I bought a scale last weekend, and had my first weekly weigh in on Monday.
I'd resisted getting a scale for a LONG time. In 2012, I got myself on track with eating and exercising, and I did it without a scale. In 6 months I went from a size 3X t shirt to size XL. I had a ton of non scale victories. I was doing great, and I didn't NEED a scale!
Well, times change. After 6 months of doing great, I found my motivation fading. My progress stalled. I wasn't going down in clothing sizes anymore. Plateaus are normal, though, so I told myself to just keep going. But....I didn't keep going. I started to binge from time to time. I started skipping workouts. I would go for a couple of weeks being really off track, and then I'd be able to tell I'd gained weight. My clothes would be tight and I'd have to go back up a size. Then I'd try to get back on track, and I'd do okay for a little while, but before long I'd once again be over eating and not working out.
I started to think that maybe it was time for me to get a scale. Perhaps the accountability of a weekly weigh in would help me stay on track. But I put off buying a scale for a long time. Finally, last week, I had to admit...its time for me to start regularly weighing myself. Not having a scale DID work for me at the beginning of my journey. But times change, and sometimes we need to change too. I had to admit that going scale free was just not working for me anymore.
And as it turns out, having a scale now is a good thing, because it helped me to avoid a binge last night! I've been having a good week....my eating is on point, and I have not missed a workout. I'm seeing and feeling some great little NSV's, and I'm looking forward to my next weigh in on Monday. But for some reason, after dinner last night I started having cravings. I guess it didn't help that I could hear the ice cream truck on our street! I tried to ignore it, but it sure wasn't easy. Finally, the ice cream truck left. Instead of feeling proud of myself for not buying anything, I was kind of upset that the truck was gone and I hadn't gotten my ice cream fix! Before I knew it, I was going through the cabinets and refrigerator, looking for junk food. But then I came to my senses. I remembered the scale! I have a weigh in on Monday, and I don't want to hinder my results just because I had a craving and wanted to binge! So I put all that junk food back in the cabinets and refrigerator. (It wasn't stuff that I really like, anyway.) And after I put it all away, I went into the living room and got out one of my 10 Minute Solutions DVD's, and I did a quick workout, even though I'd already done my regular workouts for the day. It felt so good to have made the healthy choice, and I really focused on my workout. And when I was done, I didn't have the desire to binge anymore.
I don't know what the scale will tell me when I weigh in on Monday, but no matter what number I get, I can still feel proud of myself because I can honestly say that I've been doing my best this week. And thanks to the accountability of the scale, I avoided a binge!