Sunday, July 11, 2010
I have never been a small woman. Being 5'10" and a D cup in the 5th grade I get a lot of questions about if I am from viking heritage. Random, I know, but I have heard it enough that it bears mentioning. So, anyway, as a little girl I always wished I was tiny, petite and dark. My version of the grass is always greener. It wasn't until my mid-20's that I began to appreciate my stature. People listen when I speak, at work I find I don't tend to have issues with people questioning my authority, and on more than one occasion I have rescue a little old lady at the store who can't reach the can of cat food she wants on the top shelf . In the last few days I have for the first time in my life started to notice I am visibly smaller. I usually turn my head when I walk past mirrors, you know you guys do it too, and today I got a glimpse of myself in only undies and a tank top and I looked for the first time in a long time not huge. You could see a long straight line, my thighs looked more toned, I had a curve at my hip I haven't seen in years. It was amazing. Earlier my fiancé pulled me over to snuggle and he could wrap both his arms all the way around me and touch my other side and he said "wow, you really are so much smaller, good job baby". I wanted to cry. Even when we hug I feel like we can really be close, that my stomach doesn't keep him at a distance. I really don't care what the numbers on the scale say but if I keep feeling like this it is all the motivation I need!
Friday, July 09, 2010
I know I tend to have a live and die by the numbers on the scale attitude and I am sure many of you do the same. This morning after weighing in and seeing only a .4 lb weight loss this week (yes, some is better than nothing) I decided to look into how accurate my scale really is. An article I found was pretty interesting. I think we all know the basics. Weigh-in first thing in the morning, no clothes, not on a carpet etc etc. The facts that resonated with me were as follows. Hormone levels can affect weight on any given day. Even if we are eating well and stuck to our plan the numbers on the scale will not reflect all of our hard work. Secondly, and this is my favorite, considering that a pound of fat requires 3,500 extra calories consumed for you to gain 2 pounds overnight or even over 2 days would have required you to consume 7,000 EXTRA CALORIES in that time period. Considering how unlikely that is most likely there is some other unseen factor at work.
As I have mentioned before I am a numbers person and this made so much sense to me analytically. It helped me to see the scale more as a guide and less like my executioner. I decided to focus on making sure I am eating enough protein this week as well as staying in my calorie range and start having a more healthy view of food. Last night I went out to dinner with friends and I had a wonderful healthy meal and it felt so great to not be obsessed, good or bad, with every bite.
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