No more numbers!

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself!” ~ William Faulkner

First off, holy moley!  Thanks for all of your WONDERFUL comments on yesterdays post! 

Now, normally, I’m not such a fan of “anonymous” – but the comment that anon left on my post yesterday just struck something with me.  Check out what he/she had to say:

Have you ever heard the expression, “the devil is in the details”? I am definitely guilty of this too (I think many people who are planners by nature are), but I think you are putting a whole lot of energy on something that is insignificant in the long term.

I think that you are looking for an excuse as to why weight loss isn’t working for you like you have seen it work for others. Really, you are looking for the magic potion. You’ve gathered some (at best, sporadic) evidence that you are doing everything that you can and now you want someone to say to you, “You are doing one thing wrong! Change that one simple thing and the weight will just fall off!” But, when PFG says, “Move More!”, you say, “Yeah, I know I really should…but what ELSE could it be?”

So, take your one day of HRM numbers with a grain of salt. Your HRM is just one tool. Don’t look at one single day. Don’t think about yesterday.

I propose a challenge for you (although, I’m pretty sure you won’t take it): for one month, don’t dwell on the numbers. On day one, weigh yourself, measure yourself and then put those tools away (no peeking, not even once). Stay within your calories 6 days per week. Drink only water (no diet soda). Get an hour of planned, sweaty exercise 6 days per week. Wear your HRM during your workouts and jot down your calories burned in a notebook, but don’t analyze or judge it – if you can’t do that, have Adam or PFG keep the notebook for you and report your numbers to them. Don’t calculate how much you *should* have lost. You cannot will the numbers on the scale to go down just by obsessively thinking about it.

At the end of the month, weigh and measure yourself. If you can now look back at your food journal and your HRM notebook and say that the scale does not accurately describe what you’ve been doing, make an appointment with your doctor and bring her the evidence from the month.

What have you got to lose? If you drop some pounds or inches, awesome. If you don’t, you have some solid information to take to your doctor and say, “something is not right with my body”.

Hmm… what do you think about THAT!?  I’ve been challenged by Anon.. and guess what.  I took the challenge.

Tonight, after my personal training session, I am scheduling an appointment for an evaluation for tomorrow.  Tomorrow morning I will step on the scale for the last time until September 20th.  Tomorrow at my evaluation, the trainer will take all of my measurements and I won’t touch a measuring tape until September 20th.  I will stay within my calories to the absolute best of my ability.  I will continue to drink only H2O.  And I will work out.  Anon challenged me to 6 days.. because I know myself and my life, I am committing to 4-5 days.  At said workouts, I will wear my HRM and jot it down and forget about it.

I will be the very first person to admit that I am WAAAAAY to obsessed with the numbers.  Many of us are.  And I am going to try my damnedest to NOT obsessed over any numbers for the month.  It will be a nice “break” and I’m sure will GREATLY improve my sanity… if that’s even possible.  😉

Let me just throw this out there… I’m scared of this challenge.  I’m scared I will fail, mostly.  I’m afraid of falling on my ass in front of all of you.  But, I’m going to do it, because I need to.  There are no excuses for not losing weight.  I know how to – I’m just not “following the rules” of the weight loss game very well… hence, I’m not losing.

So, there ya have it, I’ve told all of you.  I intend to tell Adam as well.

I hope you guys will follow this month and root me on – I need the support!  That is, after all, the reason I started this blog.

So, thank you, Anon, for thinking I wouldn’t step up to this challenge… just because you didn’t think I would do it… I’m doing it.  Thank you!!  🙂

Now I’m posing the same challenge to you… Does anyone want to join me…?

Thanks for reading – here’s to a good month of no numbers!  😉

Comments

  1. Wow! That was super! What an amazing challenge. I am obsessed the number on my scale too. It’s weird. Before I decided I needed to lose weight, I never even owned a scale. Then, after a few weeks of starting to diet, I bought one and have been hooked ever since. I really should take this challenge. But I don’t know if I could do it without sneaking a peak on the scale, I weigh in every morning. UGH. I am committing to support you in this challenge, and I may tweak this challenge to have it work for ME. Thanks for sharing. And I will share what I think will work for me later today.

  2. I’m like Sabrina there, I weigh in every day. See, my problem in the past was that I’d go without weighing in, but I’d start imagining some giant loss in my head. Then, I’d be disappointed by whatever I saw when I weighed again. (So disappointed I’d fall of the wagon.) I’ve found that I’m less obsessed if I just get on the scale every day. But I’m all for a month spent focusing on the healthy aspects – regardless of what the scale’s doing! Good luck on your challenge – you can do it!

  3. You can do it, dear!
    It reminds me of when I started getting really depressed. I quit eating and I dropped a whole size, but the scale said I gained weight. Then once I got on my meds (the first round made me very sick), I lost 15 pounds but went up a size. Numbers are not always the telling factor.

  4. I think that is an awesome challenge! I am pretty obsessed with numbers myself and would consider doing a challenge like. Plus she is right, if you try really hard and nothing happens you can see your dr about it. I can’t wait to read how it goes- good luck!!

  5. Priscilla says:

    Girl I’m with you!!! I’ve been stuck losing and gaining the same three pounds and I’m sick of it!! So I’m putting the scale away and committing to working out 6 days a week. I’m currently training to run the Race for the Cure (5K) in October so this is just another reason to stay motivated. You can do it!!

  6. Yay! I’ll be keeping up with your progress. 🙂

    What’s failure? Face your fears head on – you can’t conquer them with excuses.

    Good luck!

  7. Lindsay,

    I have been a long time reader of your blog. I have also been “trying” to lose weight, for a LONG time.

    So I can relate 110% to your ups and downs.

    I’m curious if when you say 4-5 days a week because you know yourself are you talking about calories or exercising or both?

    I recently started to actually lose weight – my realization was 2 things.

    1. I finally decided that I REALLY want to lose it. Deep down. Of course everyone wants to lose – but REALLY REALLY wants to put the effort towards it.
    2. Realizing that if I ‘sort-of kind-of’ follow a plan. I will only ‘sort-of kind-of’ lose weight. Not tracking calories that ONE day – could seriously throw your whole week off! (this is from personal experience)

    I hope that didn’t come off as rude, or mean, not my intention. Just some things to think about I suppose.

    I hope this challenge works for you! I’m totally routing for you!

    • Hey Megan! I say 4-5 days a week for exercise. It is my intention to consistently, every day stay within my calories.

      And really, the 4-5 days of exercise is really more like 4+ days. If I do 4, fine, if I do 6, great! 🙂

      I completely 1 million% agree with you on your realizations. Especially doing something “sort-of-kind-of”. If you do something half way, you’ll have half way results. I just need to buckle down and do the damn thing! Haha!

      Thanks for the comment, Megan – it didn’t come off as rude AT ALL! 🙂

  8. Okay… not even after an hour of first commenting on your challenge, I am jumping in and taking it too!! I did have to tweak it a bit, becuase I know myself, and its all about the little steps. I posted my committment, on my own blog, to take the challenge with you.

    Totally off topic… but how come my little picture next to my comments is blank? I have uploaded my pictures but I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong! Suggestions? HELP!

  9. I am in! I am 10-15 lbs from my goal and I have been for a year. September 12th marks my one year wedding anniversary and I have been at the same weight +-5 lbs since then. I need to buckle down and get to that goal weight of mine. I will start my blog up tomorrow and track with you!!

  10. I’m really interested in how this challenge will turn out. I can totally see the purpose behind this challenge. I’m new to the weight-loss realm, and am currently obsessed with weighing myself everyday. I’m excited to follow you on this one month challenge!

    • Good luck on your weight loss – don’t less the scale obsession be your only tool of tracking your progress, that thing is just not nice sometimes – don’t let it get you down, just keep pushing through!!

      Thanks for following this new challenge!

  11. atta girl, lindsay! work it work it work it! don’t cheat yourself, though, ok? you’re GOING to succeed, and at the end of this month-long challenge you’re going to have acquired some wonderful habits that’ll stick with you and keep the ball rolling. i’m here for whatever you need 🙂 let’s make this happen!

  12. I think this is a wonderful challenge but I can not commit to not weighing myself for a month. I can’t even commit to not weighing myself for a week. Right now I am at a weight I can’t remember being at in a long time and getting rid of the scale would not be smart for me. I will be here though cheering you on. I know you can do this!

  13. Wow, that is indeed a challenge. And just so you know, it scares me too!!!

    But I’ll do it with you. Stay within my calories 6 days a week, 5 days of exercise for me. I’ll do measurements tomorrow, too.

    Yiiikkes. As nervous as this makes me… it is also kind of exciting. I’ll do a post on this challenge later tonight when I get home. =)

  14. Yay you!
    I will be following along and rooting for you all the way!
    You got this girl!!!

  15. This is a great challenge! I am going to have to try this. It’s tough, but I think that’s the point. The good things in life are worth the extra effort. I look forward to seeing your progress! Thank you for the extra motivation I needed today!

  16. This sounds like a great challenge. I, am OBSESSED with my scale. I weigh in the morning. I weigh after working out, I weigh in the middle of the night when I get up to use the bathroom. Why do I do this? I want the number to go DOWN. Does it, at times. I know this is so unhealthy. The sad thing for me is that in 2002 I was 200lbs, I lost 49lbs. My big fear was the the scale would go up, I thougth if I weighed myself daily, I, myself would not allow it to go up. Well it did!! It is at 171 currently. Did it matter if I weighed daily, no it still went up. I just can’t stop doing it!!! I am excited to see how you do with this challenge. I am a sort-of-kind-of person, I need to focus and get the job done.

  17. I’m with ya! Tomorrow is the day!

  18. Yay! I am thinking about joining you. I want to be totally committed if I do! But…either way, “You go, girl!!!!” 🙂

  19. I’m in! I posted about it if you want to see: http://believeinyourself1.blogspot.com/2010/08/choices-not-numbers.html

  20. Hey, just take it one day at a time. Good Luck! Can’t join in because I took a break weighing myself for bootcamp and now I’m trying Jillian Michaels

  21. I’m so glad to see you posting regularly again! 🙂

    I think this is a great challenge. I’m learning to let go and trust that if I eat properly and work out often, I’ll see results. They might not be immediate, and I’m trying to accept that and not let it get me down. I’m excited to see how your challenge works out a month from now!

  22. I’m in, it sounds like a great challenge. I read your blog a lot, I just never comment. I’ll follow along too, this may help motivate me to MOVE more, since exercise has been my Waterloo. Good Luck Lindsay!

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