Daily Bread #49
I got a new, more accurate, scale this week, based on encouragement from the group last week. Since I love high tech stuff, I got one that will sync with my FitBit app. It averages my weight for each time and day that I step onto it, and generates a trend line so I know what direction I am going. Ah data! There can never be enough.
It probably wasn’t due to my new home scale, but at weigh-in tonight I was down 5.1 pounds from last week. See? Last week’s weigh-in with no loss wasn’t an issue at all.
My meeting with the knee doctor was somewhat disappointing. He wants me to lose another 15 pounds before he will schedule me for surgery. This is not a big problem as I can do that in another 2-3 months and I don’t want to do the surgery until the fall anyway. In fact, after this last week, I am one third of the way there already.
The appointment still feels like a bummer, and I am not really sure why. At least I can just email him when I reach the weight he wants and I won’t need to make another appointment before being scheduled for surgery. And it also isn’t like I thought I was done with this weight loss journey. I guess I expected him to just say,”wonderful, let’s get you on the list.” Managing hopeful exceptions is not always easy.
Neither is managing this weight loss. Every time I lose a few pounds, my calorie budget goes down in all my apps (and in reality too!). I am always either adjusting my intake with food or my expenditure of calories with exercise. Flexible, that’s me. Hah!
Last night, based on a participant’s request, we talked about strategies for dealing with things like conferences and buffet lines. One man said he doesn’t participate at all and tells his friends, “I am leaving during the meals because I would want to eat it all.” I loved this. No guilt, no shame – just honesty. Another man talked about deciding to go the Sizzler, and to just enjoy that buffet. AND he counted the calories and made sure to get back on track the very next day. Others drank extra water during conferences, or decided before hand that they would only take protein, fruit, and veggies from the buffet line. If you know your trigger foods, it can help to avoid them completely. Buffet food is also rarely all that delicious, so becoming more discerning and only eating the highest quality items can help too. Mass produced desserts are rarely very good and are loaded with fairly empty calories. Some people also took protein bars to substitute for some of the meals. Good tips, all of them, and I think everyone learned something they can use in the future.
We also talked about accountability, and what it means to us. This blog is one way I stay accountable both to myself and to my circle of family and friends. Writing about this journey each week helps me, and I hope it might help others. We all need companions and supporters, cheerleaders even, along the way if we are going to get to where we want to be.
One small part of the conversation last night disturbed me. One of our group was feeling bad, like a complete failure, because she had been gaining a lot of weight back. I know it was not meant the way it sounded, but the facilitator made a comment later that “studies show that if you feel like a failure, you will fail.” For someone feeling hopeless, this was not the best thing to say.
I also realized how protective I feel toward everyone in our group, even those I hardly know, but especially those I have grown to love. Like I have said before, the bond is strong and my mama bear personna can get riled up in an instant.
Hope IS a powerful motivator, and I know that if we cannot visualize success or even progress, then everything becomes harder. If you are feeling a lot of guilt or shame, odds are you aren’t liking yourself very much, and who wants to put in the energy to take care of someone they don’t like? I hate all that. I hate that it happens and that people are made to feel that way by our culture and by the thoughtless remarks by even people who mean well.
I also know this journey has been easier for me than for many people. I don’t have the long history of dieting, of losing and then regaining, that so many others have experienced. Failure is not something I expected to happen. I wasn’t SURE it would work, but I had a strong faith that it could. I also never felt particularly shameful or guilty about being fat. (Although I was sometimes shamed by others). I was also an over-eater but not a binge eater. These things have made it much easier for me. I am grateful for that relative ease, knowing also that “easy” is not what this has been like, even for me.
Damn, I just wish we could all love ourselves fiercely just as we are, fat, thin, whatever. The God I believe in loves us in just that way. Then, if we want to make changes, for our health or for whatever, we can do it in the spirit of love, do it for our bodies and for ourselves.
“How could anyone ever tell us, we are anything less than beautiful.” If they do, we need to tell them to shut the F-up.
(My stats for the last week – Down 5.1 pounds, drank at least 7 gallons of water and I exercised for over 555 minutes. My cumulative weight loss so far is 96.7 pounds.)