Thursday, February 21, 2013
Today's stats. Temp 28 degrees, little wind (Thank God!) Distance: 0.66 miles. Time: 13:14.
I've never really been one to obsess over my scale. Not that I ignore it. Quite the opposite. I generally weigh myself at least twice per day. Not obsessive? No, not really. I've come to terms with the normal ebb and flow of my scale results. I'm perfectly comfortable with a temporary weight gain. Lots of things can affect you weight at the scale, and many of them are temporary.
I started the walking program with little thought about weight loss. This time it was about fitness. A good change in attitude, I think. In fact, I think one of the biggest obstacles to real lasting weight loss for me has been that the focus has always been about weight loss. I read the articles about focusing on fitness, rather than weight and kind of gave an intellectual assent, without really adopting a life change. I also never followed through for a full two weeks.
So, here I am, nearing the end of my second week, focused on fitness, more consistently doing several of the things I tried (and failed) to do consistently when the focus was weight. Plus I'm moving.
Back to the scale. In the runup to this walking adventure, I noticed a gradual 10 pound gain. Not good, but not the end of the world. So, as we said in the 70s, "Keep on truckin'". I have noticed recently that I'm retaining fluids. Here the scale was also my friend, as it confirmed what I was seeing around my calves. Good to know. I can work with that.
So, how do you make your scale your friend? Well, get to know your scale. It isn't a person. It doesn't know who you are. (Not even the fancy kind that remembers your measurement). It doesn't make moral judgements about your weight. It doesn't scold, nag or complain. No, really. It doesn't. It's an information tool, like your phone or computer. Well, maybe more like that roadside radar that flashes your speed when it's excessive. Just the same, anything that will be honest with you about your weight, and still not judge is your friend. Be wise with it. And be someone else's friend. I know you will. You are one of mine.