Thursday, July 11, 2013
I know you are not supposed to weigh every day. Once a week is often enough to face that scale. But knowing and doing are two different things. Here's the back story:
This is my 18th day back on Spark People. Those first 15 days or so I was just kinda playing around, deciding if I was going to do it this time. It has been long enough back on it now that I remember what frustrated me about it before, and why I dropped out of it. But I must have grown up some since then, because I really want to go ahead and use Spark People to change my life.
I've found a couple of really great supportive groups and I'm making friends. I'm really reading the articles and information instead of just clicking through to get points. Most importantly I am working through the hard things and not letting them be an excuse to eat unhealthy items or just eat too much.
Back to weighing. At the start I decided that I would follow Spark People advice and only weigh once a week. I'm still planning on doing that. But these last 2 days (yesterday and the day before) I decided to really buckle down and stay within my calorie ranges, and I have been successful at that. Because I was successful the first day I wanted to weigh the next morning (yesterday morning) to see if I had lost any weight. I had lost 4 pounds! That was so exciting and motivating that I wanted even more to stay within my calorie ranges, and I did, giving me my first ever 2-day streak for that.
Naturally, when I got up this morning, the first thing I wanted to do was weigh, to see if I had lost any more weight. I know it was a bad idea. I know it could be setting myself up for a very bad habit that I will be sorry for. I know I should have talked myself out of it. But I did it anyway. And I lost 4 more pounds!
So I made a bad choice that had a good result. Super motivating! 2 days in a row! Woo-Hoo and all that, right? Right, but this is where it stops. I am going back to weighing once a week. I mean it, I am! I went ahead and recorded it and celebrated it, cause it sure is good to see that ticker move. But I'm going back to weighing once a week. I know this much weight loss is probably water and is unsustainable at this pace, etc, etc, etc. I know all that. That is why I'm going to be weighing only once a week.