Wednesday, May 29, 2013

#Project30Days Update: A month without the scale

I gave myself 3 #Project30Days projects this month:

1. Make my bed every day.

2. Take a picture every day.

3. Give up the scale for 30 days.

My bed has been made, and I'm surprised at how much I enjoy having it made. I didn't think it really mattered, but the fact is I love how nice my room looks when I walk by it and see that bed made all nice and neat. Kel also noticed and asked me one day why I started making the bed. I think it's been another surprising success of #project30days to realize the value of small things.

I was also successful with my picture project. There was only one day I forgot, and I'm pretty sure it was because I was out of my regular routine. The greatest reward from taking a picture every day was that I started to become much more aware of my surroundings and started to look for tiny, interesting things I wanted to remember, but might forget if I didn't snap a photo. I have several pics from the month that I just really love, but my favorite is this one of a bird that landed on my window as I woke up and sang me a good morning song.

Now, onto the scale. This was by far the hardest project I have given myself so far. I learned so much from it. I also failed (and the lesson here is that even through failure we can learn.) I was able to make it about 20 days without weighing myself, but then I totally caved and got on the scale.

What I realized is that I do rely too much on that number, and I think I have made some very good shifts to focusing on other data like how I look and feel and how my clothes fit. On the other hand, I also realized that for me the scale is a useful tool. It helps me to see what is working and what is not working. It is a great indicator of hydration after long workouts. It keeps me in check if I use it well. And therein lies the key. I have to be better at using it well. The scale cannot be the end all and be all. It cannot be a form of punishment, but rather a form of encouragement and even more importantly just pure data. If I have been eating a certain way and I see the numbers going up I have to realize that some things need to change. It is not about me berating myself for screwing up, but it is about staying in touch with what is working and using it to help me achieve my goals. I will continue to use the scale as a tool in the future, but I plan on coupling that with other things I used this month to help me be objective about where I am in terms of body composition and health.

So onward to June. I am still thinking about what my projects for the next 30 days will be. Are any of you going to join me this month?

1 comment :

  1. Kelly
    I really love reading about all of this. Wonderful. On to the next 30!


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