Monday, 26 September 2011
Previously, I wrote about being determined to lose weight and still gaining weight for two weeks running. Well, this week I really made the commitment. I started making better choices with my eating and I ran every day Monday-Friday for half an hour. I really think I did a good job about changing things, however small, and am psyched to keep making changes--but also to sustain them.
So a week of this gone, but I'm going to do something radical for me: I'm not stepping on the scale.
It's only been a week, and frankly if I see a similar number it's just going to get me down. After talking to a friend who lost 30 pounds "after doing nothing for a while in my life," I was inspired by what he said about "changing your lifestyle."
I get hung up too easily on the numbers. But, frankly, your lifestyle can't be boiled down to a number. It can, however, be boiled down to a set of facts. Am I exercising? Yes. Am I trying to eat more greens and less junk? Yes. Is change slow? Yes.
So I'm cool with waiting and reveling in the changes themselves rather than focusing on the result. I feel proud of myself for running, and hope to keep it up. I'm also pretty aware that I shouldn't be downing diet soda all the time, so am substituting that for seltzer for the time being.
Overall, I think I'll be happier focusing on making lifestyle changes rather than the scale. So, at least for now, I'm not going to look.
Do you feel lifestyle changes in your life? Or is change so slow for you it's hard to tell?