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Pound-a-Month Club Update, February 2013

February 1, 2013

Time for the first update for the Pound-a-Month Club (PAMC)! As you’ll no doubt recall from an earlier posting, I’ve set a goal to lose one pound per month. In January, I lost somewhere between 5.5-6 pounds. I don’t know the exact amount because I switched scales in the middle of the month.

My old scale was a traditional spring-loaded bathroom scale with the numbers that spun to the right when you stepped on it. It also had the little calibration wheel on the end that you could use to tighten or loosen the spring in order to reset it to exactly 0 if needed. The scale was around 15 years old, and recently I’ve had to fiddle with the calibration wheel extensively, both before and after I was on the scale. Therefore, I didn’t have confidence in its ability to accurately give a reading, especially when the difference could be as little as one pound.

The new scale is a sleek, glass digital one. The numbers magically show up in a futuristic-looking blue light, and it flashes the final reading. This is the scale I used for today’s weigh in, but I also stepped on the old scale (hope I can sell it at a garage sale this spring!) and it, too, registered a loss for me this month, but it’s hard to say if it was as great as that indicated on the digital scale.

A few other notes on the weight loss in this first month:

  • Some exercise was involved, but not much. I was able to get in one good week where I either walked to the train station or rode my bike. This is a good five miles, round trip from my house. Obviously, I would have preferred more days where I could have gotten in this kind of exercise, but the winter’s cold is a harsh mistress.
  • I did not buy a treadmill. I have not ruled it out, but money is a bit tight at present. Additionally, it’s not clear when such money could become available so this purchase will have to wait.
  • Much of the weight loss came from monitoring my diet. I tried to eat less, avoid sugar (especially pop), had little red meat, and partook of fried foods but two or three times the entire month. Bringing a lunch to work also contributed significantly to cutting my caloric intake. I won’t even pretend to be disciplined if I’m eating out for lunch at work. I have this irrational fear that I won’t consume enough, and then I’ll become ravenously hungry again before it’s time to go home and have to eat an emergency Big Mac or something.
  • Although I’m happy with my ending weight for January, I am not at my lightest weight throughout the month. I’m about 1-1.5 pounds heavier than I was at one point during the month.
  • I do feel a bit better with the weight off that I’ve lost. I’ve noticed, though, that if I gain back even two or three pounds I tend to feel bad. It’s a fine line I’m walking for now.

Looking ahead to February, I have high hopes for being able to lose my pound for the month. Although winter is not yet over, next week’s weather looks conducive to walking to the train each day. I can also be a better steward for myself in terms of bringing my lunch to work. It’s a minimal task with a dramatic payoff over time. Two obstacles loom large: Fat Tuesday (which I don’t normally indulge in much, except for an occasional paczki), and my birthday at the end of the month. I’m sure we’ll go out for my birthday, so I’ll need to account for that extravagance before then, in order to ensure I’m sufficiently below the one-pound threshold.

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  1. Colleen permalink

    And today was the beginning of birthday celebrations! And Valentines Day is fast approaching….


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