Today, my scale told me that I was 178.1 lbs. That’s what I consider my base rate. That is, about 20 lbs over my healthy weight but still the lowest I’ve gotten in recent years.
The problem is that the number isn’t right.
I had gained around three or four pounds recently, and, based on the way my clothes and bras are fitting, I haven’t lost those. So this handy number on my scale was actually telling me that I am verging on dehydration.
Tim tried to tell me to take the win and to stop being critical of myself.
But I think it’s actually more healthy that, rather than being excited about the lower weight, I take heed of what the number means: I’m not taking care of myself.
This was actually one of the reasons I bought the scale.
Yeah, it gives me a reality check when I start to put on weight, but I’ll also know pretty quickly if I didn’t take in enough water the day before.
To give you an idea, on a bad day I drink around three, 22 oz water bottle’s worth of water. That’s more than the daily recommended amount. But here in the desert, one day of that will leave me significantly lighter on the scale.
Unfortunately, this large intake of water means a lot more trips to the bathroom, which means a higher water bill — even with the “let it mellow” approach. One of the work-from-home expenses.
But it’s a damn sight better than nausea and puking. Hopefully, I’ll already be dealing with that soon enough. Speaking of which, a few other updates:
- I now have two pregnancy tests ready to go. Now I just have to make myself wait about a week. Those suckers are expensive, and I’m trying to cut down on unnecessary spending. I’d rather not buy more next month if it turns out this month didn’t take.
- We saw a doctor about Tim’s hands. No obvious issues were in play, so next step is a rheumatologist. We have an appointment for late July.
- I emailed the disability lawyer my therapist recommended. Hopefully, they’ll call us early next week to set up an appointment.
- Tim got an MRI for his back to look for pinched nerves. He starts physical therapy on Tuesday, and we have a followup with the physician’s assistant about two weeks later.
So things are clipping along on the health/disability appeal front.
Have any of you relied on the scale to stay hydrated? Do you use any other random things for health monitoring?