Are we focusing too much on weight during the lockdown?

Hey, everyone! How are you holding up? I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a lot of quality crocheting and knitting projects done.

And my weight is pretty much staying the same, a little up, a little down, but basically circling around the same area it’s been for the last several months:

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However, I’m thinking after today I might give myself a break from the weigh-ins.

Don’t worry, I’ll still blog! But I came across this article in Glamour Magazine last week, “Everyone is Terrified of Getting ‘Quarantine Fat’ and Just Enough Already,” in which author Lindsay Schallon says:

Despite the fact we’re going through an unprecedented health crisis, the prevailing message on social media right now is that we’re somehow supposed to be “making the most” of our time spent indoors. Write that novelOrganize your closetBake breadGet quarantine fit!

Now, I don’t blame anyone for taking up a new hobby in order to distract themselves. You can only have so many conversations with your cat until you begin to feel completely deranged. But that last one—the idea that we should be using all this “extra time” to lose weight, or at least not gain any—moves beyond feeling productive and gives into a societal fear I thought we were moving past: Getting “fat.”

And I think she makes some great points! It’s what I’ve been saying as well: if cocooning with a good book and a big bowl of M&M-laced trail mix is what you need to help you get through this time of very legitimate angst, I am NOT going to tell you you’re wrong!

And neither is Pope Frankie!

So do what you need to do to stay sane! Sure, I think it’s great if you’re enthusiastic about doing more exercise and working out and sticking to your diet. But it’s ALSO great if you’d rather put off the healthy stuff till the crisis passes.

Do what you need to do! And in the spirit of nonjudgmentalism (also because, frankly, next week is Easter, which means a whole lot of cheese and chocolate and eggs and meat, in our household anyway!)…

…I’m hereby giving MYSELF a break from the Official Weekly Rhymin’ Weigh-Ins, till April 30th.

(and btw, so long, Schitts Creek!! loved that series finale!!)

Again, I’ll still check in on Wednesdays with a cheery “howdy”! Just won’t be updating the numbers for a while. So feel perfectly free to do the same! You have this kinda-sorta diet guru’s full permission!

See ya next week for the NON-weigh-in!

Happy Monday – it’s Weekly Weigh-In Day!

I know, I know … I said Mondays would be Weigh-In Day. And I will, I swear! It’s just … um … [shuffles feet nervously]

Well, come on… it’s Labor Day!

AND I had cake for my birthday (thanks, Elaine!).

AND last night was the big “Twin Peaks: The Return” finale (no spoilers, but trust me: this will be your reaction:)

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So it’s been an exciting weekend, which doesn’t always transfer into weight loss.

But that’s OK. I’m not worried! After all, I’m the one who’s always prattling on to my husband about how it doesn’t matter if he’s gained a little weight after one “bad” day (i.e., too many calories). We all know there are fluctuations, and that scales are never 100% accurate.

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There are all sorts of excuses out there for those little post-holiday weight gains, right? And anyway, I’m just a humble blogger. I’m not a nutritionist or a dietician. I’m not qualified to educate anyone on how to lose weight.

So – with all those disclaimers out of the way, am I going to give you my Weekly Weigh-In, or am I not?

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Heh … yeah, I am. Ready?

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That’s right – I LOST 0.5 pounds over the weekend! Hah – fakeout!

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Had you worried there for a sec, huh?

Seriously, though, I guess if I really want to be an educational weight loss blogger, I should point out that if you weigh yourself every day, your weight is going to go up and down for any reason and no reason at all, and when you least expect it.

So whatever the numbers on the scale say today, don’t panic. Aworkoutroutine has a great post on his excellent blog about this (Weighing Yourself), and I’ve been following his suggestion:

…weigh yourself every day and then take the AVERAGE at the end of the week (and base your decisions on THAT weekly number)… then you’ll have the most accurate figure you could possibly get. Doing it this way actually serves to eliminate the potential of daily weight fluctuations throwing things off.

It’s a great suggestion, and it’s been working well for me. I’m way less concerned about my weight on Monday morning, since even if it’s a gain, I know by the end of the week it’ll undoubtedly average out to something lower.

What do you think? How often do you weigh yourself, and does that work for you? Let me know in the comments, if you like.

Or, just go back to sleep, and enjoy the rest of your day. After all, it’s Labor Day!

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How about Monday?

I’ve been thinking about which day of the week to do my “official” weigh-in, for purposes of this blog.

In the past, when I was attending Weight Watchers meetings (yeah, I did that too!), it was Saturday morning. I liked that, because then I basically had a whole weekend to pig out before starting fresh Monday morning.

Now, though, I’m tending to pig out a lot less, but when I do, it’s usually Sunday. Can’t resist those church donuts – mmm …

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Since I began this latest version of “My Weight Loss Journey” (and if I ever say it like that again, please feel free to smack me!), I’ve been weighing myself five days a week – Monday through Friday – then averaging those together to enter on My Fitness Pal.

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But now I’m thinking, why not make Monday my official Weigh-in Day? Here’s some more or less good reasons:

1. Since I’m no longer working in a crappy little cubicle, in a crappy little office, doing crappy, depressing work, Mondays are no longer the crappiest day of the week for me. I need something to bring back that crappy “I Hate Mondays!” feeling, so my burgeoning legions of readers will sense that I still understand them, as I rocket off into blog stardom. (less good)

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2. Since Sunday tends to be the day I’m most likely to pig out (reminder: church donuts!), Monday is the day my weight is at its highest, so perhaps it’ll give a more accurate picture of my true progress. (slightly more good)

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3. I’m awake anyway, I might as well do something useful. (okay, I’m reaching now)

Hmm. Okay, Monday it is! So here it is, my OFFICIAL weigh-in for the week of August 28, 2017:

237.1 lbs

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That’ll be my official STARTING weight, too, so starting NEXT Monday, I’ll start noting how many pounds I’ve lost, as well.

That’s it for today – thanks for reading! Hope your week goes well. Oh, and if YOU have to go to work in a crappy little cubicle, in a crappy little office, doing crappy, depressing work, do yourself a favor: rent “Office Space” IMMEDIATELY, and show your flair!

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