I weighed in on April 20th and found that I had not lost any weight in the prior week. It really frustrated me, so of course, I ate some junk food to make myself feel better. Then, I felt stupid.
Then, I spoke with Sean Anderson of The Daily Diary of a Winner. We talked about the danger of letting that number on the scale derail us. It made me realize that I should truly look beyond any specific measurement on a weekly basis, OR at least not it distract me from my choices. So, he encouraged me to stay away from the scale for awhile, which I did. I didn't weigh for three weeks. I had good days, not-so-good days and also increased my exercise levels.
On Monday, I weighed in and had lost 3 pounds. Nothing to be sad about, but not what I had hoped for after three weeks. But I also know that I wasn't as focused on my food choices, because I knew that I wouldn't be on the scale for awhile.
My kids are all going through final exams now. As parents, we are seeing the effects of what is learned in the classes that have weekly quizzes vs. those classes with only one major exam at the end of the semester. You have got to be a tremendously DISCIPLINED student to continue to study consistently throughout the semester without any quizzes along the way. On the other hand, a quiz every Monday morning will somewhat force some daily discipline upon you, right?
So, the question then becomes, "how disciplined am I?" when it comes to my current choices. I think my 3-week period just answered that for me.
At this point, I will be grateful for the 3 pound loss and go back to weekly weigh-ins...this time, I just won't put as much stock in the number each week. It will fluctuate based on water intake, food choices and even exercise the day before. I will go back to tracking my calories daily, exceeding 10,000 FitBit steps daily and thinking of my end goals.
I am still upbeat and learning as I go.