I'm chucking my scale!
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Don't get me wrong, I LIKE my scale this week, it tells me that I've lost 4 pounds in my first week back in control of my eating and exercising habits. And for this I say Woot!
However, I've been examining reasons that I have not stuck with these better habits in the past, and I think part of the problem might be that I pay too much attention to what the scale says. I depend too much on it as an indicator of how I am doing and when it inevitably tells me something I don't want to hear, well let's just say that things don't go well. (Well, if I'm not going to lose weight why bother even paying attention to what I eat in the first place?!? - See? Not good.)
So this time I started with some focused workout plans. I'm doing 6 week plans to build my lower body (squats), core (crunches) and upper body (push ups), and a 13 week couch to 10K running program (cardio). I've even got a plan in place to do the Army Workout (thanks Jen!) after I finish those 6 week programs, so I don't just stall out - I'm bad about just exercising - but good about maintaining a training plan.
I almost felt like I shouldn't get on the scale at all this time, because that's not my main focus. It's too easy to let that darned scale sabotage me and frankly, what does that number really mean anyway? Doesn't it matter more that I'm eating within my calories and nutrients every day? That I'm fitting into smaller clothes? That I can run longer and lift more? That I FEEL GOOD?
Yes, yes, I know, there is some value to knowing your weight. You can measure your BMI, and once you are at goal you can catch problems before they get out of control. But frankly, I'm a solid 85 pounds away from my goal, so that's gonna be quite a bit of time to get to - even with my new lifestyle.
So for now, the evil scale is only going to get a shot at me once a month or so. Because I'm sure that I won't be able to stay away from it completely (it's a love/hate relationship - we've all had 'em).
Member Comments About This Blog Post
Mary, what are you eating in any given day? From reading a few blog posts, it seems like you are exercising a LOT, but hardly eating anything before dinnertime! 600 calories 2/3 into your day?
You should really try switching your caloric intake to the beginning of your day, with a small LIGHT dinner at the end of the day and a bit of raw fruit and a ton of water for dessert. It's a matter of balancing your body's caloric needs, because it seems that if you're still struggling with 200+ weight after all that exercise that your body is functioning in a starvation mode.
I'm not certain, as I don't have enough information about your current caloric intake, but at first blush it seems to me that you are starving your body.
2467 days ago
Thanks for the support ladies, it's nice to see I'm not alone.
2532 days ago
The scale is a good way to track progress but you are correct in that we tend to focus on it too much. With such a great work out planned, I thing the scale may be a bit friendlier next time you pull it out. Good Luck!!
2533 days ago
Best wishes with your training program. You seem to have it all under control. When you drag the scale out in a month I have a feeling you'll be thrilled with the results of your hard work.
2533 days ago
I weigh in once a week at the gym with my trainer. Most weeks it shows a steady downward loss. Sometimes, it will show a slight uptick - usually when I haven't been good about following my diet and cardio plan. My trainer is great with the strength training. I promised to go on my own for my cardio. So, when I fall down - it shows in that weekly weigh in. Stall outs - are usually when we do the tape measurements. I can feel the difference in my clothes. I can feel the difference in my energy levels. I can see the difference in my beginning muscle definition on my upper arms and across my back and shoulders.
I also hear about the difference from my doctor with my falling blood pressure, my blood sugars in check (A1c) and my cholesterol blood test results! All going in the right direction right into freaking normal! Yea me!
So, the hard part was getting away from the scale! And when I did I stopped most of my self-sabotage moments. Keep at it! You'll see better results overall. Start looking at all the other great things going on with your body. And don't forget to reward the effort. Every x many hours of cardio I reward myself. Weight loss rewards? Not so much. I prefer to reward the effort. Special (read expensive) shower gels, something nice for the house. NO food rewards - EVER!
2533 days ago
I know what you mean, I was obsessed with the scale in the beginning. I use to go on every day and get discouraged when I didn't see the results I wanted. I spoke to trainers and they basically told me the difference with the flucuations with weight gain, weight loss, water retention, muscle fatigue all of it can change that number on the scale in a day and even an hour. I had to learn to ignore the number on the scale and focus on how I felt and NOT GIVE UP! I only weigh in once a month now and actually this month I gained 3lbs. Uuuagh! MY FAULT, eating way to much, not watching portion sizes, eating way to much food with ALOT of sodium, retaining water now and can totally feel it, BLOATED!!! So, I plan on increasing my water intake, flush out that SALT and hopefully, hit the gym a little more often and by my next weigh in, hopefully, I'll see the result of my efforts.... TIME WILL TELL!
2533 days ago
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