Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"When I let go of the scale, I started to let go of the weight. Isn't that weird? I know it sounds like a trick, but I'm telling you, that's what's happening. My whole adult life, I've used the scale as a kind of control center. I would obsessively get on, whether I would be on a diet or not. If I wasn't on a diet I'd get on three times a day to see how bad it was, how much I was gaining. If I was on a diet, I'd get on three or four times a day to see if I was losing weight - if the diet was working or not. Well, needless to say, if I wasn't losing weight each day, I'd lose heart and ditch the whole dieting thing. And if I was gaining, even at an alarming rate, I'd tell myself it's no use anyway, I'll just eat. So I threw out the scale - it went into the garbage, and I swore I wouldn't buy a new one. And I haven't. But I am on a diet. I know the weight I started at, but not how much I've lost. I am down at least one size in six weeks. None of my really fat clothes fit now. They are all hanging off me. I just bought a few size 12's -just a few though, because my goal is to be at least an 8." from Maria's Last Diet

BINGO! I'm no throwing my scale on the garbage but I share the same feelings of frustration when depending on this sole thing (the scale) to measure my progress. I'm not dying to know how much I weigh right now, I'll do that at the end of the month. The key thing is to train myself to keep exercising and making healthy food choices.

On the exercise front... I walk around my path twice. This week after I'm done with the first lap I've been wanting to give up. I've been asking myself "what do I have to lose?" the answer is WEIGHT!

My Goals for the week:
{1} To burn at least 2,000 calories (7.1 out of 26 miles to walk; 1 training left for 5K out of 3)
{2} To get protein and dairy daily in my diet.
{3} Focus on behavior change, not on the numbers on the scale. Haven't touched the scale for 9 days, 12 more to go.