A fellow Spark People member and blogger inspired me to write this next installment. While most everyone that is on some kind of weight loss plan needs some form of measuring how much they gain or lose, is it really necessary to weigh in every week? In my opinion, NO!! A scale can be very self defeating to some people. I know that I am one of those people, because I have always been "need to see results right away kind of person". If I forced myself to get on a scale every single week, I would probably get disappointed that I wasn't seeing immediate results and give up on my weight loss goals. I have a couple views on the topic of the "numeric bully" and I will be more than happy to share them with you.
When you start out on your journey, weigh-in. Find out what your current weight and BMI are, find out where you need or want them to be, and then take that scale and hide it away in a cool, dark place for at least a month. That's right, I said don't look at it for a month. I think that scale is only going to hurt you making forward progress in the beginning because if you are like most people, myself included, you will want to see some immediate results. IT"S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN!!! Instead focus on getting yourself on some kind of routine that you can repeat daily. My personal routine is walking. NO MATTER WHAT, I get up every single day at 6:30am and go for a 5 1/4 mile walk. Find something that sparks your interest, do that, and don't stray from it, not even for a single day.
Another thing I have focused on is, HOW DOES THIS MAKE ME FEEL? Since I have started walking everyday, I have found that I have more energy throughout the day and I feel like a million bucks.Before I started walking every day, I would just sit and worry about my health. Am I going to die today? Why aren't my blood pressure meds working like they should? I sure hope those PVC's don't come back because they are scary as hell. Since starting to walk again, I don't have to sit and think about those things because I feel so much better. Breathing is easier, I am focusing better, no PVC's, and last but not least, WALKING CAN HELP LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE!!! I am not throwing out the meds, but I am sure the walking is helping because I can feel the difference in my overall health. All in all, I don't think you need to look down at the numbers on a scale to tell you that you are making progress if you can feel it. So do yourselves a favor and PUT IT AWAY AFTER YOUR INITIAL SELF EVALUATION!!!