My three CAN do items are:
1. Drink water
2. Keep a food list
3. Do therapy (6 exercises to do at home to continue to strengthen my right hip area)
These three things I've committed to do each day. I have done each one successfully. Sometimes I just drink one glass of water or write down what I've eaten hours afterwards. It still counts since the goals are so broad.
The scales have not responded. Honestly, I didn't expect much. I knew when I started this, that these would be baby steps in the right direction. I knew that more steps of whatever size would still need to happen to see meaningful progress. I have learned from the food lists that I really need to eat more vegetables. Adding at least one vegetable per day is another small step forward. I'll continue in this manner for as long as I need to. It feels comfortable.
Sometimes, it feels a little too comfortable. Sometimes, I get concerned that I'm fiddling while Rome burns. We all know that the scales are not an accurate measure. And until I ran across this article, the scales were all I had. I encourage reading it as the author does a much better job of explaining those weight fluctuations than me.
Briefly, the article states that the fluctuations have to do with fluid/sodium intake or carb intake, among other factors including the cycles of the body. It further states that in addition to the scales that three waist measures be taken: one at the belly button, one two inches above the belly button and one two inches below it. The measures in tandem with the scales show a more accurate picture of what is happening in the weight loss arena. Read it. There is also a chart at the bottom of the article suggesting how to make changes depending on the results.
So, as of today I am making Wednesday a weigh-in and waist measure day. I'll report my progress each week and continue to take steps forward no matter how small.
This is my new CAN Do list:
1. Drink water
2. Keep a food list and eat one vegetable each day
3. Do therapy
4. Weigh & measure on Wednesday