After Ma broke her hip, I needed to make the main bathroom easier for her to get around in so she wouldn’t break anything else. I took my scale off the floor to make room for the commode. There was no other place for the scale so I tucked it in on a closet shelf, telling myself that the experts recommend we not weigh ourselves daily anyway.
I had been weighing myself daily and tweaking my LCHF diet and my exercise to see that scale go down, down, down.
Thinking about what I want/need to take with me on the upcoming move and wanting to downsize to pretty much the essentials, I thought about the scale. Should I take it with me? I haven’t been weighing myself daily as I used to and I notice the effect. I do believe I have gained some weight.
Oh, hell, I KNOW I gained weight. How much? I don’t know. The scale is in the closet.
Why do the so-called experts say we shouldn’t weigh ourselves daily?
I think it has something to do with being disappointed if we don’t see a daily drop in our weight and this may cause us to give up on our diet or become obsessed with our weight. Apparently, I could become so focused on seeing that scale go down daily that I become bulimic or anorexic. Fat chance of that! I hate to vomit and I love to eat.
So, essentially, the experts think weighing myself daily will lead to a mental health issue.
Well, my brain is definitely a strong and powerful thing. I can pretty much convince myself of anything I want to.
I can convince myself that I am not putting on weight, despite a nightly date with Ben and Jerry and then be totally flabbergasted when my jeans don’t fit.
I must be convincing myself that I don’t weigh as much as I do because I always get shocked when I see myself in a full-length mirror. Who in the hell is that fat chick?
My favorite sister-in-law weighed close to 300 pounds and every time we went out to eat, she would complain that the restaurants were making the booths smaller. And she actually believed that.
In the case of weighing myself daily, I can allow myself to be disappointed and chuck it all, give up on my diet because the scale is telling me I suck at it. And I have done this many times over the many years.
OR- I can use it as a tool in seeing how well my diet is going. It really is a more accurate and faster tool than suddenly discovering my diet is not going well when my pants don’t fit.
When the scale goes up, I ask myself, why? Too much food? Not enough exercise?
If the scale stays the same, I tweak things a bit. If the scale goes down, I know I am on the right track.
Weighing myself daily is not unhealthy. To me, the scale is a tool. No different that checking my blood pressure or my blood sugar.
And one more thought, Dr. Psychologist Expert, if weighing myself daily isn’t healthy, then it can’t be healthy to track every morsel of food with My Fitness Pal or every calorie burned with the Fitbit.
Conclusion, I am gonna pack the scale and take it with me.
Monday was the first day of the 6 week Biggest Loser Challenge at work. My starting weight is 154, though, unfortunately, I didn’t document that for the challenge.
Tuesday’s weight was 152.8 and I have it documented so that is my official starting weight.
My battle plan for this weight loss challenge is to follow Dr. Eric Westman’s ‘No Sugar, No Starch’ Diet, which is nicely outlined here on the Nutrition Equation website.
This diet, if followed as outlined, is a low-carb, ketogenic diet. I want to follow it for the rest of my lifetime and my downfall has been sugar. I plan on eliminating sugar for the entirety of this challenge.
The hardest thing for me in getting and staying keto-adapted is cooking for three people in this house.
My mother is addicted to fruit and believes she needs copious amounts of it to stay healthy. She is also addicted to sweets- not too hard to believe because of her fruit addiction. And she believes she is lactose-intolerant.
My daughter is a wanna-be vegetarian addicted to junk food and snacking. She can’t stand ‘big chunks of meat’ as she calls a steak, chicken breast, fish filet or anything similar. She also loves chocolate.
So, cooking keto and not using dairy or much meat isn’t easy. I would be just fine with a portion of meat or fish and a side of low-carb vegetables with butter.
Between the three of us with differing dietary preferences, keeping it keto is a battle I am losing.
Shh... don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.