I never fancied myself someone who held the notion of “routine” in high esteem. Quite the contrary, in fact…I have lived in too many flats and houses to count, had so many jobs (and different kinds of jobs, too), I could fill up a whole post just with that. I’ve lived in four countries on three continents and hope very, very much to see that list grow exponentially (as does C, for that matter). But routine is not to be scoffed at entirely. Turns out it’s profoundly important to well being, and to weight loss in particular.
Starting with scales…I’m not a big believer in scales, but they do work for some, and shouldn’t necessarily be thrown out as ineffective. It’s just that I have such a negative relationship with the contraption. For gauging my weight, I tend to go by how my jeans fit. But for those who do use them, it’s really super important to use them at the same time every time. That is, if you weigh yourself at 10:00, make sure you always do, because weight fluctuates by a couple of pounds every day naturally due to water retention, and you don’t want to start feeling cheated by the experience.
However, if you feel a sense of dread when you look at a scale, ignore the above and throw the damn thing out the door. Losing weight is about numbers, but more about how much nutrition you got today vs. how much junk, how far you walked today, how much water you drank, and how much you slept… Which brings me to my next point: Continue reading