When "Down" is UP--and "Up" is DOWN
Wednesday, January 08, 2020
I was ecstatic earlier this week when I not only sneaked into Onderland,...I went in with guns blazing and weighed in at 197. Then I crept up to 200 and then next day back to 198 and today am back once more at 200. I have eaten 1200 (+ or - 20 calories) for the past week or more.
So what does this mean? It COULD be water weight. I have been having terrible pain (I have several types of arthritis) and i know that there is inflammation galore in my body.
I don't know what causes it....but it works that way for other people also. They report a record breaking loss followed by 2-5 lb gained overnight. It's like we have to drag our body, kicking and screaming to get it to give up some weight. And for me that is a painful process. Maybe I should just only weigh myself once a week. But I don't think I could deal with that uncertainty. and the fear that i was gaining five pounds a day all because I wasn't "there" to stop it.
INDYGIRL has a policy that I like...she said "weigh yourself every day....just to keep tabs. But ignore the minor ups and downs. Pay slightly more attention to the weekly weight and direct most of your attention to the monthly weights." To me that sounds like reasonable advice--the only hard part is the "Pay no never-mind" to the petty gains.
I've discussed my unhealthy relationship with my scale in the past here so won't belabor it any more. It's one thing to tell someone "don' do that" but how do you equip someone to stop or change what they are doing? By repetition? I know that repetition is one of the most common way we learn things. But will that really help in this case?
Maybe when we see the scale up to it's usual tricks and we see over and over again that our weight DOES make changes in time that really are congruent with our eating and exercise habits, then we will begin to trust that advice. The key words here are to "See in time"....isn't that how we learn whether or not a person is to be trusted? You can tell someone again and again to trust someone (like a doctor who is trained to heal you but must sometimes hurt you) but until you actually experience their trustworthiness, you will continue to mistrust and yes, fear them..
So I guess the most important things we can do is to SEE, to keep our eyes open and observe in time how the scale functions and how our bodies fluctuate daily. And even give yourself a pep talk. "I know you were really disappointed by this morning's scale reading...but you know you have done nothing wrong to cause weight gain, so you can relax and know that in time, the scale will once again give you a legitimate reading. Until then, do what you need to do to advance your weight loss and then one day soon, you can rejoice again when a new even lower number appears."
Keep your eyes open for rebound eating. The kind that says, "The scale doesn't give credit where credit is due, therefore i will eat what i want and ignore it when when the scale tells me "GET OFF!!" No. Stick to what you know is true. Trust the facts and not your emotions. Do not allow your fear, disappointment and discouragement dictate what you put in your mouth. Stay the course! and soon you can put your whole body into one pants' leg and take a picture to amaze us all.