Weigh-in Wednesday (a day early) – start of the Holiday Hoedown

This week: -2.4 lbs
Overall: -28.2 lbs

I think my little letter last week helped! I actually read it a couple times this week to remind myself what I needed to do, and it kept me making better choices this week (not *all* the time, but more often than I would have otherwise). So, I’m down again, and I can see the 30# badge in my future very, very soon!

I’m on the best team for the Holiday Hoedown challenge – the Tinsel Vixens! We’ve decided to focus our efforts on getting more healthy rather than focusing on the scale. That’s not to say that I don’t need to lose weight, but I’ve found that I do so much better when I don’t make the scale my focal point. I think this comes from the years in high school where I was on various diets (usually Weight Watchers). I would pin my self-worth each week on what the scale said – if it went down, I could feel good about myself, if it went up, I didn’t like myself very much. It became very hard to live with, because we all have ups and downs (and plateaus), even when we are doing all the right things most of the time. Later, I took off most of a decade from dieting, because I saw how unhealthy it was mentally. I wanted to learn to like me for me rather than for what the scale did each week. I think, in the end, it made me a stronger, more confident person…even though I haven’t succeeded in my weight-loss goals.

So, anyway, it is time to focus on forming better habits – working out regularly (yes, I did that while training for the half-century, and I kept it up for several weeks after we did the ride, but now I’m struggling again with the turn of the season), eating better things, being nicer to ourselves. I trust that the better habits will show something on the scale, but even if they don’t, just forming the habits will make it easier when I do focus on the scale again.

8 Comments

  1. Jamee @ A New Kind of Normal said,

    November 17, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    You’ve got an awesome outlook for this challenge! I wish you the best of luck!!!

  2. Brooke said,

    November 17, 2010 @ 5:01 pm

    i’m so glad to be on your team!! 🙂 we’re gonna kick some healthy butt this challenge!

  3. Tami Qualls said,

    November 17, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

    Hey, Jiggly Chick! Healthy is the best method! 🙂

  4. Lisa said,

    November 17, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    Same with me! I still have some weight to lose, but I want to focus on all the things you mentioned this go-round. We can do it!

  5. Pubsgal said,

    November 17, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    Hey, fellow Tinsel Vixen! 🙂 Great outlook for the beginning of the challenge. I do a lot better when focusing on the habits, too.

    I like how you phrased that – “turn of the season”. It is a tough time. I kind of have mixed feelings about my half-marathon in a couple of weeks: resent that I have to worry about it, but glad it’s there to help keep me on track. Because when I don’t have an event, I sometimes tend to drift a bit. That said, it will be nice to be “off season” for awhile after that. I get to feeling burned out on training sometimes.

    Are there any fitness things you’ve wanted to try but haven’t yet? Sometimes I find new video workouts can be fun and challenging. I look for them on Netflix (instant view is great!) or through my library system or even at the thrift shop. (Found a yoga DVD, which I’d been coveting at Whole Foods, for $2 at Goodwill!)

  6. xj said,

    November 18, 2010 @ 12:17 am

    I totally agree about how distracting the number on the scale is! So glad we’re on a team what is widening the scope beyond pure numbers! Here’s to healthy habits!

  7. Jaime said,

    November 18, 2010 @ 3:36 am

    We are going to rock the healthy challenge!

  8. Tiffany said,

    November 19, 2010 @ 5:06 am

    Great outlook! You have a great team to support you and I am sure that you will all create awesome results!

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