I'm not a lot overweight. My body mass index (BMI) is currently in the "normal weight" category.
The problem is, if I'm not careful about what I eat…and I love to eat…my weight steadily creeps up. In September I was 4 pounds heavier than I am right now, and I was at the absolute upper limit of the "normal weight" category for my BMI.
You know, that place where your pants are too tight and you feel bloated and lethargic.
So this fall I re-committed to attending the meetings regularly and making the Weight Watchers healthy eating + activity program a lifetime commitment. Even though I'm technically at a point where I could go to the meetings once in a while, I'm trying to weigh in and stay for the support group every week. It's making a difference.
It's so easy for me to be a weight-loss snob. I'm not that fat. I know the principles of good nutrition and I often follow them. I carry a backpack around in the woods for days at a time, for heaven's sake!
On the other hand, it's not as if I have the weight-maintenance thing nailed down yet, either. I've been keeping daily track of my morning weight for 6 years now, and I repeatedly fluctuate between 129-141 pounds. I'm 129-ish when I live the Weight Watchers healthy program consistently. I'm 140-ish when I don't.
Three weeks ago I bought a new tool to help me monitor my activity levels. It's called the "ActiveLink" monitor and it's just a dandy little gadget.
- It's easy to wear. It's very inconspicuous.
- It gives me detailed data on activity levels every day when I plug it into the computer. It also gives a quick look at my activity levels during the day so I can see if I need to take the long way around next time I walk from my classroom to the office.
- It helps me set goals that gradually increase, so I can build up my activity and movement.
- It measures all my activity, not just the 30-40 minutes I spend on a walk or other activity.
Here's a screen shot of what my data screen looks like today. Cool! I made it over my activity goal!
Update - The Young Women in Excellence program on Thursday night was awesome…and no one said anything to me about the Canadian spelling.