Starting June 1st I will be going SCALE FREE for the summer!
1. I’ve maintained my 100+ pound weight loss for almost 3 years. I think I know how to maintain.
2. I will still be exercising like I normally do.
3. I will still be counting my calories, watching portion sizes and eating right.
4. I am a million times more active during the summer months than I am in the dreary Oregon winters. Plus I’ll be commuting to work by bike at least a few times a week in addition to my normal workout routine.
Since I will be maintaining my healthy lifestyle, why is it necessary to be chained to the scale and let whatever that number is have power over me and my mood?
My summer plans are to continue my current workouts, plus train on the bike for two bike races: The Gorge Ride in June and the Portland Century in August. Not only that, I hope to get in a lot of hiking, maybe a 5k race and Michael and I will be spending a lot of time gardening this summer. I think my activity level will be high enough to maintain, or maybe even lose weight.
If I don’t lost weight, that’s okay. I’ve been hovering around 143-146 for most of this year. I think my body is comfortable at that weight and I probably won’t ever go under 143. I’m currently 144.6. I’m reminded of Portia de Rossi’s quote:
“If you can accept your natural body weight–the weight that is easy for you to maintain, or your “set point”–and not force it to beneath your body’s natural, healthy weight, then you can live your life free of dieting, of restriction, of feeling guilty every time you eat a slice of your kid’s birthday cake. The key is to accept your body just as it is. [pg 302]“
That really spoke to me. I think I am at a place in my life where I am comfortable with where I am at, my body is happy with where IT’S at, and the scale should mean less to me. At 144 pounds I can go out to dinner once a week and enjoy the food with Michael. I can enjoy a glass of wine a few nights a week, dessert on occasion, and not feel guilty when I want to eat a bunch of chips and guacamole! 🙂
Am I nervous? Hell ya! Hopefully this experiment doesn’t go completely awry…
QUESTION: Have you ever gone scale-free? How did you do? How did you feel?