A Professor Trelawney Weigh-in

I have followed Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program for the last week. I ate tons of fruits and veggies, but I’ll also admit I had some processed foods as well. I got in plenty of exercise, including three different Zumba classes.

How did I fare?

I weighed in on January 9, 2011, at 360.7, which is 1.5 pounds less than last Sunday! Woo hoo!

January 9, 2011
Last Week’s Weight: 362.2
Today’s Weight: 360.7
Change from All-Time High: 42.1 pounds
Change from Last Week: -1.5 pounds

I am also going to take a few body measurements so I can report on those changes as they occur as well.

Chest: 53 1/2″
Stomach: 62 1/4″
Bicep: 17″

It is a little jarring to realize that my stomach is wider around than some people are tall. That is a truly honest measurement, because I purposefully “let it out.” I didn’t suck it in like I do most of the time. I can’t wait until it is smaller around than 5 feet. I probably won’t record my inches every weigh-in, but I definitely want a record of them so I can see them change.

Regardless, I am happy today, because I weigh less today than I did on January 2nd!

I am dubbing January 9th’s weigh-in a Professor Trelawney Weigh-in!

Why Professor Trelawney? Well let me explain.

I’m a HUGE Harry Potter geek. Seriously, absolutely, completely love the entire series. One of my probably unattainable goals in life is to be the next J.K. Rowling. No, I don’t want to be a blonde Scottish woman, but I do want to have created an elaborate, magical world with in-depth rules.

In Harry Potter, there is a divination teacher named Professor Trelawney. She is the direct descendant of a famous seer, but sadly, Professor Trelawney’s skills in the area of divination are quite limited. She just isn’t very good. She’s only made a tiny handful of true predictions, and she goes into a trance when she made those, so she doesn’t even remember them.

Just the same, she reads tea leaves, keeps detailed dream journals, and looks into crystal balls like it’s no one’s business. It’s even her career! So even though it does her no good whatsoever, she is always consulting her various mediums to see how the future is going.

I’m equating crystal balls with getting on the scale every day. I’ve done it for the majority of my “dieting” life. I’m always trying to see the future of my weight loss efforts, even just one day in. This week, I didn’t. Here’s the difference it made.

1.5 pounds of weight loss and a much better attitude.

In the past, I’ve weighed daily, sometimes multiple times a day, and seen my weight fluctuate. When you see your weight change sometimes five or six pounds in a single day, a loss of 1.5 pounds in a week seems worthless. But you know what 1.5 pounds every week means? It means that in a year, I’ll weigh 78 pounds less. That’s amazing. But if I weigh every day, then I’ll get discouraged, and I’ll just quit. Because while it’s exciting to see the scale drop eight pounds suddenly, it is very discouraging to watch the scale leap eight pounds when you know you did everything right.

For me, that needless self-inflicted discouragement can lead me to jump off program and my weight will keep going up.

For the rest of my life, unless a doctor orders me to do so otherwise, I am never going to weigh in every day.

I am going to set a weekly weight loss goal of three pounds for next week. I’m still aiming for 350 by my first February weigh-in, and while that may be tough, I’m going to keep shooting for it. Three pounds is a tough goal but it’s not impossible. And you know what? Even if I don’t lose but one pound next week, I’m still going to celebrate.

Oh, and in between shooting the video and writing this blog post, I ran out and bought my lottery tickets for weight loss. For every pound I lose, I buy a $1 scratcher. I won a free ticket, but that free ticket was a loser, so I came out with no extra Vegas money this week.

And as always, my video blog for the week.

What weight loss plans do you have for the next week?

P.S. – More posts in my gym etiquette series coming soon!

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  • http://www.RingAroundRinn.com Rinn

    Excellent work! And I love the weigh in theme.

    We should do some virtual writing sessions together. I didn’t realize that you were writing fiction as well.

    -Rinn
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      Thanks! And I’d love to do a virtual writing session. I’m always up for someone who can give me feedback. Email me sometime and we’ll set it up!

  • http://ahealthydad.com Brandon

    Great work this week Jeremy! Glad to see that the new Weight Watchers routine is working out for you so far.
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      I’m not losing as fast as I did the first time on WW several years ago, but I’m also in my 30s now. I think that just slows things down a bit.

  • http://workoutsforhome.com Susan@Home Workouts

    Hey Jeremy! That’s really awesome! They key here is consistency – with nutrition, exercise, motivation, food planning, food logging, social support, etc. You do that, and I am sure you will consistently take off weight and get to your goal! Let me know how I can help!
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      Thanks so much! 🙂 Consistency is really where it is all at. Unfortunately, that can be the toughest part, too.

  • Erin

    Congrats on the loss! I can’t view your video (snowed in and just cell phone internet @home) but I have it bookmarked for when I get to a computer.

    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      I’m still jealous that you are snowed in and we currently have ZILCH on the ground.

  • http://www.truth2beingfit.com Jody – Fit at 53

    Big congrats! Love the accountability!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I forwarded my guest post on gym etiquette to my friend so will let you know when it is up….
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  • http://www.andreaswellnessnotes.com Andrea@WellnessNotes

    Good job! And when it comes to weighing yourself, I think you have to do what works for you! I also never did well with weighing myself every day, but I know I should get back to a more regular schedule of “checking in.”
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    • http://www.stellarpath.net Jeremy Logsdon

      I wish I could weigh daily and just not care what the scale says, but experience has shown me that is not the way I am wired.

  • http://questforayummylife.blogspot.com/ andi

    Congrats for sticking to your WW+ plan this week. I too liked to weigh daily. I told myself that come last Saturday I was going to stop that and go with weekly weigh-ins. I didn’t, I kept jumping on each morning. I am still early on in the weight loss process so see pretty good results daily, but I know that won’t always be the case. The scale actually found a new home under the bathroom sink last night because having it out was just too tempting. 🙂
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