Well this is one of those posts I hate to write, but I have to in order to be honest with myself. This week I have to report a gain, boo. Not a bad one, and certainly one I will overcome, but still gains have a tendency to get me down. Last week at our WW meeting, we discussed how the number on the scale can influence us. I brought up the fact that, as people greet each other at the meetings, I notice everyone responds with their weigh-in results.
"Hey, how are you doing this morning?"
"Terrible, I gained half a pound."
"Hi, are you having a great day so far?"
"Yes, I lost two pounds this week!"
No one ever just says, yeah it's beautiful weather outside and it's the weekend so I'm feeling fantastic! The lady beside me said that in the past, if she came in and had a gain, she was so disheartened she wouldn't stay for the meetings, she would slink back home. But she said she realized, those are the most important days to stay for the meetings, and she was not going to let the scale chase her away again. I admit, I've done that before. Because I also track my weight at home, I know before I even get to the meeting if I've gained or not. In the past, I would find an excuse not to go to the meeting, because I didn't want to see that weigh-in with the plus sign on it. Silly, right? Just because I skipped the meeting, doesn't mean I did not have that gain!!
So this will probably be one of those weeks. Monday morning while I was cleaning up some things in the closet, I leaned over too far to pick up something, and pulled my back. I have been in agonizing pain ever since, and so stiff and tight I can hardly move. I've done everything in my power to get through this- Motrin and muscle relaxers, pain patches, heating pad, stretching. I forced myself to get on the treadmill both Monday and Tuesday, but I could only go at a snail's pace. Monday I barely got through one mile, and yesterday a little more. But I was walking so slow, I'm not sure it even registered on my ActiveLink. Needless to say, today I'm showing a three pound gain this week. I truly haven't eaten very much- intense pain sort of dulls my appetite- so I know it's because I haven't been able to get in my four miles each day.
I've got to get better soon. In a few minutes I'm going to head to the treadmill, and at this point just leaning over to get my socks and sneakers on is the biggest hurdle. More than that, I'm trying to get us ready to leave on Friday for our New Orleans trip. I have lots of chores around the house that I'm behind on because I can't even bend over to pick up one of the cats, much less push a vacuum cleaner. And tomorrow I have errands in town that I can't put off any longer. If I wake up on Thursday feeling like this again, I'm not sure what I will do. My WW meetings are at 8am on Fridays, so as slow as I'm moving, this might be one of those weeks where I have to find my backbone and face the scale anyhow, knowing that it may be a gain. Or I may just have to cut myself some slack and say, my body just needs to rest this week in order to heal, so don't have a guilt trip if I stay at home on Friday and miss a meeting.
This week I finished my 12-week challenge on my ActiveLink, and the very next day I started a new one. I had several options to choose from, and I picked the same challenge again, where the ActiveLink will spend the next three months slowly increasing my activity level. The first challenge, I started off earning 5 points a day and by the time the 12 weeks was up, I was at 7 points a day. This new challenge will gradually take me from 7 to 9 points by the time it's over. That will be right around the start of the holiday festivities, so I should be able to sail right through November and December. That's the plan anyhow!
Here are some of my stats for the first 12-week challenge:
Activity increase 30%
Activity PointPlus® values
Total so far: 499-
This is about the same as walking 3 and a half times the distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
Days in the zones
Average goal achievement per day 95%
Highest goal achievement 153% July 22, 2013
Activity increase 30%