I use a few different apps on my phone to track my weight loss- besides My Fitness Pal I also use JAWT (Just a Weight Tracker) and TargetWeight. They are essentially the same thing, but each one has individual features that the other doesn't have (graphs, past history, BMI, goals, etc) so I just use both of them. I only enter my weight once a week (Friday's) so I don't even open them all that often. As I was opening up JAWT today to see my past weigh-in's I got kind of discouraged when I saw that I've only lost 10 pounds in the past 4 months. That seems like such a waste! I know its not...but I don't know how much harder I can work or how much healthier I can eat in order to lose weight any faster. Im not going to lie, it really bummed me out for awhile. I kept thinking- what am I doing wrong? I should be at my goal weight by now- I mean c'mon...I've been on this journey for 18 months already! After moping and beating myself up about it, I opened my drawer to look for my little notebook with the measurements I took in January (mid-Jan I believe). I haven't taken them since then (just cause I haven't thought to) and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. Not happy with the numbers themselves (!) but happy to see the progress I'm making.
SM=Starting Measurement (mid Jan 2012)
CM= Curent Measurement (April 19, 2012)
Shoulders: SM- 44" CM- 43" (-1)
Bust: SM- 44.5" CM- 40" (-4.5)
Waist: SM- 38" CM- 35" (-3) (natural waist, smallest part)
Stomach: SM- 43" CM- 39" (-4) (Measurement taken below belly button)
Under Bra: SM- 35" CM- 34" (-1)
Hips: SM- 45.5" CM- 43" (-2.5)
Thighs: SM- 28" CM- 28" (0)
Above Knee: SM- 17" CM- 17" (0)
Calf: SM- 18" CM- 17" (-1)
Ankle: SM- 9" CM- 9" (0)
Upper Arm: SM- 13" CM-12" (-1)
Wrist: SM- 6" CM- 6" (0)
Total Inches Lost: 18 in 4 months!
I knew I was fitting into smaller sizes but had no idea I had actually lost that many inches off my body. I'm now 90% positive is that the reason I'm losing weight so slowly now is because I'm gaining lean muscle. I'm sure I will get to my goal weight eventually- but at this rate it could take 2 more years!
For the past 6 weeks or so I've been weighing myself everyday right when I get up, just to try and see if it helps keep me accountable. It definitely does, because late at night when I get the munchies- I stop myself and remember that when I step on the scale the next morning I'll really regret eating when I didn't need to. I know your natural body weight fluctuates from day to day so weighing every single day really isn't a realistic measurement to go by. I feel like once a week will give me a better idea of my progress. So I'll weigh in tomorrow- and then not again until next Friday.
Today I have 3 miles OR cross training on the schedule. I have a pretty laid back day (home all day, besides taking Austin to/from school) and so I wanted to make the most of it and get a good workout in. I did the elliptical for 45 minutes this morning and then did a 20 min strength training workout. I don't really follow anything specific- I probably should. I just have a list of total body exercises that I cycle though (I do strength training 3x a week). Tonight my husband is taking the kids to the high school volleygame so while they are gone- I am going to do a 3 mile run & then come home and catch up on my DVR in peace & quiet :)
Tomorrow is 5 miles and then I'm doing a 5k race on Saturday!