"When You Feel Like Quitting,
Think About Why You Started."
This is a saying I have hanging above my desk. When I think about it, it should be hanging on my mirror so I can see it every morning as well.
Weight Loss is hard; reaching a goal is hard; maintaining is hard; staying there for a life time is hard. When you've done the plan successfully before; and this time around it's not working - it's hard.
When you work very hard to stay on plan and the scale greets you with a gain - it's heartbreaking. I know, I've been there many times.
It's that nasty scale that everyone depends on for their weight loss success.
CC had a gain this week that just didn't sit well with her since she knew she'd stuck to plan and counted everything this week. Though the gain was such a small amount, most would overlook it completely....I know how she felt; I've been there way too many times. So we did what anyone else would do.....something we should not have - we skipped out on the meeting and drowned our sorrows in bad food. Yep, you read that right - we did nothing but make the situation worse.
A very common response, and this morning I saw the quote above at my desk and realized how I failed myself but more importantly CC who needed the encouragement to move on and not give up. I think I mentioned in the last post we can sometimes be each others worse enemies in the weight loss department, this is a good example of that.
Some of my favorite blogs decided to post about the almighty scale and it's hold over you.
Fit and Free Emily talked about "letting go without giving up".
Roni did a 45 minute podcast on "sticking it out; goal setting; done with dieting; and food ruts" plus a Wednesday Weigh-In where she decided she was done with the scale.
Two bloggers who have been very successful with weight loss and have decided they don't need to be a slave to the scale anymore. It's nice to know it doesn't have to always be that way.
Weight Watchers has you weigh-in - that's there only determination for your success. Sure, the leaders talk about measuring yourself (especially if you're an exerciser) and how your clothes are fitting - all other signs of success commonly known as NSV (non-scale victories); BUT the only thing that counts is what that scale says every week. So you become a slave to what is on that scale.
I remember watching an episode of Sister Wives (don't judge me) where second wife Janelle had been struggling with losing weight. Oh, she had dropped considerably in weight and sizes; worked out faithfully and was healthier than she's ever been....BUT that scale just wasn't showing the numbers. Her trainer asked her to bring her scale from home with her the next time she came to the gym. She did and he walked her to the parking lot, put the scale on the ground and handed her a sledge hammer!! At first, she didn't want to....but she did and mentioned it was so liberating!
I posted that story over on the Weight Watchers boards.....someone posted what a terrible trainer he was and what horrible advice that was yadda, yadda, yadda.... Someone, whom Weight Watchers has convinced, that the scale is the only way to victory. That's so very sad.
I'm not bashing Weight Watchers, I understand they need to have a way to do the program but they need to explain to not become attached to that square little item you step on each week. It's not the only success that exists. They need training to help people to brush off the bad weigh-ins without totally ruining your journey and they need to explain how to move on from there.
The scale isn't the only way to victory.