Something Stones Six
May 21, 2014
Two is my favourite number – I think it has something to do with being a twin. If ever I go on Deal or No Deal then I would absolutely have to have box twenty-two. But I’ve also got a very soft spot indeed for the number six.
I’ve decided it’s a fabulous number and deserves a mention. Why? Because I am now “something-stones-six” and I am delighted. Why? Because the “six” means that I am nearer to the next “stone down” rather than the next “stone up”.
Okay, so I know I have to lose another six pounds before the “stones” digit decreases, but it’s now very definitely in sight. The “six” is a huge incentive for me to keep doing what I’m doing... slowly and steadily the weight will come off and stay off... and although it’s always really exciting when the “stones” number or the clothes label size drops, that isn’t going to happen every day and so all the “interim” positives are well worth celebrating.
The drop from “something-stones-ten” down to “something-stones-nine”, getting out of “double-digit” pounds, is always something to look forward to. It may only be a one-pound drop but it takes you single figures when it comes to what I call “current poundage”. I have digital scales and so when it goes down to a single figure for the pounds it even looks smaller as I read it off the scale.
I know it sounds bonkers, but it’s another small but positive reinforcement that I can store in my brain and draw on to remind myself that I am very definitely losing weight and heading towards goal.
It’s really important to cheerlead your efforts. I have a friend who puts a £1 coin into a jar every time she loses one pound of fat. She doesn’t on plan on spending any of it until she gets to goal but just seeing the jar sitting on her kitchen cabinet gives her a real boost and she admits that it has often stopped her head indulging in a treat which she doesn’t really need. Just as she is about to help herself to a choc-ice she will catch a glimpse of her jar and it is often enough to make her step away from the freezer. The other thing she finds very satisfying is picking up the jar to see how heavy it is. The more she loses, the heavier it gets and it’s almost as if the fat from her body is magically turning into cold hard cash.
She also made a comment about the jar and another it is helping her stay on track and focussed. She knows exactly how much will be in there when she gets to goal, but hasn’t yet made any firm decisions about what to spend it on. She is enjoying spending time planning what she might buy and as she so rightly pointed out to me, “if I’m thinking about how to spend my ‘goal money’ I’m not thinking about food”.
Although I’m not saving ‘pounds for pounds’ I have decided that I’m going to give myself small treats when I hit specific targets.
For me these are, when I get into the “next stone down” on the scale; when I get from ten pounds to nine pounds; when I get to something-stones-six; and when I buy an item of clothing which has the next size down in the label. (I am aware that the sizes vary from shop to shop so I only use one store for this purpose – and it’s usually where I buy my “treat items” from in any case).
Sometimes it can be difficult when you have set yourself on a course of “slow and steady”. I know this is the strategy that works best for me and that it is the one I should stick to. I did raise my weekly target from half-a-pound to two pounds but have decided to drop back to one pound a week. I do get impatient at times, wishing that the numbers on the weighing scales would drop more quickly, but I know that, for me, taking a slightly “longer route” means I will get the best result in the long term...
and because the weight loss “milestones” take longer to reach, I realise how important it is to have them set out along the journey – both as an incentive to keep moving forward step by step and also to provide an opportunity for me to have “Yay for Me” moments – just little points in time when I can feel proud of what I’m doing.
I’m also lucky that Lovely Husband is a great cheerleader. I mentioned the latest “something-stones-six” and he was genuinely pleased because I was so pleased. (I should also add that when I weigh myself on my very special set of scales – which currently tell me I am “spectacular” (for the full story please cast an eye over my “Off The Scale” blog from February). Again this might seem to some to be very silly or minor, but to me it is another reason to smile as my I wend my way, and when I am smiling and feeling motivated, I know I am likely to stay far more focussed on my efforts to get to goal. A little bit of PMA can take me a very long way in terms of momentum so I’m determined to factor in as many as I can, and the magic number “six” has given me a lovely boost.
I also know that when I get to goal, I will need to continue to cheerlead myself on “maintenance” because this journey isn’t just about “getting to goal” it’s about staying around goal for the rest of my days. I have actually set my goal weight to include the “six pounds” marker because then I have a massive incentive to ‘stay nearer the next stone down than the next stone up’ once I have managed to shed the excess pounds I’m currently targeting.
So where ever you are on your journey, make sure you celebrate your milestones, give yourself a huge pat on the back every time you get to a point which feels like a real achievement. Make sure you have them set out regularly along your route, and enjoy the feeling every single time you get to one.
Have a wonderful WLR day
With a Hug
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