Thursday, January 03, 2013
I've been trying to kick-start my rededication to weight loss by weighing myself more frequently. Not to try and lose weight day-by-day (I know that isn't possible; I only "count" one week's actual weight, on Friday.) but more to track how my food is affecting my body.
One of the fun things I've definitely noticed is the effect eating out has on the errr... bottom line (get it? Pun totally intended.)
When I eat crap, I go up in weight from the water bloat and sodium overdose.
But this morning, the scale made no sense. Last week, I was 192.8 - I've stayed around 192 all week. I do like to check the evening weight to see how I do over the day. It amuses me to see the 196 on the scale at night, and see it drop back down to 192 in the morning!
This morning, however, my scale decided I'd lost almost 6 lbs. It read 187.2.
I wish it were true, but a one-day weight loss? No way in heck. It's POSSIBLE that I've built up some water weight, but I doubt I'm going to see that number stick over the next week or so. More likely it needs a battery change. ;)
All of my experimentations have shown me just how unreliable the scale is as a measure of our success. We tie so much of our self worth to that little battery-powered liar, that it's no wonder we have a weight problem in America.
The scale is a useful tool. I am using it now to motivate myself to keep a downward trend moving, but I know that it is NOT the measure of my success. I'm more proud of non-scale victories like going down a pants size, or running farther than I could before, or the weights I lift, than any number on the scale.
So how do YOU track your progress?