Now that I’m taking a second crack at this weight loss / blogging thing I’ve been giving some thought to what (if anything) my previous failures have taught me. I’m not talking about motivational stuff like “getting up is the hardest part,” but actual, quantifiable things I can potentially use or change to get better results this time around.

Check out the chart of my weight over a 9 month time span from January 2010 to September 2010.weight-graph

During that time, I was still regularly updating the site (obviously) but reviewing my food diaries from that time period, I wasn’t eating so well. I’d vacillate between ‘trying harder’ and slipping up, but mostly I was kidding myself as to what constituted healthy and what didn’t – and it shows. My daily weigh-in’s are all over the place. However, even in all that turmoil, my actual trend line ends up pretty consistent – my trend weight varied no more than a total of 8 pounds from peak to valley.

Now, check out the chart as it adjusts the trend to account for 2011 when I wasn’t regularly tracking my weight.weight-chart

Notice that in April my weight stabilizes a bit, and then again at the end of June, but every time I go for a stretch of time without monitoring my weight, it shoots up. I wasn’t actively trying to lose weight in April and June, I was just trying to get a baseline for where I was so I could start losing weight (an insanely stupid concept, but that’s not the topic here), yet both times simply monitoring my weight halted my weight gain.

Over the course of 9 months, at least half of which I was eating poorly and felt like I was utterly failing, I gained a grand total of 2 pounds. The following 6 months I gained over 20. It doesn’t get more clear cut than that – Being aware of what I weigh from day to day is the difference between a stable weight and a rising one.