National Cry Yourself to Sleep Day
Special K® deemed January 2nd “National Weigh-in Day.” A day when people across the United States step on their scales and weep over the number displayed. Really, Special K®? This seems like a horrible idea.
Supposedly, the “holiday” will make “stepping on the scale fun” (January, sec. 1). What?! We aren’t fooled, Special. We see through your marketing scam. At any rate, the aforementioned company states women obsess over the number on the scale, when they should focus on other facets of weight loss, like emotional gains. Ok, maybe that makes sense… So let’s create a holiday centered on weighing ourselves and then not obsess over the numbers… Wait…
Although slightly misguided, Special has a point. Simply counting pounds lost does not tell the entire story. Consider taking other measurements as well for a well-rounded account:
- Belt notches: Time to cinch it in?
- Soft tape measure: Measure circumference of waist (smallest part of torso), hip (largest part of butt), bicep, neck or whatever body part you want to watch shrink.
- Fitness gains: Can you run farther, lift heavier things, or reach the top of the stairs without dying? You’re gaining cardiovascular and/or muscular strength.
- Clothes: Fitting a little looser? Trousers falling off? (If so, refer to earlier note concerning belts)
- Medical gains: Does your annual check-up reveal lower blood pressure, cholesterol, risk of diabetes or risk of heart disease? Make your doctor proud.
- Mirror: Do you look different? Isn’t that the point of all this?
“Weight loss” should encompass much more than just a number on the scale. Recognizing other aspects will keep you from quitting motivated when the damn scale won’t move. Plus, with more measurements, you have more opportunities to celebrate.
What other ways do you measure “weight loss?” Thoughts on the creation of National Weigh-in Day?
Source: “January 2nd marked as National Weigh-in Day.” News Medical. 2 Jan. 2012. 2 Jan. 2012. <http://www.news-medical.net/news/20120102/January-2nd-marked-as-National-Weigh-In-Day.aspx>