Sometimes it is important to take the scale with a grain of salt (especially if you have EATEN too much salt), sometimes though, the scale can reveal things to you that you didn’t realize. I went to weigh in today feeling fat. You know the day where everything seems tight? When you feel awkward and clumsy in your own body? I was having that sort of day (week). What I assumed was that I was going to have a weight gain this week. While I did track everyday, I went quite overboard on Sunday. I did get right on track and I haven’t had any Easter treats since Easter Sunday, but I still assumed that I would gain. I was wrong. I still lost weight.
51 lbs Lost to Date
Shows how much I know! Or even how much you can predict about the scale. It may be that I will see the effects of Easter Sunday next week, or it may be that by staying on track the rest of the week my body was able to adapt. It may be that what I tracked was more than I actually ate, or worth more points. Or maybe I got lucky.
The point is, sometimes you just don’t know why your body does what it does. That is why the scale can be a good tool (one of many) to use during the weight loss process. If I went by how I was feeling I would be bummed and fat, instead I am feeling large but proud of myself anyway. I am doing this and it is the cumulative that matters, not how any individual day goes. Sometimes, the scale tells you what you need to know (even when it isn’t the direction you were hoping).
Every time I hit a milestone loss at my Weight Watcher’s meetings, my leader Liz asks me what is working for me, or how I am doing it. In many ways I don’t know what to say. There are many days I struggle with the motivation to do this, but it ultimately boils down to “I follow the program.” I track my mistakes and my victories. I put in the time even when I don’t want to. I do what needs to be done to lose the weight. I am sure that I’ll hit a point where the weight doesn’t seem to come off as easily as it appears to be right now and I try to mentally prepare for that. I am learning not to let one bad choice or bad day snowball into a few days or weeks. I am learning that making good choices makes me stronger to keep making good choices. But honestly many days I just feel a bit lost about how to do this weight-loss-thing.
I always feel like I don’t have good advice, it sort of feels like trying to answer the rhetorical statement: “I don’t know how you do it all.” Many days the answer is simply: I don’t know either, I just do.
That is why it is so important to find what works for you. For me weight watchers provides the structure that enables me to have greater success right now, that might not always be the case. If it doesn’t work for you however it is not your tool for success. Keep trying to find what works until you do. It isn’t a magical answer and you won’t wake up one day skinny. But you might lose a little each week and suddenly the though of losing 51 lbs in 15 weeks becomes magical, not because of hocus pocus, but because you did it.
And while it seems magical to me to have lost 51 pounds, I know there is still a long road ahead, so I might as well tighten my belt (literally) and keep on going.