Whew! Finally! A substantial loss this week! 1.7 lbs! But why do I feel so unaccomplished? I keep thinking, I could have eaten better, I could have drank more water, I should have stopped eating earlier in the evening, I should not have had that wine, I could have worked out more and harder… And I sit here on the couch, after a workout and dinner, looking at my stomach still sticking out, and I am disgusted. I am thinking that cartoon Bob the trainer on my Wii Biggest Loser workout my was right. I need to push myself harder to lose this gut. And then I think back to what I read in my latest book, “Working Out Sucks!“:
“Then there’s…the increasing number of shows that feature real people, ‘just like us,’ who actually do win the weight battle (think ‘Biggest Loser’ and other health-related reality shows). These are positive influences, right? Wrong. In the course of a single sixty-minute episode, we watch contestants lose 50, 100, 200, or even 300 or more pounds. The effect misleads us into thinking that we should be losing significantly more weight each week than what our scale tells us, and in a world ruled by immediate gratification, we lose hope and motivation when we don’t experience immediate de-fatification. This frustration leaves to stress, shame, and disappointment…”
Voila! My disappointment appears to be based on the idea that I can (and should!) lose enormous amounts of weight because those people do it! But hey, who am I kidding? I am not at a fancy house or ranch filled with trainers, doctors, and nutritionists with 24 hours a day to dedicate to working out and eating right, and Bob Harper is not actually in my face when I stop doing an exercise move on Wii Biggest Loser! (and thank God for that!) So, here’s a news flash for my little primitive brain: I don’t HAVE to hurt that much and be that miserable, and I can still drink wine and have splurges, to lose the same amount of weight in a longer period of time! It has happened to a lot of people “just like us” who aren’t on TV. Doesn’t that sound so much better than pure torture for a few months? And how many of those contestants gain it all back when they go home? Ok, not all of them, but some of them!
So, hell yeah, I’ve convinced myself… I am thrilled to have lost 1.7 lbs this week! In fact, I just realized I haven’t gained at all in the last six weeks, splurges and days of not working out included! That rocks!!!
Monthly Statistics: Dec 21 – Jan 18
Weight change over 4 weeks: -5.6 lbs (-6.3 last week)
Average weekly: 1.4 lbs (1.6 last week)
Average Daily Points Used: 29.5 (29.6 last week)
Average Weekly Points Used: 27.8 (22.6 last week)
Average Activity Points: 23 (16.6 last week)
Since June 2011:
I’ve lost 11.4% of my starting body weight
My body fat percentage has dropped -6.2%
My rounded BMI has gone from a 35, at the top of the “Obese” category, to a 30, one away from the “Overweight” category
Weight: 178.2 lbs
Change this week: -1.7 lbs
Total lost: -22.9 lbs
You can also check all my progress 😉
And if you’re wonder, it’s not actually week 6 on Weight Watchers, it’s just week 6 of giving weekly updates.