I’m obsessed with the scales
I think I’m obsessing too much on my daily weight. No, I know I am.
Some experts say you should weigh yourself no more than once a week. Others say every day.
I do every day.
And it’s freaking me out right now.
See, I can gain three pounds in a weekedn. Just by making bad food choices. I’m serious. Three is a lot and it doesn’t happen all the time. But it just did. And it wasn’t that I pigged out. I had a half a sandwich more than usual, or a couple extra handful of nuts. Or a bigger than usual salad at lunch.
I am very serious about keeping track.
I write down every bite I take and while no system is foolproof and I know we notoriously underestimate calories, I’m using a bunch of tech gizmos and apps and huge food data bases and I think what I write down is pretty close.
Take this past weekend. I went up one pound Sunday and two pounds Monday!
I did not eat that much over my plan. I even did an hour spin class Saturday.
My routine varied a lot over the Christmas weekend. I ate my dinner much later at night than usual, only got about four to five hours of sleep both nights and only had a few glasses of water. Those were major strays from my plan. Could that have done it?
But I went up three pounds in two days! Today, I have worked out hard, walked a lot and have consumed about 1,500 calories. And it’s driving me nuts I am now in a motel on the way to visit my son’s family in Southwest Georgia and can’t step on my scales tomorrow to see if that extra weight was temporary and an aberration.
I know in my head that my weight will drop tomorrow, or the next day and, by week’s end, I should be down again. But I can’t help but think, what if it doesn’t?
A fitness trainer friend tells me not weighing in every morning while I’m on this family visit will be good for me. That what counts is week-to-week, not day-to-day weight comparisons. I nod when he says it. But inside, I don’t believe him. All week, I’m going to be near panic at the thought of a weight gain when I get back home and step on my own scales.
Can you relate?