I want to lie and tell you that I had a great week at the scale, but the truth is I’m annoyed. I followed through on my action plan and I went 5 entire working days chocolate free – a major feat with a stash readily available less than 15 feet from my desk. I ate carrots, apples, yogurt, and popcorn for snacks. I ate my one meal of indulgence and it wasn’t even all that indulgent. After a 4-hour hike on Sunday, my hiking partners and I went to a café. Carrot cake, hot chocolate, a blueberry muffin, and a chocolate muffin were all ordered. I had a peppermint tea. I worked hard and I was happy with my decisions. This is why it was so frustrating to get on the scale and see a downward movement of only .2 pounds. There is a part of me that wonders why I put in so much effort for virtually no result. If I’m not going to lose weight anyway, why not eat chocolate?
But I have to ask myself – is this only about what is on the scale? Before getting on the scale on Tuesday morning, I was pleased with the week. I made healthy choices. I ate fruits and veggies, worked out 6 days, walked to work 4 days, and enjoyed a walk by the bay and a hike to a waterfall on what may have been the last warm weekend of the autumn. Isn’t this success?
Over a year ago I bought a pair of pants at The Limited. The store clerk convinced me that they were the right size. Although they did fit well in the legs, the muffin top that ensued was both unsightly and uncomfortable. I can now wear those pants and a tight shirt with comfort, ease, and no visible muffin top. Isn’t this success?
I was on the elliptical trainer last week and in my reflection I could see my biceps flex with each pull of the arm handles. These biceps didn’t exist six months ago before I started my weight-training program. Isn’t this success?
Today I find success in the small achievements. I’m still frustrated that the number on the scale didn’t move, but I will get over it. If it continues to stay put, I will reassess my goals. But for now, all I can do is make decisions every day to become the best, healthiest version of myself that I can be, no matter what the scales tells me.