- Gaining weight steadily until Christmas or the end of the year.
- Making a New Year's resolution to lose the weight.
- Working out until Summer when I would reach my goal
- Stop working out and slowly fall back into gaining weight until the end of the year!
My mother always preached to me that muscle was bad, I would look bulky and what the scale read was "the most important thing". Well, boy was she ever wrong!
While I had been interested in working out, eating healthy and trying to take care of myself all those years, the problem was that I didn't have all of the tools I needed to be successful! I would eat right but perhaps not work out properly. I was of the mindset that muscle was my enemy, so I would eat very few calories lose a bunch of "weight" and then gain it all back and then some. I never realized that each time I did this I was also losing muscle that was so important to being healthy!
I have learned over the years that while the scale can be a very useful tool in helping to keep a person on track, it can also wreak havoc on your plan and ruin your best intentions. You see, I have always been a slave to the scale. If the weight reading on it goes up...my self esteem goes down! Not a good thing! So many variables can cause a fluctuation in the numbers. So...use the scale weekly as a guideline only and let your clothes and weekly photos of yourself be your guide!