Thursday, May 22, 2014

I Hereby Quit the Scale (Kind of....)

Hooray - today is my Friday! We're headed out of town tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited. I am in need of a change of scenery and pace for a few days.

I was up late last night watching The Americans on FX, so no 5 am workout for me today. I opted to stay in bed until 6 and save the working out for the evening. I woke up to breakfast all ready for me in the crockpot! I ran out of maple syrup so I subbed in agave instead. Didn't notice much of a taste difference since the bananas have so much flavor, which actually makes me wonder if I should spare myself the sugar next time and scrap the sweetener altogether...

I loooove the oatmeal "crust" on the top. Mmmmm!
I added about 1/2 tbs of extra virgin coconut oil to my piping hot bowl of oatmeal. I just recently discovered the joys of coconut oil. A little goes a long way, and it lends such great flavor - not to mention it makes my oatmeal that much more filling. I felt pleasantly full after breakfast.


Perhaps the most important part of my breakfast....

Daddy picked the kiddos up from school today and I headed straight to the salon after work for a trim before our mini-vacation. Always a treat!

Today's workout was T25 Total Body Circuit after I put the littlest one to bed at 8. This is the workout I was supposed to do yesterday, but I got myself all f'ed up... The hubby did this one yesterday and warned me that it was going to be tough. I'm not sure that tough is a strong enough word! By the end I had sweat dripping into my eyes. Surely a sign of an effective workout! I did sort of an "active cool down" afterward with some 21 Day Fix Pilates Fix. After all that, I'm toast!


Switching gears now.... For the last several years, I've had this habit (some may call it a bad habit) of weighing myself every day. After losing 30 pounds in 2006, I constantly feel like I'm one bite of a cookie away from gaining it all back...

I mentioned before that I gained a few pounds after reducing my mileage post half marathon and injuring my back shortly thereafter. I think about those pounds every time I look in the mirror, and I have even been afraid to step on the scale at times out of fear that the number may have gone up even more. Ridiculous, right?! I exercise daily, I eat very well, I feel fit and strong. So why do I let that number bother me so much?

So let it be known...

I hereby quit the scale.

Well, kind of... I've been participating in a 21 day challenge centered around clean eating, daily exercise, and drinking lots of water. The challenge also focuses on measurements rather than weight - a much better indication of progress! My measurements are going down, even though my weight is staying the same. And focusing on the measurements has helped me to not feel compelled to weigh myself every day. Will I step on the scale again? Of course. But I won't do it daily, and I won't take it as the one and only measure of my fitness. (File this under "Things Easier Said Than Done"...)

What are your thoughts on weighing in? 

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