours of sleep per night, which is about the same as a couple of weeks ago, but down overall. At one point, I was averaging 6 hours and 40 minutes, moving closer to my 7 hour goal. Now I’m going backwards. One reason is because I’m staying up too late reading. Another is because my wife is suffering from insomnia at the moment, and she’s keeping me awake. Most nights, I’m putting my book away by 11pm, so I’ve got a shot at getting close to 7 hours if I sleep through the night. But whether I remember waking up or not, my Fitbit says that I’m losing up to an hour of sleep because I’m waking through the night.

I didn’t track my food, so I’ve got no numbers for that, so I guess the only other thing I’ve got is my FitPoints. Most of my steps came from incidental activity rather than dedicated exercise, so I only got 91 FitPoints out of my new goal of 229. My old goal was 95. If I’d stuck with that, I would’ve nearly made it. But I should be able to hit the new goal if I do my little half-hour walks at least 5 days a week. That really shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish.

So that’s the report for this week. A good result, and I’m feeling pretty good about getting myself back on track, doing all the things, and losing more weight next week. I hope you’re all doing alright, too. If not, hang in there. Keep trying. Think about what’s worked for you in the past, and see if you can do it again. Easier said than done, I know, but what else can you do? Take care of yourselves, and be good.

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