Well, I didn't make it to my 2 lbs goal for last week, as I lost 1 pound. That makes a total of 9 lbs thus far, and 8 total inches (tummy, hips, arms, and thighs). While this is awesome news, I can't help but find myself discouraged at some moments. A healthy weight loss is considered 1 to 2 pounds per week, however, when you have more than 100 lbs to lose, just losing 1 to 2 pounds per week can feel like it will take an eternity to reach your goal.
I recently saw a Dr. Oz episode that talked about obsessing over the scale. (you can read the related article here:http://www.doctoroz.com/article/plan-stop-obsessing-over-scale) I saw this and thought "OMG that is me!!!" When I get on the scale, the number that appears,ultimately dictates how my mood will be for the rest of the day. If I'm down on the scale, I generally tend to feel excited, happy, and most important for me, validated. I feel like the hard work at that point is truly paying off. Since I can't see the repairs my new healthy lifestyle is doing on the inside of my body, the only thing I have is to focus on the outside. On the flip side, if I step on the scale and I see a gain, or no loss at all, my mood is off. I feel cranky, annoyed, and sometimes I want to just throw my hands in the air and say screw it!I've caught myself feeling this way since last Friday when the scale just showed 1 pound loss. While I know better, and I know I should be happy with a loss, mentally I feel a bit defeated.
My plan of action going forward? I'm taking it one day at a time, one moment at a time, and one meal at a time. I've made a promise to myself I WILL do this, and I WILL! I think Mr. Albert Einstein said it best:
If I continue falling into the trap that is my scale, I'm doing no different than all of the other failed attempts to get my weight under control. Essentially, I'm expecting a different result, by doing the same thing over and over, therefore, I'm insane! There has to be a line drawn somewhere, and I'm drawing it! No more scale obsessing. I will have goals every week that I would like to attain, but I want to focus more on the health aspects of my goals and not the weight portion. My goal for the next coming weeks is to get a straight 7 days of 10K steps on my pedometer. If I can focus my attention away from the scale constantly, and onto something that will help the scale move (i.e. walking and staying active on top of my eating healthier), I will definitely start seeing the scale move as a byproduct.
I'm going to remain the turtle at this point, and take it slow and steady. In the long run, I will learn to modify my habits better this way, and I will be able to learn from my mistakes.
How about you? Do you think slow and steady weight loss is the way to go? How have you battled through disappointment and the dreaded scale? Please, share your thoughts in the comments, or in the forum.