As I mentioned in last week's post, today I want to share with you what's been happening with the scale. Today is the end of the ninth week of my re-commitment to a healthy lifestyle. For the past nine weeks, I have been exercising at least 30 minutes a day five or more days a week (an hour or more two or three days a week!). I have also cut back on my overall eating and am focusing on eating a more healthful diet. In addition, I stopped drinking Coca-Colas 26 days ago.
Every week on Friday morning, I pull out the scale and weigh myself. Honestly, I don't like the scale and didn't even own one until about four years ago. I would rather judge my progress on how I feel and how my clothes fit. However, since I'm tracking everything else, I decided to also track my weight.
The first five weeks of this adventure the scale read exactly the same thing every time - FIVE WEEKS! Each week I reminded myself that what I was doing for my health was more important than the number on the scale - and besides, muscle weighs more than fat and I was starting to see a little definition in my arm and leg muscles. I also knew I was losing inches (or at least fractions of an inch) as my clothes were feeling more comfortable. I have to admit, though, that at the end of week five, it was still a little bit discouraging.
Finally at the end of week six, the number on the scale went down three pounds - YIPPEE! Now, after nine weeks of exercise and four weeks of monitoring everything I'm eating and drinking (and 26 days without a Coca-Cola) I have lost a total of 5 pounds. Overall I am very happy with this result, not so much because the number on the scale has finally gone down, but because I am feeling better, I have more energy, I am stronger, and my clothes are just slightly looser.
As we are rapidly approaching the holiday season, next week I'll share my plans for continuing these healthy lifestyle changes through the next two months which will be filled with holiday festivities, birthday celebrations and some of my favorite foods.