Put That Scale Down And Step Away
Friday, January 23, 2015
OMG - The scale can be a dangerous weapon. Why do we always count on that scale to tell us "the whole truth and nothing but the truth"? All our hard work to get healthier can be leveled with one step and one little peek at the dreaded number being displayed. We can spend all week eating right and exercising regularly and that all counts for nothing when we place our feet for a few seconds on that little machine. We have so much faith in it that we often figure it is our fault because we stepped on it incorrectly. So we get off and try again and again. Then, if we have any clothes on, they start to come off because that must be the reason. Finally all our hopes and dreams come crashing down around us. We finally let that number determine our success, or more likely failure. We wonder "What's wrong with me?" I guess I just can't ever make a dent here and I might as well give up.
This was my story for many years - time and time again. Five years ago, at 200 plus, I decided not to take that scale so seriously. I decided to stop beating myself up because some machine was flashing a number at me that I didn't like. I started looking at other areas that gave me a little more positive feeling. Scary as it was, I got some blood work done and made sure my doctor went over them with me (not a fun time). I got a read out so I knew where I was. I made an appointment to have the blood work done again in 6 months. I got a measuring tape and a little note book and took my measurements and put them in the notebook with the current date. I also added the blood work numbers (including where I was and where I should be).
I committed to doing the best I could for the next 6 months and stay off that scale. At the end of 6 months the scale had moved some, but not to the extent I thought it should have with all the exercise I was doing and how careful I was with my eating. But, my of my, the blood work told a different story. All my numbers were now in the normal side, instead of the side where you start to get medications. When I checked my measurements, my of my, the numbers here were exciting.
I still get on the scale from time to time, but look to my blood work and measurement numbers to tell "the whole story". I am down 45 plus pounds and the best thing of all is I haven't put any of the weight back on. I still have scale walls from time to time - I still want to take off another 15 pounds - but as long as the blood work is reading healthy and the measuring tape is moving on down - I feel like I can wait out the scale wall.
Sometimes we just don't see the forest for the trees.