Don’t do it!!! Trust me. Do not do it. What is it that I’m talking about? Weighing yourself at night after eating too much that day. Trust me, while the number on the scale will correct itself in the next day or so, you will cause yourself undue psychological distress!
Let me share with you my story and the important lesson I have learned. It all started off with a great reading on the scale that cool, sunny morning. The scale read 158.5 pounds which was the first time ever in my adult life that I weighed anything below 160.0.
The morning passed, and it was soon lunchtime at work. As is common practice, my company ordered pizza for the entire office. Since in the past, I have had extreme difficulty eating only a few slices when there is unlimited food right in front of me, I have decided to stay away from these work lunches. However, I had just experienced a great success after ordering pizza at home last week and only eating two slices instead of my usual four to five.
So, I grabbed two slices and quickly ate them. I wasn’t hungry to begin with, but I ate them anyway. Oh well, I said to myself, I’ll try to do better next time and maybe only have one. Feeling stuffed and bloated for most of the day, I wasn’t in the best frame of mind, and when I got home, I ended up eating two pieces of my homemade banana bread rather than one.
Later that night, before going to bed is when things really took a turn for the worst. I made a monstrous mistake by hopping on the scale. It said 163.0! Yikes! This was the highest weight in ten days and over four pounds higher than when I weighed myself that morning. I thought right then that all my hard work went down the drain. I figured the scale would say about 161.0 or 162.0 in the morning. Nope! After I weighed myself the next morning, it said 159.5. The pizza and banana bread did not affect my weight at all.
I started the day with a clear reminder of the purpose and benefits of Running Without a Watch. This program keeps me grounded. It helps me to relax and look at the big picture, so that I can experience the best running of my life.