I'll be discussing daily weighing in this post. It that is not your cup of tea, I get that. Enjoy the photos and come back another day! Thanks.
In a nutshell- daily weighing keeps my emotional eating/binge brain at bay.
I've been enjoying the warm November weather in San Diego County. Many long walks daily to balance out work/life stuff. Since I grew up in Indiana, I appreciate and am thankful for every warm fall day in California.
A good food template, daily weighing All those things keep my weight in check. I've been seeking this for 40 years. For that clarity, I'm thankful.
What is going on now:
My weight has leveled off to my normal, fall/winter cruising area. I draw a line with my eye across the bottom points on the graph (see below) and I can see when my body sets into a weight where I'll stay for a while. I'm thankful for the tool the graph provides.
Winter Weight Maintenance is always a pound or two higher. Always. I don't fight it, just make a note and move on my way. It's data, alerting me to when I may have an un-intentional glutening, a food that's higher in inflammation for me. Hormonal fluctuations. I'm thankful for tools that help me understand my body.
Why it is so, so important to me:
When I don't weigh in often enough, the binge/emotional brain takes over and says..."Oh, go ahead and eat this, you are walking five miles and will burn it off". OR "It's (insert holiday/birthday here)_____ and it's a special treat/ worth while indulgence". This does not last for one moment but days and weeks. Damage is done. Insulin goes up, fat burning turns from fat storage, I would continue to promise myself "I'll start Monday...." The clarity to call myself on my binge brain has been priceless. I call baloney on that way of thinking.
I totally fell into an unhealthy loop with that sort of self talk in years past. I can't out walk poor food choices. Not one bite due to the triggering that goes on in my head. I was BORN this way, being triggered by wheat/sugar not a personal weakness. It's something I have to face and work the process.
Instead of fighting it, I've accepted it. I'm thankful for clarity to reprogram the self talk and connect the dots with the food. Daily weighing is like good quality control. I place the QC in each optimum batch size (daily) so that I keep my brain on the right path.
Instead of tossing out my scale, the scale remains in place. Once a day tool. I don't focus on it more than 1-2 times a day, in the AM only. I kicked my emotional eating outside the door. I do lock the doors. And, there is still occasionally a knock at the door. I don't answer the door!
If daily weighing is helpful to you, use it. If not, find a tool that does work and move on to something that does. We are stronger together.
1. Walking outside for stress relief and health and photography, not calorie burning.
2. Daily weighing, for me, YES!
3. Clean food template, that does not trigger, forgiving myself for the past.
4. Thankfulness for the clarity steps 1-3 bring.
5. Doing what works and keeping the habit, discarding what doesn't.
What did not work in the past:
1. Trying to out "walk" my processed food choices.
2. Hiding from the scale and not taking action to reverse real weight gain soon enough.
3. Eating food "treats" that triggered the emotional brain.
4. Not being aware of steps 1-3 and blaming myself for being "weak". NOT SO!
5. Trying to do what others did at WW and not examining and letting go of what was not working for me. Hard to find a clear mind when I was under the influence of sugary/carby snacks. ( I've totally forgiven myself and am very thankful. )
|Smooth sailing in weight maintenance|