I’ve been doing things differently over the last couple of weeks, and I’ve been feeling healthy and strong as a result! Earlier this week I shared my decision to eat with more regularity on Thursdays, and I did. I also decided to workout before attending my meeting, another thing that I have never been comfortable doing before stepping on the scale. And I was down 0.6 pounds.
Since I started my weight-loss journey, I’ve heard all kinds of advice from folks who have similar goals and interests. My first trainer told me not to workout just before stepping on the scale because I’d weigh a few pounds more. Several fellow weight-loss friends shared that they don’t drink as much or eat as much before the step on the scale….Some don’t eat foods that are high in sodium the day before weigh-in, etc. You get the idea, and I’ve done all of these things too.
But I threw all of that out of the window yesterday, and I’m glad I did. I am no longer afraid to be active or to fuel my body because it’s Thursday. It was ridiculous to ever feel that way, but hey…I can admit it when I need to change. And I’ve admitted it.
So instead of spending the majority of my day being sedentary (which is really unnatural and uncomfortable) I opted to hit the gym to do another 10 miles on the elliptical before I headed to my meeting. Next time I’ll try to allow enough time to shower, dry my hair and change into my weigh-in outfit because I’d rather not show up drenched in sweat again. (Sorry WW friends….Thanks for understanding!) Seriously, I was soaked from head to toe when I arrived, but I felt good about doing what I needed to do for myself.
So…..I wish I had shown a bigger loss this week. (Don’t we always wish for that?) But I’m satisfied with the loss and with my efforts. I really can’t tell you how hard it has been to change these habits knowing that the scale wouldn’t reflect the work I’ve done all week. But now it’s done, and I’m proud of myself which is really the most important part anyway. I probably won’t drink a gallon of water or do 10 miles before every weigh-in, but I won’t be afraid to anymore either because if I’m eating well and exercising the scale will reflect that eventually.
What are your thoughts on exercising right before weighing in? Do you do it, or do you believe it’s smarter to wait? And if waiting is your answer, then how long do you wait?