Weigh-In … Decisions Can Make or Break You

Today’s Weight:  164.0
Loss/Gain:  – 0.5 lb
There is no school today, so I was able to sleep in.  As I was laying in bed thinking about my day ahead and knowing I was going to weigh in this morning I reminded myself that no matter what the scale said I would keep going.  The scale is a tool and I would have earned the number on there.  
Yes, there are weeks we do our best and for some reason the scale doesn’t seem to cooperate and show a number reflective of our hard work, but this week I screwed up and knew it would be my decisions that would be reflecting on that scale.  
And my decisions did indeed reflect. 
My decisions to overeat last weekend, giving no thought to my plan, but also my decision not to throw the entire week just because I ate all my extra points within two days were all reflected in that half-pound loss.   
Which leads me to being thankful for some other decisions I’m glad I’ve made recently.  And a photo post run yesterday because I was so thankful.  🙂 
First, I’m really glad I joined up with Weight Watchers Online.  Basically the points I’m given to eat every day (and the extra for the week if I choose to use them) are calories for my protein, carbs/sweets and fats.  Watching those points go down as I track my food helps me make better choices throughout the days.  
I’m also glad I chose to be completely honest with my tracking last weekend.  It was sad and very humbling to admit how badly I ate and yet looking at my tracker all week and seeing I was actually in the negative with regards to my extra weekly points helped keep me in check most times.  Not having those extra points also reminded me that I needed to exercise.  I needed to work on burning some of the calories to make up for my overeating.  
So, I also chose to exercise.  I made the decision that I had to get back to good, sweaty workouts — namely at least 30 minutes of something that would push me.  I love walking, and my lifelong fitness goal is to be able to go for daily walks when I’m old and gray, but for now I can do more.  So, I made the decision to do Jillian workouts and get at least one run in. 
The DVDs are an easy choice, because I get to stay inside.  🙂  
I’ll be honest with you.  Our days were still cold and I’m tired of being cold already.  I didn’t want to bundle up and go running in 40 degree weather.  I know it’s still March, but we had some really nice 60’ish degree days and feeling those nice days made me not want to run until it was nice like that again.  
Then I read an article in Runner’s World wherein the author made a comment about at least getting in a quick run just to keep your body used to running.  They said even if all you can do it 10-15 minutes it’s better than nothing.  So, I made the decision to go for a run and not worry about the time or distance.  I decided that I would just wait until a little later in the afternoon when the temperature was supposed to get up around 53 degrees.  
Waiting until later in the day meant I had to pause a conversation with a friend I hadn’t talked to in months telling her I needed to go run and could I please call her back?  (Another decision)  We had talked for almost an hour already and she was fine with it.  Then about 10 minutes into the run I got a phone call, but told the lady I was running and she offered to call back later.  (Another decision..yay!) 
This run turned out to be a great one.  However, it was great for very different reasons. 
While it was a beautiful sunshiny day it was still chilly.  It was also windy.  I realized about two thirds of the way through my run I had paused my Map My Run app, so I wasn’t going to get a decent reading.  (argh..) My side was aching most of the run, which I know was because I went out too fast.  But I kept telling myself this was a great run…because I was doing it. 
Because I was doing it.  
With every decision I made this week I have proved once again that I can be successful, not because I’m the one losing the most pounds each week or working out the most hours, but because no matter what I keep going.  I keep making those decisions to keep at it.  
And this week may only show half a pound gone, but it shows that I made the decision to keep fighting after a less-than-stellar weekend.  That, my friends, is success!  
*insert small happy dance* 
Now, please wish me luck with Easter weekend.  oh my .. I don’t always do well around holidays and company and we’re having a lot on Sunday.  BUT…I am determined to track everything and do my best to make conscious decisions for the better.  
Happy Friday, and if you made it through this extremely long post…thank you!!!  Sometimes there is no simple way of putting things, because I want to record everything about my journey.  🙂 
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9 Responses to Weigh-In … Decisions Can Make or Break You

  1. Jeanette says:

    I think the tracking is a great tool for you! It's a great tool for me… I use something other than WW, but still. Knowing that EACH day matters, not just the day you screwed up, but the days you stayed the course is important. I've had some overeating on the weekends, but staying 100% clean and moderate during the week kept me in balance!

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  2. jesseybell says:

    1/2 a pound is 1/2 a lb! Way to go not sabatoging your whole week.

    I need to get into the 10-15 minutes is okay mentality as well.

    Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  3. Lori says:

    I don't see why losing a half a pound is reflecting badly on your week. You have X number of points and used them and still lost, so that seems to be a win to me.

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  4. Christine says:

    Leah, you are amazing! Each time I read about your week or day it motivates me because no matter what is happening in your life you are honest and upfront with it…THANKS!
    Congratulations on the loss!

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  5. Leah says:

    True. I hope I didn't sound too negative…I was pleased with the results. And actually..I was in the negative for the points, so I did go over… especially happy to not have gained in those circumstances. 🙂

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  6. Leah says:

    Christine, you are so sweet!!! I think us moms have to be reminded that as long as we're striving for improvement it's good. Another post for another day. 🙂

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  7. Leah says:

    Thanks, Jesseybell!!

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  8. Leah says:

    That is the goal and the struggle for me…to stay on track the rest of the week. It's what I need to fix to get to goal, so I'm working on it. 🙂

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  9. Nice save, Leah! 🙂 I call this mo-mo: momentum + motivation. Once you get on a roll with positive decisions, it's (almost) hard to stop! Good for you for getting your mo-mo going!

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