May 13, 2013 by Leave a Comment
BALANCING SCALES. TO WEIGH OR NOT TO WEIGH?
The scale is just one way to measure our weight and weight loss (or gain!) journey. Sometimes, the scale can be a very helpful tool and other times it can work against our efforts. Personally, I have a compulsion to weigh in much too often, and I am not proud of it and don’t advocate it! There are too many variable that can effect our fluctuations. In a perfect world, I would advise weighing only once or twice a week. I would also advise using other tools like tape measures, clothing and HOW YOU FEEL! Here’s one reason the scale can work against us:
Water Water Everywhere…
Did you know that a side effect of regular exercise is holding onto a few extra pounds? I’ll explain in a minute, but reading this last night was the first time I thought about this and how much sense it actually makes. Working out, especially in the early stages, but after that too, can cause us to retain water. Apparently, our incredibly smart bodies are designed to prevent dehydration so they hand on to some extra water to compensate for the workouts. According to Michele S. Olson, Ph.D. those of us who workout regularly, store an extra two to four pounds of water in our plasma. Dr. Olson adds that “this is not fat or muscle, but simply super hydration. It’s a good thing.” This explains a lot to me with regard to why, when I take some time off from work, my weight actually goes down. I now understand, it’s nothing more than fluid fluctuations. It also explains why I am such a good floater!!!
So, if you have been working out regularly and sticking to your goals, don’t hate the scale and by all means DO NOT cut back on your water. Drink MORE water. It will tell your body it doesn’t have to hold on so tightly to prevent dehydration. Be excited about how much stronger you are and how much more you can do. Easing off on exercise a day or two before a big occasion might help you shed those extra pounds, looking much more defined, but remember…
May 10, 2013 by 2 Comments
This week I have been working on a project that involves emotional eating. It is consuming a good deal of my computer time, so I am going to keep this morning’s entry short and sweet. If you are struggling with weight loss, emotional eating might be your problem. The only way to overcome this is to take the steps necessary to let go of who and what you are angry with. Perhaps there is someone or something that happened so long ago, you barely give thought to it or think you have gotten past it, but maybe you really haven’t. For your health, for your happiness, and for your weight control (which certainly impacts both health and happiness) try to make THIS the day you ask yourself what you are so mad about and then commit to letting it go. Design a mantra and be specific…something like “I am letting myself get over the hurt I felt when (fill in the blank with a person’s name) told me I could have done better at (fill in the blank).” By letting this go, I am also willing to release the weight I am holding on to.” Even if you think this is not what’s causing your weight problems, you may be surprised at the amazing effect letting go has on you. Get your head in the right place, and everything follows.
Happy Friday. Much love….
May 6, 2013 by Leave a Comment