I'm taking my scale on vacation
Friday, June 21, 2013
I guess that would be just too cheesy of a blog entry, prompting everyone else to chime in with providing my rationale. I've had another recent discovery of "duh", some of the most repeated advice (in this case, low-carb specific advice) works.
My recent insight was that I was not losing and it seemed like I was retaining water. My pants (that fit) left marks around my waist. My socks (which I rarely wear) left marks around my ankles. My flipflops rubbed a raw spot on my foot. My new size 6 ring was feeling a little snug.
The low carb advice is to increase salt and water. I was probably barely hitting my 8 glasses a day, with a lot of that as iced tea. I've made sure to get more water, and take my regular shots of low-sodium salt (sodium and potassium, two electrolytes we need. So far, so good. Every day, a pound down. Yes, water weight, but it may have been masking earlier fat loss. I do not cheat on this low carb thing, so it just drives me bananas when the weight loss stops. It is nice but terrible to tinker and find out the slow-down was self-inflicted.
My vacation destination is a repeat for me, so I know what my food options will be and I'm hopeful it will be pretty easy to make it work. I know from experience that when I'm on vacation I may not be able to find the time to track. I'm happy to stick to eggs and cheese and veggies and salads; they will always be available. There will not be any low carb dessert available. I'm planning to take some nice "getting by" snacks to have handy (hard boiled eggs, cheese, and a fresh batch of zucchini hummus. And my salt, gotta take the salt.
If I don't take my scale, I fear not seeing positive daily feedback if I'm sticking with the program, and immediate scary feedback if I get casual with the carbs and bloat up. The scale readings have come down, down, down this week, and I don't want to blow that.
So that's why the scale is coming on vacation with me!