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!
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  • CAMAEL100
    I actually totally agree with you. I also rely on the scales and it is nice to see them going down. I think they are fine if used sensibly. That is not going on a binge if they are up a pound or two. My fear always is that if I only weighed once a month that I could be up five pounds and then feel I had wasted the month!!

    Also it is possible derailed by people asking why are you dieting. I have even been told more than once that I could stop now and eat what I want??????? How ludicrous? I never want to have to lose this weight again!
    2479 days ago
    Whatever motivates you is the best thing for YOU! People I know think I am a fanatic about running... and I only do it about 4 days a week! No matter what we do, I think someone will always think we are a little strange... HA! :) We just gotta keep on going for US! :)
    2488 days ago
  • MARIJO150
    You are doing so well with your weightloss. Keep up the good work. :)
    2490 days ago
  • no profile photo PACIFIC_PEARL
    If you haven't already done so, take your measurements. This could provide you with the motivation you need when you hit a plateau.

    Keep up the great work, and learn to filter what everyone else tells you about what you should and shouldn't do. It's your life, and it's your body.

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    2491 days ago
    Yes, you've got to at least like yourself or failure is inevitable.
    You're doing fine!
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    2491 days ago
    Good job!
    2491 days ago
    Thanks Sax! I think a lot of it is about what makes a feel good. Feeling good is such an important part of life that we often forget about. We need to feel good in order to achieve a lot of things. Losing weight is just one of them!
    2491 days ago
  • SAX_88
    Continue on your path to fitness, and stay encouraged...you are doing quite well!
    2491 days ago
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