Monday, March 07, 2011
Well, this morning the scale said 125.8. I weigh exactly what I want to weigh. So why did I spend three days feeling bad, kicking myself, and overreacting to an 800 calorie splurge and subsequent 5 pound gain? I'm not sure. I know better.
When it comes to the scale I think it is not exaggerating to say I am nuts. But I am quite willing to become sane about it. To start, I am going to re-read the Beck chapter on preparing to weigh. Instead of preparing for my weight to be plus or minus 2 pounds, I'll prepare for it to be plus 6 pounds or minus 2 pounds. That should cover my usual swings. AND I'm going to continue paying the closest attention to my lowest weight of each month.
By the way, my 800 calories were not particularly high in sodium (mostly cereal bars), so I do know my upswings could be even higher. However, whenever I reach 3 pounds over my goal weight -- 129 pounds -- I'm going to be extra careful to eat properly. It won't hurt even if it is just an upswing.
I have considered tracking my food and staying off the scale altogether, but I don't think I'm ready for it. For one thing, I don't really know what my maintenance calorie range is for 126 pounds. I'm thinking it is probably around 1425-1725, but I would like to confirm it before I give up the scale. But I do crave sanity almost more than food!!