13 February 2007

Trying to be sensible

I've decided to stop weighing myself, and have removed my weight loss 'Ticker' from this page... I'm getting a little obsessive about it, as my weight is going up back to where I started, and then down, and then up again, and the numbers are making me depressed. They're only numbers after all!

I know that tracking kilos doesn't provide positive feedback (despite my also strong despire to see the kilos drop ever downwards)... muscle weighs more than fat for a start, so if I'm getting fitter (and I think I am, I've cut 10 seconds off my lap time), I could still weigh the same or even more. As Dr Rick says

"Don't get weighed down by the scales
If we are above our most comfortable weight and we want to change this situation, it is vital to focus on our thinking, our eating and/or our physical activity, rather than concentrating on what is happening with changes to our weight. By looking after ourselves and our bodies in the best way we can, our weight/size will be the healthiest level that is possible for our own body type."

and

"Health and vitality come in all shapes and sizes, and it is important to be the healthiest weight we can achieve and maintain, rather than focus on being thin at any cost. By looking after ourselves and our bodies in the best way we can, our weight/size will evolve to the healthiest level that is possible."

So yeah. I'll do that.

And bugger it, I'm coming down with some virus thing; the whole family is feeling vile - sore throats, aches and pains, desperately sleepy... so that's not helping much either. Bleah.

6 comments:

  1. Repeat after me. "Numbers do not define me. They are not a measurement of worth."

    Glad you're still enjoying the swimming. :)

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  2. Thanks Taph. All part of the ongoing battle to regain self-esteem :p

    And yes, still love the swimming - which is the main thing!

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  3. Well bugger. There's nothing more revolting than a summer cold. My sympathies!

    When I was trying to lose weight the scales used to defeat me often. So I started measuring arm, thigh, bum and waist circumferences. These told a completely different story!

    And I'm completely with Dr whatshisface: weight is not a measure of self worth. In your case, ease of movement is the measure!

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  4. I'm so with you on this Denise. I started doing the numbers thing a week ago (through Calorie King) and it depressed the hell out of me.

    So I gave up.

    My basic rule is: more energy out than in. If I am not exercising much, I should eat less. Worked for me last year.

    I could talk about this for hours.

    Taph, those words of wisdom are precious. Thank you!

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  5. Excellent post! I really enjoyed reading it. Keeping in shape is a live long challenge for me.

    Karin

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  6. Thanks for your post, Karin - nice to see a new face!

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