Let’s talk numbers today. And science. Sort of.
Have you ever noticed that when the weather changes, the feeling of a certain temperature is totally relative to what season it is? Going up and coming down feels so different.
For example, right now where I live the summer temps are hanging on. As we head into fall, we might suddenly get hit with a 50 degree day. Brr. It feels unbelievably cold. But just a few short months from now, when winter is in full swing, if the temp were to rise to 50, we’d be dancing outside with no coat on, feeling like it’s downright balmy. Relativity.
Not long ago when the temperatures here dropped to a delightful 60 degrees from our summer heatwave in the 100s, we scrambled for long pants and long sleeves. But in February, after the cold has been chilling our bones for what seems like many long months, when we get an unexpected day in the 60s, we are running around in our
shorts capri pants instead!
It’s all relative.
Just like the number on the scale.
Going down, a certain number feels great. Smaller. Successful. Worth celebrating. But another day, maybe months later or a year later or just weeks later, the weight is creeping up, and that same number that was so motivating on the downward slope, suddenly is depressing. Makes one feel “fatter.” Totally different than it did when it was a milestone of loss. Going up versus going down. As a reformed (note the past tense!) yo-yo dieter, I have experienced this all too often.
Have you noticed the same thing? Or are you immune to the numbers and immune to the concept of relativity? Is a 70 degree day a 70 degree day no matter what the season? Do you feel the same at a certain weight when you are gaining as you do when you are losing?