Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Under the wire

Weighed in last night in shorts AND a t-shirt. No last minutes sweaty runs in plastic bags were necessary. WW weight was 178.4 which is 1.4 lbs over my goal weight, but .6 lbs under the allowable 2 lb buffer. In short, success!

I'd like to lose another 3 lbs by this time next month. That way I would be under 177 in essentially everday clothes. Will try to gently float that way over the next few weeks. If I can get to a home scale wake up weight of 172, that should do it. If I can make it down to that, I think I'd just like to hover there for a few months.

Monday, August 28, 2006

In the home ... shrink

Got to face the music with a Weight Watchers weigh in sometime before Thursday, the last day of the month. This morning the home scale read 175.5. Now, here's where the fun begins.

1) My goal weight is 177, but I am allowed a 2 lb margin, so anything below 179.1 finishes in the money.

2) My home scale reads 3 lbs less than WW. No way around that. This makes my WW weight 178.5.

3) At home, I am buck naked (at least when I weigh myself and when we have the in-laws to dinner). It is impossible to wear clothing that weighs less than a pound. WW = 179.5. Normal clothing weighs about 2.5 lbs (WW 181), so weigh in in normal clothing is right out!

4) I weigh myself at home first thing in the morning. I usually weigh in at WW after work. After work weight is usually 1 lb more than wake up weight. WW = 180.5.

So here's the plan. Hit 174 on the morning scale by Wednesday morning. Pack shorts and T-shirt to put on after work. Weigh in after work at the 6PM Weds meeting.

Any questions?

Isn't it cheating to weigh in wearing shorts?
Mind your own business! Maybe I just feel like going barefoot and topless in a very small pair of running shorts as a fashion choice.

Why not weigh in at a meeting first thing in the morning?
Feels like cheating and is a pain in the butt.

Isn't this "cheating" definition rather subjective?

What if you are still a few lbs short Wednesday after work?
I could do a quick run. That will usually take off 1.5 lbs. It's water weight, but good enough.

Oh come on now. That's got to be cheating!
You never go running after work? You really should; it's very refreshing.

Wouldn't it be better to just let the numbers come out however they do honestly and then take whatever corrective action is required? Wouldn't that be the more responsible, long-term view?

So that's what you're going to do?

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I Keep Workin' My Way Back To You, Babe

A little song that the Spinners used to sing to a girl, and I sing to 177 lbs.

Ah yes. It was a nice month away. I can't say I was actually vacationing, but it was nice to be away from work. I did indulge in a vacationer's diet, however. When I returned on July 30, the scales tipped at 184 -- 7 lbs over goal. In all fairness, that was also the day after my 40th birthday. Not a tragedy but clearly some work needs to be done. Back to diet mode.

I've been moderately good with some lapses. Exercise is 3x/week and diet is almost there. This morning the scales were at 181. At this pace, I can make goal weight of 177 by the end of August (when I have to put my fat-ass on a scale at a Weight Watchers meeting). I think I will need to be strict on the diet to drop the last 4 lbs in two weeks.

After that I'd like to just hold the line for a few months. This up and down stuff is a bit tiresome.