Off the Scale
February 17, 2014
I have a new favourite thing. It stands on the floor beside the bed and is guaranteed to make me smile every time I look at it. It was a gift given to me by Lovely Husband on Friday and it’s amazing. It isn’t big or flash or expensive but to me it has a value beyond measure… Because it was made for me by LH. He spent no money, instead he took some time and effort, put thought and ingenuity into it and he made me smile (…actually I laughed out loud).
So what caused me to be so delighted? Weighing scales. Analogue weighing scales. The not-very-accurate analogue scales that I removed from the bathroom and replaced with a simple digital scale with big red numbers. The analogue scales which were no good for the purposes of my WLR weigh-ins but functional enough to hang on to and store in the garage so that if we have to ship heavy packages we can weigh them and get a fair idea of postal costs.
LH takes an interest in my weight loss journey. He reads the blogs, he has decided to lose some weight himself (he’s got a healthy BMI but just wants to lower it and nip his expanding waistline before it gets to 36”… Grrrrrrr!). He is someone who uses food as fuel, unlike me who has historically used food and drink for the purposes of solace, comfort, celebration and the alleviation of boredom, so he doesn’t have the same “headspace” issues as I do when it comes to defeating my diet demons, but he understands my struggle and offers support wherever possible.
He noticed that I got a bit despondent when I got on the scales and my 1/2lb per week loss registers. I’m on the “slow and steady” route (it works best for me) and I know I’ll get there… but another of my demons is impatience and even though I know the digits are not going to record miraculous weekly loss of half-a-stone, I secretly hope they might each time I step on.
Cue a spot of ingenuity from LH. He retrieved the analogue scales from the garage and set about making modifications. They are now covered with bright cartoons which are cheery to look at on their own but the brilliance is that the reading on them is no longer a red arrow pointing to the number corresponding to my weight.
Now the red arrow points to the “Hudson-ometer”. There are no numbers… just descriptions. At the moment, I step on them and the arrow points to “wonderful”.
Depending on my weight the other options include “beautiful”; “cheerful”; “funny”; “amazing”; lovable; “witty”.
Such a simple thing. Some glue, paper, a little dismantling and a lot of thought… And I Love It. Not because when I stand on it, it tells me something positive, but because it reminds me just why Lovely Husband is so lovely. He knows that I’m not happy with my current size and shape. He can see that I’m avoiding bright colours and getting annoyed with myself for letting my weight gain get out of hand. He knows support and encouragement can make all the difference and this was a wonderful way of providing that.
It’s also made me realise just how important positive support can be. Here on WLR we’re lucky to have access to wise words and a wealth of information to help us as we wend our way on our weightloss journey. We have all the tools and tips and techniques at our fingertips… but most importantly… we have each other. The forums are an endless supply of wisdom and advice where pleas for help and encouragement are always met with an overwhelming response. Queries and quandaries are posted and answered. For those times when it’s just a “bad day”… a message can be sent and the wonderful WLR community will rally instantly. Each step forward is celebrated and…
on those days when moving forward seems hard, quiet words of encouragement, small gestures of support, offering wisdom and advice really keep our momentum going and our spirits raised.
I have an ever-growing list of things which help me on my weight loss journey. This week I added a broken scale, a sheet of A4 paper, some felt tipped pens and an inventive husband to that toolkit. They sit alongside my own determination to succeed, the tips, advice and strategies I have learned from the WLR site and my amazing fellow WLR-ers. That kind of support really is “off the scale”.
Wishing you all a wonderful weight loss week.
With a hug.