I came across a major breakthrough in weight loss a while back when I was working intently with a “weight shift” life coach. (Who I would highly recommend, btw.)
After writing down and sending in each and every thing I ate for weeks, along with how hungry I was when I started eating and how hungry I was when I stopped, then answering a whole bunch of really hard questions about eating and emotions. . .I was pretty sure I had lost a few pounds.
I wasn’t exactly sure, because our scale is totally unreliable, and because I don’t get on scales much. I subscribe to Anne Lamott’s theory that getting on a scale is like asking Dick Cheney to grade your inner soul. And that diets make you fat and crazy 99% of the time.
These things never turn out well for you. Or Dick Cheney, actually.
Anyhow, I digress. I was feeling a bit cocky, so I decided to try on some dress pants that had been unbearably tight a few weeks before. The pants and I had become mortal enemies because I had to unbutton them as I got in the car to drive home from work, now facing a long road of shame and ice cream cravings.
So I put on the offending pants as I got ready for work. . .and they were incredibly loose! I must have lost at least 5 pounds!
I did the touchdown dance and marveled at my success as I finished getting ready. Hey, this coaching thing really works!
And then, I got into my car to drive to work . .and noticed the secret to my success. Apparently, although I had zipped the pants, I hadn’t buttoned them. No WONDER they felt so loose.
When I buttoned them, they were only slightly uncomfortable, which I STILL counted as a major improvement!
Mindless dressing FTW!