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Facing the Music

Thursday, August 01, 2013

One big, big, BIG change between my lifestyle change with Sparkpeople and previous attempts to lose weight is my ability to face the music. Upon returning from a trip to NYC where I failed to show, ahem, any restraint in the presence of food, I could have come up with a million reasons not to step on the scale. I knew the number was going to be inflated, as much due to salt and lack of sleep as anything else. I knew I'd feel disheartened at the large number in spite of knowing that it did not represent a true large gain in fat.

But regardless of my trepidation, I stepped on the scale. The number I saw was worse than I suspected. I felt quite upset. Then I got to work.

It generally takes a few days to really get my groove back but the work begins immediately. I tracked what I ate. I got adequate water and adequate sleep. The next day, I did a bit better. And a bit better the day after that. By today, I am back in my groove. Most of the water weight has peeled off as it will continue to do for the next few days.

Facing the music is tough. No one likes to be told off by the scale. No one likes seeing the result of their indulgence. It isn't easy. But what's the alternative? For me, personally, the scale offers accountability. It can sometimes act mysteriously. But more often than not, there is some relationship between what goes in my mouth and what shows on the scale. Using the scale as a tool, I'm able to recognize when I've fallen off course and make the necessary and immediate changes required to succeed. Facing the music is tough but, for me, it is necessary.
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  • VELVET_01
    Sounds like you fully enjoyed your trip, good for you!! The important part is not missing a beat and getting right back on track when you got home. Way to go on facing that music right away and just doing what you know is good for you. Inspiring!
    1749 days ago
  • KEELIE21
    I love the handle you've got on this, so inspiring!
    1749 days ago
    You can do it. Go girl.
    1754 days ago
    Yes, I had one of those "music" moments last week.... when I was up 7 pounds!!! 6 are gone, but I am not happy with myself, because I have not been really on-track since I went to Alaska in JUNE! But I am doing better now, and have 8 good days under my belt... Onward to better health!
    1754 days ago
    I agree! I use the scale to weigh daily and track how well I am doing. So far if I do what I am suppose to I will definitely loose weight. The amount doesn't matter to me. With that being said, I have been on vacation for almost 2 weeks and I have used absolutely no restraint in my eating or drinking AND I have gotten no fitness exercise either. So I dread getting home in a couple of days and stepping on the scale. I think it is called "paying the piper"!
    1754 days ago
    I agree. Definitely easier to face the music during a lifestyle change than when I use to diet. I usually don't even try to fix my screw up. I just go back to doing what I was doing and it straightens itself out.
    1755 days ago
    You have a great positive attitude - and that conquers all!

    1756 days ago
    I find it always takes 2-3 days to get back on track after a vacation/over-indulgent weekend. So I stay off the scale until then! Then what I see is the "real damage" not the short-term water/salt/alcohol bulge. A little less discouraging.

    Good job getting back on track!
    1757 days ago
    You are amazing! I am the same way...I don't care if I had a bad all means I will be getting my butt on the scale and taking accountability for my actions. I'm super proud of you!
    1757 days ago
    1757 days ago
    You are one amazing woman!! Honesty is so important and facing results of our "missteps" can be some of the hardest things in the world. I have so much faith in you. I KNOW you can do this.
    1757 days ago
    Great job being honest w/yourself AND your blog readers :) I think it's equally as great that you were upset, but you didn't dwell. You got back up & right back into that groove! :) WOohoo!
    1757 days ago
    TOTALLY AGREE. Trying to stay ignorant, (from ourselves?) is ridiculous and self-sabotaging. Facing the music is hard but the only way to go!

    Keep up the good work, you are ROCKING!
    1758 days ago
    Way to face the music! You are right in that it is a hard but necessary step! Just think how much time you MIGHT have wasted had you not weighed yourself and worked to get back on track!
    1758 days ago
    That is totally the right attitude, the sooner you face the music and get back on track the better! Keep rockin! emoticon
    1758 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    Nice job getting back into the groove again! Keep up the great work!
    1758 days ago
    Accountability + change = results! Nice job doing the hard work!!
    1758 days ago
    Well said. We all have those days (or longer) where we just go off the rails. I think what makes stronger is the ability to own it and get over it. None of us are perfect, we all make mistakes. Just have to learn from it, shrug it off and keep going!

    1758 days ago
    I agree totally. I still reserve the right to kick it across the floor tho' emoticon
    1758 days ago
    I completely agree with this post! I feel the same way. Thanks for sharing. We've got this!
    1758 days ago
    It's a long term change so in a year you won't remember this week weight gain. The important part is getting back into it and you did!! Great job!!
    1758 days ago
    I've realized that in order to have the strength of will to continue with the program, my motivation cannot be tied to the scale. I have to focus on my health as a priority and stop letting the scale rule my emotions. You have correctly pointed out scale setbacks as a trap that many people fall into. Good job on being able to get back on track gracefully.
    1758 days ago
  • LIZZYP609
    good for you for being able to jump back on so quickly after this weekend! i know i seem to take forever to stop the pity party and get back to work!

    1758 days ago
  • ABAKER34
    Great job on not letting it drag you down. I'm worried about this when I go on vacation in a little while so your blog was a nice reminder to me that if I gain a bit it's not the end of the world. Thanks!
    1758 days ago
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