Accountability

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I saw a video on Yahoo! that reported the results of a study that found obese patients who received phone calls from registered dieticians lost 9% of their body weight compared with 5-6% for patients who received e-mails or no communication.

I’m not surprised. The phone calls hold dieters accountable to their plans.

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February 16, 2009

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Weight = 139
Target = 135 – 140

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays. March through June must be amore months, because there sure are a lot of birthdays in January, February and March. With birthdays there comes lots of good, tempting food.

February 2, 2009

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Weight = 136.8 pounds
Target range = 135 – 140 pounds

The double chocolate cupcakes at Starbucks on Saturday looked good. I managed to get away from the counter before I bought. Doritos at dinner tasted good. It was hard to stop, but I managed to stop after a few.

February 1, 2009

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Weight = 137.8 pounds
Target weight range = 135 – 140 pounds

We had pleasant weather this weekend, allowing me to make up for one skipped workout and ride my bike outside twice. Before that, I’ve ridden outside once in the past few months. Getting a break in the routine like riding this weekend helps my body and mind feel fresher for workouts to come.

I decided to practice what I preach and report my “target weight” as a range rather than a specific number. Weight naturally fluctuates from day to day, morning to night. Listing my target weight as 137.5 pounds implied an impossible level of control. I target a five pound weight range. When I get near the top of the, I evaluate if my habits have changed and course correct if necessary.