That’s what I needed.
If you read fairly regularly you know I haven’t been weighing in. Honestly I’ve been avoiding the scale. Mostly because I noticed some old habit creeping back in. Not that I think I gained any significant amount of weight but I just assumed the scale wouldn’t be my friend and I just didn’t want to deal with it. I think a lot of us do that (well, I speak mostly for myself but, you know what I mean) We know we are starting to slip and instead of facing it we ignore it. Then before we know it we’ve gained back a significant amount of weight, then we get depressed, eat more, gain more and the cycle continues.
I know this cycle very well.
Well I’m not going to let it happen again! Especially not after 2 years.
So yesterday morning on my way to a client meeting (one of my first for the new company!!) I decided to stop in a Weight Watchers meeting and weigh in. Now I knew I couldn’t stay for the meeting but that was okay. I just needed to face the scale. I needed to be aware of the situation and hold myself accountable.
Well to my surprise I was DOWN!
I mean, I didn’t drop like 5 pounds in 6 weeks or anything but the scale was down 1.8 pounds!
Now I’m taking away 2 lessons from this.
- I’m not giving myself enough credit. I’ve learned a lot in the past 2 and half years and I know how to balance my diet. Even when I’m being “bad” (I hate that word) I’m not being as bad as I used to be. Years ago if I was on an eating binge I’d eat a whole Stromboli, a 12 inch Italian sub with the works or a half pound cheeseburger with a mound of fries and a brownie for dessert. Now I overeat my own homemade veggie pizza, Butternut Squash Fries with a Turkey Burger and a slice of VitaBrownie Pizza. The changes in my diet and food choices makes a HUGE difference!
- Ignorance is NOT bliss. If I didn’t weigh in I would have been sliding down a slippery slope like I described above. It’s amazing how mental weight loss and weight maintenance is for some of us. By ignoring the scale I’m giving myself some kind of blind permission to go off plan. Just by seeing the number (whether it’s up or down) keeps the importance of what I’m doing in my consciousness. I am a person that will always have to be somewhat conscious of my diet and my eating habits and I’m ok with that.
So even if I can’t make a meeting with my crazy shedule I’m comitting to weigh in weekly at a Weight Watchers location. I know some of you think I’m crazy becuse, let’s be honest I can weight myself in at home or at the gym but there is a higher level of accounability for me by going to this outside location for a weigh in and having it done by another perosn. It’s just what I’m familiar with and it keeps me connected to Weight Watchers as a lifetime member. Something I am very proud of. Plus I think I have a touch of OCD and since I started weigh in there officially I have to keep going. LOL
Hope you have a great weekend to enjoy. It’s too pretty outside here not to go out for a hike! I’m signing off!