Time for my monthly update involving my scale and my charts and graphs and data analysis and YUP, I’M A NERD AND I LOVE THAT ABOUT MYSELF! I step on the scale at the beginning of every month, then immediately walk into my closet and update my weight loss chart. Let’s check out that chart:
Down 1 pound! I had hoped that it would be more than that, because I feel really good, have been diligent, and crushed my latest race, but I gain no benefit from whining about not losing enough weight. Fuck that noise.
Plus, I’m been trying to focus on the bigger picture, because it’s all about the bigger picture. In last month’s Weigh-In Update, I focused on the consistency of my weight loss maintenance, and this time around, I want to point out a very exciting trend.
This is the fifth month in a row that I have not gained weight. I lost weight in four of the last five months, excluding September, when my weight stayed the same. The last time I had a streak like that was from November 2014 to March 2015 – nearly three years ago. If I don’t gain weight this month, then my streak would extend to six months – a feat I haven’t experienced since 2010, the year I lost most of the weight to begin with!
I know all this because of my weight loss chart. It provides me endless ways to crunch numbers and encourage and motivate myself. Not to mention its mere presence in my bedroom closet is one of my largest sources of motivation, because it tells, in one quick glance, the biggest picture of all: I’ve lost an extraordinary amount of weight and kept it off for nearly seven years.
My current weight of 252 pounds puts my weight loss at an even 150 pounds. I remember the first time I crossed that threshold, in December 2010 – and my blog post about it, which you can read here, remains one of my all-time favorites. Nearly seven years later, and I’ve kept all that weight off. Wow.
MOVING ON… Every time I complete a workout, I log it on my calendar. Here’s my calendar for October:
Every dot equals a workout, with scribbled notes next to it saying what that workout was. Count up the dots, and I worked out 27 of the 31 days in October. My ongoing goal is to work out six days a week, and this puts me right on target for the month. Two of these October workouts were exercise classes, one that my friend Anne teaches, and the other at The BOD – the studio that opened in the old Slimmons space.
What I’m most happy about, in regards to my October workouts, is the number of weightlifting workouts I completed: ten. This is mostly because I’ve been lifting weights after completing my Bowflex challenge workouts, and it’s something I’d like to continue. Ten weightlifting workouts is the highest one-month total all year, besting January, when I lifted nine times. (Third on the list, May, only had five lifting workouts.)
Finally, my last metric: Cardio Miles. I log all distances covered during any type of cardio, and when October started, I had 3,470.3 on the ol’ personal odometer since I began measuring this in the summer of 2013. Here’s my log for October:
I added 69.2 miles over the course of the month, bringing my total to 3,539.5! I think 4,000 miles is my next milestone goal number, but truth be told, this is so habitual at this point that I’d probably be doing it whether I had a specific goal or not.
Lots of reasons to be proud this month, and lots of reason to say…
…Keep it up, David!
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