I'm currently going through a break-up.
No, no, no, not with The Boy! He and I are as picture-perfect as usual.
No, I had a break-up with my scale.
I have always been a results-driven person: I strived for a 4.0 in high school (got it), I pushed for straight As in college (almost got it -- stupid women's studies course), I work my butt off and try my hardest to prove myself in my job, etc.
In addition, I have always been quite obsessive. I review emails 18,000 times before I send them, just to make sure they're perfect and that nothing could be misunderstood. I spend hours planning my meals to ensure that my proteins and carbs are as close to where they should be as possible. I create detailed training calendars like it's my job.
For years after the lovely digital scale landed in my bathroom, I stepped on it every. single. morning.
And every. single. morning. that the number did not decrease, I got super discouraged.
I mean, I would be running 15, 18, 26.2 miles, I would be pumping major iron at CrossFit, I would be watching what I eat like a crazy woman, but the number on the scale either would not change or would, in fact, go up.
And that was, as you can imagine, so discouraging.
Eventually, I just thought, well, if I'm not losing weight doing everything I possibly can, then I might as well just eat whatever the heck I want. And that, my friends, is where Flamin' Hot Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids, chimichangas, and cabernet enter the picture.
That's also where major weight-gain comes in to play.
Because of my results-driven and obsessive personality (lovely aspects that they are), I have realized that stepping on the scale every day is actually quite detrimental to my health and emotional well-being.
Like with most things in life, it was easier to focus on the negative (weight increasing) rather than the positive (weight decreasing). So while I was losing weight overall and over time, my brain only registered the increases, thereby making me think that I was gaining weight.
I wasn't focusing on the long-term -- I was focusing on the right-now.
In order to not discourage myself, I decided that during the initial ten-week session at Farrell's, I would only weigh myself three times: at the very beginning, at the five-week testing, and at the very end.
Let me tell you: it has not been easy. Every morning the scale taunts me, just begging me to step on and take a quick peek at the number below my feet.
And every morning I tell that scale no.
I know that I am working out like crazy, I know that I'm eating exactly what I am supposed to, so I can only assume that the number on the scale will drop like it is supposed to. I just don't want to risk the discouragement of "How did I only lose two pounds?!" or "I'm up a half a pound today?!" before it is absolutely necessary.
And, I know that before that number drops, it may go up. After all, I am building a heck of a lot of muscle. I only want to weigh myself when I'm also taking into account measurements and body-fat percentage.
But most importantly, I need to remember this:
And that, my friends, is why the scale and I are DONE.
Question: How often do you weigh yourself? What other factors do you take into consideration when discerning whether or not your current exercise and nutritional plan are working?