Measure for Measure
September 25, 2014
Lovely Husband and I had our weigh in on Sunday. We had followed the WLR principles to the letter. Everything had been weighed and measured... and now it was time for us to be weighed.
We were both a little surprised to discover that despite our diligent efforts we had each apparently put on one pound. We couldn’t understand it but logged it.
LH then when downstairs to return the scales to their usual place in the bathroom and decided to hop back on them. Suddenly he had apparently lost five pounds. He then conducted an experiment placing the scales in various locations around the house and discovered that his weight varied between a loss of five pounds and a gain of four pounds.
We had been bringing the scales up to the bedroom on our Sunday morning weigh ins, but discovered that moving the scales by only a couple of centimetres could change the reading by two pounds in either direction.
We were a bit flummoxed as to what to do but decided to bite the bullet and each register the one-pound gain and then work out what do to about fluctuating scales.
We decided that the kitchen lino was the best option. We selected a four-tile square and have designated this our “official weigh spot”... all future weigh-ins will be conducted in the middle of the kitchen with no doubt whatsoever that the scales are in exactly the same place every week.
LH and I then pondered our “weight gain”. LH was particularly baffled because he has absolute proof that his waistline had been whittled during the week. He had to tighten his belt by one notch... which (with the aid of tape measure) amounted to half-an-inch having vanished from his waistline. He also had a work photo taken in the week and was absolutely convinced that his face had more definition.
Given that we could “document” the half-inch difference for LH we decided that we would input our measurements into the WLR database as well. We agreed that we would only re-measure every two weeks but this would also give us another form of evidence that we were changing shape and provide us with another means of recording our results.
We both realised that although the numbers on the scales are usually a good way of keeping track of progress, there may be times when the scales may not reflect the entire picture.
If LH didn’t wear a belt we would have just presumed that it was an “absolute gain” but given the new notch he knew that he had managed to reduce his waistline - and half-an-inch lost is worth noting.
We also both agreed that since we have been trying to eat in a more healthy and nutritionally balanced way, we were reaping benefits beyond weight loss. LH still has beautifully clear skin, I have managed to maintain my two-litres-of-water-a-day routine and am now able to sleep through the night without being woken by a pain in my kidneys and an urgent need to trek the length of the house for a dead-of-the-night toilet break.
We are also both sleeping far better than we used and believe that this is a result of our daily evening walk where we aim to move for at least thirty minutes (on top of our daily exercise routine). We are convinced that the natural light and fresh air is definitely one of the reasons why we are getting seven hours quality sleep... and we both agree that we feel like we have more energy and less lethargy than before we both committed to our WLR journeys.
It can be demoralising sometimes when you know you have “stuck to the rules” but the scales don’t give you the result you are after. But that’s when the “alternative” measures are so useful. Are your clothes looser? Have you had to do your belt up a notch? Is your skin clearer? Are you sleeping better?
The weight loss journey is not a sprint. It is well documented that the best way to lose weight, change shape and maintain the new ‘ slimline you’ is by taking the sensible route. This can be slow and steady and sometimes it may seem that you have made no progress or have even “slipped back” a little. It is at times like this that you need to look beyond the number on the scales and see the bigger picture of just how much you have benefitted from the sensible approach.
It is hard not to feel a bit upset or annoyed if you feel the scales don’t truly reflect the effort you have put in... but there are other ways of measuring your success and the important thing to remember is that as long as you are honest with yourself about the food you have consumed, the exercise you have done and the diligence with which you have tackled your weight-loss week then the odd “blip” is not a disaster.
So remember - it’s not all about the scales... it’s also about the numbers on the tape measure; the notches on your belt; the number of hours of great sleep and how many spots you have on your back...! Measure for measure it all adds up.
Have a great WLR weekend
With a Hug