Motivation When the Scale Stays Stuck (Nonscale Victories)
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Seems like this is the subject of the month for July. It's weird to be writing about it so much but this was my Spark Coach assignment for today so I'm writing about it AGAIN. For me, this journey this time is less about the scale and way more about those non-scale victories. I have long since made peace with my body. With loving it no matter what size it may be simply because it is mine and it gets me through my days faithfully no matter what size it may be. For a long long LONG time I thought I was broken. Stuff that had happened to me in my life plus the genetic cards I'd been dealt had given me a set of issues and I resented those issues with everything in me. I discovered though that it's nearly impossible to live your best life when you don't like yourself JUST AS YOU ARE in that moment. Doing this thing we're doing takes loving yourself enough to make yourself a priority in your own life. So yeah. Number one motivation for me is simply loving me enough to take care of me.
Taking care of me looks like:
Knowing what my blood sugar is doing. Years of denial (and lack of $ for proper medical care) did permanent damage to my body. Even if it's terrible, I want to know where my blood sugar is. So knowing those blood sugar numbers is a huge non-scale motivator.
Taking my medications. Med compliance has been a problem for me over the years in large part because of that whole resentment thing. I resented being on them. I resented not being rewarded for my weight loss by being able to reduce or go off of them. What you resent you resist. Releasing that resentment has been vital to staying compliant.
Moving my body in ways that feel good. I'm not a no pain no gain kinda exerciser. If I don't enjoy what I'm doing I won't do it. That simple. So the things I do to be active are things like belly dance, spinning poi, walking in beautiful places, yoga. A dear friend of mine uses the mantra "progress is measured in millimeters" and that is my truth as well. A flight of stairs no longer pains my knees or leaves me short of breath. That's a non-scale victory.
Clothing. Even though none of this is about my size for me...it's a kick wearing my 20 year old daughters clothes.
Energy. This one is huge. I've been clinically depressed for a very long time. Getting medicated both enabled this journey and is being helped by this journey. I spent sometimes weeks at a time being barely able to force myself out of bed. This week I've been sick. I've had to MAKE myself stay in bed and rest. It's driven me crazy not to be able to have an outlet for the increased energy that I have now. That's a big giant non scale motivator.
I don't know what the scale will say this week. I don't weigh in until tomorrow. Even if it's still in the damn bounce though, I'm not going to be distracted from my journey. Too many other good things are being discovered along the way.