Sunday, July 11, 2010

Get Out Of Jail Free Card

Everybody has a bad week at some point - hopefully that is in the singular form, not the plural - where you ate too much and exercised too little.  You know what I'm talking about... the feelings of dread about getting on the scale and facing up to the reality of the ugly truth that those tiny digits will reveal.  Gee, it can be traumatic at best and almost suicidal at the extreme!  As the weigh day comes closer, the anxiety grows, and for those who respond to stress by eating more, it just gets worse.

So what do you do about bad weeks?  For starters avoid them!  But assuming you are a human being and not an alien life form (though weight loss can make you feel that way) you will have a bad week from time-to-time, its just a reality that has to be faced.  Thus, my solution is to just pretend it didn't happen.  How about that?  Just ignore it and turn a blind eye to your indiscretions and play dumb.  Think I'm kidding????

I'm serious - if you have a bad week, grant yourself a "Get Out Of Jail Free Card" and cash it in when it comes time for the weigh-in.  I know, some of you are jumping up and down and yelling "alright, weigh to go" while others are screaming"denial never works".  I agree with both groups - how is that for playing it safe...

But for real, on occasion, it might be better to skip a weigh-in when you know its going to be bad. Rather than depressing yourself with the real numbers, focus on making up for the bad week with an extra effort, so at least the next weigh-in should be back on track.  However, the concept doesn't work if you decide to adopt it forever, as you are always putting off the truth of the numbers, so don't get carried away.

In reality, a weigh-in should never be a bad thing as it is just feedback about your efforts which can be used to modify your weight loss routine as needed to keep things headed in the right direction.  Its far better to catch a negative trend early than to wake up 6 months later with an extra 20 pounds hugging your body.

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