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You Can’t Judge Success By One Number

January 5, 2003

The scale said 146.5 yesterday. You might expect me to be doing a happy dance about that– after all, it’s another new low for this round of weight loss. Not only have I gotten rid of the pudge I put on during the Christmas season eat-o-rama, I‘ve lost a couple more pounds beyond that. Only six and a half more pounds to goal weight and almost three whole months to lose them– I‘ve just about got this goal in the bag, and that‘s a very good thing, especially since this success follows years of failing to lose the weight.

But I am not doing the happy dance. Why? Because while I’m thinner, I’m also weaker. At least a few of those pounds I’ve lost recently are muscle, and that’s not good. I don’t want to get to my goal weight at any cost; I want to get to my goal weight and be strong and fit, too. Exercise is the way to do that, and I haven’t been doing nearly enough lately. Okay, I haven’t been doing ANY lately. My new exercise log tells the tale; I had to backfill it to November in order to be able to record some real workouts. I’m hoping that putting the log out there will motivate me to get going again, though since January is going to be just about as busy for me as December was, I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to do. I do hope that I’ll be sick less this month; that would help a lot.

My goal is three workouts a week. What counts as a workout? Doing a video by The Firm, as long as it’s more than just a segment from the 5-Day Abs or 5-Day Stretch. If I can add a walk or two or a mini abs or stretch session, that’s bonus points. I know I look better and feel better when I do the tapes regularly; I’ve just got to make the time. Mr. Karen and I had established a pretty good schedule there for a while, so there’s no reason we can’t do it again. I’d say there’s no time like the present; we could start this afternoon, except after fighting it off for days and days, Mr.Karen succumbed to the cold that was making me miserable, and I’m still dragging enough that trying to breathe while moving weights around is not at all appealing, so the exercise log is just going to have to wait a little while longer for an update. Not too long, I hope. Maybe I can manage a few minutes of activity; that’s got to be better than continued slackitude. Wish me strength of mind and body, please.

Holidailies has gone into extra time.

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