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That Number On The Scale

I truly hate that the number on the scale would more than likely dictate my mood... if not for the rest of the day but at least briefly. I almost didn't get on, because seriously, it's just a number.

And although I am trying to go by non-scale things, I also wanted to see if there was any change this week with the scale.

If you will remember, (Was It The Plan Or Was It Me) I had gained 2 lbs the week of Sept 16 and I was hovering around 127/128lbs. So I was actually nervous to get on the scale. Had I gained more? I closed my eyes as I stepped on the scale, took a deep breath, looked down and saw the number...
124.8. So I am now back down 1.2lbs below my new 'starting' weight of 126.

But if you look at my weight log it's ridiculous, and I know that it can fluctuate with hormones, water retention and the list goes on and on.  But the reason I'm looking at weight at the moment is because I'm trying to find what works for me.. not short term ... not temporary.. but long term.

And currently I am doing an exchange system. However, I haven't been sticking to it exactly. There have been some 8pm Mexican food outings along with some 3B ice cream stops. That being said, as I have been following the program, I haven't been hungry or starving. I haven't felt like I've been doing without. And I'm focusing on trying to make better choices for myself. So we'll see. So far so good.

I'm hesitant to give out my exchange system because I had a nutritionist give me this info designed for me. So this isn't a cookie cutter program. But people keep asking me so I'll give you the condensed version. And like I said, this was designed for me and my needs at the time that she gave it to me.

I'm currently trying to eat daily servings of 4 Grains, 2 Fruits, 2 Dairy, 3 Fats, at least 3 non starchy veggies, and 6 proteins.

Some days I borrow from other groups. Some days I don't. Some days I definitely overeat. As I said, it's a work in progress. I'm still working on getting a handle on emotional eating. I haven't been obsessed with food while I've been following this plan.. and this is HUGE for me. It's also taken the guess work out of what I should be eating. The day before if possible I try to plan my food for the following today.

But so far I think this is the direction that I need to take to see where it takes me. I do believe that I will eventually just totally listen to my body as far as eating goes.. but I'm not there yet.. and this seems to be the path (hopefully) to get me where I want to go and need to go.

Stay tuned.. this is definitely a long way from the end result. I technically need to lose 15-20lbs. If I pack on some muscle, I'd be happy with a 10lb weight loss. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Let's see what next week brings...

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