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Back On Track

I stepped on the scale this morning, holding my breath.

When I realized that my lungs were full of air, and air has weight, I stepped off the scale, breathed out as long as I could, and stepped back on, holding my breath. My weight loss is back on track

Do you think that’s neurotic?

Wait, don’t tell me. I’m pretty sure it is, so I’ll just assume the answer is yes.

The scale reports that I’ve dropped back to my pre-illness weight and lost another 0.2 pounds. I’m okay with that.

0.2 pounds is deceptive. Since stepping on the scale six days ago, I have actually dropped 6.2 pounds. I’m not doing anything fancy, just the same little things that I can keep up forever –

  • I’m watching my portions carefully. When I’m full, I stop eating. When I’m not hungry, I don’t eat – no matter how tasty the morsel.
  • I’m writing down the foods I eat. I haven’t made the time to do this online (in order to track my calories), but I am writing it down on paper, and that’s the first step.
  • No soda at all
  • I did join Grace for ice cream once, but I’ve been keeping a close eye on my dessert consumption.
  • I’m working on switching out high sugar, high fat foods in favor of lower sugar, lower fat versions. Our current favorites are Skinny Cow fudge bars and Yoplait Thick & Creamy Light yogurts.
  • I’m exercising. I have been going to bed too late most of the time, and it’s been a struggle to exercise at 5am. I took so much time off that my fitness level slid backwards a lot. I’m also back to EA Sports Active; The Biggest Loser for Wii was just too hard for me to stay motivated.
  • I’m back to reading The Spark, but I’m not spending much time on SparkPeople.com. I just find it too time consuming and a bit overwhelming.

So that’s it. I’m back on the wagon, facing the right direction, making slow but steady progress toward my goal to lose 100 pounds in 2010.

Photo by Natalie J

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18 thoughts on “Back On Track”

  1. That's a great goal! We did a science experiment recently about air having weight. I never thought of the breathing out before stepping on the scales. 😉

  2. Ahhh, you're not neurotic…that just means you want this bad. I did that too. And I know you want to do what I did, so it's okay. My weight loss was funny…I would lose like .2 one week, .5 another week and then the 3 week would go down like 3-5 lbs. I'm not kidding. It drove me nuts. That's just how my body did it. Your body will lose weight the way it wants to, but if you pay close attention there will be a pattern. XXOO

  3. Back on the wagon, facing the right direction – I love that! And I always exhale when stepping on the scale!! You're doing great, Tara! So proud of you!!!

  4. great job. I take a deep breath too. 6.2lbs if good. You don't have to go thru life without ice cream. I haven't tried skinny cow. thanks for the tip

  5. That's a great report on how you are doing. My Fitness Friday post was pretty sad. I need to work harder. 😉 I'll keep reading your progress for motivation

  6. I think you are doing great! I can really relate to the sparkpeople.com, I mean it’s a great site and lots of good things there, but I really don’t have the time to commit to it. I do need to get in the game though – my goal is to be happy with my body (comfortable – happy – whatever it is) by the time I’m 40 so I’ve got 2 years. I need to get it together. You are a great inspiration to me – keep up the great work! 🙂

  7. That is a great outline of your baby steps and is helpful for everyone reading your blog. Keep it up, you are making great choices. A good friend of mine is reading The Spark too and really likes it. I may borrow it from her when she is done to see what the hooplah is about.

  8. That is a great outline of your baby steps and is helpful for everyone reading your blog. Keep it up, you are making great choices. A good friend of mine is reading The Spark too and really likes it. I may borrow it from her when she is done to see what the hooplah is about.

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