WHAT CONTROLS OUR THOUGHTS and MOOD?
All along, the main point of this blog and changing unhealthy habits is to make us in control of the food we eat – what, when, where, and how it’s prepared – instead of food controlling us like it had been before:
- Letting that screaming hunger take over;
- Using food to reward ourselves instead of using it to nourish us;
- At every event – lamenting over what we “can” and “can’t” eat instead of what we choose and choose not to eat;
- And above all, always, always, always, having in the back of our minds “I’m fat and wish I wasn’t (and I hope nobody notices).”
Almost as powerful as food’s control over our thoughts (or perhaps more powerful) is the scale’s effect on our mood.
I can have a terrific on-plan week and feel light and feel that I definitely lost weight – clothes are looser, I feel energetic and great – and BOOM – the scale doesn’t move. What a bummer!
Likewise – if it shows a gain even when it may be expected – I’m in a funk.
Even more distracting to me right now is that I currently weigh what I did about 3 years ago as I was starting to gain, but now I look fatter and clothes that fit back then are still too tight right now. While I can finally get a skirt or pants to (more or less) zip up, my whole stomach area and sides flap over the belt lines and I still can’t actually wear these clothes. That may sound a bit graphic, but it’s true.
MUSCLE and FAT
Though I’ve heard it all my life, I never really experienced it – muscle DOES weight more than fat. When I was at this weight before, my weight was climbing up from a period in time when I had been working out in the gym with weights at least a couple times a week and doing something aerobic also a couple times a week. It wasn’t much compared to other times in my life, but perhaps it was enough to at least slow the buildup of flabby fat. Fast forward to three months ago – I had not regularly worked out in at least 2 years – not even close to it – no wonder I started off this plan with much more flab and fat than I had the last time I was at this weight.
Thus, I’ve concluded that I look fatter and am physically larger at the same weight as I was three years ago because of the higher ratio of fat to muscle! Thus, weighing myself each week is nowhere near a good indicator of my overall success with this plan.
NO MORE SCALE JAIL
Unless I stop being captive by what the scale says, I will never be truly following what my body and clothes are telling me is my “proper” weight.
So – No More! Just like we’ve learned to live sugar free, I will learn to live scale-free – at least for the month of July!