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.
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    And I just read "4 signs it's time to step off the scale."

    I think we need to memorize this!
    3147 days ago
    I agree. I've been weighing myself every morning thinking, maybe today it will go down, but it doesn't. I do feel better though. I've heard that sometimes the weight will just drop all at once. It's as if the body is saying "Wait, I better hang onto this for a while cause I'm not getting enough" and then finally gives it up. So I know, eventually it will, I just have to faith and keep working out and eating right too.
    3147 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing great with numbers to me! going up a level is a number!! Congratulations! Leah emoticon
    3148 days ago
    I have noticed this with numbers and weight - people often don't like to state their weight, or they'll be happy to say they've lost weight, but they don't like to say the numbers, as if the numbers have some magical personal emotional power. I love the numbers, but in more of a detached way - I like to observe how they fluctuate. The thing that makes me emotionally happy in a personal way is feeling a difference in my body - this is more personal to me than numbers. Yesterday, I had gained a pound, but I can actually feel that my arms are firmer, which I like much better than numbers.
    3148 days ago
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