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:
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:
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?
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