My relationship with the dreaded Scale
Friday, May 30, 2014
Last blog in this series and I end with THE DREADED SCALE.
Personally I need to weigh myself every day to make sure I am staying in a range. Even if I am not tracking anything else, I write down my weight each morning. I mark it on a graph so I can see if I am up, down or the same. On the 12 day vacation this Spring there was no access to a scale, I gained 3 pounds. Last summer I took my scale with me (yes I actually packed it!) and I managed to hold steady. There is something about seeing the number that helps me make better choices.
The number does go up and down sometimes for no apparent reason, but it usually stays within the 5 pound maintenance range. I do not let the number bother me and on a few days I have missed weighting in.
So I am meeting up with family for a week over July 4th and the scale is going with me. Tracking food on vacation is really difficult because the meals are not regular or sometimes the choices are not healthy (tasty but not healthy). So the scale really helps me to be aware of my choices and the amount I eat.
Having made it to maintenance I am watching what is helping me to keep my weight steady. What I have found that I need to do to keep the weight from coming back is:
1. A permanent commitment to making healthy choices at every meal every day, there are no vacation days for a healthy weight.
2. Writing down what I did that day either in a post or a journal, or filling out the Nutrition tracker
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise (Did I mention exercise!). It doesn’t have to be really intense just 60 minutes 5 or 6 times a week.
4. Weighing myself
I know how to gain weight and I know how to lose weight. Right now I am really learning how to keep at a healthy weight.