I found an interesting article on SparkPeople this morning about freeing yourself from the scale. The basic idea is that slavish devotion to one measurement of health, fitness, and results can actually undermine your progress.
How many times have you stepped on the scale, full of hopeful anticipation, only to be disappointed by the number staring back at you? Suddenly, that great feeling of accomplishment you had vanishes and you tell yourself that, again, you failed. No matter how hard you try, you can’t lose weight. Sound familiar?
For so many of us who are trying to lose or manage our weight, the scale is our main tool for measuring our progress; unfortunately, we often allow it to measure our self-worth, too.
While the scale can be a good way to measure progress, it shouldn’t be your only indicator of health and change. In fact, using it as your only form of measurement can result in obsession, negative thinking and a possible decrease in your motivation level.
Read it all here: Break Free from the Scale!
Personally, I do my weigh ins once a week rather than once a month as this article suggests, but the emphasis on focusing your attention on things besides weighing in is a darn good habit to cultivate.
This makes my third day of taking Cissus with every meal, including my normal, daily slow carb meals. I’m interested in finding out how this experiment works out this coming Saturday morning.
I did not do my scheduled Workout A this morning. Too darn tired. Even though I set my alarm late, I slept through it and was only awakened by my back up alarm.
I will hit the workout tomorrow morning,hopefully running to the gym and back.
If I do, that means tomorrow will be include a Free Meal dinner: planned; prepared for with 4HB Damage Control; and without snacking in and around the day. I hope this second experiment for this week works well.
We’ll find out one way or the other come Saturday morning.
I am running in the DFW Mud Run this coming Sunday (4/10) at 9 AM. If anyone else out there is participating and wants to meet up, leave me a comment and we can find each other before or after the race.
Breakfast: double whey protein shake in water, kombucha, AGG
Lunch: Five Guys Bacon Burger with: no bun, no cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, jalapeños, green peppers, pickles, mustard, and hot sauce. Mmmmm.
BTW – if you can find them, I still prefer Mooyah to Five Guys, even though the two restaurants are similar (and both are close to their predecessor and role model, In and Out Burger). Among other things, Mooyah offers a lettuce-wrapped burger (the Ice Burger) whereas if you ask Five Guys for a burger with no bun they just toss everything into the tin foil with nothing to help with holding it together.
Dinner: Sausage and Sauerkraut, refried beans and salsa, 1/2 a kombucha
Other food throughout the day: