Saturday, August 15, 2009
I had a very difficult day yesterday. I was angry, upset, depressed, and very confused!
A few days a go my scale broke. Fine. No big deal. I just had to pick another one up next time I went to the store. I didn't go all out and buy one that can read this, and that. Personally, I don't believe all the things a scale can tell you just by stepping on the darn thing! I just wanted a simple one that tells my weight.
Brought it home, stepped on it the next morning, and noticed a SIX pound weight gain!! WHAT???!!! Were the springs in the darn thing just stiff? I adjusted it properly to begin with. I'm eating what I'm suppose to. Working hard with my fitness. Was it just water weight? All this heat, I am drinking a lot of water. WHAT??? Well, the whole da, all I could think about was the numbers. I asked my husband, as well as my daughter if I looked like I gained any weight. 'No' they both said. Over, and over again. My husband later explained that not every scale is going to read the same numbers. Well, that kinda sucks! ( excuse the pun) If you are going to sell something that reads measurment, shouldn't be universal? Shouldn't they all read the same??
I know you should go by how you feel, how your clothes feel, etc,etc.. But geez, why I am so stuck up on the numbers??? Why do I believe I have to be a certain weight to be happy?? Is it a limiting factor of mine? I've made a whole lot of changes in my life the last few years. I am leading a healthier lifestyle. I have hit goal weight. ( well I thought I did) I have pretty much completely changed my eating habits. Switched up my fitness routine. Been happier then I have been in my whole life. So what's up??
It comes down to your mindset, I believe. Something else I have to work at changing, I wholeheartedly believe. Like many things in my life, and maybe yours. I've read, and been told certain things all my life. You're programed to believe you're suppose to do this, you're suppose to be that, this works, that doesn't. Then, it takes a whole lot of deprograming to right all these wrongs, to try to break the bad habits and make them into good. It's not easy, you need to change your mindset around to believe you will succede!! Never mind the numbers.It's only a number. You can keep working towards a goal weight, or measurment, but I'm thinking working on your mindset is just as important.
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Hey ... did you try calibrating it? If you have a hand weight at home, place it on the scale, then there should be a little knob "somewhere" on the thing that you can move up or down to make the scale match the weight. I mean a 5 lb piece of metal is always going to be consistent, but a scale, which has moving parts won't necessarily always be. You may find that the scale is seriously off kilter and just needs a little adjusting. :)
BUT ... if you don't ... remember big weight jumps are usually retaining water or some other quirky thing and it was probably a false gain that will correct itself within a week. :)
Great attitude ... mindset is most of the battle. You are doing fantastic. :)
2355 days ago
Yes, I too hate the scale. And, I hate the power it can have on making OR breaking my day. One stupid number. Especially after I KNOW I've done the right things... exercise like a maniac, eat clean, drink my water, etc... and still the damn thing tells me something I don't want to see.
It even changes my body image of myself. When I look at me, I don't see a number. I see a fit, strong, happy middle aged mom with a blessed life.
I think I am gonna put my scale under my bed for a month!
I am even gonna switch to body fat percentages too...
Wow, this blog really got me all worked up!! LOL
We have a lot in common, so glad to have found Spark People, and you!
Keep doing the right things... it IS working!!!!
2447 days ago
You are absolutely correct. Just keep doing what you have been doing. Work out your mind as you do with your body, and you will renew your mind. We all have to, no matter how much we weight. This world dumps so much in it each day. I saw your picture and thought how pretty you were. Then I saw that you were at your heaviest there. I am totally straight, but I just want to tell you, you must be stoning now. I am really happy that you reached your goal weight. You keep up the awesome work! The best is yet to come!!!
2501 days ago
I can totally relate to what you are feeling. I had the SAME EXACT DAY that you had yesterday! I gained 12 lbs in a month!!!That is with the SAME scale that I always use. I can honestly say that I don't know why. A lot of times I will binge eat and put on a few lbs, but not this time! I made some poor food choices, but I was still in my calorie allowance. I have been putting in a lot of exercise. I have since calmed down and realized it's not the end of the world. I have decided that I need more sleep, less stress and just keep on pushing! I'm hoping that when I finish these antibiotics, that will help also.
You probably didn't gain anything, it is just a different scale. How do your clothes fit? Try not to stress over it. You definitely have the right idea about working on your mindset. You are a smart lady, you'll get it worked out.
2540 days ago
OOhhh, I should not be laughing but this whole blog I was rolling laughing that sounds just plain mean doesn't it... because you sound just like me although I think there was a lot more swearing,cursing,cussing,and throwing around..... when I brought that new scale and had the same 6 pounds difference ...did we buy the same scale?????? LOL.... I read dee's thought about a bf scale but more numbers to get pissed off about...that would just being cruel to myself ..we woman all run around with these numbers.. yes it's a definitely let go of the scale..hey if I kept my eyes on numbers would I still be doing this at 58???? Girl you look awesome and love you to death, you've supported and motivated me and have always been there...we are more than just a number you have shown me that time and time again....let it go and you wanted another challenge right???? keep it positve
2540 days ago
I have a continuing mantra about the scale......
Thanks for sharing, my friend.
2540 days ago
Comment edited on: 8/15/2009 10:42:07 AM
I can totally relate. I do get fixated on my weight. I look in the mirror and go wow is that me. Step on the scale and get depressed or have my bodyfat tested and get depressed. The mind is very powerful. The problem is we set up expectations in our heads and if life does not follow those plans we get depressed and throw up our hands in disgust. I agree with you, conquering the mind is very important. I am still struggling with this myself. Thanks for sharing!
2540 days ago
I have that same numbers thing going on. I have also found that scales have different numbers. I have a drs scale, one of those big things that you have to move the weights over, it's always accurate. I have one in my bathroom that is always 3 lbs lighter than the drs scale. And I finally broke down and bought a good scale from amazon - an Omron - and it agrees with the dr scale. Unfortunately for me, it also measure bmi, fat %, muscle % and some other things that slapped me upside the head.
You are looking fantastic and I'm not just saying that to be nice. If I didn't think that I would not say anything. Scales can also be affected by being on carpet. You are doing great and you just keep that in mind!
2540 days ago
I think you are doing ...Seriously!
You have it all figured out.
*Under one of my photos, it's written...
*The mind, the body and THE HEART!
*If you have the last one FOR YOU!
*You can't be or go wrong ALWAYS!
You have a Husband and Children that love you...
FOR WHO YOU ARE.
Take care, Mrs.Fit 4 her beautiful life.
2540 days ago
Comment edited on: 8/15/2009 9:23:32 AM
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