No, don’t tell me. I’m not asking you. I’m sharing the question that my husband puts to me every morning. Not because he is being overly nosy or supportive or to satisfy his curiosity. But because he is keeping track.
Years ago my husband and I used to write down our weight on a calendar by our bathroom sink, and once a week he would input the information into a spreadsheet. And from that he made color-coded charts of our weight change over time. Mine, as you might expect, went up and down and up and down. At some point we stopped doing this. I don’t remember why. But I suspect that not keeping track made it easier for both of us to gain weight again without the potential embarrassment of sharing the number or seeing it in print.
But this year, caught up in my latest attempt to lose for good, my husband dug out the old charts and started tracking again. On a daily basis. And it is darn illuminating. And sometimes disconcerting to share that number with someone every day. Doing so makes me feel a bit over-exposed. But maybe it conversely takes some of the power away from the number. I guess I have mixed emotions about it. But I find the charts interesting so as long as my husband is willing to do the work, I am willing to fess up. But only to him.
Who knows what you weigh? Your spouse? Your doctor? Your blog readers? No one? Does having someone else know motivate you to lose weight? Do you track it over time?