A New Low!

Well, here it is. Friday again. And that means “weigh in day”…*shudder*… Every Friday I’m afraid that I’ll step on my scale and it will tell me “you’re not losing anything, give it up”… but so far, it hasn’t, and progress is happening! 3.1lbs this week, and just 4.8lbs until i have to take another one of those awful pictures. BUT I’ve promised myself that i can get a charm bracelet when i hit 280, and then every 10lbs after that I can get a new charm for it. so hopefully i can have 10 charms on my pretty bracelet (or more!) by the time i’m done. Not my idea, I admit, I borrowed it from someone else, and thanked them for the idea when i decided to use it as a reward system. It’s a whole lot better than celebrating weight loss by eating out.

My fiance has agreed and said we could spare the 10-15 dollars every month or so. He’s so wonderful!!

Now, other gizmos I’ve purchased and decided to track.

Item #1 – A pedometer.

I purchased a pedometer in order to keep track of my walking for the day, my goal is 10,000 steps per day, eventually. I’m starting out slightly below that and hoping for 8000. I’ll add steps in eventually as my body gets used to moving more.

Item #2 – A blood pressure cuff.

I will be checking and recording my blood pressure daily, as well as my resting pulse rate, to get an idea of how they improve with my lifestyle changes. Apparently better food, and more exercise means weight loss and better blood pressure.

I have spreadsheets where i keep track of all this info. My weight daily, weekly and monthly, difference from previous and total lost. i’ve also got my goal ranges for each day/week/month listed, as well as columns on the daily chart for my steps per day, my blood pressure (at time of weigh in), and my resting heart rate (also at time of weigh in). It’s important to me to keep track of this every step of the way, and numbers can tell the story much better than my words.

As of today,  I’ve lost 15.2 lbs, and I can’t wait to see the “lost” number go up, and the weight on the scale go down. It’s the most encouraging thing!