Destructive Doctor Appointment
Saturday, August 02, 2008
I had a doctor's appointment yesterday and when they weighed me in I was 8.8 pounds heavier than what my scale says and what I am tracking myself with on SparkPeople. I sat in the doctor's office devastated by this tremendous increase of weight since I've been following my program and staying within my calorie range. Mind you I adjusted the fitness part of it when I wasn't doing anything so my calories would be at a lower amount. However, I was proud of myself that I was doing so well at staying within or below the calorie level. To gain that amount of weight crushed me and made me just want to run out somewhere and go eat.
I wanted to revert back to my old habits of feeling sorry for myself and comforting myself with food. However, I didn't go out and eat. I didn't go buy any fast food. Instead I went home and showed my daughter who was very sympathetic about it and told me not to worry that they have so many people that go there that the scale probably isn't calibrated right. She made me feel good about it and I ate a little piece of steak and we went to the movies. I had some popcorn there, not as much as I usually eat. When I got home I ate cherries for a snack.
However, this morning I'm still thinking about it and I'm still bothered by that weight gain. I won't get on my scale because I'm afraid that I will have a weight gain on my scale too and that will really depress me. I just don't want to do what I normally do and start a program and get into and start losing weight and then as I'm going along I start gaining weight on it and quit. I not only gain the weight that I lost but I decide to add additional pounds.
SparkPeople isn't a diet, it is a way to healthy living and I know that. However, I can be self destructive on my own because of not seeing a weight loss. Maybe I'm not doing something right. I know I don't exercise everyday, but I'm trying to at least get something in weekly. It may not be much to start off with, but someone that did nothing and is doing a little bit is a good accomplishment to me.
Well, I'll stop rambling on. I was just devastated by that increase in weight at the doctor's office yesterday and I can't seem to shake it and I'm afraid I might self-destruct.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
40 days ago
I have a set of WW scales. But, they are fairly the same as the drs..
Now, I am fudging on stepping on even mine. It's been a long x since I have. When JOHN and we were going through his illness, even the dr. suggested I not concentrate on my wt.. Just eat healthy and don't deny myself. I have numerous other conditions I had to be careful not to let myself get 'down'. I needed to keep going for him.
IT'S been 3 months TODAY ! since he passed over Jordan.
All you can do is keep trying.
Another suggestion, I did when attending WW. Wear the same clothes when being weighed in !
52 days ago
I know this is an old post. BUt my Dr.s office scales weigh me anywhere from 10-20 lbs. overweight!! And I always say how can that be, cuz my clothes do not feel different, so I always go by my scales.
I have gotten to the point that I do nthat t even look at what their scales say, and if I think they are gonna say something, I always say your scales are way off!!
And do not listen to what they say
98 days ago
I agree, all scales are different. Just stick to weighing on 1 scale. Best wishes!
146 days ago
Doctor scales do weigh people more then the scales at home. Next time if it weighs more then your scale, tell your doctor. I told my doctor that their scale shows more weight then my scale, and he changed my weight. Not sure all doctors will be that kind, but mine is.
146 days ago
All scales are different as long as you are feeling healthy and losing. Keep trying to increase your activity level. A 10 min. Walk is a good start. Good luck
165 days ago
Just read your blog. So true. I'm always half tempted to stop down to my bday suit at the doctors scale. Just kidding but oh how I wish I could.😜
182 days ago
I only weigh day after pooping. 😆
226 days ago
Doc scale is always more. Food clothes shoes jewelry water weight more than birthday suit in the morning. Scales don't predict success. And they are effected by temp and humidity. My docs can't even get my height right on their scales. Shut u ey
226 days ago
First, congratulations on not letting it get to you to the point of giving in. Second, congratulations on having a great support system in your daughter whose advice was very good--doctor's scales always seem to be several pounds higher than home scales in my experience, and even my hubby who does not have a serious weight problem, although he does need to lose about 20 pounds, nothing like my extreme issue, has had that happen on any office visit to his doctor.
287 days ago
I think it is common to weigh more at the Docs office. At home I am not dressed and in the Winter months our clothes are heavier. But you probably haven't gained 8 #s but then it might motivate you to exercise more or eat less. So look at it as a good thing.
401 days ago
I weigh myself daily.
When I get on the scales there is up to a 4kg difference between standing upright and leaning forward.
I take the maximum apparent weight that I can acieve on the scales each day.
this has lead to more accurate tracking(apart from typos when I enter my weight.
I have also found there to be great differences between different sets of scales, so I just focus on the 1 at home.
ps always ideally measure early in the morning, in the same clothes, after a bathroom visit and before consuming anything.
502 days ago
that happened to me too- I ate another 5 pounds on to the scale I was so furiously disappointed. first thing I did is buy an electronic scale and that's what I track then enter by hand on spark weigh in log... makes a person crazy doesn't it to think one thing then find out to be very much wrong.... I'm writing this on Labor Day and hope you make peace with the numbers !
538 days ago
Also wondering how you are doing now. The scale at the doctor's is always more than at home-I wear clothes to the doctor's office! (True, not 10 pounds worth, but I can convince myself that 5 pounds is just "because....",)
Hope you have experienced some success.
547 days ago
This post was from 2008... same date, August 2nd, 2015. Wondering how you are doing today?
574 days ago
Honestly, I don't even OWN a scale, because it plays mental games with me. I go by my trusty measuring tape, and if it fluctuates a little, so what? A healthy life is the goal here, not some magical number on a scale. Right?
744 days ago
My doctor's office's scale always weighs me 10 pounds heavier. It does mess with the head a bit, but I still go by my own scale.
778 days ago
Purple 0906 I agree with her comment.
Don't let that scale get you down at Dr's office.
Dont beat yourself up.
Many, many months when I first was doing well. I had same thing. Weight up.
Then two weeks later I tried on some clothes and whoooo hooo they were lose.
I used to fight for winter coats to be big on me. It took almost year. Then when I was sick for years I was so thin. The Dr said are you eating your way too thin.
Then I was fretting over that. Do you best that is all you can do and never worry about the Drs office scales. My golly. That is least of your worries.
I was heavy and now I am fine. I have got to my goal.
So be happy wear a smile. You will be okay.
828 days ago
Just the fact that you are acknowledging where you are is a statement of NEVER going back! We fall down but get back up again. Just keep eating healthy, drinking water and working out and it will change! The scale fluctuates daily I focus on the fact that clothes I couldn't wear before I can now. the scale may say one thing but inches say another. You have a great plan stick to it!!
875 days ago
Comment edited on: 10/5/2014 10:47:36 PM
I recently had an unplanned visit to the doctor's office and had the same problem. When I got home, I had to laugh at myself! Steel toed shoes plus lots of pocket change! I'm going to ask the doctor to make a note about the excess weight in my file! I thought I was doing so good and then that happened.
I try to wear the same clothes each time I go to the doctor, but that isn't always possible. I suggest you look at what you were wearing (especially shoes and pants) and see if they were helping the scale slide the wrong way.
890 days ago
922 days ago
TRY NOT TO LET THIS GET YOU DOWN. I WOULD GO BY YOUR SCALES AT HOME. THE ONES YOU USE ALL THE TIME. I THINK ALL SCALES ARE DIFFERENT.
932 days ago
An extremely old post with an all to common problem! We have all stepped on our Dr.'s scale to reveal that higher number: mine was roughly 5lbs higher this week! I suppose you are still working on yourself, on maintenance now? I would love to know how things are going now! At what phase are you in now? I know that this is a lifetime journey....will be on it for our lives, but where AND HOW are you!!
933 days ago
Hey Champ ,
You know how much of a good effort youve put in and what your scales tell you , keep at what your doing and the weight will come off as for the doctors scales let that reading be for there records and only rely on your scales as gospell weight for your records .
Have a great day and dont be hard on yourself , you know the great work youve put in keep at it your a winner .
971 days ago
stick to your eating plan. do your exercise, weigh in on your scale on a regular basis, (be it every day or once a week) and the weight will come off.
Calories in+ calories out.
Stay positive against those kinds of things that will make you sabotage yourself.
Best wishes. You can do it!!
1142 days ago
I also got some news at DR office this week that has me making changes to stay healthy. Family history creeped up on me, as I knew it would at some point, and now I need to work hard too do the right thing for ME....time will tell how good I do. I know I need support and I can get it here from FRIENDS....Thank You for becoming MINE today....I have been looking at each day, as a new challenge to make a positive change....You will do just find here at SparkPeople...keep thinking positive thoughts and Smile. I'm here for YOU.....
1219 days ago
I see my doctor every 3 months and know your pain well
Part of it for me and my doctor is the clothes/shoes but only 2-4 pounds, especially in summer. For awhile I decided to start weighing myself at home in my regular clothes/after I had gotten dressed, you might try that for less of a shock?
1247 days ago
Hi, I know how you feel, when I went to a dr, I would refuse to get on the scale. Who was I kidding,? I was in size 2x and I didn't realize how large I was until I saw myself in the most recent photos, I wanted to die . How did this happen? I could make lots of excuses. But right there I was 256 lbs . That was in 2010' -today, I am 96 lbs lighter. While I am not telling you what to do, I am telling you want I did, I was 61 years old and no way no how was I gonna get it off. So, I had the lapband surgery. And now I am 96 lbs less. I an not in size 2x I am size med..
What I want to say is that it is great that you want to do something. You will find it in Sparkpeople.com. As you know, we are in or have been in the same boat. I will be friending you as you suggested for crochet advise. I hope that we will be friends. How lucky you are to have a supportive daughter. I have a daughter, aged 44 but never hear from her. She lives about 20 min way. But I have many daughters and sisters in my group Lapband rulers.. They call me momma grok.. , hugs.
1295 days ago
Did you eat breakfast and drink water before you went to the doctor to be weighed ? Because the physical weight of the water and food you drank would have caused the doctor's scale to show higher than your one at home. That could be a difference as much as 3-5 pounds ! If you want to ensure that your weight is the same at the doctor's office as it is at home, it may mean you can't eat or drink before you get weighed. that's if you're worried about what the scale says.
Also, keep in mind that the doctor's office scale may not be calibrated correctly. consider how many people are getting off/on it all day. how often to they check to make sure it's correct ? That's why you can't beat yourself up because the scale at the doctor's office was higher than you expected.
You have been making great progress in learning to live a healthier lifestyle. give yourself more credit for making those changes !!
1554 days ago
I'm just reading your blog here for the very first time, since we just became friends. You've gotten so much good advice already! I know for a fact that my Dr.'s scale is at least 7# heavier, so I just try to think about my home scale only, or so it can depress me so much too. I got on our scale here at home after being gone down to our daughter's and son-in-law's for the Thanksgiving holiday, and I gained 2# and I know that that's true! Yikes! I did eat different and more. I tried, but how can you eat a whole lot different when your daughter's doing all the cooking for you for the first time?! Our first meal was healthy kabobs, so that was neat! The huge turkey meal was so yummy and it was extra super with me being able to choose and pick. Turkey pot pie and biscuits and gravy were things that I wouldn't of made, but so delicious and I tried to eat less than I normally would. I know that I ate more over the 4-day period that ever at home, but I also loved being with our daughter and husband! So, I paid the price and will try better now that I'm back home. We can't be perfect all the time. This is how life is! Have a great week ahead and I'll try my best too!
1554 days ago
Don't worry about what the doctor scale said. Use the scale you normally use and none other. No two scales weigh the same.
1567 days ago
Don't give up. Go by the scale you use at home!
1651 days ago
hang in there we can do it
1662 days ago
I know this is a really old post, but just wanted to add my two cents- my doctor's scale is seven pounds higher than mine. This seems to be a trend... *conspiracy theory!!!*
1672 days ago
You've lost 100 pds. so I guess you're doing something right! Remember, we're more than the number on the scale....
1800 days ago
Let the doctor's office scale go. I weigh more on my doctor's scale than at home too, and I'm sure many others do as well. Because I normally don't go to the doctor too often, I simply keep track of my weight at home because I have access to it all the time. At least this way you can have easy access to a scale, even though it may not match the numbers when you go to the doctor. In the end, it's your health and how you look and feel about yourself that is important, and if the number on the scale is slightly off, that's ok. Just weigh yourself around the same time every day.
I normally would feel the same way that you do. However, I had a biopsy yesterday and am waiting to hear whether or not it is cancer. No matter what the outcome, I am learning that I need to relax and let some things go. Who knows, maybe this is the lesson I was supposed to learn by going through all of this!
2020 days ago
Don't worry about the difference. All scales are different. Just keep on doing what you're doing and keep your chin up!
2026 days ago
I know this post is almost 3 years old, but I just wanted to comment on it. The scales at my dr's office are about 6 lbs different for me - it's still devastating for your mood, I know! However, I don't pay attention to the numbers. I put the information from my home scale into an Excel spreadsheet and create a chart and then a trendline. I can see how I'm doing without worrying about the little ups and downs. Right now, I can see a significant downward trend, and that motivates me. If you run into this situation again (and are a visual person!), maybe you could try that.
2089 days ago
I would not worry too much about the difference. All scales weigh differently and depending on what are wearing and what time of the day it is. You should just continue to look at your own scale as your guide for weight lost. So don't give up or give in... after all you have already lost 26 pounds which is great. Just keep staying in your calorie limits and getting in as much exercising and movement as you can. You can do this!
2763 days ago
I weigh almost nine pounds more at my doctor's too. I use the scale at the gym, which is a professional one. It does not bother me because the nurses' weigh me with my shoes on. I always weigh myself with them off. The numbers may be different, but we both agree-the number is going down.
The point is to use the same scale to weigh yourself every time. Decide whether your wearing undergarments or a top and jeans. Your shoes on or off your feet is up to you. It is consistency that is important. You set the rules and you weigh yourself the same way every time. As long as the numbers go down, do not worry!
2799 days ago
Don't let it get you down. you are doing all the right things I commend you for not stopping at a restaurant or going back to what triggered you before. That took courage I know that you felt bad about what you felt was a set back but it wasn't you kept focused and are still working towards the ultimate goal....... My FRIEND YOU ARE AWESOME ........ and a real motivation to me and so many others..........
2884 days ago
The scales that were at your Dr. office were they on carpet or hard floor? If it was carpet then their scales are wrong. It needs to be on a hard surface. But what you could have done was asked the nurse to weigh you again, making sure it was on 0 to begin with. Also at your next appointment bring your scales with you and weigh there so you will know if it is your scale or theirs.
My last thing is scales they are only a number. If I have learned anything from everyone here, actions mean more. Be proud of what you have accomplished and don't let the number bring you down. You have a been a friend to me since I started and that means more than any number.
2925 days ago
Is there a TOPS group near you? I'm the leader of my group in Hilliard. I encourage all of my members not to weigh themselves at home. Only weigh at TOPS on the same scale one time a week. There's no worrying whether the two scales weigh the same.
I know the numbers on the scale can be discouraging. What's more important is how you feel, how your clothes fit and whether you've been truthful to your program. If you've been truthful to your program you know you're doing the right thing and the weight will come off.
Keep on doin' the DONE thing.
2926 days ago
Awww, Turtle! I've worked in hospitals and clinics for many, many years and I can tell you that ALL scales weigh different. The best thing is to only weigh in for your weight loss program on one specific scale and ignore the weight the docs get.
It's good you wrote about feeling like self-destructing. I had an incident that is rather personal, so I won't share it with you, but I reacted by coming into my computer and eating 6 donuts!!! If I would have been smart, I would have written about it instead. You have inspired me to do better next time! Thank you!
Oh and thanks for being my new friend! I'll be seeing you around the Spark Pages.
2928 days ago
I would be annoyed, too. In high school physics classes every member of our group would measure something, and each of us would come up with a different number. It discouraged me from physics, because I thought there was something wrong with us. Just this week I heard a program on the radio which talked about measurement--never exact, he said. Wow. What a difference that would have made for me. And he talked about pattern--that's what we are establishing--a pattern of healthy eating and exercise. For me, that is something to hold on to.
2941 days ago
My scale weighs four pounds lighter that the one at the doctor's office. I weigh myself right before my appointment to be sure. When I belonged to WW, I found this was also the case. I just got used to adding 4 pounds when I track my weight at home. Sometimes when I show a weight loss, I am afraid that my scale has just readjusted itself. I want to buy a new one, but I am afraid that will really mess up my tracking!
I get depressed too. More so because I never seem to lose that initial 4 or 5 pounds when I start a new program. I know it took quite a while to get this overweight, but I just want it to come off faster. Hopefully, we can all keep each other thinking positive.
2946 days ago
I am in the same boat. Forcing myself to exercise is a real chore and hopefully with time we will get there. Just live one day at a time and thank God for what you accomplish each day. Don't get depressed, it will get easier and keep in mind what you want to see when you go back to the doctor next.
2950 days ago
That's happened to me before too-the scale is usually 10 pounds off at the dr.s office. I always weigh less at home. Recently I thought I had lost 5 pounds but it was just that they weighed me on a different scale at the dr.s office. Thank you for sharing this story. I know it had to be a very painful day for you but you got through it. I'm proud of you. Keep up the good work. God bless you.
2959 days ago
First, thank you so very much for the welcome and what you gave me. That made me feel so happy I have tears in my eyes right now.
About your blog, I know how you feel. I can't stand getting weighed. I don't own a scale of my own, not until I reach my goal. I weigh in every 2 to 3 mos at the doctors office. I do it this way because it helps me not to focus on numbers. I focus on me- how I eat everyday, how much I exercise daily at least 5 days a week, and how my clothes fit me. Just focusing on these things, when it's time to get weighed in I'll have such a big surprise! That alone is my BIG encouragement. Your daughter is right, some scales aren't calibrated correctly. Try not to weigh in too often. Exercise is a BIG step towards how you reach your goal, and how much weight you lose. Also drinking 8 glasses of water a day is crucial. It helps to wash away the fat cells in our body. Be encouraged, we are all struggling with the same issue.
2960 days ago
Hi There - just read your thoughts after your doctors appointment.
I know it is hard.
I just joined the Sparks Team - and I use to be able to set a goal and then was nothing to go after it. I know my mental has a lot to do with it. I am afraid to creat visions and dreams any more, do you have that problem?
I really am working on feeling better about myself - I had let myself go - by not keeping my hair do up - my nails - etc etc -----today I primped and took care of Linda -
Let me know how you are doing---
2979 days ago
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