Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Better Late Than Never

Behavior is what a man does,
not what he thinks, feels, or believes. ~ Anonymous


I'm doing my Healthy You Check-In a day late because my weigh-in is Tuesday night. I guess I'll always be behind the rest of you, but better late than never, eh?

I'm down another two pounds! That makes four toward my mini-goal of losing 10.6 by July 1st. I'm a happy camper.

But I know this was an undeserved loss. You know what I'm talking about: the scale shows that you're down but in your heart, you know your behavior didn't warrant the results. Usually we feel that way when we've worked really hard and the scale shows only a tiny loss, or even a gain. But I'm feeling this week like I got away with something.

I'm not putting myself down: I'm being real. I did some things right, but not enough for two pounds. When I look at my behavior this past week - journaling only part of the time, no exercise, forgetting to write down the things I'm grateful for each day - I can see that the loss was a fluke.

And part of me is breathing a sigh of relief: I'm much rather see a loss than a gain. I am human, after all!

What this brings to mind for me is how we all give so much power to that darn scale. It can make or break our mood in the blink of an eye, and we forget to trust ourselves and in our behavior. If we know we're doing everything right, everything we need to be doing, why do we allow that stupid little gizmo to make us lose all confidence in ourselves?

Learn to trust in yourself and know that the scale will catch up to your behavior (good or bad!) in its own sweet time.


Until next time...

10 comments:

Erin said...

I am suppossed to weigh in on Tuesday nights too, so I'll be behind as well. I know what you mean about the not deserving the loss. I have missed going to the gym twice in the last two weeks, and haven't made them up yet, so even though I had a loss I don't feel like I earned it. I'm guessing its probably because we have created more muscle that it burns fat more effectivly even when we aren't killing ourselves exercise wise.

Just my two cents!

HappyBlogChick said...

Congrats on your loss!

I agree we often give the scale too much power. I think of the scale as one view of a very complicated picture - it only shows part of the story. It would be so much healthier to look at weight in context with other measures ... weighing AND measuring inches AND body fat AND strength AND cardio endurance AND days on target when counting points/calories/only eating until satisfied ... if we could get all those measures and look at them together I think we'd be so much better off!

RunningNan said...

Congrats on the loss. You are only human, so it's impossible to do EVERYTHING! Hey.. I didn't journal for over a month or two, and I thought I wasn't eating enough. Besides, now you have something to improve on this week!

Felicia said...

Congrats on your loss!! That is just wonderful!!!

Have a great day!
*huggles*
=0)

Lora said...

Ah the scale...a love hate relationship if ever there was one!

I've avoided mine the past two days.Nt a good sign....

Scale Junkie said...

You know you did deserve those two pounds for every time you WERE on plan and didn't lose anything. Its pound karma!

Cammy said...

Congrats on the loss! If we're voting, I think you deserved both pounds. :)

Hanlie said...

I think it's a wonderful loss! Well done, Pattie!

Nicole said...

I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. Nonetheless, congratulations on the loss! :o)

alittlemoore said...

Kudos to you to knowing where you have come up short and where you need to improve. Congrats on the loss and I hope the it increases as you do everything you wanted to do!