Part 2 of the Why Your Last Diet Failed You Book Tour.
My question is about maintaining… I have very similar stats to you.. I am 26 years old. I started at 213 lbs over a year ago and now i am at about 141-143, on any given day (you know how that goes) anyway… now that i have moved into maintenance mode- I find it difficult getting out of the weight-loss mindset. I have done well making adjustments like cutting out artificial sweeteners and opting for the higher calorie more natural versions of foods and also eating several smalls meals per day instead of restricting myself like i was before. My point is.. I could wake up every day this week and see 142 on that scale and be "sort of" disappointed that i didn’t lose weight.. even though i don’t want to lose any more weight!! I’m happy at this weight! How can i get my brain to accept that i am doing things the right way and its working! I guess my question is.. Why is it so hard to get into a healthy mind frame around maintaining weight. Thank!
First, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask the obvious question: Why are you still weighing yourself? If you’ve hit your maintenance level and you’re not eating six or seven pizzas a day, then there’s no real need to constantly check your weight. This would be like hiring a contractor to build you a house, and after it’s finished and you’ve moved in, you call him every day single day thereafter to find out if it’s still finished.
You’ve built your house. You’ve moved in. Now’s the time to appreciate it. If you’re sticking to the plan, feeling good about yourself, and can still pull up those skinny jeans, then forget about the number. Check it once a month, tops.
However, if you weigh yourself out of compulsion (like I do) then no frilly words of mine will cure you. At this point, take a piece of masking tape and cover up your scale readout. Using a sharpie, write "NOT TWO THIRTEEN" on it. Then continue to weigh yourself every day.
Now Charlie, being that you are a compulsive weigher I’m shocked by your response to Casey. You and I (and many other scale addicts) know it’s just not that easy.
Not that easy? What do you mean? Just take a piece of tape, grab a marker, and tada! Problem solved! What could be easier?
If it’s so easy why don’t you do it Mr. I have every weigh in from 1979 graphed in my journal? Anyway, I wrote a little about this in my Scale Habits post. I went through this phase and it’s one of the reason I stopped weighing myself regularly. It didn’t happen over night. There was a time I thought I’d just always jump on the scale after my morening shower. Then slowly but surely as I got more confident my morning weigh in sessions became less and less. Then once I started weight training and gaining muscle I decided the scale would not be my measure of success anymore. I was now going to use my running and workout progress as things to strive for, not a particular number on the scale.
I have to agree. While I’m still a scale addict, the number isn’t what I strive for, and it isn’t what defines me. Some days I’m up, some I’m down, and some I’m the same. After twenty years I’m okay with all that.
I think a good first step is to simply get on the scale a little less. Seeing that number every days just keeps you in the weight loss mentality instead of the maintenance mentality. Shoot for every other day for a week, then only twice a week. I bet you after a about a month you’ll fall out of the habit. And find comfort in knowing you can always go back to weighing yourself daily IF you need some accountability.
That being said, I really do LOVE Charlies advice of putting "NOT 213" on the your scale. I think I might go do that now! lol
See? I’m not a total waste of space.