After several days of the bathroom scale not moving much, I decided that I need to find other things to celebrate. I know I shouldn’t be weighing myself so much but it is what I do. I tend to get excited about the low numbers but I am also OK when it is higher than I was hoping or thought it would be. I think the close monitoring helps me see how much it fluctuates during the day and I try to just watch for the “trend” downward. It doesn’t help any that our bathroom scale can literally read a 1-2 pound swing even when stepping on it 10 seconds apart.
Since my body seems to be comfy where it is at right now, I thought it was a good time to look at something that is as much, if not more, important…my waistline measurement. At Scottsdale Weight Loss, they give you a green ribbon on the first day that is the exact length of your starting waist-line. It was a depressingly long piece of ribbon. I keep it in my bathroom drawer and pull it out once in a while. Last night I got it out to see how things were going…after attempting to take a photo while holding it around my waist, I gave up and just set it on the counter.
That’s a good 2.5″ inches … GONE! I decided to press my luck a little further this morning. Not even a week ago I was thrilled that I was able to fit into one of my old favorite pair of jeans that I have not able to wear for at least a year. I decided last night, however, that even they might be getting a little bit too loose (wow!) I had set aside several stacks of jeans that were too small and this morning I decided to see if I might be ready for them – the first pair I grabbed slid right on and zipped right up…without a struggle! It felt awesome!! That is the kind of motivation I need when the scale just doesn’t want to cooperate.
So, I’ve been thinking about other goals that aren’t related to the number on the scale. A biggie for me is to get my wedding ring off! I am soooo embarrassed to say this but I have not had it off in a couple of years (at least). At some point it just got too tight (I wasn’t in the habit of removing it very often before I gained so much weight). Come to think of it, that might have been a good measuring stick for me when I am in maintenance. If I start having trouble getting them off and on again, I have a problem. Anyway, for now, they are still stuck ON. I’m not sure if losing a bunch more weight is going to change the situation but they are loosening up quite a bit so I am hopeful…
I am happy to say that as of this morning, the scale seems to be heading downwards again. But I’m glad I came across a few things to focus on in the meanwhile. I’ll have to keep these (and hopefully add a few more) in my bag of tricks for the next time!