Monday, 8 September 2008

After weeks ... months of being too terrified to face the scale I finally weighed myself yesterday. The number was horrible as expected after all the months of unchecked eating.

I've decided to try weighing myself everyday for awhile. I need to get over my terror of the scale and start seeing it as a useful reality checking tool. The idea is not to become obsessed but just to become more aware of how my body's weight fluctuates from day to day in relation to what I eat and my physical activity.

My food is not great but it is definitely getting better.

I'm still doing my stretching, weights and cross trainer for an hour 5 days a week. I read somewhere that you need to do something 17 times before it becomes a habit. I don't know if this is true but exercising is becoming more automatic and less of the tooth pulling struggle it was.

I've noticed some physical benefits as well which I feel good about. e.g. my thighs, arms and torso are looking less lumpy and more smooth and I am becoming more limber and flexible. During the Olympics, I saw the divers bending over and place their palms flat on the ground in front of them in preparation for a handstand and I wanted to be able to do that ... the flat palms not the handstand ... though that would be nice one day too. Anyway, every morning I stretch I try to get my palms closer to the ground and this morning I succeeded in touching it. This made me feel really good.

I started work at the college this week, not teaching yet just meetings and student advisement sessions. I'm really looking forward to this school year. I'm teaching a few new classes that should be a lot of fun ... for me anyway ;P


  1. Way to go! I read that it was 21 days -- three weeks to create a new habit. I'd say 17 days is close enough.

    Congratulations on touching the ground. Isn't it nice to see some improvement, even if it's just another inch or so?

    Keep on truckin'!

  2. Good job! I find the exercising part to be the hardest part. I need to make an all-out effort at making it a habit. 21 days? It sounds doable, but I have a hard time making it to three!

    I just updated my blog - the weight has gone down, but not because of anything good! I'm happy for the numbers, but not happy at the method...

  3. It makes it all worth it when we can see the fruits of our labours.

    I don't know how long it takes to change behaviours I thought it was 6 weeks, so I'm way off the mark.

  4. The numbers on my scale are also currently horrible. I've allowed myself to lose all self control with regard to eating and absolutely need to bring my mind back into a place of greater sanity with this. You seem to be heading there yourself. Congratulations again to your hubby. Not being able to accept a prize because of a publishing contract is a delicious sort of disappointment. Your tenacity in sticking to your exercise routine inspires me.

  5. Hey, girl... I have a little something for you over on my main blog...



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