Stick with the Plan – Weekly Weigh In

My frustration was shown clearly last week in my Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh In post.

I was VERY frustrated.  But…I didn’t stop working the plan.  I continued to eat what I was supposed to and even went to Crossfit an extra day last week.  You know why?!?  Because I BELIEVE it is working.  I can tell a difference and I trust it.

I think this is so important with ANY plan you choose.  You have to trust the creator of “the plan.”  I trust the Weight Watchers people that they know what they are doing.  I trust Larry, my trainer, who tells me to group certain workouts together and convinced me 8 weeks ago to try Paleo.

I trusted.  I stuck with it – Even when the scale was NOT moving.  I lost weight.

When I weighed in at Weight Watchers this morning, this is what I saw:

Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh In for April 27, 2013

Weight Watchers Weekly Weigh In for April 27, 2013

Um…hello!  That would be a loss of 3.8 pounds!  Can I get an AMEN?!?!?!?!

I didn’t quit…I kept doing what I know to do…even though I was discouraged and eventually…it showed on the scale.

Now…here is the REALLY exciting news.  I have been on Paleo/Crossfit for the last eight weeks.  In that time frame, I have lost half an inch in my neck, 2 inches in my hips, an inch and a half in my chest (lovely!), and the REALLY BIG LOSS…4 and a half inches in my belly!  HA!  Take that muffin top!  That is a total loss of 8 and a half INCHES off my body!

Now…if you have not measured yourself – DO IT NOW!  I was pleasantly shocked but somewhat NOT surprised when I saw those numbers.  I knew I could feel it…even if the scale wasn’t showing it.

But…when I looked back on my weigh-ins as a whole, this is what I saw:

My Weight Watchers record for the last nine weeks

My Weight Watchers record for the last nine weeks

Ummmm….hello minus, minus, minus, minus, minus.  Now, of course there were those weeks that I missed weighing in due to traveling but…HELLO AGAIN!  Reality check!

So…one of the main reasons I was so discouraged last week was because I weigh myself at home EVERY SINGLE DAY!  I truly am a scale addict.  I denied it.  I would say, “It’s not a big deal…I don’t have to weigh myself every day!”  I was lying.  I do have to weigh myself every day.  It’s not even to keep myself accountable.  It’s just because that’s what I have always done.  For four and a half years, I have measured my success by one thing only – the scale!  I didn’t realize I was an addict until I got very upset when Larry told me this:

He decided that it is time for me to break my scale addiction.  So, every time I weigh, I have to do 25 burpees and 25 wall balls.  If you don’t know what those are, TRUST ME, you don’t want to know!  I HATE both of them.  They are painful.  So…I now have a choice to make.  Weigh in every day and do those torturous activities; or once and for all, measure success by how I FEEL.

Not too tough of a decision for me to make!

Starting Monday morning, I am putting the scale away.  I will not be weighing myself every day.  I will give myself 4 weeks of no scale (except to weigh in for my Dietbet that ends on May 18).  Now, what about Saturday morning weigh ins?  I plan to still weigh in but NOT look at the number.  This is going to be the tough part.  This is how I am truly going to break my addiction.  By weighing in, and NOT looking, I will know that the number does not control me.  The number is just that, a number.  It means N-O-T-H-I-N-G.  Maybe if I tell myself that for the next four weeks, I will believe it!

Now, I still plan to do weekly weigh ins but instead of giving you a number, I am going to tell you how I FEEL the week went.  I am going to tell you some success I had and some failures and I might talk about the Weight Watchers topic of the week.  BTW-they talked this week about tracking.  Tracking is simple – You do it, you lose weight; you don’t do it, you don’t lose weight.  It really is that easy.  You must write EVERYTHING down.  Period.

So, what do you think about my plan?  You think I can do it?  Four weeks of no number?

I have already started justifying WHY I NEED to look at the scale.  I am getting close to being back at 100 pounds lost.  I want to know when that happens.  I plan on that happening in the next four weeks.  I NEED to look on Saturday mornings to find out, right?!?  Or do I?  Only time will tell.  I do know one thing, if I look, I do the work.  Hey…that isn’t such a bad thing either.  The work will actually cause me to lose more weight so it could work out in the end!

Anyone else out there want to show support and put the scale away for the next four weeks?  Anyone else feel they might have an addiction to the scale?

There is still time to enter to win a pair of bluetooth headphones.  The contest closes tonight at midnight and I will announce the winner tomorrow!  Good luck!

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  • mmartin72

    I started last fall following WW by doing it “Off Scale and On Plan” as they called it that in my meeting one week. I was a terrible, terrible, every day weigher. And even multiple times a day. Until I put the scale at home away. It’s in our basement and I very rarely go down there so it’s worked out really well to help me be more cognizant of what I put in my mouth. I hope it helps you to!

  • Amy Sands

    AH ME ME ME ME!!! I am a terrible scale addict! Every day … and sometimes :S a few times a day! Like that will help! I don’t let myself get stressed over the number but its ALWAYS in my mind you know? WHy did i go up two lbs today … back three lbs down tomorrow…. I WILL gladly join your challenge! I will put the scale away right now!!!!! Im in your diet bet too! :D SO May 18th it is! :D I will pull the scale out and whatever it is it is !!!! cuz really no matter how many times between now and then I get on it! … the number wont change! :) that day! :D

    I love the previous poster… off scale on plan! :D

    I will also be weighing in weekly on my blog! How I feel … etc… :D

  • Melissa (@TheDailyMel)

    I’m really bad about weighing in daily as well. Ironically, I just took a four week no weighing challenge as well. I’m also in a DietBet and took photos on Wednesday when it kicked off. I’m not getting on the scales again until the final weigh out in four weeks. I’m not even going to weigh in at WW because I know I’ll be tempted to look at the number online. I’m going to still attend my weekly meetings and check in, but I’m going to use the NWI (no weigh in) option for these four weeks. I really need to break my addiction to the scale!

  • Joyce E. Villeda

    I’m addicted to my scale. I weigh in the morning before I get ready for work, when I get home from work and before I go to bed. I used to freak out when I saw a gain but I taught myself to take those with a grain of salt because what counts is my official weight each Saturday morning. Every day I get to see my weight go up and down a bit and seeing the higher numbers motivates me. It also reminds me to make sure to stick with what I’m doing. I started at 275.4 last Nov/Dec and this morning I am at 238. My goal is 140, which is what I was before I was pregnant 24 years ago.

  • HotFlashBang

    Well, of course you can do it! You’re a freaking CrossFitter!!! and I’m supportive of your plans but I won’t be putting my scale away… it doesn’t dictate how I feel but does give me insight as to foods and hormonal shifts that cause fluctuations in my weight… I learned that when I went two weeks with no losses but went down a size in clothes and then BAM the next week I lost 8lbs.. 8lbs!! Weird.. but for me I always see the change in size first and then the weight loss.. for the first time in my life, I’m NOT letting the scale dictate how I feel but simply supply me with one more “data point”… for me, putting it away would be interpreted in my psyche as giving it MORE power not less (like I’m not strong enough mentally to not let an inanimate object dictate how I feel).. I squash it under my feet each morning and prove that *I* and not “it” are in control of my emotions. Isn’t it fun how everyone is different? … as for Wall Balls?? I love them!!! But Burpees are from the Devil!!

  • Pamela Webb Mearsheimer

    Hey – just want to say I signed up to do a DietBet because of you :) I am really glad I signed up because I am motivated, and who knows maybe I’ll win some $! So thanks for inspiring me :)

  • Stephanie

    Can you recommend a good Paleo cookbook?

  • Kelley

    I am so inspired by your posts! I am at my heaviest 188lbs and am falling into a depression about it…. I am notorious for trying new things but not sticking to them. I say I will do it this time and then don’t. Any suggestions or advice on wanting to make a change but can’t seem to stick to anything!!!

  • Laura S

    I have one day till my weigh in, hope it goes as well.

  • Jen

    I think I dance on the line of being addicted to my scale and using it as a guideline. I feel like I’m too early on in my weight loss to let it go- I feel like my current weight is not okay to be at by any stretch of the imagination so I can’t justify not weighing. Does that make sense? Although I do need to back off of using it multiple times a day

  • Si

    You should try this Ive had much success with this! I was 200 pound and now I’m 140 pounds!

  • Erica

    I used to be crazy addicted to the scale. I’d weigh a few times a day. I’m now weighing in on the first of every month. I can’t believe how much less stress I feel now that I’ve put it away. I’m glad you stuck with it your diet plan, slow and steady wins the reace. Way to go!

  • Gloria Grandy

    I just started Weight Watchers on Monday. I’m in that first stage of being very committed. My goal is to loose 50 pounds. I weighed in at 209.8, My highest weight ever.

  • Julie

    Love this post! Today is May 1st, my weigh in day, and a great day to begin a 30 day challenge! Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Tim Tomakin

    I’m about to start my weight loss journey of losing 150 lbs. I actually
    started this past week, but had a horrible couple of days of binge
    eating. Anyways, I’m starting it up again and people can follow along
    with me on YouTube. Thank you!