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Motivation Monday: Extreme moderation!

I had been making myself nutty the past few months year trying to string together a couple weeks of consistent weight loss. Then, a couple weeks ago, the Weight Loss Shrink and I came up with a plan for me to weigh in every morning, to stay accountable to myself and see how what I ate and how I moved the day before would reflect on the scale the next morning.

For example:

  • Salmon & veggies and a Shaun T Rockin' Body workout: Good.
  • No exercise, pizza, ribs, chicken sausage and teriyaki chicken wings for dinner: Bad. (Suffice to say, I'm bringing my own food to Sunday extended family dinner from now on.)

That's kinda obvious, isn't it? While in the past I would have skittered past the scale this morning, I said to myself "That's not how we're doing it now." And I weighed.

But! (and it's a smaller butt...)

I have lost 4 pounds in the past couple weeks. Even though the scale went up a pound this morning, I know exactly why, and that momentary blip will work its way off today.

That's why I love weighing in every day -- it gives me immediate feedback, feeds my ADD-addled psyche.

And that's really the only thing different I've been doing the past few weeks. Keeping my calories around 1,500-ish, working out at least four days a week and writing everything down in my fitbook (want one?).

I haven't been following any special plan, haven't been doing any special workout "system" -- just walking the walk.

  Extreme moderation! Rocknroll

My headspace feels much lighter, too. I now know I can drop weight doing what I'm doing; I just need to check in with myself every morning.

Dancing I also learned -- thanks to my BodyMedia FIT -- that dancing and dance-related workouts give you the most bang for my workout buck. The BodyMedia Activity Manager not only shows you how many calories you've burned and how many steps you've taken, it also shows whether your activity was moderate or vigorous. Most of the workouts I do log as moderate but the Rockin' Body DVD was a whole lot of vigorous as was my moment of dancing to Cee Lo Green in the office on Friday. Also vigorous? Running up a pedestrian ramp at a Marlins game.

So, unlike anything I've done lately, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing. It's easy, enjoyable and -- waddya know! -- effective.

My question to you (with a prize)

10minbelly How often do you weigh yourself? Two random commenters will win a copy of the DVD 10 Minute Solution Best Belly Blasters! Very cool, because it's so new it hasn't been officially released yet. There are six separate 10-minute ab workouts featuring Jessica Smith, Lara Hudson, Amy Bento, Jennifer Galardi and Suzanne Bowen.

You have until Monday, Aug. 8 to get your comments in.