Little Miss Imperfect
Monday, June 29, 2015
My initial response to this morning's (weekly) weigh-in was disappointment. No change on the scale. As in past attempts, the stubborn scale made for a bummer of a Monday morning. I've been tracking my mood (what a great Spark feature!) and noticed that, while the past 2 weeks have been mostly 8's, today registered a 4.
But then I adjusted my thinking.
What has failed me in the past was a "scale mentality." If the pounds moved, I was happy. If they didn't, I felt like a failure.
I've read over and over the advice to not get overly attached to the scale as a motivator (because it so easily turns into a DEmotivator). This is the first time I'm successfully putting that knowledge into action.
I'm still planning to weigh in weekly. This is because what I value about Spark is the ability to track my personal, unique data. If I get stuck; I want to look for possible reasons. I want to have a history on the books so when I hit maintenance, I can continue to log what I eat to meet those new goals.
But instead of going FAST (perfect) this time, my focus is on persistence, consistency and long-term lasting results. So... I'm going to go ahead and say that last week was a SUPER week. I hit my not unsubstantial fitness goals. I tracked my meals ALL WEEK, not missing a day. And, more importantly, I worked all of this--the healthy eating, the exercise--into my REAL life. I wasn't in "diet" mode last week. (At least not much.) There might have been a few times when I wished for a treat. But I did eat a few (well-planned) treats, and enjoyed them fully. And embraced moderation.
I scaled back my running schedule a bit too, looking for moderation there in order to avoid injury. Overtraining has been an issue in the past, and this time I'm listening to my body. Doesn't mean I'm not exercising most days... I'm just not run/walking most days.
Persistence. Consistency. Moderation. Measured in that way, last week was amazing. A HUGE step in the direction of figuring out how to make this a real and lasting lifestyle change.