Those of you going through any type of weight loss program can certainly understand me when I say that stepping on that scale is a terrifying thing. A million different thoughts race through my head when I pull out the scale… did I do enough? Even if I did, will my weight go up? (it has before!) How long will it take me to get to my goal weight? How will I react if this number is terrible? I’ve seen a lot of people on the Calorie Count community wonder why they may not be seeing the results on the scale that they want, especially those who really have the dedication and the drive to work on it.
The way I see it, there are three possible outcomes when you step on the scale.
Outcome 1: The disappointing result isn’t nearly what you thought it was, due to unexplainable weight gain or a small plateau.
Outcome 2: The result is a realistic product of the work that you’ve put in for the week, but not necessarily as much as you would like (because let’s be honest, we’d all like 5+ pounds per week).
Outcome 3: The result is surprisingly better than you expected.
In the last few months, I’ve hit each outcome a bundle of times, but I think I’ve finally realized the secret to handling all three. Appreciate, but don’t deviate. Go back and read each outcome above, then read your corresponding advice below.
Advice 1: The body works in strange and mysterious ways, and there have been many times where I’ve done an hour of workouts per day and eaten extremely well only to see my weekly weigh-in go in the wrong direction. You know how well you’ve been doing and you know how much work that you’ve put into this journey. Appreciate, but don’t deviate. Long-term goals are much more important than short term victories. Keep doing what you’re doing! Hard work and effort on a consistent basis will pay off.
Advice 2: Try not to minimize your accomplishments. You have completed a solid short-term goal and are setting yourself up very well to achieve your long-term goals. A positive step is a step in the right direction. Appreciate, but don’t deviate. Keep up the good work and keep charging forward. Continued dedication will bring the desired results.
Advice 3: This is a huge win for you, and congratulations on your accomplishment. It’s now time for you to prove that it wasn’t a fluke. After a big win against a tough team, there’s a term in sports that’s called the “emotional letdown”, which usually refers to a post-“big game” struggle. Appreciate, but don’t deviate. Your commitment to this big win needs to be sustained over the long haul. You did it before, and there’s no reason to think that you can’t do it again!
Regardless of whether you haven’t started, you’re just starting, or you’re right in the middle, I wish you the best of luck in your journey. Don’t forget that even small victories are victories, so remember to appreciate them.