Monday, January 10, 2011

Non scale victory and leave

I hope you all had a good weekend. It was a cold weekend in Minnesota. We were down below zero (I won't say how far down) for at least some of the time. You just have to dress warmer for your 5km training walks! Layers and layers.

Karen, had a post last week about her new scale and a give away. Her post got me to ruminating about a scale victory that is actually quite significant to me. I used to be someone who weighed in almost every day. In retrospect, I think it was actually an interesting practice, because it did not motivate me to DO anything about my weight or my increasing pounds. Whenever I tried to lose weight, I would weigh-in in the morning and at night. I had an obsession with the scale and the numbers, but, again, I really did not do anything about the numbers. I simply ignored it. It was all part of the denial that was part of my life before this journey.

Fast forward to now: I do not weigh my self regularly: maybe a couple of times a month. I know I am losing weight slow and steady (I can feel it). I can predict with some accuracy how much weight I will lose a month (5 pounds). I used the prediction to develop my goals and targets for weight loss for the next 4 months. I eat less and move more, eat lots of veggies and fruits and go easy on the junk. I know I am moving forward, albeit slow, to a healthy weight and healthy life all together. What I realized after reading Karen’s post is the significance of not being tied, drawn or pulled, almost to obsession to weigh in every day or more. I am trusting myself and the methods that I am using to move toward better health. I know the scale will respond favorably if I give it enough time. To me that is another and profound non-scale victory!

Today begins a new and long awaited professional endeavor for me: a yearlong sabbatical leave!!! It is indeed a privilege to be able to experience such a gift and I intend not to take it lightly. It will be a year of the five Rs: rest, reading, recreation, research and ’riting. As exhilarated as I am to begin this new chapter in my professional life, I also am facing my fear of not using it well. So, I have started a different blog to help me to track my ruminations as I am on leave and beyond. As I wrote at the start of this year, my themes are: down-sizing, balance and organization. All of those themes plus my 5R’s will permeate in my ruminations of an incremental nature.

Now that I am on leave I will begin some much needed maintenance of this blog, including some updates to photos. Stay tuned!
TTFN and stay strong,


  1. Good luck with your year. Yes, what a gift of time, so make the most of it. Keep us posted on your progress!

  2. I need lessons from you on how to survive when the next snow comes before the current one goes! Yikes! We Tennesseans are NOT used to this.

  3. A year long sabbatical - wow, that sounds refreshing!

    ~South Beach Steve

  4. hi michele, happy new year! a year-long sabbatical! sounds like 2011 is going to be a brilliant one for you!

    oh, i want those five 'r's. what are you 'riting?

    p.s. santa gave me a giant cypress bike in frosty blue. *swoon*. i've been for a few rides so far and plan on making 2011 the year of the bike!

  5. I have told you this before and I suspect I will tell you again... I find so much to admire about you and how you are living your healthy life. This scale story is just one more thing. What hits home for me about this post is the word "trust." And it makes me wonder if I, a daily weigher who cannot imagine giving that up, don't trust myself.

    Off to check out your new blog:)

  6. I so need a non-scale victory! I feel that I should "hide" my scale right after I weigh-in on Mondays (each Monday) so that I am not tempted to weigh-in at all hours every day. Ugh! It's like torturing myself. LOL!

  7. I took a Sabbatical. Read the dictionary. Best year of my life.
    Also read the "Old" Testament. It was like a college degree.
    About the scale.... I never weigh - well, seldom...
    Because a better measure is how our clothes fit, and how we feel!
    Good on you that you aren't micro-focused on what might be false data!
    Trusting yourself is just priceless!

  8. You are so inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  9. What a precious gift!!! I know you will use your time wisely. Enjoy every minute!!

    Keep focused!

  10. What a fantastic year you have coming!! Wow i wish i would only weigh once a month.

  11. How wonderful! A year long sabbatical will be fantastic! Hope you squeeze everything out of this time off that you wish for!!!

  12. A sabbatical! How wonderful. Are you a professor? That's the only career I know that offers that lovely perk, so I'm throwing it out there. I think you are on to something with the scale - it can become a very controlling, punitive tool unless handled with care. I aim for a clothing size that I want to fit into and worry less about a 'target' scale weight. Works better for me that way.

  13. Michele, I used to do the very same thing and it did not work for me at all. Trust yourself, give it time - don't be obsessed. Those are all major NSV's. Enjoyed your uplifting words today.

  14. Good morning, I have an award for you here:

    Enjoy the sabbatical, those 5 R's ought to keep you busy & help keep you focused too.