When I originally started this series, way back in November of 2011, it was meant to be a source of encouragement and motivation: encouragement to you, my compatriots, and motivation to me, to get off my squishy bottom.
Now I don’t know if I should continue. I mean, I know I should continue to eat well and exercise, but I don’t know if the scale photos are all that helpful. One reader anonymously suggested that I stop worrying so much about the number on the scale and focus, instead, on healthful living.
It’s hard, though, without the extrinsic motivation of losing weight. It’s hard not to use that number as a goal.
The weekly weigh-in factors into many diet programs. When I did Weight Watchers after Angela was born, I lived to see that number go down every Saturday! Sounds extreme, doesn’t it? And yet, it was highly motivating and helped keep me on track throughout the week.
I took all the baby weight off and then some. I got down to 107 and–here’s the irony–was “too skinny” in my husband’s opinion and “not skinny enough” in mine. Clearly there’s something not quite right there, and for the record, I no longer think that’s a healthy weight for my 5-foot frame. Plus once I reached my “lifetime” weight (a Weight Watchers term) I lost the extrinsic goal and ultimately gained the weight back.
There are healthy weights for our frames, as you know. I am within 15 pounds of mine and yet, I do NOT want that number on the scale to rule me. It’s a tricky, tricky, tricky balance! Every day I have to make choices: over-eat or eat what I need? Hop on the treadmill or tell myself I’m “too busy?” Play with the kids at the park or sit on a bench and read?
(Okay, if it’s a really good book I might do both.)
Bottom line is this, I guess: Does it matter to you if I continue this series? Would you ever be willing to link-up given the option, not with a scale photo but instead, to share your successes?
Inquiring minds (and squishy bottoms) want to know. ; )