This is what I've been doing every Friday morning:
"Wait, don't weigh yourself just yet.
Go to the bathroom.
How 'bout we weigh after we get back from a 3-mile sweaty walk?
... and don't drink any water or eat anything.
OK, now get on the scale and take off everything.
... even your glasses.
Wait, go to the bathroom again."
I had to stop my frankly disordered Friday weigh-ins, so I started today:
I weighed myself after breakfast and a big mug of coffee, and I kept my glasses on. I also had homemade chicken enchiladas last night, that while low in fat and calories, probably had a billion milligrams of sodium.
Weighing myself had become fraught with anxiety and I was trying everything short of voodoo to get the scale to give me a good reading.
Then I read a great Facebook quote from Amber of the blog Go Kaleo:
Most people think you need to lose weight to be healthy but I think in a lot of cases you have to get healthy to lose weight.
What I was doing wasn't healthy, it was crazy-making.
So, to get the scale moving in the right direction again, I'm adding in more produce and adding in more strength training. Instead of saying I'm cutting out things, I'm just going to add in enough good stuff to crowd out the other stuff. Tonight, for example, I roasted a big pan of zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms and fingerling potatoes. "What are we having with it?" the teenager asked, to which I replied "That's the main course." And it was great -- a big dish of roasted vegetables, which by the way, added up to 11 grams of protein. I topped off the evening with a bowl of cherries.
It's now 10 p.m. and I have no interest in consuming anything else, which is pretty cool.
Coming Monday: My fave new strength-training DVD set!