For the past few months I have been having difficulties with my digital scale. After replacing the batteries numerous times, and changing the location of it, I finally decided to get a new one. Great idea, right? It's always helpful to have accurate readings while trying to lose weight.
So this morning was my first time stepping on it. I was very excited! The past two weeks I have been killing it with staying inside my calorie range, doing cardio for at least 30 minutes a day, my hubby and I have started biking a few times a week on our local Rail Trail, and I've been doing a Bible Study focused on dealing with my emotional eating. The last few weeks I have consistently been losing weight, and I was expecting to see results this morning.
I hopped on the scale eager to see my progress. When the number finally appeared, it showed I gained 6 pounds. WHAT!!!
How was that even possible!?!? I couldn't believe it! I hopped off and got back on again, but the number didn't change. I still gained 6 pounds. After having a little weep (okay, in reality it was a full blown ugly cry), and feeling so frustrated and defeated about why I'm even doing this, I reminded myself that I probably did lose weight.
See, the problem is my old scale was completely inconsistent. The one morning I stepped on it and it said I had lost 10 pounds in one week, which I thought was a bit much. So I stepped off and stepped back on and the reading was a further 20 pounds lighter. Yay me for losing 20 pounds in 20 seconds! So clearly those readings were not accurate. So in reality, I probably did lose weight this week, but my starting point was higher than what I originally thought. I'm very sad to be back at my starting point, but pleased that from now on my measurements will be accurate. So I started today like I have been the last few weekends, by biking for 50 mins with my ever supportive hubby (who greatly assisted in talking me off the ledge), and being thankful that I haven't given up.
There will always be setbacks and disappointments, but it's how we deal with those setbacks that shows our character. I have chosen to keep going and not give up! I can't be a slave to my scale, and should just keep going because, as my husband pointed out, I have more energy, we're spending more time together doing more active things, and I just feel better about myself because I'm not relying on food anymore to meet my emotional needs. That is enough of a reason to keep going.