I know we shouldn't rely on scales, but . . .
Saturday, May 26, 2012
. . . It's really nice to see something concrete that motivates me towards my goal!
I started Jenny Craig about a month ago, as found that I had been sitting on a plateau for a few months, eating well and exercising lots, but going nowhere. Well that's not completely true because I felt good and strong, but I guess I was disheartened because my weight wasn't changing.
I know some people have said they don't even know why I'm trying to lose weight, as I look fine, and I'm not enormous. But I know for me I am well overweight, there are a whole bunch of clothes in my drawers and closet I don't fit, I had a year without being able to exercise because of my accident, and I need to feel better both physically and mentally.
There are also a bunch of people who ask why on earth I'm doing Jenny Craig? Why don't I just eat sensibly and exercise more and I will get there in the end, being healthy is more than just losing weight and watching the number on the scale get smaller. And yes that is all true, but a lot about this is also about how you feel. I feel good, but I want to feel better, and for me that is achieving my weight goal as much as anything else. Eating healthier and getting fitter are great bonuses to achieve along the way, but I need to weigh less ultimately. That said, it doesn't mean I will do it by any means! I won't just drink diet shakes, or starve myself, or take diet pills, but I will get there.
Then there are the people who say you shouldn't weigh yourself each week, that it's not all about the scales. And to a certain degree that is true, but boy it does make you feel good, when despite the weight seeming to only trickle off so slowly each week, you find you now weigh a full kilo less than you did a month before! That for me is really motivating. It makes me realize I am achieving something, I am slowly getting closer to my goal, it is all worth it!
So I guess for all of us our journey is different - what makes a feel good is different, our approach is different, what we consider healthy for us is different, how we stay motivated is different, how much weight we need to lose is different. The thing that makes us the same is that we're all determined to do lose the weight and be healthy.
So even though my scales tell me I'm a different weight than the Jenny Craig scales do, the number is slowly getting smaller again. For me that is motivating! Woohoo! Let's do this!