Tuesday, 21 March 2017

30 Day Cowlean Challenge: Day Two: Addicted to Weight Loss

Hi guys,

This is day 2 of the challenge. One of my mottos is “start right now” so let’s get to it!

Weigh-in: 207.8lbs
Calories: 2750 kcals

When I saw that number spring to life on my set of dusty scales, my immediate reaction was get innnnnn! After all, I would right now be eating a not-modestly-sized slice of humble pie had the scales gone up. Not only would I be eating my words, I’d also be eating less food for the next 29 days…

The calories were higher than I wanted, but I wasn’t targeting a particular number. Rather I wanted to see where they would fall if I just ate to satisfy my hunger.

0.2lbs sounds like nothing, but imagine if you could lose that consistently every day? That’s 1.4 lbs a week, 6 lbs in 30 days (*cough cough* - C), etc, etc. You get the point. Not only that but the slow weight loss implies fat loss.

So why is today’s musing titled as so? I alluded yesterday to the fact that I genuinely was addicted to losing weight. Each day you wake up and you get immediate feedback on the last day’s efforts. Either you get that shot of happiness when the number goes down, or feel disappointed when it goes up. This is the interplay of dopamine, serotonin and cortisol which I’ve spoken about before. Not only that, but I would enthusiastically fast in response to a bad weigh-in, which will give you an endorphin high.

Like any addict, I had developed a ritual which had its own sacred space. After waking I would use the bathroom, then sweep aside the bathmat so I could lay the scales down on the cold, hard floor. Next I’d draw the bath curtain open so that the bath was open in front of me, allowing me to compose the performance to the room as if it were a piece of classical music. Gently I’d turn on the scales with the big toe on my right foot; if I pressed clumsily it would turn the scales on and off. When that happened it always irritated me. Finally I would take a deep breath then exhale quickly, shooting the air out of my lungs, before stepping onto the scales. I’d subconsciously count three seconds, at which point I knew the scales had its reading, then look down to see what kind of day I was going to have.

Now that my rendition of Trainspotting is over, I want to end with the following: I recommend that people start out by weighing (or measuring their chosen target metric) every day because you start to see the connections between what you do and the outcome. You need to start associating your short term actions with their long term effects. But that’s the point: the short term adds up to the long term, and that’s exactly why I always say “focus on the trend”. You use the short term to orientate for the future and the long term look back on how far you’ve come.

Until tomorrow,


No comments:

Post a Comment