Monday, June 11, 2012
Six Pounds In June: Week 1 Check-In
As I mentioned last week, I am anxious to get the weight loss portion of my personal journey to my dream size out of the way and thus decided to set a mini-goal of losing six pounds in June. I think that's reasonable although depending on how my thyroid is functioning I could possibly not make it. But, thyroid or no, I think it's a good goal to shoot for.
My week of eating went really well despite the fact that I wanted to eat all the time. What was interesting about this is that on the third day, I realized I wasn't hungry but that I was wanting to eat to alleviate the chronic and nagging aches and pains I'm having right now. It was as if my brain was screaming for relief and of course it's been proven that when we eat certain foods, it releases endorphins in our brain which make us feel momentary relief. I'm sure that feeling of wanting relief was exacerbated by the fact that although I am exercising I just can not exercise as intensely as I'm used to, therefore no runner's highs for me right now.
Overall I guess I'd give myself a B for behaving (for the most part). In any case I felt confident that when I stepped on my Zero Scale there would be some downward movement. Back to that in a minute.
Late Thursday night, Little Helen came into town to spend a couple days. She had been at a conference in New York City all week and since that's only 2 hours from home thought that she'd make a mid-year appearance. Once we were positive that she was coming in, we put together an impromptu picnic for family members so that everyone who was available could stop by to see her.
One of my sister-in-laws knew she couldn't be there on Saturday so she stopped by on Friday night and after weeks of rain, we got a patio night! - made extra special by the fact that Mr. Helen grilled filet mignon and lobster tails for us!
At one point SIL excused herself and when she came back she said, "Something is wrong with your scale, it says I weigh 200-something!" (There is no way.) Mr. Helen piped in and said, "Yeah I noticed the other day that it was acting funky, I think it needs new batteries." (We have separate scales.) I asked her why she even weighed herself and she said she's been dieting but doesn't have a scale. I offered to go back in and show her how to get her weight on the Zero Scale but she declined.
We had a wonderful evening - so much fun that before we knew it, it was 11:00 p.m.! We hustled off to bed because Saturday was picnic day and we had lots of prep to do.
As it turned out staying up until almost midnight meant I slept until 7 am, so I had a quick cup of coffee then hustled out to try to do a 5 mile run. I say 'try' because I was a hurting puppy when I got up and I wasn't sure my left side would let me run. Happily I managed to get one in, though I paid for it afterwards, all day long. (Doctor's appointment scheduled for Wednesday and it can't come soon enough!)
Got home and hurried to get my food prep done for the picnic and at least sweep the kitchen floor and wipe down the bathrooms. As I got ready to get in the shower, I realized I had never weighed myself so I ran back downstairs to the Zero Scale. Here's a secret: I don't even wear my glasses (they might weigh 6 oz.!) so everything looks fuzzy to me. If I want a photo, I get the camera all zoomed prior to stepping on so that I can just point and shoot - which I did. As I looked down, I thought, "Huh, that looks like a gain. Oh no. How could that be? And it looks double digits? WHAT IS HAPPENING?"
Ran upstairs, grabbed my glasses to look at the photo and this is what I saw:
At first I was in such SHOCK at gaining 24.4 pounds in a week, that I didn't notice, it wasn't a week. As I continued to stare at the photo and try to process what the hell was going on, I saw the "0" as in 0 days. And that's when I realized that my SIL had stepped on the Zero Scale (not Mr. Helen's scale) and that she thought it was saying she weighed 244 pounds, and that in reality she had weighed herself from 'my' previous zero so I weigh 24.4 pounds more than she does. GAH!
Long story short? I have no idea how my first week of June went in terms of the scale. I had to reset the scale and start from zero again. And now you know why when we had the picnic on Saturday, we put the scales away LOL!