Good morning everyone. I think that what I am going to be doing with the weekly weight is weighing in once a month instead of once a week. I know some of you are gasping with horror and some of you are applauding. Most of you probably aren’t doing either and might just be interested in why I am making the choice.
Here is the thing. My weight loss is not going to be dramatic. I have found a decent balance between exercise and food (portion size has always been my achilleas heel). The thing is that when i stick to it, it shaves off a little bit at a time. I am not going to ever get on that scale after a week of work and see five to ten pounds dop off like a weight loss show. That is just not going to happen.
Nor do I think it should.
I think I would suspect something was seriously wrong if I did do that.
I am fine with the slow and steady weight loss. What gets me is working really hard during the week and only seeing the sliver at the end. I think that for me, longer between my scale times will let those slivers add up. so they feel more substantial. I’m still not expecting massive changes in the scale, but hopefully it will be larger.
I don’t want to give the scale up all together. And truthfully I may try out this once a month scale trial and decide I don’t like it and go back to the once a week after a few months. It is something I am playing around with and it is really all about my peace of mind. I think knowing that once a month I will have to step on the scale and post my weight and look at what I have done that month will be enough to keep me on track without making me feel stressed about only seeing slivers come off.
I want the scale to remain a tool for monitoring but not become so big a focus. At the moment I am really enjoying having the focus being how I feel in my skin. I like that I am concentrating on how my body feels rather than fixating on the number. I still want to know so that if adjustments need to be made, I can make them. I just don’t need to do that on a weekly basis right now.
And again, that could change. But for now I feel good about this decision. I also feel really good in my skin today. I am using the My Fitness app to keep track of my food and exercise. It is working out well for me. It allows me to have a log of what is going on incase there are major changes. And it really does help me balance my food and fitness. I really like that it not only counts the calories, but it shows me the nutrients as well. I can see where I am falling down on protein (which I often do actually) and use that to actually keep my meal plans balanced. I can also add my recipes into their system, if only for my personal use, and build kind of a mini data base of the foods I make a lot. That way I can just click on those items in the same way i can click on ready made meals and foods. Which really helps because we only eat out at best once a week. so for me that function has been magical.
However you keep track of things I think keeping a food diary is a really good idea if you ae trying for weight loss. That is actually my favorite weight loss tip if I am passing them on. Whether using a notebook and pen, the free app like My Fitness Pal (or some other app) or trying a paid service with all the bells and whistles, just keeping track of what you consume and what activities you do will go a long way towards making you mindful of what is going on in your body and is a great first step.
It can also give you strange insights into yourself. I started out thinking ‘I don’t eat junk food that much,’ Then I saw how much/often I did eat junk food and was able to change that. Then I started looking at some of my meal choices and pairing them with my calendar. I actually found that I had one elderly relative I called once a month to check in on and that night I almost always craved something fattening and covered in melty cheese. Melted chees is my comfort food. And she was a difficult relative. So the food log ended up giving me insights into more than just what I was eating. I also found out a little bit of the why. Which I hadn’t actually expected.
So it is a good tool, with occasional mental minefields to navigate. As it turns out, losing weight ends up requiring both physical and mental exercise, who knew?
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