Well, at least it is not a gain. I had a maintain for the week. Last week 227.6, this week 227.6. The rest of the family had interesting results. Hubby lost 1.0 ( double his usual, yay him !!). Son had a great big gain of 4.2 pounds ,which could have happened for one of a couple reasons. One, last week I let him read the scale and write down the number on his own ( and he has a bad tendancy to transpose and scramble numbers) or he is gaining muscle from finally being able to use the Wii fit. I think it is the latter because he has had no slips or cheats and got in 10 hours of exercise this week.Feel the burn !!!
I want to talk about him for a minute. His journey is the entire reason why we began this journey, and his process is amazing. Whenever I get dissapointed in my own body's preformance I look at how he has been doing and it sparks me on. He is autistic, and so it is not the way a normal 16 yr old would do it. I have to do the measuring, counting and recording for him, and when he gets tempted I have to find ways to bypass his sensory overload and help him get a grip. He has come a very long way to understanding what he has to do and how as well as why, but he still needs a lot of hand holding. When he began, he could not be measured on any home scale , and we estimate he was 425 lbs
About 14 months later he is 352.6
We began measuring him with a special tape measure, because the standard one was not big enough. Here is his progress in those terms:
Chest then 60-now 53 (17 inch lost)
waist then 60 now 50 1/2 (9.5 inch loss)
hips then 84 now 63 (21 inch loss)
arms then 22 now 18 (4 inch loss)
thigh then 38.5 now 31 (7.5 inch loss)
neck then 22 now 17 1/2 (4.5 inch loss)
total loss- 80.5 inches that would be 6 ft 8 inches in height. A small basketball player.
I talk about him this morning because once againI feel rather discouraged by my own progress. Main reason for the disapointment is the two challenges I have entered it seems. I know this is a slow road, and will even be slower because of my age and hormonal challenges. Because one challenge is depending on the team as a whole's amount loss, there is a lot of pressure internally that simply was not there. So rather than let this get to me, I turn my focus on my original commitment- to be a good role model and mentor for my son. While my own progress sucks, I look at him and realize that we really are doing great ! This remains he reason why I chose to keep my blog identity The Incredible Shrinking Family, rather than SeeSaw Adventures with an Old Lady in Training !