Ugh! At my last doctor’s visit, I weighed more according to the doctor’s scale than I weigh on mine at home.
Although I was comforted by the fact that my BMI was down, I was upset that my weight was up, supposedly.
In the last few months, my home scale has shown a weight loss and I have gone down a couple of sizes.
The discrepancy between the two scales was disheartening.
After some reflection, I decided to follow my home scale and to ignore the reading at the doctor’s office.
One, I needed the encouragement to keep going even if it was not exactly true. Who cares? My scale showed that I was losing and that made me want to keep going.
Two, variables such as time of day, water retention, etc., affect the reading on scales in my experience.
Three, even though the weight on my medical chart was higher than on my home scale, I could live with the discrepancy. (I do hate the idea of the higher weight being on my “official record”.)
This experience led to me examine my position on my weight loss, my health and my body shape.
Maintaining or losing weight is not easy because I often feel that I have to give up something. It seems like deprivation.
So, I try to think in positive terms such as better health, feeling better, and looking better each day.
My numbers are excellent in terms of all the metrics that doctors use to measure health. I feel great, have lots of energy and sleep well.
Getting dressed used to be such a drag because nothing fit. I did not want to buy a lot of new clothes. I wanted to wear the beautiful clothes that hung in my closet.
Now I can do that and it is a joy!
My wake up call? Seeing pictures of myself!
Here’s how I lost weight and inches.
•Revised my diet
•Enlisted help of my friends.
•Said no 1000 times.
Said “no” 1000 times to
Bread on the table while waiting for my meal at a restaurant.
A second glass of wine.
More than three bites of dessert if I have any at all.
Watching TV or working while dining…one of the pitfalls of living alone.
You get the idea!
My real secret to weight loss/maintenance is believing in me.
I am worth more than a piece of cake.
I can combat loneliness, stress or boredom with reading, walks, housework, gardening, blogging (!), painting, playing the piano….the list goes on.
I am in charge of what goes in my mouth. I am in charge of me.
It’s not easy especially as my social life revolves around food.
It’s not easy but I can do this.