It’s a funny thing about perception

by Alison on May 3, 2010

I weight myself everyday, yes, I know there are many people who believe this is a bad idea.  I weigh every day so that I am not shocked by the small changes that happen everyday on the scale.  If I did not weigh every day then the increase at my official weigh in on Saturday would have upset me so much more, but since I know I was down on Friday for the week, almost a pound I KNOW I didn’t gain 1.4 pounds of fat in one day.  1.4 pounds of water, very possibly.  Now if you remember I was still upset with the gain so it’s not foolproof but trust me it keeps me more sane.  I weigh once a day, the fluctuations within a day are just more than I can take 😛  So where is all this going?  Today I stepped on the scale and I am down 2.8 pounds from yesterday, did I really lose 2.8 pounds in a day, NO.  But it still got me excited, the perception that I lost that much even though I KNOW better.  What is nice is that I have now shed the mysterious weight I gained on Friday and the weight from eating out, yes I gain 1-3 pounds when I eat out mostly due to sodium!  So I keep going lose or gain.  The only thing that really throws me is when I gain and I can’t find a reason.  If I gain and it’s real I usually know it and know why but sometimes I gain and it’s not that time of the month, I haven’t eaten out, I haven’t upped my workouts, there is no reason and I’m up, I admit those times frustrate me so I go back to my before pictures and see how far I have come, and remind myself not to let the small gains get in the way of what I have done.  (well I TRY to remind myself of this, sometimes it just puts me in a foul mood!)

Today was a cross training day so I did 10 miles on the bike in 31 minutes, followed by a bowflex full body workout, my arms are really starting to look good!  I actually ate before I worked out because biking after eating doesn’t bother me as much as running after eating.  For breakfast I had peanut butter and banana on a sandwich thin and a nonfat latte.  I love getting in as many good health guidelines in my early meals as  I can, what can I say I like to check off boxes, it makes me happy!  For lunch I had a big old spinach salad since it’s Meatless Monday, followed by Spinach, Parmesan and Couscous stuffed Pepper for dinner.  This was really cheesy and delicious, one of the better stuffed pepper recipes that I have had.  The dogs are becoming monsters about their walks, they feel entitled now, playing in the yard is no longer good enough, this is going to suck when winter comes around again…

Spinach, Parmesan and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

May 3rd

Ate 24 of 24 points. Earned 5 activity points.

  • Breakfast (7) –latte, peanut butter, banana and sandwich thin
  • Lunch (6)–Spinach salad with mandarin oranges, feta, and almonds(5), slice of whole wheat sourdough (1)
  • Snack (1)–Chocolate Vitamuffin (1)
  • Dinner (7)–Spinach, Parmesan and Couscous stuffed Pepper (5), wine (2), roasted cauliflower (0)
  • Snack (3)–Organic Dark Chocolate (3)

Running Weekly totals used 20.5 of 35 weekly points, earned 12 activity points.

Weekly Mileage Count 5.5

Stuffed Pepper with Roasted Cauliflower

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David H. May 4, 2010 at 9:32 AM

I weigh myself on Thursday and Friday and take the lesser of two evils as my official weight. That also eliminates any mid-week questioning that might come if the scale is crazy from day to day.

Alison May 4, 2010 at 2:25 PM

That makes sense, my official WeightWatchers weigh in is on Saturday morning, so that’s the one I post, for good or ill 😛

Biz May 4, 2010 at 1:53 PM

Alis0n – love the idea of adding couscous to your stuffed peppers! Yummo!

I still need to get my bike out of my basement – I am always reminded when I read about your bike rides!
.-= Biz´s last blog ..Baked Chili Rellenos =-.

Alison May 4, 2010 at 2:28 PM

LOL bike rides, think stationary bike…

This lovely town I live in makes me scared to drive sometimes let alone bike. My car insurance went up over $200 a year moving here, from about 20 miles away, yes the drivers really are that bad, I have decided they are worse than Los Angeles drivers and I didn’t know that was possible. Seems okay a couple cities away but every day here I see so many near accidents it’s SCARY!!

beej May 5, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Yeha, just recently, I decided to start weighing myself every day. That change has really helped me feel better. And I love your reasoning!

Golly, your food still looks great every time I see it!
.-= beej´s last blog ..Namaste my a$$ =-.

Sarah May 6, 2010 at 2:47 PM

Another plus to weighing yourself daily, at least in my book, is it keeps you honest and more inclined to step on that scale.
When I am doing it daily, I am more conscious of what I consume. And like you, I am fine with the daily fluctuations. But I weighed myself a few times this week for the first time a long time — months. And while it’s not a great time of month for me, I am undeniably up a few pounds. I have been meaning to weigh myself for at least the past month, but I’ve been too scared, since I could see my tummy had grown puffier. But I wouldn’t have gotten scared, or so far off track, if I had daily held myself accountable to those numbers on the scale.
Knowing that I let this happen — the weight gain, but also that it went on so long because I got out of the habit of weighing myself — only adds insult to injury.
Our goals are different, but the tools are the same. Always. And so basic.

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