I confess that I rarely step on the bathroom scale. I understand myself well enough to know that if I stand on the scale and see a number that I don’t like, I’ll feel bad about it for days. Last fall when I went to see my doctor because of a prolonged sore throat, I opted not to step on the scale for her nurse. Fortunately, they know me and accepted my estimate.
So how do I know if I’m up or down a few pounds? I just make assumptions by the way my clothes fit. It’s close enough. At the moment, I’m up a few pounds. Unfortunately a girlfriend of mine talked me into standing on the damn scale. The 5lbs I thought I was up turned out to be 9lbs! She’s in a similar boat so we decided to help each other out by setting up a weight loss goal with a reward that can only be realized if we both succeed.
Goal: Lose a pound and a half a week for the next 6 weeks =9lbs total. Then we can both jump into April feeling great!
Reward: $200 that we have to spend together at the end of the six weeks (probably shopping). However, in order to spend the money, both of us have to reach the goal. If one of us gets there and the other doesn’t, neither of us gets a dime.
Plan: In order to get to the goal we have to burn 750 more calories each day than we consume. To accomplish that we committed to eating 1500 calories/day AND exercising an hour/day. However neither of us likes to record calories so we needed to make that part simpler. We decided to eat 400 calories for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and then add three 100 calorie snacks.
The workout part can be all at once or split up during the day, we just have to get it in. And even though we don’t have the flexibility to work out together very often, we can and will text each other for encouragement.
The bathroom scale was a reality check; maybe by the end of March it won’t be the enemy anymore.
What are you doing for the next six weeks?