Saturday, April 20, 2013
When the scale seems to move at a snail's pace (or stalls!) it's easy to become frustrated. Worst of all is the temptation to give up! I've been there (more than once!) and I'm sure many can relate. In the past, with the thought that dieting efforts were not producing the desired weight loss, I can remember giving in to a binge, and very soon thereafter being flooded with guilt, and then the quandary: Am I meant to be a heavy person? Why should I stick with depriving myself? Eventually what followed was the realization that overeating was doing me no good, certainly NOT contributing to my good health or happiness. Thus, wavering between "I can never be thin" and "maybe I can"..... the off and on dieting cycle!
I changed my mind... and that changed my actions. Determined to be done with yo-yo dieting for good, I'm OK with maybe never being thin, but I am NOT OK with becoming unhealthy because of overeating. I'm counting calories, and making sure those calories count - choosing better nutrition, and avoiding those empty calories (of course I indulge occasionally so I don't feel deprived). And to my great satisfaction, focusing on better nutrition and changing eating habits for my good health and well-being is actually producing that desired weight loss (albeit slowly)!
So, the scale is moving slowly and I've had to adjust my goal to accommodate a more realistic weight loss... so what!!! All the while I was gaining weight, wasn't I watching the scale move ever so slowly UP?!!! ...and actually stall at a number I never thought I'd see (!!!) until moving upward again! ...all the while feeling heavier, less energetic, etc.
Now, even though the scale is moving slowly, I'm watching it move ever so slowly DOWN. And if it stalls, I can be patient until it begins to move again - DOWNWARD. What's the alternative? ...undo the progress I've made? Even if I stay where I am, I feel better than I did two months ago. And in the next two months I'll be healthier (and lighter) than I am now. And so on... and so on...