My scale has been broken for a few weeks now. No really, it is seriously broken. The digital screen is blank. And before you ask...yes, we even changed the batteries. We tap it, stand on it, jump on it... nothing. Blank screen.
I think it probably has something to do with my morning weigh-in ritual. When I awake in the morning, I stumble sleepily into bathroom. A few minutes later ... you don't really need to know what I'm doing in those few minutes, do you? ... I stand before the scale. I tap it and wait as the screen happily blinks on and lands on '0.0'. Slowly, I step on. Right foot first. I adjust my weight until I feel I am perfectly balanced on both feet. Breathe out. The number appears.
I step down off the scale and repeat this process one more time. Hey! Don't judge. I have experienced seriously different numbers when weighing myself two times in a row. That first number really could be wrong. It's sort of like getting a second opinion. If the second weigh in is the same as the first, I accept reality and move on with my day. If it's different, I weigh in a third time and take an average.
I have done this every morning since July 2011. Sometimes I do the ritual after a hard workout just to see if I hit a low number due to sweat loss. Yes, I know this isn't my real weight. I just like to see the low number. Seriously, there should be no judging around here.
The problem is only made worse by the fact that my husband does the exact same thing every day. It's actually quite miraculous that the scale has made it this long.
So, it stopped working a few weeks ago, and neither my husband nor I ran out to get another. After all, the scale had not really been a great friend to us recently. I've been at a plateau for some time and with my lazy summer I knew the numbers had probably moved up a few notches. I've been working out, but I haven't been as disciplined as I should be in my eating or my workouts.
This weekend it was time to face the music. We bought a brand new scale. It's even a different color. I tapped it....stepped on one foot at a time...big breath out. I had gained five pounds.
Actually, I wasn't really upset. My weight stays within a five-pound range anyway, so I don't get too uptight about a couple pounds here or there. But I knew I needed the wake up call from the scale. It's time to buckle down and get serious again. So I've created a workable plan and am already seeing the results! I'm down 2.4 pounds from the weekend!
I'm back to a 1500 calorie a day diet. I'm eating five times a day with the following calorie counts.
Breakfast - 300 calories
Lunch - 400 calories
Afternoon Snack - 150 calories
Dinner - 500 calories
Evening Snack - 150 calories
My workouts will consist of a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio 6 times a week and weight training 3 times a week.
Look for actual food and workout ideas in the upcoming weeks.
Chad and I ran a 5K Mud Run a couple weeks ago. There are so many things that I could say about it, but I'm going to stick with this ... it was hard, but it was worth it.
And that is sort of how I feel about this whole healthy lifestyle thing.
It was hard to lose 60 pounds. It's hard to lose the last 30. It's going to be hard to maintain it. But it's worth it.
Perhaps you think being healthy is hard too? Might I suggest shifting your focus? Yes, it is hard. But don't focus on that. Focus on the fact that it's worth it. And it really, really is. A couple weeks ago I climbed 12 foot walls, I crawled under barbed wire through thick mud, I jumped over fire. You might not think that being able to run a mud run is worth the pain and sacrifice to lose the weight. But I can assure you that the fact that I am actually strong enough to do those things is definitely worth it.
...So, I'm not adding a link up this week since we haven't had much participation. But if you decide to post a Tuesday Weigh-In, then leave a comment! You can also leave a comment to keep me accountable or if you'd like some accountability. You can also leave a comment just because I like comments. ;o)
UPDATE: Lynn at Ladybug Chronicles posted a Tuesday Weigh In post as well!
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