The bottom line this week is the loss of one full pound. I'm good with that. I did toy with the idea of stepping up the exercise and trying to cut the calories a little more, but decided to just keep doing what I'm doing. The weight loss is slow, but it's steady, and right now the routines are manageable. I lost a pound, even though Walker requested lasagna for Valentines Day and we ate it for leftovers twice more last week. And he gave me chocolate. And I did not make time to do my Zumba at all. I did get some walking in, four out of five nights during my dinner break at work. I kept my calories within the recommended range at Spark People. I drank water. When I went to work without remembering to pack a lunch, I dug into the stash of oatmeal and Medifast bars I keep in my desk instead of running to one of the half dozen fast food places in a three block radius of my office. I did okay this week, and I'm not going to mess with success.
On Saturday I went down into the laundry room, where every pair of Capri pants in my possession was hanging on a clothing rack in order of size. Real size, determined by a tape measure, regardless of what the tags said. I tried them on, starting with the biggest. The first two pair are definitely too big. The third pair fit, a little loose. The next three pair are a perfect fit. The next three went on but were tight, and the last two? Well, I won't be wearing them any time soon. Even so, I should be able to cobble together a vacation wardrobe with what I already own, whether I stay the same size or keep shrinking. I'm looking forward to getting to the small end of the rack, to getting rid of the too-big clothes, and to finally having some spare closet space. Good goals, all.
This week my focus is on making sure the exercise gets done. I enjoy it, it helps me, and honestly? Even when we're crazy busy I'm sure there are thirty minutes a day I can spare, somewhere. My job is to find that time and utilize it. Spark People recommends exercising four days a week. I'm going to do five this week, just to prove I can.