Shannon Stacey

In need of momentum

I dragged my feet walking to the scale today, imaginary funeral dirge music playing in my head. Honestly, if not for you guys, I would have found an excuse to avoid it. I didn’t have a great week. We had my stress, the teen’s midterms/finals stress, my husband’s medical check-up stress and an overall joint ohmigod, this college stuff is hard stress.

I lost 1.2 pounds. I actually stepped off the scale, let it reset, and then did it again because I absolutely wasn’t expecting the number to be lower than last week’s, even if only a little. Maybe it’s enough momentum to carry me through. And when I’m feeling a little discouraged, I’ll just look at my “official” author photo here on my site and then pop over to my Twitter avatar. As Meg pointed out, I have made a difference.

Some of you may know/remember that in September of 2008, my husband had emergency carotid surgery after a series of TIAs. Apparently it’s been long enough so the horror of that time has faded and his diet went to crap and his numbers are not good. No symptoms, thank goodness, but they’re sending him for an ultrasound and his doctor had the come to Jesus talk with him. 2012 was the year of take-out and unhealthy prepackaged quickie meals, but we’re going to get back on track. Besides straightening his cholesterol out, it should help me stay on a better path. It’s weird maybe, but I have no willpower when it comes to me, but keeping him away from McDonald’s I can do. Keeping him away will help keep us all away.

Because my blood pressure was a little high this week and I had several morning appointments, I didn’t start Wii Zumba, but I’m going to. Honest.

How’d you guys do this week?

8 comments to “In need of momentum”

  1. Sharon M
      · January 18th, 2013 at 9:14 am · Link

    I had stomach flu for three days, ate and drank nothing for huge portions of those days, and then only ate crackers or soup or carbs when I did eat. I lost…nothing. I don’t get it.

    The only way I lose weight is if I exercise a lot and then make sure I go to bed at night hungry. That kinda sucks. I was hoping for at least one positive from that stupid stomach flu.


  2. Nicole
      · January 18th, 2013 at 9:40 am · Link

    Well, I’ve stayed the same as last week. I did go to the gym yesterday, but then ended up going out to eat, so that kinda negated the workout plus some. I did resist dessert, though. I need to find some motivation. I’m sick of being fat.

  3. Jean
      · January 18th, 2013 at 9:41 am · Link

    I’ve noticed my husband slipping away from his low sodium diet instilled in 2011 when he had a stent installed. I’m still working on keeping it, because I benefit from it, too. Congrats on taking that step onto the scale. I’m in a holding pattern, but I resumed tracking on the first of the year after not doing so for a year. I’m prepared to make the ext step which will be baby step modifications to bring points into alignment with goals.

  4. Katie D.
      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:05 am · Link

    On my official weigh-in on Sunday, I had gained about a half-pound over the previous week, but it was a bit expected and wasn’t that much in the overall scheme of things. Unofficially, I’m down about a pound and a half since Sunday. What I learned this week is that I can still be smart even when I making not-so-great choices. Example: on Tuesday one of my coworkers brought in a lot of donuts to help celebrate the fact that an article I wrote for an industry publication was selected to be the cover article. I had five donuts. Five very, very yummy donuts. Two each of chocolate iced with sprinkles and chocolate iced with shredded coconut. I can’t even remember what the fifth donut was. I think toasted coconut. However, those donuts were all I ate at work. I didn’t snack on anything else. When I got home, I had my tasty protein brinner for dinner and that was it. Besides all the grapefruit juice I drank during the day. I also kept up with my walking and made sure I hit over 10k steps for the day. When I weighed myself the next morning, I’d finally reached 275 as the first three digits of my weight. It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen those numbers.

    I didn’t beat myself up for having that many donuts, and I went right back to my usual healthier eating habits the next day. Yesterday, when I was *craving* salt, especially that which comes on BBQ Lays potato chips, I instead dug out some knock off Wheat Thins and let that satisfy the craving. When I was still hungry after that (I had also eaten a PB&J on wheat for lunch and had an applesauce cup), I grabbed a banana to eat instead of running to the breakroom to get something out of the vending machine. Overall, I’m feeling really good and am thinking I may need to move up my timeline of getting new and specially fitted gymshoes as I need something more supportive for all the walking I’m doing.

  5. Tracy S
      · January 18th, 2013 at 10:46 am · Link

    I stayed the same, but with my period coming, I hope that means I actually lost a little–I tend to go up a pound or two right before my period starts.

    Either way, I’m glad for the fact that I did not gain weight over the holidays!!

  6. Amy R
      · January 18th, 2013 at 11:22 am · Link

    Why is it easy to take care of someone else but not ourselves? When I was pregnant with our two kids I ate so well because I knew I wanted to do my best for them. Since then I take good care of them with food but not myself. Geesh. It is hard and I commend you for being so public and real about your life here on your blog. Many of your readers really appreciate you sharing that part of your life with us! You and your family are in my prayers!

  7. azteclady
      · January 18th, 2013 at 12:52 pm · Link

    College stuff for kids is horrible–the pits. Confusing and demanding and…just horribly hard. Here’s wishing you all the best of luck with it, while cheering you on for the loss of the week.

    Small weight losses tend to stick more than the big ones, at least for me.

    I’m still doing well with the diet–mostly salads, and even if it’s Caesar dressing instead of a low fat vinaigrette, at least it’s not bread. My main problem is, still, the lack of exercise.

  8. Lynda the Guppy
      · January 18th, 2013 at 6:00 pm · Link

    I’m down another 1.2. Yay! My weigh in day is Monday, though. LOL So I’m down a total of 3.6 this year so far. I have a goal I want to hit before RT. It’s a realistic one, so I’m hoping I make it. It’s nowhere NEAR my actual WW goal weight, but it’s a start, and I know if I get back even to that RT goal weight, I’ll feel MUCH better.

    I did your trick with the jars and the marbles, and I’m loving moving those little marbles from one jar to the next. LOL.

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