Hello to anyone who bothers to read this...
I came back onto SP because my friend asked me too - and of course, I thought it might be cool to get back on board in the hopes of losing a few pounds for the summer!
Something has been bothering me though... every day I log on, I see this whole feed of people's statuses and posts. What I find disturbing are statements like, "I gained a pound and was so upset that I didn't go to work", or "I gained weight so I stuffed myself and cried the entire time". I get it, I really do - I know how hard it is and how powerful that number on the scale can be. I remember weighing myself before going out one weekend, and it ruined my entire weekend - several days I'll never get back!!
*Please*... find a way to stop doing this to yourselves!! If a number can do this to you, then losing weight will not make you truly happy. Love yourself now - lose weight gently, enjoy life - we only have one!!
Last year I decided not to weigh myself anymore. I've always worked out, and I hate exercise, so I started doing walking workouts along with little 10-minutes strength workouts in a closet at work (on my breaks). I became mindful of what I was eating, but I certainly didn't go on a diet. I just started eating better quality foods and saying "no" to (most of) the treats that always seem to end up on my desk. What I did do, is take my measurements.
Saturday was the first time I weighed myself. I wanted a starting point for recommitting to SP. I took a deep breath and was determined not to let it get to me.... I got on... and I weighed the SAME! I was soooo frickin' happy!!! :) Not only did I weigh the same, but my measurements are about a 1/2 inch smaller than last year. I maintained my weight just by common sense and listening to my body. So now that I know how to maintain, I plan on doing a few very small changes in the hopes of losing weight... very slowly - because I don't want to be hungry. lol
Weight loss has become nearly impossible for me now that I'm in my mid-40s - that and the fact that I simply do not want to follow a sugar-, wine-, carb-free diet. I'll eat as well as I can, with what I can afford, but that's about it.
I'll probably not weigh myself for another few months.
Anyway, I really hope that all you folks out there, putting your life on hold or hating yourself over a pound, will find a way to overcome such a dreadful burden. It's just not worth it. If you are eating well and getting daily exercise in, you're already doing amazing things for yourself. Let the rest follow and enjoy the day!! xo
**For those of you that hate exercise like I do - start with walking workouts. Leslie Sansone and JessicaSmithTV have a ton on YouTube. They are easy to face and better than doing nothing. Do 10 minutes, 3 times a day if you really hate doing it for any length of time.
PSS: If you do want to weigh yourself, make sure you take your measurements too! It's the measurements that tell the true story, not the scale xo