I hate to write this post. In fact, I hate to think about this subject. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention it.
I needed to lose some weight.
Let me stop right there and say that I have great sympathy for those who need to lose a great deal of weight. I'm lucky: I've been fairly slender all of my adult life. I'm a small person.
But I was not slender as a teenager. In fact, I weighed more at age 16 than I weighed as an adult nine months' pregnant. And no, I'm not exaggerating. I know that being overweight is no fun.
Even for slender persons, though, sometimes the number on the scale creeps up. Maintaining a desirable weight is easier for some than others, but it requires attention from nearly all of us.
I'd just stopped paying attention to how much I ate. My clothes had become uncomfortably snug. Meanwhile, I turned 50, and I knew that losing weight would soon become more difficult than it has been in the past.
So as part of this month of taking care of myself, I got on the scale. There it stands in my bathroom, patiently waiting to be used. I'd been ignoring it. The truth is that I just didn't want to know what the scale said.
Over the years I've discovered that I'm comfortable and healthy if my weight stays within a 10-pound range. If it goes below the bottom of that range (which hasn't happened very often), I'm a bit too thin. If it goes above the top number of that range, I'm too heavy. I've learned that obsessing about a particular weight is bad for me, body and soul. Using the ten-pound range as an indicator works better.
As you can imagine, I discovered that the number was above the top of the range. So I did what I've been needing to do. I stopped eating so much, stepped up my exercising, and lost five pounds. It would be great if I could lose three or four more pounds, but at least now I'm back into good territory.
Now I'd like to know about you. Do you struggle to maintain an ideal weight? If not, do you have any secrets? Do you weigh yourself regularly? Please share your experience!
This post is the twenty-third entry in a 31-day series: Caring for Myself Body and Soul.