Tuesday, December 25, 2007

3 Weigh-In: Pounds Once Gained Are Now Lost Again!


As expected, I lost the 0.4 lbs. I gained a few days ago. While I now weigh a slight bit more than what I weighed on 12/12/07 (1 pound more to be exact), I'm not going to fret about it.

I don't typically worry about 1-2 pound fluctuations, as there are always many factors, & even more so right now, now that the holidays are here. In general, weight gain could be the result of any number of factors: The time of day of the weigh-in, holiday meals or other special occasions, possible water-retention, muscle-building, etc.

The way I like to think about it is this: I've got 8.8 more pounds to go to get to my old goal weight number & only 13.8 lbs. more to go to get to my new weight goal (which is my "athletic ideal weight" goal).

I still think I look pretty freakin' fantastic, if I do say so myself. ;-) I'm not saying this to be proud or pompous or vain, but I do think I deserve to enjoy/appreciate the results of all my hard work! And while I'm not yet at "goal weight," it's not going to stop me from reveling in feeling great about myself for what I've achieved!

Yes, even those of us who haven't lost all of the weight we need to lose can still feel confident about the changes thus far, & enjoy our progress & the journey to a fitter, healthier self. And we can all use these achievements as motivation to keep going on this journey. I like to look at it in the wider sense -- It's a journey of self-improvement, & not just in the areas of fitness, health, & nutrition. We can use these improvements as a way to spur ourselves on in other areas of our live as well.

Of course the increased body-confidence and overall self-confidence are very typical by-products of getting into shape!

Speaking of which, I wore a fun sweater dress to go out with my friends last night, which I wouldn't have dared to wear when I was twenty-some odd pounds heavier. I did a double-take passing by the mirror before I went out: Yes, this was really me! Sometimes I just have to pinch myself to believe that the "old -- a.k.a. thin -- me" I was used to seeing a few years ago is now back once more again.

While I've been a healthy weight for most of my life, over the last few years, I was definitely not a healthy weight. So, it's been a mental adjustment to see myself as the thin person I used to be. Or rather, that might be a tad be inaccurate to phrase it that way: I am actually not that same person. I'm a completely new person inside, regardless of my "return" to my former weight.

While I now weigh around what I weighed my senior year of high school, I realize that I now actually look far better than I did back then. And back then, I was running in track & field, but I didn't run or lift anywhere near as regularly as I do now.

I feel toned & buff, even despite my current body fat percentage (which still is a few points higher than I'd like). Even back in middle school, I remember being around 21-22% body fat (after getting this measurement one day in gym class), which was still considered to be "normal" & healthy. So keeping that in mind, I'm actually striving for a goal that I have never realized before -- 14-20% body fat. I get goose-bumps from the excitement of just thinking about reaching these personal milestones! Wow, I can be better than I ever was before! Pretty exciting stuff!

So anytime I feel discouraged about stuff going on in my life, I just remind myself what I've already achieved. And while I'm "not yet there," in terms of my weight-goals & body-fat percentage goals, I know that all I have to do is keep going.

The plain fact of the matter is this: Exercising is really not that hard. It's just a matter of doing it, just like the Nike commercial ("Just do it!"). And since running is quite literally putting one foot in front of the other, it's a good of a metaphor as any. ;-)


Brian Thistle said...

Wow you are into a lot of things!A good book I recommend is "Running with Buffalo", it's inspiring.You think so much about dieting and weight loss that I lost interest reading. But if you are serious about completeing a marathon, by the time you are running the kind of miles you need to for marathon training the pounds are just going to fall off. I started running after graduating college in 2000, I was 6 ft and 195 lbs. It took a couple of years until I got serious and ran my first half marathon in 2003 with a time of 1:54. I ran half marathons every year since and completed my first marathon last spring and a half marathon in the fall with a time of 1:42. I am not the fastest, but pretty fast and my weight is 162 lbs. I need to eat better, but my running keeps the weight off. Good Luck!

cyberpenguin said...

Hi Brian,

Thanks for your comments & book recommendation. Sounds like you're doing really well with your running & race training. Kudos on maintaining your weight through running.

Well, don't know how much you've been following my blog, but I do talk about lots of other things besides weight loss & eating right. Like running & weight lifting for example. And running gear & apparel.

And also, just for the record, I'm not into dieting, but rather just eating nutritious foods in reasonable amounts. ;-)

As I've mentioned in previous posts, weight loss & marathon-training are two different goals. So, first I get rid of the excess 8-13+ pounds through my running & eating right & then I start the marathon training.

Have you see the Nova Marathon Challenge on PBS? They also talk about this same issue (i.e., the two different goals of weight loss & marathon-training). A marathoner & nutritionalist on this show said that eating nutritious foods in the proper amount actually will have a faster effect on weight loss than marathon-training by itself. She also said that marathoners actually need to eat more food when they marathon train to properly nourish/fuel the body, & that, as a result, marathon-training isn't always the most expedient path to weight loss. In fact, this was also demonstrated by the average participant in the Nova marathon training program, with one major exception. And this person had more than 70 pounds to lose, so the results were more dramatic than those participants who had 30 or less pounds to lose. The point of the program wasn't weight loss, it was to see if the average person could complete a marathon.

It's been my observation that men seem to lose weight faster than women on the whole, & also, regardless of gender, people's weight-loss experience obviously varies from individual to individual.

I've only got 8-13 pounds left to lose, so while it might seem like to some that I'm obsessive about weight-loss, in reality, I'm only reporting my progress as I try to lose the remaining pounds. That's part of what this journal is about. After I lose the weight, I'll probably stop talking about it altogether. ;-) As you might've noticed, I also write about running quite a lot, so if you don't care about the weight loss entries, just skip over them & just read the ones about running! ;-)

Anyhow, you've got some great race times & I look forward to hearing more from you!

Happy New Year!

Abimars said...

Its the whole package! You've got a wealth of knowledge from your personal experience, and you're always willing to share, we follow you through your highs and lows and for me, it actually helps when I hit a low cos I remember Corey's been there and she overcame.
P.S and you're so supportive its incredible!

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