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Why I'm Not Looking at the Scale

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Hello again, it's been a while.

Late December I started the Spark People 5k up again. In 2013 I took a job that threw me off schedule. I couldn't find it in me to settle down and find time to start running again. I kept starting 5k programs and stopping them by week 2 or 3.

Fast forward to December 23rd 2013, I was done with my retail job I held for a year and I was now just focused on the one graphic design job. It has consistent hours, if my schedule needs to change, I pretty much know when that needs to happen.
However, even though I started running, my weight was a hindrance. I timed my mile in the January cold. 17 minutes to run a mile. That's one minute slower than I started in June 2012. I started running and my weight was 308. That's a little over 30 pounds more than what I weighed after BLC16. I kept running, and then February I joined a gym... a few weeks later I was 312, and my measurements haven't moved.

I'm not gonna call that muscle. You don't gain muscle that fast. I promise you that. All you new people out there, take note. You don't gain 4 pounds of muscle in one or two weeks. But 312 was my weight, and I was very discouraged.

But what have I done? I haven't touched a scale in a couple weeks. Maybe I'm still getting heavier, but my 48 waist pants for work are feeling a little lighter, my arms feel a little harder, I beat a girl in a wall squat endurance contest, I can throw a 15lb medicine ball over my head onto a trampoline and catch it before it slugs me Marcia Brady style. I'm now in week 7 of the 8 week 5k training program.

Maybe I'll weigh myself in the future, like in May. But for now I'm obsessing over numbers I swore I'd never go back to, and I'm done doing that.

That's why I'm not looking at the scale.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHIERKEN 3/9/2014 12:28PM

    HALINHALF, so great to see you blogging again : )
You're being really smart about those 4 lbs of 'muscle'. Like it or not, we all have reversals and the winners are the ones who don't let the reversal become their new pattern. You're still running--that's major. Keep it up even if you can't do it as regularly as you'd like. Congrats on the "good" job, too.


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DUMBBELLE84 3/9/2014 12:27PM

  Hey buddy, super glad that you're back to the running and happy to hear that you're starting to feel stronger and slimmer. You know what you need to do to make it happen!

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LIVEDAILY 3/8/2014 9:25PM

    The scale is just ONE tool. How your clothes fit you is another. More important, is how YOU are feeling during your workouts. I don't think I've ever lifted a medicine ball, musch less throw and catch one!! Good for you!!

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Birthday success, on Friday I went on a hike alone. It was one of the steeper hikes with narrow balance bridges and rivers to cross. When I got to the top there was a huge waterfall, I read and journaled and for the first time in a while I felt like I completed something. I could have turned around and went back at anytime. Snakes, bees, balancing on rocks, did I mention I hated hiking? I just knew I needed to push myself to do something. Nothing but me and God time.

I got home and made a pavlova for my b-day cake!

Saturday I went to the beach, it was a 4 hour drive there, a one hour search for parking, and a 4 hour drive back for 2 hours of letting the waves rush over me. There's something about being in the water that I love, I didn't wanna leave. I'm not that great of a swimmer.

Today I got lunch with friends from college. The best part about this week was that I didn't have to work. As much as the paycheck kinda comes in handy a little, I got to enjoy my weekend like most others do, I got to be spontaneous, free and relax. It was my first time since November when I took the job that I had 3 days off in a row. It was amazing.

Tomorrow I go back to work with a great schedule this week. Lets see who shops on Memorial Day. :-P

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HIDDENRUNES 5/27/2013 6:56AM

    Sounds nice. I love the ocean water too! So nice. Have a good week.

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LIVEDAILY 5/26/2013 10:30PM

Your weekend souns wonderful!! I'm glad to got to do some things you liked and wanted to do, and you got to see old frineds.

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DMEYER4 5/26/2013 10:26PM

  Happy Birthday. Sounds like you had a great time. I have been off for 2 weeks post surgery. I have to go back Tuesday. Have a great Memorial Day

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

This week I really did nothing. I mean I did my 10 minutes of walking each day and worked, but I didn't work out, I didn't run. I even ate peanut butter snickers. I lost 5 lbs. Quite perplexing. I also lost about 9 inches since week 1 of BLC.

I didn't run or exercise because I didn't want to worsen my cough and/or get people sick at the gym. I didn't really miss it because I really needed to rest this week. I felt like my ears were gonna blow up all week. I'm still coughing, and my throat still feels off from coughing so heavily all week.

This Friday is my Birthday, and I have no idea what I'm doing. The idea of taking a road trip and winding up somewhere in the US sounds very relaxing, however I have a wedding the next morning. I don't wanna just go out to eat with someone either. I'd spend the week in the city the wedding is at, but I don't wanna ask someone if I can stay with them. Camping seems like a nice idea, hiking up a mountain that I struggled with in 2011. But then again, quitting my job and moving away sounds nice too. Suggestions welcome below:

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LIVEDAILY 5/20/2013 10:56PM

    Continue to feel better! Happy 4 days before your Birthday!

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    I think a camping trip sounds wonderful!

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Wubbly Wub with WalinWalf

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I has sick. :-(

My midday weight was 283.6, so I think my morning weight would have been lower. I've calculated snickers peanut butter squares into my calorie count and that makes me happy.

My throat is incredibly sore. This week I do the official "Week 1" of my 5k training, even though I've done pre req weeks that I made up the past few weeks to get ready for the training.

My birthday is in 12 days.

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LIVEDAILY 5/13/2013 9:21PM

    Welcome to the sickie club. I've been fighting strep throat now for almost amonth. It sucks being sick. If you haven't gone to the dr, go. Gargle with warm lightly salted water. Get plenty of rest. Hot tea with honey helps too. Feel better soon.

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BEHKHEKKHUN 5/13/2013 11:11AM

  feel better - 5k is always 5k

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LIVINGDEAD_GIRL 5/13/2013 10:54AM

    Hope you get better real soon.

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ALPHAEVE 5/13/2013 12:41AM

    Feel better, and good luck with the 5K training!

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Ya know what? Gimme mai points.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This week is about visual motivation. Today I made my new Spark wallpaper. Illustrator and hand rendered type. I included a blog excerpt from my first 5k, my notorious persevere lingo, "run faster" ect...

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HEATHERHUNTER 5/13/2013 3:45PM

    I LOVEEEE your Spark wallpaper. I tried to make one too, nooot so awesome.


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LIVEDAILY 4/30/2013 7:33PM

    This is GREAT!!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 4/29/2013 9:13PM

    Love it!!

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    Haha I love the blog title. And also, what a fantastic idea, to make Spark wallpaper! It turned out great, too :-)

Comment edited on: 4/29/2013 6:06:02 PM

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NEWBEGINNING01 4/29/2013 10:36AM

    love it! very unique

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