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Lost 6 pounds in 5 days, which brings me to my next dilemma…

I am feeling really good today — my clothes are looser and I have more energy.

And, to be honest, I haven’t had to do much. I’ve employed two primary strategies to exercise more and eat less:

  • Schedule exercise and be committed to it (and have a Plan B in case life happens and I need to be flexible)
  • Jot down what I eat, drink, and do (not in great detail — no measured amounts, calories, etc.)

I have not gone on a diet.

I have not eliminated any list of “bad foods.” (Though I did take a stand to drastically reduce if not eliminate my dependence on Diet Coke.)

I have not touched the Alli starter pack sitting in my medicine cabinet that I bought on impulse months ago. (The prospect of passing anything that looks like “the grease on top of a pizza”, per their documentation 😛 is not appealing.)

I have not bought anything (other than the impulse purchase of Alli) — no special equipment.

I have not followed any guru’s plan.

I don’t think there’s any secret to this. (That doesn’t mean it’s easy, of course.)

So here’s my dilemma today. How often do I weigh myself? Where is the border between motivation and obsession?

  • Once a day?
  • Once a week?
  • Once a month?
  • Never?
  • 57 times a day in various states of undress? OK, the answer to this one is easy. No.

People swear by any and all of these, saying they need the accountability, they need the motivation, they need to not obsess, etc.

Perhaps I need to experiment and record my findings rather than stress out about finding the One True Answer. I will start with once a week.

What works for you? Leave a comment and let us know.

Fri, August 15 2008 » Motivation, Strategy

2 Responses

  1. Sarah August 15 2008 @ 12:19 pm

    I know it’s bad, but I weigh myself every day.

    That said, I’ve discovered that my weight fluctuations are actually fairly predictable. Eat salty food, gain two pounds the next day. The following day, they’re gone.

    I look for highs and lows — and a trend over time of a slow decline. Which is currently at a standstill. Sigh.

  2. Alexia August 15 2008 @ 12:37 pm

    And that’s “bad” why…? :-)

    One of the things I liked about that Palm app you showed me before was the trendline.

    I think if I had a handle on the trend and I can troubleshoot when the trend is not favorable using my planner, then I can develop better awareness and make changes accordingly.

    I get in trouble when I obsess about the absolute number. So maybe I just have a little graph in my planner with no numbers. Hmm.

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