Weighing In

Yesterday’s Workout

  • Arc Trainer – 16 minutes (am)
  • Body Pump – 60 minutes (am)
  • Spin Class – 50 minutes (pm)

Yesterday was the first time that I have ever used an arc trainer.

It kind of reminded me of an elliptical, except for you kind of glide on it more. The two big differences that I noticed were that you couldn’t let go of the handles and you couldn’t go backwards. Sometimes on the elliptical I like to pump my arms rather than hold on to the handles, but when I tried to let go of the arc trainer handles, I almost fell off (I am also pretty uncoordinated).

Also, you can’t go backwards on the arc trainer. On the elliptical, I like to switch between going forwards and backwards because you use different muscles when you go backwards and your body doesn’t get used to the repetitive forward motion.

Overall, I think it’s good for an occasional workout, but I like the elliptical better. My calories burned were also similar to what they are on the elliptical.

Today’s Workout

  • 1.34 miles – pink treadmill (walked)
  • Butts and Guts Class – 60 minutes

This morning, I power-walked on the treadmill while reading Redbook magazine, and I came across this interesting scale.

Instead of showing you what you weigh, it only shows you how much weight you’ve lost or gained since the last time you were on the scale. I thought that was kind of interesting.

I know that everyone says that you shouldn’t focus on the number on the scale and that your weight fluctuates and your mood shouldn’t be dependent on what that number is – but I feel like I personally need to weigh myself often to stay on track.

I gained a lot of weight because I didn’t weigh myself for over a year. Weighing myself often helps me to see when those pesky pounds start creeping back on. I usually weigh myself at least three times a week. I try to avoid weighing myself on Mondays because the number is always higher because I usually indulge a bit on the weekends, but I’ll weigh myself Tuesday or Wednesday to make sure I’m back on track.

I think a scale that only shows you how much you’ve lost or gained is an interesting idea because sometimes I do get too focused on the number on the scale. I feel like I should weigh a certain number and get upset if I don’t. But I suppose on the other hand, if you saw that you had gained weight rather than lost (or stayed the same), you’d be just as upset. Maybe we should just do away with scales all together!!!

Lunch

At the 5k on Saturday, they had Panera bagels with cream cheese. This is the first race that I’ve been to that actually gave out cream cheese with the bagels. They had the pink ribbon cranberry bagels that I have been dying to try, so I had one with blueberry cream cheese. It was so delicious. It was so good that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that darn bagel.

So, today I decided to get a cranberry bagel from Panera for lunch. Except when I got there, I saw that they had pumpkin pie bagels! Since, I had already tasted the cranberry bagel, I went with the pumpkin pie bagel…with NY cheesecake cream cheese. Heaven.

Questions of the day:

  • Do you weigh yourself? How often?
  • Is your mood affected by the number on the scale?
  • What did you have for lunch today?

17 Comments

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17 Responses to Weighing In

  1. Those pumpkin pie Panera bagels are DELICIOUS! I had one this past weekend and I’ve been craving it since… next time I’m definitely getting the cheesecake cream cheese to go along with it :)

    PS: I’m w/you on the uncoordinated train. Just this past weekend I face-planted a hay bale as I was trying to jump up on to it. ;-)

  2. I weigh myself almost every day, but I actually wish I didn’t feel the need to. It’s a little addictive . . . and while I have gone a few weeks without looking, I always end up caving eventually. It’s my type A personality, I think. I don’t want anything to get out of control . . . so I’m always wanting to check in to see if I need to make any adjustments.

  3. Is that the Zero Scale? I own it. I used it maybe 3 times. : I tend NOT to weigh myself, and instead go by the visual in the mirror. It’s a much better indicator to me.

  4. I weight myself everyday just to keep focused. I indulge too much when I don’t weigh in. But I don’t use it as an indicator of progress. Especially when I am strength training as that always adds a bit. The mirror greatly deceives me so I generally go by how my clothing fits and measure inches ever so often.

  5. I weigh myself everyday, just so I know to lay off the chinese food or hot pockets.. It usually keeps me on the straight and narrow for my fitness goals!

  6. I haven’t weighed myself regularly in a very long time because it WAS affecting my mood and how I felt about myself. I will hop on now and again but maybe one a month or so. I really just go by how my clothes fit.

  7. Panera bagels are the bomb! I haven’t weighed myself in over a year. It just doesn’t matter. Weight fluctuates!

  8. I’m in a bad habit of jumping on the scale every morning right before I get in the shower. The problem for me with using my clothes as the scale is that I have a range of sizes in my closet. Everything from pre-pregnancy to post-baby so if one pair of jeans is too tight, I can just move on to the next. LOL

  9. amy

    all I got to say is a weigh myself to much and get mad at it b/c it said I lost weight. normal people would be happy about it. plus I have started to work out 1 to 2 times a week.

  10. pumpkin pie bagels?? Ahh I want one RIGHT NOW. I’m going to have to figure out a recipe to make these beauties since they aren’t carried around here.

    I haven’t had lunch yet.. but I’m about to down a strawberries & creme shake for my meal#2 of the day :)

  11. I need to weigh myself more, I have found it helps.

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