“The scale—it is what it is. It isn’t something I can control. Although I check it daily, I won’t let it determine my life.” This is a quote from a blogger. It just shows that the scale is an important factor in weight loss. Even though many of us check it daily, it is just a reminder of how we are doing up to that moment. The scale can vary depending on water content. We may have had a sodium-filled dinner that will hold water. In addition, whether we have gone to the bathroom or not may affect the scale. The scale is a measure of weight at a moment in time. No one-day’s measurement is the full story. We shall see the true story played out over time.
Today is weigh-in day. August has been a difficult weight loss month. We have had more stress in our lives than we would have liked. Sometimes stress causes cookie eating. Stress presents problems to the dieter. Most of us dieters don’t handle it well. That’s in large part why we are dieting. We succumb to the pressure of stress and eat.
We all know about it. We can see it coming and we make the wrong choice anyway. I just read a blog from a dieter who went on vacation. She said she went “hog wild.” Instead of one cookie, she had three. Instead of one slab of fudge, she had three. She ate dessert with her meals. What happened?
This is all part of the dieter’s issues. People who have weight issues have these behavioral issues as well. I could have written the blog myself. I think all dieters have done this over and over. We restrict our calories for so long, then when opportunity arises, we go “hog wild.”
I wish I had the answer to this dilemma. I’d have a best seller. I’m as much of the problem as anyone is. We just have to keep working on solutions to the “hog wild syndrome.”