Sunday, April 15, 2012

Set backs shmet backs

Yesterday I had a little bit of a meltdown.
Thankfully I have a lot of really amazing friends to talk me out of my funk.
I'm really thrilled about all of the changes that I've made. Eating better feels good and I have no desire to go back to the way things were before...but seeing the numbers on the scale going in the wrong direction is the ultimate form of torture.
If I was "cheating" it wouldn't bother me because there would be an explanation that makes sense to me...but on paper, I'm doing everything right. I'm following the plan. Since everyone thought the issue might be that my body was going into "starvation mode", I tried the "Wendie plan" this week. I used up all of my regular points and a bunch of the extra points as well. I did it eating mostly fruits and vegetables, with healthy proteins and carbs thrown in, and I've been drinking lots of water. I did have some KFC one day because I didn't have time to go home and cook myself dinner and that was what I was craving at the time. However, I had small portions and stuck within my points for that day.
I have also been making sure to get up and move as much as my schedule allows me to. I haven't done any real workouts, but I've been walking a lot and going for hikes when I am able to, and not just sitting around the house like I used to do.
I'm fully committed to staying healthy. Not just because I want to lose weight, but because it feels good and because I want to really live. I want to see and do things that won't be possible if I continue on the path that I was on. This isn't a diet. This is me changing the way I live my life.
For once in my life I feel motivated and excited about what I'm doing. That's why it's so frustrating to not see the results that I was anticipating.
This morning I had my official weekly weigh in. I gained 1.2 lbs. NOT what I wanted to see, but I'm not going to dwell on it. This is a new week. A clean slate. This week I'm not going to worry about the scale. I'm going to concentrate on how I FEEL. I'm going to listen to my body and make choices that feel good. Period.
The numbers on the scale will move eventually.

2 fabulous responses:

Anonymous said...

Some advice from a doctor who stumbled on your blog: Don't focus so much on the scale. Actually, GET RID of the scale. Weight does NOT fluctuate day to day based on what you eat and it isn't a simple measure of health. There is nothing more discouraging than seeing a number go up when you think it should go down-- it shouldn't go down! Weight fluctuates 2-3 pounds daily. Things like muscle (if you're walking more) and water weight (if you're drinking more water) come into play with weight. It's WAY too easy to get discouraged. I've seen this in patients time and time again. Throw out your scale! Plus, if you have a daughter, focusing on what the scale says is not a good example to set. Focus on measurements and only take those every 2 weeks or so. Before and after pics are also good. Eat healthy and exercise, and stick to that. There won't be fast results, but there will be results! You can do it! Weight Watchers can be a great eating guide, but the focus is too much on weight and BMI (which is a false measurement). Did I already say get rid of your scale? Do it! You CAN and WILL get yourself healthy!

Simply Shannon said...

Thank you! I DO know that. I just allowed myself to get temporarily sucked into the wrong mindset. I'm back on track now.