Weight Loss Journey 1: Measuring Progress

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*This post first appeared on SparkPeople on May 30, 2009*

So here we are again, a couple of days into the beginning of my transformation.

The purpose of changing my body is not just to look better, but also to feel stronger, healthier, and more confident. Of those, the most important is for me to have more self-confidence. So far I’ve already noticed a difference in how I carry myself, my energy level (it’s up), my productivity (also up), more satisfying sleep. I have gotten positive feedback from others around me.

At work, seven people have told me that they’ve noticed I’m losing weight (in the past week). I’d be lying if I didn’ say I’m a little frustrated that there have been no significant changes on the scale. I’m fully aware that it’s a long-term process, I can’t expect to see immediate changes, blah blah blah…but with the changes I’ve seen in the mirror I would expect to see some sort of change on the scale. But that’s all okay, I’m driven by the end results, not the current ones. It still would be nice to be able to answer the question, “How much weight have you lost?” I took measurements last week with a tape measure and plan to use weekly changes, along with my energy level and how my clothes are fitting, to give me some indication of how I’m progressing. Also, I know that muscle and fat both have weight, and as the proportions of fat and muscle change, the scale won’t reflect those. It would probably be more accurate to get fat percentage testing…but I don’t think I’m quite ready for that. Regardless, it’s still nice to hear that people are noticing the changes that I’m seeing as well.

On the other hand, you may be thinking “Bridget, are you crazy? You’ve only been on SparkPeople for 3 days, you really can’t expect to see huge number changes already”. Yes, this is true. It’s just that there have been so many changes in so many other areas it would be nice to have a more empirical measurement to go by. Also, my journey began before I committed to being accountable to myself through SparkPeople. What a great tool! Above all, though, I think I’m just a little bit tired and not being as diligent as I should be about those negative thoughts creeping in…

Anyhoo, I think I’ll just sign off and go to bed. I’m excited for tomorrow, and I plan to have a very productive day. I’m going to clean my apartment, walk a few miles at a park near where I live, and catch up on some odds and ends I want to tie up. Last weekend (consistent with my new philosophy of simplyfying) I went through my drawers and closets and got rid of clothes that I don’t wear and/or don’t fit anymore. I think it’s important when you’re making new changes in your life to abide by the “out with the old, in with the new” mentality, to prepare your mind for the positive changes that come with taking on something new. So, for me, that means maintaining clean surroundings and remaining productive.

Have a wonderful, productive weekend! Enjoy the rest of May! :-)

Thought of the day: Developing the habit is more important than the short-term results that come with starting out. Consistency is key!

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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