Slow, but surely, it happens
Friday, November 01, 2013
I think I had a wake-up call a week ago. When I weighed that morning for a challenge I'm in (weighing's been a daily thing to help me gauge how I do and feel during the day/week) I was shocked to see the number staring back at me. It was higher than I remember it being for a very long month -- maybe years. My heart started pounding and I probably got red in the face like I was caught doing something I shouldn't.
Just to check that number, I reweighed myself after getting completely dressed, including shoes, and that number showed that the first big one was no fluke. It was real.
Not only that, but two days later when I weighed again (didn't want to be near the scale the next day) I saw a number that was bigger than the one which had just given me so much stress two days before.
Okay, I silently told myself, two things are changing. One, I'm not stepping on the scale until my next weigh day for the challenge in five days, and two, I'm going to be conscious of every single thing that goes in my mouth.
I did the first thing with little problem (how easy it was to break that habit). The second one really weighed on me because I had a full day and a half of professional development along with a retirement dinner to attend during those five no-weigh days.
It was a kind of mental agony to look at every single thing that I ate or drank and think about how it would reflect on my scale. But I think it was the right thing to do. With boxed doughnuts and rolls looking mighty good during two mornings, I ate one banana and two handfuls of green grapes. I've had hot tea most days and just two cups of coffee. I've mostly eaten at regular meal and snack times and I haven't bought anything from a vending machine all week.
This morning was my regular challenge weigh day and I was surprised again, but in a good way. The numbers were 2.6 pounds down from a week ago and down 3.8 from this past Sunday. And while I know some of that is water weight because of salt in processed foods a week ago, I'd rather focus on what I'm doing right and enjoy the feeling of watching the scale go down. Hey, scale, it's good-bye for another week. I think I like this.