"What a stinking fraud I am. I have a blog called Shrinking Sisters, and I'm not losing any weight!"
(I'm not going to comment on my sister's weight loss; I'll leave that up to her.)
That's what I was thinking a couple weeks ago leading up to last week's Fitbloggin' convention in Baltimore.
So I took that weekend to recommit myself to do some actual shrinking because by next year's convention I want jaws to drop -- or to at least go slack a little bit.
So I'm happy to say that from the Monday after I got home to this past Monday, I dropped 4 pounds.
Scales drive some people crazy and evoke all sorts of hatred but after not weighing and weighing once a week, I find that stepping on the scale every morning keeps me aware of the little fluctuations and serves as a signal to keep going.
I decided to weigh every day because I'm the kind of person who can step on the scale once a week and see it swing wildly up and down 3 or 4 pounds at a time. I want to be able to see where things start going south (north, really).
I'm really not eating any differently, but this past Sunday's episode of Ruby had me thinking about that. Ruby's scale has been stuck and she wants to get below 300 in the worst way, so she decided to make five changes in her life -- things like taking the stairs, changing her workout and dumping the diet soda.
So I thought about what five changes I could incorporate. Here are mine (cue the trumpets):
- Cereal will only be eaten with a bowl and a spoon, not by the handful out of the Tupperware container.
- If I'm eating for recreation (yes, it happens sometimes), I'll do it with raw vegetables. My trip to the new green market in town will keep the fridge stocked with good-tasting produce.
- Exercise will not be negotiable. Something will be done every day, even if it's as small as the 12-minute strength-training DVD workout I did on Monday. That little bugger still has my butt sore from the squats and lunges.
- Coffee, tea and water will be my liquids of choice. I don't have a diet soda issue (I can quit anytime!). Seriously, I drink maybe two a week, but that carbonated science project has been shown to trigger sweet cravings in people so when I'm out and about (because it's easy to control at home), it'll be an unsweetened iced tea or water for me.
Eeek! I've only come up with four!
What should be my fifth change? Is there a "rule" you incorporate for weight-loss success?