Zero’s don’t mean too much.
Why am I’m posting a song about Zero? Because if you look at my daily weigh-in numbers, and records the starting weight on February 1st, and then the weigh-in from February 28th, that is how much weight I lost the whole entire month.
Yet, I’m counting it on one of my most successful months since I started. Why? Because I’m tracking so much more than just the scale, and all those numbers (even the apparently non-budging scale) is going in the right direction.
Some examples from February:
- Average pounds lost per week: 1.15
- Ran 26.8 miles in February and Walked 11.3
- Shaved 30 seconds off my average jogging pace
- Hit my water goals 99% of the time
- My trend line decreased by 3.8 pounds.
- BMI and BF% both decreased a half a point
My energy is up, I’m doing things with my kids, my wife, and the people I love. I’m engaged and productive at work.
Here are my daily weigh-ins for the last 4 weeks:
The purple circles are the beginning and end of the month, and they both are 290. What happened? Superbowl party, Stressful week at work, Valentine’s Day. That week was rough, and I tried doing it with less calories than my allotted budget. In other words, I got greedy.
I changed my calorie goal the last week of January to subtract another 250 calories a day from my budget. I was thinking that’s what I’m usually under, so why not make that match. First week, great success, the next few were a struggle very spikey ups and downs, and my hunger was much more evident. I readjusted to what LoseIt! calculated on February 15th and I think the results speak for themselves.
On February 25th, I met my intermediate goal of losing 8 pounds, and set a new goal of losing 15 more pounds. But I’ve adjusted my plan, instead of trying to lose 2 pounds a week, I’ve adjusted that up to 1.5 pounds per week. I’m gonna let that ride until I’ve met the 15 pound goal, and then see what to change for the next goal after that (16, then 23, then 42 then i’ll be at goal weight).
Don’t let that Zero mean so much to you, count all the other things you are doing right in your journey, and pay it forward.