When I look back on my life, gaining weight has always been accompanied by avoidance of the bathroom scales. I always know when I am going in the wrong direction but do not want to see the ugly truth, so I push the scales out of sight and avoid full length mirrors.
Deep down I know I will have to address 'the issue' and usually kick start a new regime by taking a long look at myself in a full length mirror and stepping back on the scales. I have no idea why I am surprised by the new weight reading but I am always excited by the fact that the first week of losing weight is usually very productive.
After that, I used to feel disheartened if I didn't continue to lose a little weight on a daily basis but weight loss is not like that. There is not a straight line of decreasing weight linking large me to optimal me. It is a road filled with fluctuations, heavy days and light days and as long as the overall trend is downwards, it is going well.
Although I have learned to accept daily fluctuations, in the knowledge that I am here for the long haul, I still find them difficult. Logically, I know that if a gain pound today I may lose two pounds later in the week, but I want my efforts to be acknowledged by a consistently decreasing number on my bathroom scales. Don't we all?
I am sure people will suggest just weighing in once a week ..... but that day could be a 'heavy day' and then it would be even more disheartening. You may know, or it may be interesting to learn that the most successful way to keep the weight off, is to weigh yourself not once but twice a day, morning and evening (according to clinical trials). I am usually at least 5 pounds heavier at night!
What do you think?