Today is August 1, meaning I'm back on the scale. I made sure I hopped on before eating, just because I wanted to, you know, be as light as possible. I'll admit, there was a part of me hoping to see the number come in below 190, as a kind of reward for staying away from the scale for a week and just focusing on exercise and trying to make good eating choices.
Alas, 'twas not to be: I weighed in at 195.2 lb.
Yes, I'm not thrilled with this number but I can tell I'm getting slimmer: my clothes fit better; I'm liking my reflection more; and I've recently purchased a few items of clothing (two pairs of shorts and a pair of pants) in beautiful size 12. I'm wondering if part of the weight gain is due to me increasing my muscle mass, but since I haven't weighed myself for a month I can't be sure.
I'm going to restart my Up-Down Challenge with my next official weigh-in on Wednesday August 10 and I'm still going to reward myself with a book; increasing my book ownership is going to be the "up" part of the challenge. But since I'm doing the Canadian Book Challenge, I'll be getting books for that as well, so every time I lose 5 lb, I'm buying a book for myself.
Once again, I find myself aiming for 190.2 lb so that's my short-term goal. Here's a list of where I want to be and when:
By September 30, I would like to weigh 180 lb.
By November 30, I would like to weigh 170 lb.
By December 31, I would like to still weigh 170 lb.
I'll be really happy if I can hit 170 lb and maintain that weight, especially during the delicious Christmas season. And 170 lb feels like it's a good weight for me to aim for, because I should be able to achieve it and because I think it's a good weight for my body type.
I've also got some other goals, which I'll outline this coming week. It's been nice being off the scale for a month, but it does help motivate me so I can't stay away. But to help alleviate the disappointment I feel when the scale doesn't go down as much as I'd like (or when it goes up) I'm going to have other things to use as a way to measure my progress. Because sometimes progress can't be gauged by a simple number on a simple scale.
Even with all this planned in my mind, I still wanted to take advantage of the holiday Monday so I made the Beau and I a delicious brunch:
(Oh, and I'll get back on the loan updates starting August 10 as well!)