Saturday, August 25, 2012
The number on your scale does NOT define you as a person....it is just a number, just like your age is only a number. While it can help you determine if you are on track with your goals, it doesn't tell you anything about your worth as a person. If you have been on track with your goals and it does register a weight gain there can be many reasons...salt intake and water balance, the time of the month or menopause, lack of sleep, stress, medications, medical conditions, etc. Use the scale as a way to measure your progress but don't give it power to make or break your day!
Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with my own scale. On the days it gives me a number I like, it can make my day...but on those days when it gives me a number I don't like, it can totally ruin my day and cause my motivation to slip. That is giving a lot of power to an inanimate object! I'm ready to take back my own power and not let the scale determine what kind of day I'm going to have or what kind of person I am.
On those days the scale is not cooperating I need to dig deep inside and look realistically to determine if I have been on track with my program and my goals. If I have, then I need to mine that motivation from deep inside myself and stay focused and remember that it could be one of the reasons listed above. If I haven't been on track then it is a wake-up call to get back on the path and again dig deep inside for that motivation that is inside me. If I can't find the motivation within then I need to put out an S.O.S. call to my support system, Spark teams, and use the resources here on SparkPeople.
Don't forget...it's just a number!
Here's an article from Web MD about possible causes of weight gain even when you are doing everything you are supposed to be doing and the scale just won't cooperate and move in the right direction.