I know many of you are looking at the title and thinking, the date is not a weight, what gives? Well this week I had a series of conversations with a younger family member.
While I am losing weight so that my weight does not increase to the point where it crumbles my knees and joints south, as well as cause me all manner of health problems later on (I am after all over 200 lbs and stand at five foot four inches with a pretty delicate set of bones), she is dealing with a bit of an eating disorder.
One of the primary topics for this week’s series of discussions was the scale. On my weight loss journey I consider the scale a tool. It helps me with weekly accountability and occasionally mid week I will step on it as well if I am trying to motivate myself into doing something active to burn my calories for the day when I really just want to curl up with a book. I also keep my end weight flexible, choosing a number mostly because it was in range, pleasing to type and was half of my weight at the time giving me a nifty goal I didn’t have to think too much about.
She considers the scale an enemy and the therapist she is working with is (thankfully) convincing her that it is how a body feels and not the number that is important.
I agree with that assessment and want to encourage that.
Without the teenage eye rolling at adult hypocrisy.
So I am lending my support and essentially putting my money where my mouth is. Or at least my scale. For the next thirty days I will not be getting on the scale. I will monitor my caloric intake and I will note my exercises and workouts, but I will not be recording my weight again until Friday September 25th.
I will still post each Friday and talk about my workouts and how they are going. I will talk more about what I’m eating, because I will be monitoring it more closely, but until Friday the 25th of September, no scale.
I’ll be honest, I find it somewhat terrifying.
I deal with terrifying, by corralling details. At the beginning of the week I posted a general outline of my fitness plan for the week. I missed two days of Youtube video workouts this week because I either do them first thing in the morning or I never get around to them and there were two days I hit the snooze alarm a few too many times to allow a morning workout. Otherwise I did fairly well in keeping to my plan. The lengths and times of my walks varied mostly due to weather and I’ll confess I didn’t keep a terribly good track of the length, thinking that the scale would just show the effort and I wouldn’t need to record the details.
This was sloppy.
So what I am going to try is to post a short daily (weekday) log of my activities for the day at the end of each day. I figure if I have to write something down I will at least hold myself accountable to recording what it is that I do. Hopefully this will work and if not then Friday I’ll try to figure something else out.
But fingers crossed that this will work, cause it was one of my few plausible ideas.
You know I didn’t think that losing the scale for a month would feel so worrisome. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post that it sort of hit me how big a deal it actually is.
But it is worth it.
Even if I have one month of complete weight loss failure it would still be worth it.
I hope that those of you following along with my weight loss journey understand the temporary rearrangement. Who knows, maybe it will turn out to be a good thing. Let me know if there is something you’d like to see recorded or shared during these thirty days. If nothing else it should prove to be an interesting experiment and a determination if the scale is a crutch of a tool. Either way, next week will feature daily workout logs and the Friday Weekly weight will be a bit of a round up an an assessment of how I am feeling. I’d appreciate any thoughts you feel like sharing.