Sunday, April 3, 2011

Every Day Is A Fresh Start

Two things I hate admitting about myself:
  1. I have an addiction to the scale. Even though I only post weigh-ins once a week, I step on the scale every morning and almost every night.
  2. Most days, I am very good about just stepping on and stepping off, so long as my weight hasn't fluctuated more than 2 or 3 lbs. However, I am guilty of sometimes letting that number completely ruin my day.

Today was one of those days.

Hopping on that scale is just a part of my daily routine, and this morning was no different. I woke up, proud of the fact that I had worked my butt off at the gym over the last two days and have been staying within my calorie limit, and was rewarded for my hard work with a 1.5 lb gain.

Alright, let's be real. I'm not an idiot, and I know that I didn't actually gain weight. After being on the weight-loss train for over two years now, I am well aware of the daily fluctuations. I could sit here and write a list off the top of my head of all kinds of things that could cause a temporary jump in weight.

That being said, I handled today's fluctuation like a champ. I exhiled myself in my room all morning and was grumpy towards my roommates. I spent way too much time googling "weight loss frustration" and reading page after page about things I already know and preach to others who need motivation. However, the worst part of my day happened at the gym this afternoon; where I let my bad attitude completely ruin my work-out. I whined and complained the entire time, quit my sprints early, and didn't push myself to run the best that I could. Yeah I know, way to take your own advice, Krista.

The last time I let an attitude problem really take a toll on my work-out perfomance was during the 5K race I ran in January, and after that day I promised myself that I would never start any work-out/run/race with "I can't." Guess what? Nobody's perfect. I had plenty of I can't, you're kidding me, and there's no way I could that today at the gym, and I left feeling defeated and crummy; not energetic and proud like I usually do.

I know, I know; get to the point already. It would be hypocritical of me to sit here and tell you not to weigh yourself everyday, let the scale frustrate you, or go to the gym with a bad attitude because I know that I'm going to keep weighing myself and I know that eventually I'll have another bad day. What I am going to stress is the importance of moving on with your life and not letting one bad day sabotage your weight loss goals and future efforts. I've been working really hard over the last few weeks, and I'm going to keep doing that. Tomorrow is a new day, and every new day is a fresh start.

How often do you weigh yourself? Do you like using the scale to monitor your weight, or do you prefer using other methods, such as the way your clothes fit?


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