Over the past year, I’ve worked hard to keep my running miles up, going to the gym regularly (sort of), and watching what I am eating. Unfortunately, I don’t think that I have been vigilant enough. The scale has not moved. My clothing isn’t fitting any differently, and it certainly hasn’t gone down in size.
Six weeks ago, I started a new job – hopeful that the decreased travel and more regular schedule would lead to more of a routine to life. At the same time, I enrolled in a six-week group training weight loss challenge at the gym. First of all, the name is misleading, as there was no competition to the group, just a challenge within your own mind/body, I guess. Two times a week the four of us got together with the trainer for 45-minute workouts. Yesterday was the final day, and I still await the official results. However, I did not lose the pounds as I expected.
I know, I know, it’s not that pounds that always matter. I talk about that with others all the time. I tell myself the same thing. However, it has still been weighing on me pretty heavily – pun not intended, but I am totally leaving it in.
If you know anything about me, you know that I do a lot of reading and research. I have read more articles and stories about weight loss, running, diet and nutrition plans, and everything else than any one person should. That said, I am falling victim to the scale – just like I have read about so many times.
I got a FitBit almost a year ago. Shortly thereafter, I bought the Aria scale so that I could sync my weight to the app and have everything all in one place. Now that my scale syncs wirelessly, I step on it every morning before I get the day started. On one hand, it is beneficial to see the natural fluctuations in the body, but on the other hand, sometimes that three-digit number can totally throw off my day. I have been really negative about that stupid little number recently.
So, that’s when a friend and I decided that we would do something about it! “No Weigh May” has been declared. She and I are putting the scale away for the month! I am hoping that I will instead be more motivated to work harder, because I am not seeing the number every day – which sometimes leads to complacency or settling with what is there and subsequent diversion from healthy foods and habits.
Will this change my mind on using a particular weight as a goal? I’m not sure. I still have a goal weight in mind. Of course, I also have a jeans size in mind too – we’ll see which one I can attain first. Everyone holds their weight differently, as I am WELL aware – so I just have to see how my body changes over time.
I have signed up for six more weeks with the trainer. I have also decided to work on giving up diet coke (again). I was successful once before, I can do it again. I have also vowed to really get the morning workout routine in place for the mornings I do not see the trainer. As Memorial Day (read: bikini season) approaches rather rapidly, it’s time to kick things up a notch and reach some goals. Here goes nothing!
Note: I had never seen anything on “No Weigh May” before today. Out of curiosity, I Googled it before posting this, and apparently it’s a real thing!