Last week I broke up with my scale and committed to not weighing myself for one week. I know that that may not seem like a big deal to most people, but for me it meant that I did not weight myself 21 times over the past week! Since I started the business of losing a lot of weight I have relied on the scale to tell me (multiple times a day!) if what I am doing is working. I still tracked on SparkPeople this week and rocked my exercise routine. The results??????
I lost a stinking half a pound! If you have followed my journey you'll know that I usually lose at least 2 lbs a week, but I do have my moments where I don't lose any weight. Here is what I know:
* I am on track to meet my calorie burn goals for the week. I actually should exceed my goals since I have ramped up my running this week.
* I have meet my nutrition goals for 5/7 days. Nope- won't meet it today (Thanksgiving!) :)
* My water hasn't been as good as I'd like since we've been out of school and I haven't had my water bottle on my desk.
* I tried a new class (BOXING!) and the gym yesterday and I am SORE!!!
The last two insights could have contributed to my minimal weight loss via fluid retention. Not a bad week all things considered. I've reminded myself several times today that my goal until New Year's is to simply not gain weight. I'm going to have hubby measure me on Sunday.
What have I learned not using the scale this week? I was relying way too much on the scale to validate my health and my success. The scale is a great tool to monitor weight loss, but it needs to be used as just a tool rather than the ultimate authority on your personal fitness success. I am going to go back to weighing myself, but only once a day instead of the 3 times that I was doing.