I sure do appreciate everyone's feedback on the scale thoughts! Like a lot of other things in life, there doesn't seem to be a single right answer. Except, maybe, 42. Or perhaps, "Put down the chocolate egg and step AWAY from the basket." Unless, of course, you don't like chocolate...then it might be, "Put down the Peep", etc.
Going without the daily weigh-in turned out to be a pretty good experiment. I found that I really do like to be more in touch with the scale-compass more often than weekly. I think there were only 2 or 3 times that I felt tempted to step on it, but the urge wasn't terribly strong. But not knowing didn't make me feel uneasy, either. I felt a little too at-ease, actually, and relaxed my vigilance quite a lot. (Being a HUGE Harry Potter fan, I usually imagine Mad Eye Moody barking "Constant vigilance!" at me...dude seems to have been on hiatus this week....)
So there was a pretty substantial gain this week, and of course I can't blame it on how often I stepped on the scale. Yes, some of it totally worth it items I rarely have: Easter food, work tea party (lavender scone, *swoon*!), daughter's birthday. But then, some of it was not totally worth it, bad-habit-creep items: Oh, sure, a couple of sugar-free candies during the commute is okay, but the amount kept getting a little bigger every day. *sigh*. Really, what was the matter with a nice piece of gum? And why did I keep eating the very bland Go Lightly candy? I overate, I didn't write anything down from Friday night through Monday morning in my health log (other than blood glucose numbers, which did quite well, considering), and I exercised less. The usual culprits.
This got me thinking. So many of us who struggle with developing healthy bodies long to feel "normal," to not have to be vigilant about food and exercise. The thing I'm finding, though, that this perception of "normal"? Isn't. Those that never have to keep an eye on their eating and activity--and still have good health--are rare marvels of nature, with their super metabolisms. Most people I'd look at and feel a twinge of envy about probably are as concerned, or perhaps even more so, with their habits. How are they different from me? Maybe they are back on track a little sooner, or perhaps haven't let the good habits go for as long, or maybe even have had a lot longer practicing good habits. Maybe they worked out more and/or ate healthier, lower-calorie choices the rest of the week so that they could splurge at lunch. That sort of thing.
So...*sigh*...(pause to gird self)...back to normality. I've got a shiny, fresh health log printout for the new week, and it's ON!
On the plus side, I roasted a whole bunch of veggies over the weekend and we've been using them in different ways: roasted beets in borscht and in my leftover grilled peppers/beets/sweet potato/roasted garlic/black bean dish for lunch yesterday. Roasted Brussels sprouts weren't as tasty as I'd hoped, but the eggplant was heavenly. And good news about spin class: you really do get used to those horridly hard bike seats if you go regularly.
Progress last week
7-day blood glucose average: 94 (met goal of less than 120)
7-day fasting average: 95 (met goal of less than 120, 100% of days)
Weight goal: +3.2 lbs (did not meet goal)
- Consumed 6 meatless, low-fat meals and 0 fish meals. (met meatless meal goal; did not meet fish meal goal)
- Ate >=40 grams of fiber 2 days last week, >=30 grams 1 day, and >=20 grams 4 days. (Not exactly progress, but met goal partially.)
- Met goal of scaling back coffee, but splurged on Easter weekend with real 1/2 and 1/2.
Exercise goals: Partially met goals. Had 3 workouts >=30 minutes, 2<=30 minutes. Did 2 runs, and one spin class + 18 minute treadmill run after class. Only 1 day strength training. Misc. goals: Got adequate sleep all but one night.
Goals for this week
7-day blood glucose average goal and fasting numbers: below 120.
Weight goal: Maintain or lose.
- 4 or more meatless, low-fat meals and 2 or more fish meals.
- Keep the good coffee habit going on week days: 1 coffee/day, with 2T fat-free half-and-half and 1/4-1/2 cup almond milk. Switch to tea and plain water after that first cup.
- Limit commute-time sugar-free candies to 2 pieces/day. Stick with the hard candies and not the taffy-based ones.
- Track fiber. Minimum 25 grams fiber/day and work up to consuming 50 grams fiber/day. (Include both insoluble and soluble sources.)
- 5x30 cardio (include 1 run and 1 spin)
- 2 strength training
- 7 or more hours sleep/night.
- Brush and floss teeth right after dinner!