The Tale of My Scale
We needed a new scale so I decided to get one of those fancy digital ones that connect via Bluetooth, WiFi, and Gregorian Chants. The scale arrived on or just before Dec 1st and I started weighing myself. I weighed myself 3 times because I just couldn’t believe how fat I am wanted to get an accurate baseline starting point.
In the first seven days, my weight fluctuated from 220 to a low of 213 lbs. I didn’t do anything remotely resembling exercise and it was the holiday season so I wasn’t exactly watching my diet. Then I decided to get a little more serious and started watching what I was eating, making an effort to eat more healthy — I found this recipe for Panzanella which turned out okay on the first try and even better once I added the bread and cut the vegetables smaller and more consistently.
I even started tracking my steps and running a mile when the opportunity arose. Some days I don’t get my steps in until bedtime, other days I get them before dinner. I have no doubt I’m producing at least 10K steps daily if not more. I just don’t capture all of them.
There was still weight fluctuation but it got a little more steady. The range was now 214 – 217 lbs, give or take. This was late December and the rituals appropriated from Pagans holidays my family celebrates kicked in. My BIL made Prime Rib so it wasn’t easy to control the weight, especially since adult beverages go along with those meals.
For the most part, my weight has stabilized to about 215 lbs and trending downwards. Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get a little more serious and see if I can bring that down more. My goal is to get back down to 200 lbs or thereabouts.
We are attempting Dry January again after too many stops and starts last year. Personally, I think February is easier with a couple of fewer days and no NFL playoffs but that is me.
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