Thursday, January 19, 2012
For the past two weeks, I've had a gain on the scale - much to my duress. I know that I've gone off one medication that speeds up my metabolism and, being hypothyroid, has caused my thyroid to tank. However, I've been doing an obscene amount of exercise and I felt that should off set it. So why wasn't it showing up on the scale? I mentioned my concern (obsession?) about this to my doctor. He said that the first thing he noticed about me when he walked in the examining room door, was the change in my body composition. I was shocked! He didn't seem at all concerned about my weight gain because he tells me that it's due to increased muscle. He advised me to continue to watch my diet and continue with my exercise routine. My blood work numbers were great too, so it must be working. But still...in the back of my mind, part of me felt like a failure. I had to find another measure of my success. So, I decided to get out a tape measure and measure my waist and hips. Surprise! I lost 2 inches from my waist and 2 inches from my hips! It just goes to show that the scale is not the only measure of success. Obsessing over the number on the scale can be depressing and can bring me down. So the next time the scale doesn't move, I will seek other ways to measure my progress!