Wednesday, January 30, 2013
When I don't step on the scale for a long time, I have a hard time jumping on the scale and facing the music. Even when I'm eating mindfully and exercising consistently, I am fearful that the scale will just dishearten me.
If you've watched my vlog that I posted sometime in July, then you know this situation occurs often in my life. (This reminds me I should vlog more...)
Before Monday, the last time I stepped on the scale was sometime in July when I was in Taipei. Shocking?
Starting off this journey in 2009, I went through a scale obsessed phase where I weighed myself more than a few times a day. I 'scaled' back to once a day in the morning before cutting back to once a week. I soon realized daily fluctuations on the scale were normal and slowly, I became emotionally disconnected from that number. When I gained, I was disappointed but not heartbroken.
Tomorrow is another day. I learned that just because your body gains one day doesn't mean all your hard work isn't going to show up eventually. I also learned to celebrate non-scale-victories (NSVs) like clothes fitting better or compliments.
My boyfriend encouraged me to step on the scale Monday since he was weighing-in too. I said ok since I realized I couldn't put it off forever.
The funny thing is I'm about 3 lbs lighter than I was this summer. It means the last few months I've been doing good job of maintaining and slowly losing.
When I saw the number, I breathed a sigh of relief. It's a number I can work with.
Is this progress something I should celebrate? 3 lbs in 6 months seems snail-like but to put it into perspective...
- I survived the holidays
- I survived vacationing for 2+ weeks in Asia (eating out 3x a day)
- I consistently exercised throughout the months I wasn't traveling
- My clothes fit
- I've maintained my losses thus far
- I'm not letting the number on the scale dictate how I should feel about myself
I guess the important thing is for me to evaluate...how much more weight do I want to lose?
I can be content if this is the weight I want to be for now since it's easy to maintain.
I should be a bit more vigilant if this weight is something I want to work on.
I've decided that I want to up the ante and lose more.
This means I'm going to adjust my plan
- Weigh-in at least once a week if not every morning
- Ridding the house of junk food and desserts
- Add more strength training to my regimen
- Continue to exercise every day for at least 30 minutes
- Watch starchy carbs and cut back on lunch portions
I think if I make slight adjustments to my normal routine I can see the results I want to see.
This slow and steady loss was great the last few months. I didn't stress myself out.
I think it's time to put a bit more pressure on myself. I can handle it!
How are you tackling the new year thus far?