I haven't weighed myself since before Mother's Day, during which I had a lovely brunch with my family at a vegan restaurant.
Also during that time was my nephew's high school graduation celebration and BlogHer Food, which I have dubbed my "healthy snack food vision quest." I am also in the middle of an "extended PMS holding pattern slow jam" -- women of my age will know what that means. (Is it coming? Is it not?)
I feared stepping on the scale like I do stepping on a cockroach. (Eeek! Eeek! Jump off!)
This morning I did it anyway and I was down 2 pounds.
To be honest, I wasn't really surprised. My clothes weren't getting tight. I didn't feel especially bloated. But there was extra food, and snacking and samples and "Don't mind if I do's!"
That's why I put that graphic up there. I like the sentiment but you can definitely overdo it on "good food."
Almonds, avocados, edamame, cherries, almond milk lattes -- all good and all some of my favorites.
And if I'm not careful and conscious with my eating, all capable of stalling weight loss.
So back to the scale: While I didn't track a lot of those samples and snacks, I did track all my meals, and I got in five days of exercise every week. I didn't booze it up, save for a couple of gin and tonics.
Why did I think I'd have a scale disaster? Do I not trust myself?
I guess, from all the years of having a dieting mentality, I still don't.
I'm not sure what I would have felt if the number on the scale had gone up instead of down. I guess I also wouldn't have been surprised.
True, the number on the scale doesn't define ME, but it does give me a good indication of whether what I'm doing is working.
I kinda feel relieved that I finally got on the scale -- now I can move on and keep the success rolling.
I finally cracked open the book "State of Slim" (Rodale Books, 2013) -- the book's goal is to fix a broken metabolism. I'm barely through the first chapter but I know my metabolism is broken from decades of dieting/not dieting/thinking Im dieting. I like that the book is grounded in years and years of science and studies and testing. It's definitely not a fad diet book. If you want to find out a little more about the book and the science behind it, you can check out my pals Kymberly and Alexandra, who recorded a podcast with Dr. James O. Hill, one of the "State of Slim" authors. (You may even hear a question from me!).
I took a peek at the menu for the first two weeks and it's pretty limited, but that's the point. We're fixing what's broken, and apparently chocolate ice cream doesn't fix a broken metabolism.
Oh, BTW, I've been working on cleaning up my blog's email feed so if you'd like to subscribe and get blog updates (and that's all, no spam), click on the sign-up box on the right. (It's one of the things I learned at BlogHer Food.)