Happy With The Scale
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Those who have read previous blogs will know that my weight loss has been a slow process. From April to mid July, I fluctuated between 178 to 176. I refused to change my ticker because of the constant up and downs.
On July 29, my husband and I decided to divorce. It was not an easy decision, but despite months of counseling and a Herculean amount of effort on my part, it was the right thing to do. What does this have to do with my weight fluctuation? Apparently, a lot.
Since my husband has left (about 3 weeks ago), I have lost 6 pounds. Previous to him leaving, I had exercised and ate sensibly. I could not understand why I wasn't losing weight. I blamed it on my thyroid, I blamed it on my stress level....I just couldn't figure it out.
So, I started asking myself the question: what am I doing differently? Well, the biggest difference in the last 3 weeks is that I know that I am sleeping better. My husband was not a good sleeper, and if you're in the same bed with someone who doesn't sleep well, you're not going to sleep well.
The next difference is a side effect of him leaving--lower stress. This is not to say that the divorce isn't adding some stress. It is, and I'm sure it will continue to do so until the ink is dry on the final papers. But I've noticed that I feel so much more relaxed when he's not around. No one to nag me, give me crap about my weight, and badger me about housework (he's OCD; don't worry, my house is definitely clean).
My exercise level is pretty consistent from what it was prior to him leaving, so no major revelations there. My nutrition is pretty much the same as well, but I have noticed that I haven't binged or stress-eaten as much in the last 3 weeks.
Whatever the reasons, I feel more hopeful that I can actually lose the weight and live a healthier lifestyle. The progress that I've seen in the last 3 weeks has been amazing.