I haven't blogged much lately, but I know I need to get back to a regular blogging routine, because the accountability of blogging helps me to stay on track.
In May, I went ahead and bought a scale. This might not sound like a big deal to most people, but it was a big deal to me! I much prefer NSV's (non scale victories) to measure my progress. But I've been stumbling for a long time, and a lot of people were suggesting that perhaps it was time for me to get a scale. So I did it, and decided that I would weigh myself once a week. Well after just three weeks of Monday weigh ins, I'd had enough. I found that I couldn't stop thinking about that scale just about every waking minute of the day. It was stressing me out. And even though I THOUGHT about the scale so much, it didn't do anything to help me stay on track. I still had the same amount of good days and bad days as I'd had before buying the scale. The only difference was the stress!
When I first started my journey in 2012, I was doing great. I was getting smaller, stronger, fitter and firmer. I was going down in clothing sizes, and going UP in energy and stamina. After 6 months of being on track, I weighed myself on my Wii Fit and discovered I'd lost 71 lbs.
But after about 10 months of doing well, I started to flounder. I was not making as much progress as before. I was struggling to stay on track. I began to have more bad days than good ones. I hit a plateau, and eventually I started to gain weight. I didn't have a scale but I knew I was gaining, simply by the way I felt and looked, and by how my clothes fit.
I tried to figure out where I was going wrong, but the truth is this....I really wasn't feeling very motivated anymore. I got lazy, and allowed myself to overeat and to skip workouts or not workout as hard as I could. When I bought that scale in May, I found out that I'd re-gained 36 of the 71 lbs I'd lost. Disheartening, but not the end of the world. I resolved to get back on track, and I thought that weekly weigh ins would help. But that wasn't the answer. So I've decided to stop weighing myself. I've packed the scale up and put it away.
I'm going to go back to judging my progress by NSV's. This has worked for me in the past and I know it will work for me again if I am really committed. I'm going back to what worked for me in the very beginning. Not just looking for NSV's, but also focusing my efforts on getting healthy as opposed to getting thin. When I first started my journey, my goal was simply to do my best to make each day as healthy as possible. Somewhere along the line, I lost that focus. I started to think about losing weight instead of gaining health. Of course I want to lose weight, but that will just be an added benefit as I work to be as strong and healthy as I possibly can be. Thats where my focus is now, and I'm looking forward to making progress again!
(Picture of my *mobile* home. My friend Debbie bought me the porch umbrella as a birthday present. Thanks, Debbie!)