You are doing extremely well with your diet, and you went beast mode with your workouts for a whole week. You get on the scale on weigh-in day (or every day, for some) and see that you have stayed around the same weight, if not gained 0.2-1 pound. You feel defeated and, if you are an emotional/binge eater, you eat away your sorrows and wallow in despair. You curl up in the fetal position and cry, wondering what you possibly could have done to completely throw your weight loss journey off track. You may even start to believe that the end of the world as we know it is near.
Yes, I know, this may be rather extreme, but I am only slightly exaggerating. No matter how on top of the world I felt before weighing myself, I would always feel depressed and defeated after a slight gain. It was enough to make me want to quit. If you have ever experienced this, what I am about to say might just change your whole mindset.
You do not have to weigh yourself.
Sure, it may be a good thing to do at the beginning of a weightloss journey (it might be nice to know how much weight you have actually lost in the long run) and a few times throughout, but it's not a requirement. When I discovered that I did not have to weigh myself all the time, my life seriously changed for the better. Not only do I have a more positive outlook, but my whole view of my weightloss journey has changed. I now celebrate the small improvements and accomplishments. I am no longer weighed down (pun intended) by the guilt of my weight fluctuating ever so slightly, which, by the way, is not something to feel guilty about if you are sticking to what you know you need to do to accomplish your goals.
What I have been doing to measure my success
- I made a pact with myself that I would only weigh myself once every three months. This way I am not always noticing the slight changes in my weight over the course of a day or two or three. If I still don't see any changes in my weight by that time, I know there are some serious issues that I need to face head on.
- This one seems like a no brainer, but if my clothes start feeling looser and fitting better, then I know I have lost inches (which is even more rewarding than weightloss, in my opinion).
- Most importantly, if I am feeling healthy and full of energy, I know I am doing something right.
If my means of measuring my success is not what works for you, that is totally fine. I think it crucial to remember that each individual has their own weightloss journey. No two are exactly the same. Furthermore, what may work for me may not work at all for someone else. The key is to find what pushes you to want to continue on in your weightloss journey. After all, the ones who get down to their goal weight are the ones who never give up, no matter what hurdles life throws their way. Whenever they have a bad day, they start the next day afresh.
Moral of the story:
Don't give up. There's no need to cry. It's not the end of the world as we know it. Maybe it's just time for a change.
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