That need for numerical validation
Monday, October 12, 2009
It's amazing how much emotional power we give to some numbers. I've read it over and over here in members' comments, and seen it for myself. No matter what else shows improvement, if the scale and the tape measure both don't show lower numbers, we get depressed.
A couple of weeks ago, somehow my right foot got hurt, and the ball of the big toe joint was very swollen and painful. For two weeks, I had to forego our walks. I knew this would slow down the weight loss, but I continued to eat sensibly. And then I go and get discouraged when I measured myself this weekend!
Meanwhile, I've been able to go to the next resistance level on the Total Gym, and have been able to increase the number of repetitions about every other workout. This is SOOO much more strength than I had when I started in July, and lightyears from where I was a year ago during the worst of the hyperthroid mess. My posture is much better, backaches are almost a thing of the past, and rarely as painful as they used to be, there is visible difference in looking more "toned" around my waist and ribs. I even adjusted my watch band by a notch the other day!
And yet, that tape measure... I think I'm going to wait until November to measure anything again. And keep up with working out and eating right.