When I was gaining weight back in the day, I could tell you how I felt with every 10 pounds I gained.
By the time I would hit the single digit placement of a "6" (ie, 156, 166, 176, 186) I was already resign to the fact that it was too late, I was a failure at life in general, and I was already in the next section of the 10's placement...so why bother. And with that, year, after year, I gained weight.
That was how I thought.... much to my mental and physical anguish, that honestly, I have never really vocalized until now.
Why now? Well, that is a good question.
Every so often, my brain thinks like that - "well, here comes the "6" again...loser"
And I have to fight back those old brain patterns that got me into trouble 5 to 20 years ago.
It's not easy to do, but I do it anyway now...because let's face it, being cogniscient of behavior patterns is a big part of winning the battle of the bulge. It's a learned thing too...full of trial and error (sadly, many more errors than we'd all like to admit to too).
So instead of resigning to the higher number when I see the "6" on the scale, I turn to what I know to be true - the real truth - my beloved nutrition tracker - and I take immediate stock of what is going into my body and how I am using it (or not using it).
And it works every single time I have done that.
There is no creep into the next 10s placement.
There is no having to buy new clothes in the next size up (although at this point, I have reworn things so much my wardrobe is sad all due to the fact that I DON't buy new clothes! LOL that is another blog entirely!!!)
There is no mental put-down and inevitable slide into a mini-depression (my own terminology for my funk). That difference alone is HUGE!
So here is what I am proposing to you, reader, if you have that funky mental creep come into your world and onto your scale...think about things in a different light, do something simple like tracking your nutrition (yes, the good the bad and the ugly you have eaten), and see what happens instead of reaching for the "comfort food of your choice" to make the bad thoughts go away via your tummy.