Saturday, September 11, 2010

Hooray 2 1/2 weeks in, 2.8 lbs down & she grew 1/2 inch!

So today I was castigated for 'fixating' on the weight, but it paid off! It's amazing how much poop can weigh, by the way. And there's a lesson for me to re-learn, and pass on to you in this post.

So being a Saturday morning, we slept in a little bit. Ellie and I headed downstairs at 7:30am. I had to rush out the door to get the recyclables to the curb before the recycling truck headed by. Then I made breakfast and ate outside on the deck. Gorgeous weather and a relaxing Saturday morning are a perfect combination! After a breakfast of hummus, whole grain pita chips, skim milk and red grapes I finally got around to weighing Ellie. Big mistake - she was heavier by quite a bit (56.8 lbs). I also checked her height and she has grown 1/2 an inch since August 24 when I began tracking her height and weight. Yea!

As I was getting ready to give her a bath, she pooped - so I took the opportunity to weigh her again. Low and behold, poop weighs 1.5 pounds! She was now down to 55.2 lbs and with her height now at 3ft 5.5inches she has a new BMI of 22.6. Still in the possibly obese category, but a big drop from August when her BMI was 24.3. I've been watching Ellie's weight slowly creep up this week from a low last week of 54.8 lbs (before school started). Seeing Ellie grow 1/2 an inch and this BMI adjustment was great encouragement that overall she is improving.

The lesson I re-learned and wish to share today is to always weigh yourself at the same time (in order of events) each day. If you always weigh yourself after you get up and pee, and before you eat, then do that. Don't eat first and then weigh yourself - if you do that make sure you give your body time to process that meal (quality bathroom time!) before you weigh yourself. I drink 3 cups of coffee and have a bowl of cereal with milk and fruit each morning. After several trips for quality bathroom time - Surprise, surprise that weighs 2.5 lbs!

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