It’s an exciting day… time to unveil my Weight Loss Chart, Version 3.0!
I started my weight loss chart in early 2010, shortly after I began losing weight, and it proved to be a huge motivator. I hung it in my closet, and it was great to see, every morning as I got dressed, a reminder of the weight that I’d lost so far. As I continued to lose weight, the chart continued to grow, and eventually, it had wrapped around two walls of my closet. By the end of 2011, it had outgrown my closet, and I was out of space to keep the chart going. Here’s the original Weight Loss Chart at it’s longest – 9 full pages!
So, in December 2011, I rejiggered some stuff and introduced my Weight Loss Chart, Version 2.0. Basically, I redrew the first year of my weight loss, consolidating it from 5 pages to 2, and moved the 4 most recent pages underneath, so there was plenty of room to add new pages. Version 2.0 started life looking like this:
You can learn more about the birth of Version 2.0 by clicking here.
But time keeps marching on, as it’s prone to do, and a few weeks ago, I ran out of space again. I was at the end of my eighth page, with no room for a ninth. The last time you saw my weight loss chart, it looked like this:
I’ve been torn about what to do. On one hand, the Weight Loss Chart is a fantastic, instant visual reminder of all that I’ve accomplished. On the other hand, I refer to it much less than I used to, and there are times when I’ve looked at the last year, where I’ve gained and lost the same 5-7 pounds multiple times, and thought the Weight Loss Chart didn’t serve any good at all. I’ve even considered retiring my Weight Loss Chart altogether. But I’m not going to that.
I’m happy with my decision about the future of my Weight Loss Chart. And that’s where Version 3.0 comes in.
Presenting… Version 3.0!
I took down the 6 pages in the second row of Version 2.0, and redrew them, adding to the chart that represented Year One. This means that I’ve accurately represented 2.5 years of weight loss and maintenance on three pages (although I’ve already added the fourth, because I’m gonna need it shortly).
The chart still hangs in my closet, but doesn’t take up nearly as much room:
Here’s what I redrew (the last year of my weight):
When it’s condensed like this, it looks like I’ve been yo-yo-ing an awful lot, but really, I’ve stayed with an 8-pound range for an entire year. My lowest weight was 232 pounds (last October), and my high point was 240 pounds (a few weeks ago), and I’m currently at 238.
Which brings me to the other change I’m implementing with Version 3.0: Moving forward, I’m only updating my Weight Loss Chart once a month. I think this is best. You longtime readers know that I’ve struggled in the past to find a balance regarding my scale. If I don’t weigh myself often enough, I lose accountability, and if I weight myself too often, I start obsessing over the number. Weighing myself every two weeks works for me, and I’m going to continue doing just that. But since I rely less on the Weight Loss Chart than I used to, updating it once a month seems reasonable. I’ll give it a try, and see how it goes.
And that brings us to the final order of business for today… yesterday’s weigh-in! I stepped on the scale, and it said…
That exactly the same as two weeks ago, and I’m fine with that. That means I’ve lost, in total, 164 pounds. I’d update my Weight Loss Chart… but it’s not the first of the month!
Keep it up, David!