I came back from the wedding flying high from the 24-pound loss and the smaller suits I was able to buy. This caused me to kind of “slack-off” when it comes to focussing on nutrition. I let myself eat off-plan foods several times each week. Now it’s time to pay the piper.
I was actually concerned that I gained a lot of the weight back (even though the smaller clothes I bought still fit) because I feel like my stomach is sticking out significantly more than when I weighed in before the wedding.
I also had decided to go to the gym and that’s were the scale is, so decided I needed to recalibrate myself. The scale showed a four pound increase over weighing in on D’s scale 4 1/2 weeks ago. Of course the excuses started popping into my head:
- “It’s the afternoon and I always weigh more in the afternoon”
- “Maybe this scale is not calibrated like D’s scale”
- “Maybe the salty pizza I had last night (yes, it’s true) is making me retain water”
Maybe all these things are true – but who cares? The reality is that if you feel like you’ve gained weight and the scale shows that you’ve gained weight – you’ve gained weight!
Instead of fretting over it, I am looking at the positive: I am still really happy that I am down a whole 20 pounds, plus, luckily, I know exactly what I need to do to get rid of the gain - and it’s not painful or that hard.
I am starting to think that what D had said a while ago about “scale jail” may be worth the “bummed out” feeling that I feel if I’ve not lost any weight – weighing more frequently keeps her accountable.
So, going forward, I am going to go back to “scale jail” for the weekly weigh-ins because I want to see if it keeps me more accountable. I am also wondering – if I don’t lose or I gain, even if it bums me out, will it tend to make me work harder?