I'm not much on writing blogs, but the Challenge team I'm on has assigned blogging this week for points toward our goal. And I'm all for doing whatever it takes, to help out the team.
Today was also weigh-in day. I'm down a whopping 1/10th of a pound. Sort of disappointing.... but it beats a gain. Sometimes it seems like-- you do all this stuff for an entire week, a whole SEVEN days.... and then you hop on the scale and don't see a number that reflects what you think it *ought* to be, in relation to the effort you made. It's like there's no reward for all that hard work, all the times you said no to a doughnut at work, all the water, all the veggies. It would be easy to say, screw it, it's not working.
Ah, but I know the scale is a fickle friend. So many of us pin all our hopes on the number between our toes-- and yet there are so many things that can affect that number, that have nothing to do with fat loss or gain. Water retention from too much sodium, extra fluid for the muscles to repair/rebuild after a hard workout, TOM (not a factor for me, but for many others). Could be sluggish bowels as well. And the body is a fascinating thing. On paper, it's calories in/ calories out. But in the real world, you could do the exact same thing two weeks in a row, eat the exact same foods, and lose nothing one week and 2 pounds the next week.
It seems that perseverance is a really good trait to have, when you're working on a lifestyle change.
There are other, possibly better ways to gauge progress (than the scale). It just so happens that for this particular team, we do a weigh-in once a week. And post the number for everyone to see. I've worked hard at not letting the scale be the "ultimate authority" for whether I feel good or bad about myself and the past week's efforts. It's very very hard though to let go of that tie to the scale as a means of measuring progress, a way to define my happiness, the be-all and end-all.
The bottom line for me is that I'm not doing this for weight loss/maintenance alone. Sure, when I joined Spark I wanted to lose weight. But the overall goal was to be healthy and fit, which means getting some exercise and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. So whether the scale reflects that or not-- it's pretty much what I did last week. I'm chalking it up as a "Win" for me.