Thursday, August 01, 2013
One big, big, BIG change between my lifestyle change with Sparkpeople and previous attempts to lose weight is my ability to face the music. Upon returning from a trip to NYC where I failed to show, ahem, any restraint in the presence of food, I could have come up with a million reasons not to step on the scale. I knew the number was going to be inflated, as much due to salt and lack of sleep as anything else. I knew I'd feel disheartened at the large number in spite of knowing that it did not represent a true large gain in fat.
But regardless of my trepidation, I stepped on the scale. The number I saw was worse than I suspected. I felt quite upset. Then I got to work.
It generally takes a few days to really get my groove back but the work begins immediately. I tracked what I ate. I got adequate water and adequate sleep. The next day, I did a bit better. And a bit better the day after that. By today, I am back in my groove. Most of the water weight has peeled off as it will continue to do for the next few days.
Facing the music is tough. No one likes to be told off by the scale. No one likes seeing the result of their indulgence. It isn't easy. But what's the alternative? For me, personally, the scale offers accountability. It can sometimes act mysteriously. But more often than not, there is some relationship between what goes in my mouth and what shows on the scale. Using the scale as a tool, I'm able to recognize when I've fallen off course and make the necessary and immediate changes required to succeed. Facing the music is tough but, for me, it is necessary.