Happy Monday! And let me tell you, it has been a MON-DAY! I ran late in the morning, overestimated the amount of carbs I had made so there wasn’t enough for my lunch, and banged my knee so hard on the table that I couldn’t speak. The cherry on top of this day was finding out that some of the refugee students I work with are moving out of the district. I know this is off topic but it is really hard not to fall in love with such sweet kids and I’m going to miss those precious babies so much. Take me to the King!! I can’t believe tomorrow is only Tuesday and not the end of the week!
Ok. Rant over! We are two weeks in with four weeks left for the second challenge. It’s been a good week but it’s also been a hard week. Let me preface with this; we are constantly cautioned to stay away from the scale at all costs. Reason being weight fluctuates and changes, and it will just stress us out, and stress will cause us to gain weight. However, I am not the kind of person who can stay off the scale (that stresses me out) and neither is my husband so we don’t really help each other in that area.
Our daily scale spiel is something like this:
Michael: Hey I weighed myself. I’m down two pounds. Are you gonna weigh yourself?
Heather: Really? Let me check!.. But I’m gonna tinkle first because that’s water weight.
Heather: Hey I weighed myself. I’m up a pound! Did you weigh yourself?
Michael: I’m up two, but I just ate, and I finished my gallon of water so it’s probably all the water weight.
Heather: I have to dry my hair before I weigh myself because the water in my hair probably weighs two pounds.
Michael: Yeah, let me pee first because I need to weigh myself too.
Did you weigh yourself?… I weighed myself… Did you check the scale?… Where’s your weight right now?… Do you think this scale is working?… I got on it three times in a row and it’s been different every time… Maybe the scale needs batteries… You changed the batteries and now I’m up 3 pounds!!… Let me weigh myself…I’m down four pounds!!
And on, and on, and on. We are scale fiends. And you may be laughing because this is you too, or shaking your head in disapproval because you know that this is just a mind game. But this is us. We love hopping on and off that old red scale.
This week, during one of our many “Adventures in Weighing,” Michael had just stepped off the scale and I waited until the number cleared and got on. When I looked down to see where I was, the scale had gone up seven pounds! I audibly gasped (literally sucked air) because I had no clue how this could be possible. Then I turned and saw my hubby trying to hold in his laughter. That little weasel had his foot on the back of the scale! I love him very much but it’s things like this that make me call him The Duke of Weselton.
Throughout the week I still had to set alarms to eat but I do find it rather helpful. What I do is set the timer on my phone for two and a half hours and when it goes off I know I have 30 minutes to get my meal or protein shake in. And then I just reset the timer. I think it’s a good system.
I did not go to The Camp every day this week. My parents were in town for the weekend. (YAY!) So instead of going to a class, I took my mom and Riggins on a little hike on some trails near our home. Saturday night we went to the Fiesta Flambeau parade and parked so far away. I did plenty of walking to make up for any time missed in class. The parade was great! I have never in my life seen so many people out for a parade. This picture pales in comparison to the size of the crowd once the parade actually got started.
I didn’t miss too many days at The Camp. In fact, I did a couple of doubles this week. Including Tuesday’s lower body workout with Alicia. She’s so good! My legs were sore for the rest of the week! Michael did his first double ever on Sunday. We had a really fun partner workout that day. The fact that I’m calling it really fun and not being sarcastic is a little scary. But having a partner made it more challenging and interesting. We thought it was so nice we did it twice.
After our workouts we visited the San Antonio Zoo with my parents. The zoo is one of my favorite places to visit. Especially, the petting zoo. We had a blast. We even rode the carousel together like little kids. Not to worry, I’ll only burden you with one family zoo picture.
I mention both the parade and zoo because:
1. We went and it was fun so it bears discussing and
2. Both situations held a lot of Non-Scale Victories for us.
We were able to walk several miles without getting winded or being in pain afterwards. We climbed the bleachers with no problem. It definitely would have been a problem eight weeks ago. We sat in bleachers for at least two hours without feeling our backs ache. We rode the carousel! For the longest time (probably since my honeymoon), I haven’t let myself get on any type of ride for fear of someone saying, “Excuse me ma’am but the ride is not equipped for someone of your size.” Or whatever line they have to say to people who are too big.
This is why even when I don’t see the scale moving, or it’s moving at a snail’s pace, I’ll continue to go to The Camp and stay FTDI. My body continues to change and my limits are no longer limitations but goals to break through. And while not everyone will understand what we’re doing, or why we do it, or why we have to be so disciplined, we aren’t doing this for anyone else but ourselves and our future family. That’s why we do what we do. So we can have a future that isn’t predisposed to be spent in doctor’s offices or hospital beds. I know that sounds extreme but that’s where we were headed. And that WHY is enough for me.
So as usual, today is MONDAY! That means one thing…Weigh-ins!
Thank God, we are still moving forward. Slow as it may be, we are going in the right direction.
I lost 3.8 pounds and Michael lost .4 pounds this week.
Ready for the glamour shot?… BAM! Here you go!
The scale doesn’t always move as quickly as we’d like it to but we have to keep moving forward. We are in control of our daily actions. Did we drink our water? Did we get our meals on time? Did we push ourselves at the gym? If the answer to these questions is yes, then we have to trust the process.
Until next time, have a healthy week!