…has been done.
It’s the first day of May, and that means it’s time for a weigh-in. Wanna see what two weeks of uninhibited eating and no exercise did to me? Here, take a look at my scale:
That right there is a fifteen pound gain. But, believe it or not, I’m pretty sure there’s good news too. Normally I’ve only been weighing myself once a month, but I weighed myself in the middle of those two weeks where I had completely fallen off the wagon (and, let’s face it, down the side of a mountain), and I weighed the same, within a few tenths of what you see above. That was on Monday, April 22, and I continued to pig out for four more days. I didn’t start hauling myself back on the wagon until Friday, April 26.
I suspect that I may have gained more weight during those final four pig out days, and lost those pounds during the five days where I’ve been in much better control. And if that’s true, it means that I’ve already begun turning things around, and, despite the fifteen pound gain, that makes me feel good.
It still was a crappy line to add to my Weight Loss Chart:
But then I took a step back, and reminded myself that while it’s pretty dramatic spike in the above photograph, it’s much, much, much less dramatic when you look at the chart as a whole:
The good choices continue, and with the help and support of some family and friends, I’ve established a couple helpful ways to stay accountable. One of them is a daily check-in with both of my sisters about what’s going on. It’s really simple – we keep a three-way text message thread going, and share, every day, how we’re doing and what’s tripping us up. I don’t see my sisters very often (Sarah lives in Colorado, and Laura’s in Chicago), so it’s good to stay connected, and we’ve pledged to reach out for help when we’re struggling with our vices. We’re less than a week into it, but so far so good! The other accountability tactic is an exercise competition with a friend, but I’m going to save that for another post, since we haven’t officially started it yet – we’re just finishing up hashing out the rules.
After two weeks of no exercise, I’ve now worked out for the last 5 days in a row. Today is a planned rest day, but that’s a nice little streak!
Keep it up, David!