I wish I was brave enough to give you my numbers. Maybe when I’m farther along and want to brag about how far I’ve come, I’ll do that. I’ve spent the past week learning how to behave myself again. I know the routine; I just have to buy into it again.
I started and stopped Weight Watchers this week because points don’t work for me. I went back to using my Lose It! app and counting calories, and I faithfully logged everything that went into my mouth all week long. I put exercise back into my week. Because I’m fat and arthritic and have been having health concerns, I’ve taken it slow, but I am moving again. It feels great to be held accountable again.
I know that sounds weird, but I’ve always been a checklist sort of person. I like to have a to-do list and check things off as I do them. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. I currently have two apps I’m using for tracking health-related items. I’m using Lose It! to track food and exercise (calories in and calories out), my measurements, weight and blood pressure. It ties to my Fitbit to track my steps, too. I use the FOOD mySymptoms app to track my sleep patterns, medications I take and other bodily functions (it was originally used to track my IBS-related symptoms). I like that I can use it to easily track my medication doses to ensure I don’t miss them or forget them.
My most recent weight-in at home was Wednesday, October 5th. I was trying to prepare myself for my doctor’s visit the next day. I knew it wasn’t going to be good when I got onto my doctor’s scale. I was weighed mid-morning at the Doctor’s office on October 6th. Her scale read one pound higher than the reading I’d taken at home. Because I like to weigh in first thing in the morning, I re-weighed myself Friday, October 7th to get my first at-home early morning tracking number to give me a starting point. It was three pounds less than it had been at the doctor’s office, and (Yes!!) two pounds less than it had been two days earlier at home.
For my first week of my new lifestyle, I’ve been faithfully weighing and measuring food portions and tracking my intake, drinking lots of water (thanks to the new blood pressure medicine my doctor so kindly added – yes, that’s sarcasm, folks) and increasing my exercise. The new medication is a diuretic (water pill) meant to deal with fluid retention and lower my blood pressure. I weighed in again today (for my weekly weigh in).
I’m down three pounds from what I was one week ago at home and 6.6 pounds less than I was at the doctor’s office. My first week is usually a big drop. Most of it is water weight loss, and that’s certainly true in this case because of the new pill.
I feel a bit better. My knees are not so achy, and my clothes are not strangling me so tightly. I’ll take it and work hard to continue to progress. The hard part is the forward momentum.