Day Twenty Four, In Which I Find Out No Two Scales Are The Same.
Friday, June 12, 2015
My body is slowly coming back to me. It's such a joy to wake up in the morning and feel my skinnier waist or see my collar bones fighting to make their presence. I love when Eric tickles my ribs (because they're showing themselves again!) or my hip-bones (they're back, too!), even if I pretend to hate it. Or when we go to hug and there isn't as much stomach between us, because we're both making an effort to lose weight. It feels so good!
I'm trying to implement some basic rules into my life, simple things that I can adopt like making 10,000 steps per day, even if it means a long walk before bed with the dogs, or less sipping of alcoholic beverages on sunny patios, even though that seems like the most logical thing to do on a summer day.
One thing not making my life easier? Scale variability.
We have two scales in our bathroom, and both of them vary wildly. My first weigh-in, I was six pounds different between the two. The next week, I was four pounds different. Yesterday, the scales flipped and the one that WAS telling me was lighter was suddenly saying I was now two pounds heavier.
It is all very confusing, but I am continuing to use the same scale (our old one, versus the new-fangled fancy one Eric brought home) to measure my baseline. My life does not revolve around my weight, but it is definitely helpful to know I am actually achieving a downward trend. In a few weeks I will start taking some measurements like bust-hips-waist and the like, but for now I am content to simply watch the fat melting away. And the important thing is that I feel healthier and happier!
So just as a disclaimer: Do not trust the scale. Use it as a tool, but don't let it make or break your weight loss! It can't measure how nice of a person you are, how hard of a day you had, or any other number of factors. Like so many people have said before, it is just a number!
More important than the scale is that you nourish your body with healthy food, exercise it regularly, get plenty of time outside, and surround yourself with good people. Life is about experiences...not weigh-ins!