Sunday, January 17, 2016

About the scale...

In our Facebook support group this week, one member suggested a 30-day scale fast after many were disappointed in small losses after weigh in on Monday. Although I absolutely agree that the scale is just a tool in this journey, and that any loss should be celebrated, and that it's a good idea to focus on non-scale victories, I do think that FOR ME, it is a necessity right now. I declined to participate in the scale fast. 

When we moved to Florida in June, I donated all three of my digital scales to Goodwill. I was in a good place in life. I had lost a good amount of weight on my Advocare 24-day challenge and felt like I needed freedom from that number. I was ready to just live and I was ready to let my clothes be the indicator of my weight loss.

Ummm... That really didn't happen. Several months later when I decided to purchase another scale, I had GAINED a good 30 lbs. and it was honestly a shock. I mean, I knew I had gained. Just not that damned much! 

Yes, the scale makes me crazy. Sometimes. But it is a tool. And I need it. 

This week has been awesome as far as being compliant and focused on this journey. I'm doing another 24-day challenge and this week has been a cleanse week. I have logged my food, met my water goal, and been within my calories DAILY! And, I went to the gym on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday AND Saturday. What????!!!

I've made a few poor choices (like some corn tortilla chips out of the bag yesterday) but no sweets and no binge eating and no cheats. I'm proud of myself! 

But when I got on the scale this morning, I've pretty much lost NO WEIGHT. Maybe a pound since Monday... But that was coming off a terrible eating weekend!

So what does that mean? Well, one could use it as an excuse to binge all day. Or one could even get discouraged and quit.

But I am choosing to just re-evaluate and plan my next week accordingly. I know I am doing so many things RIGHT (tracking, water and exercise are HUGE for me). But my carbs are still pretty high on most days and I know my body doesn't love carbs. I also need to be drinking at least one green smoothie a day to get some veggies in and I'm not. 

So, there are still some changes that need to be made. And I know this because my scale pretty much told me so. At 300+ lbs, if I were doing everything right I should be losing at least 2-3 lbs of fat a week (not water). If I'm not, then I either need to give it more time or tweak something. 

This week, I will do both. 

And I will still be happy about this past week because I finally feel successful. And right now, that feeling is amazing.