I’ve settled into a routine where I only do weigh-ins once a month. If I do them more frequently, I start to obsess over the numbers and I don’t need that particular obsession in my life. If I do them less frequently, I find myself derailing off my program, due to a lack of accountability.
My weigh-ins are on the first of the month. This one is a few days delayed, because I was up north when April turned to May, but I weighed myself when I got back. Wanna see how I updated my weight loss chart?
Up two pounds. Perhaps the weight loss from last month was indeed diarrhea weight. Perhaps I ate too much paella in San Francisco. Perhaps it just wasn’t my day. Or perhaps I gained two pounds.
Whatever the case may be, I’m not losing sleep over it. Two pounds, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t a bid deal. Here’s the big deal: a weight of 246 means I’ve lost and kept off 156 pounds. And since I celebrated my five-year anniversary of being on this path a few months ago, that means I’ve kept it off for a long, long time!
Plus, there’s another milestone to celebrate. The dot I added to my weight loss chart was the first dot on my newly-added sixth page!
This is a big deal because I only get to add a page every 16 months or so, so a new page means that’s another year and a half (roughly) of being diligent, trying my best, and staying in control of my health and well-being.
I had to shift my whole chart down the wall to make run for the new page.
I look forward to continuing to add to that page! I decided to celebrate my new page by doing something I’ve never done before in over five years of charting…
…a selfie with my weight loss chart!
I quickly realized why I’ve never done this before. It’s hard! My chart hangs on a wall in my walk-in closet, so space is very limited, lighting isn’t great, and my chart is so big, I can’t get it all in the frame. I tried a few different ways, and that’s the best one. I like it!
The other thing I do every month is my Workout Progress Report. I keep track of all my workouts on my calendar. Here’s my April calendar:
Each dot represents a workout, with my notes on what I did scribbled alongside. In April, I made 24 dots, so that means 24 workouts in 30 days. That’s a even 80% success rate, which is pretty good – although not quite my 85% goal. There were a couple extra rest days in there, due to a lack of motivation and fatique from overtraining, but you know what? I’m fine with it. I did my best, and stayed active during the tough times, replacing more strenuous workouts with long walks. I also took three of Anne’s classes at Slimmons and lifted weights four times (another figure that’s a little low).
The last thing I track are my cardio miles. I add up the distance I go doing any kind of cardio, and every once in a while, I put together a really fun post that makes all this notetaking worthwhile. Click here to see why I track my cardio miles. Here’s my April Cardio Miles chart:
48.2 new miles brings my total to 1,535.8 miles in a little under two years!
Keep it up, David!