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My Scale Doesn't Know Everything!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Today, it's been exactly 6 months since I joined SparkPeople, and I weigh 189. That's a 2 lb. gain from last week. Yikes! My starting weight was 201, which means that for the last 26 weeks, I've averaged less than 1/2 pound a week. Ouch! Really? Can that be right? I've only lost 12 pounds? I feel like I've done so much better than 12 pounds! I've tracked my food, and stayed in range. I've worked hard; and, I've burned over 11,000 fitness minutes!!! Is that my scale laughing at me? Oh, wait... Nope. That was just my inner fat girl, and now she's saying something about skipping my workout today and going out for coffee and cherry pie??? But I'm not going to let her bring me down, especially not today. I'm going to take a deep breath, have a hot cup of Matcha tea, and then go workout. There's a section in the book, The Spark titled "The Scale Doesn't Know It All." Actually, there's A LOT that my scale doesn't know!

It doesn't know that when I started my journey in December, motivated by the looming New Year, as well as the fact that I had just turned 47, I actually got off to a "False" start. I lost 9 pounds right away, and then per my usual habit, I started gaining it back. By March 17th, I was only a pound away from my starting weight! Now, if I had stuck with my usual pattern, that's when I would have given up, and gained even more weight. But this time, I did something surprising. I got focused! I set new goals; and I took two steps forward. I was off to a new start, and this time, it was a "Strong" start.

When I started, my body fat percentage was 43%, that means that I had 86 pounds of FAT, and only 115 pounds of lean body mass (which is everything else). No wonder I never had any trouble floating in the pool. Today, 15 weeks, after taking those 2 steps forward, I have lost 4 inches off my chest, 4 1/2 inches off my waist, and 4 inches off my hips! My body fat percentage is now, 35%! Which means that I now have 66 pounds of fat, and 123 pounds of lean body mass. So, I've actually lost 20 pounds of fat, and since I know I didn't grow any new bones, I must have gained 8 pounds of muscle! Hey look at that... 20 - 8 = 12! Now, that's definitely 12 pounds worth celebrating! Perception really is everything!

Something else my scale doesn't know is that since taking those 2 steps forward, I've gone to parties, family gatherings, celebrated holidays, had several house guests, eaten lots of meals out with friends, and taken a couple of fun trips with my husband. In essence, I've just been living and enjoying my life! I have never felt deprived when it comes to food; and I haven't felt guilty about anything I've eaten. I've learned to treat and budget my calories like I do my money. Everyday, I decide how I need and want to spend them. I definitely keep track of how much I spend, and how much I earn (through fitness minutes). Somedays, if I really WANT something, but getting it means going over budget, I'll use a credit card. But I make sure, anything I charge is paid off at the end of the month. Exercise is not optional, it's mandatory!

I'm so thankful for my husband. He's my best friend, the love of my life, and has given me his unconditional love and support for almost 20 years! I'm thankful for SparkPeople, and for my Spark friends. You understand this journey I'm on, better than anyone else! The inspiration and support you've given me, means more to me than words can express. I'm happier today than I have been in years! So, now that I'm DONE looking back, I'm ready to keep moving forward. I will continue to live my life, one day at a time, and one choice at a time. My scale really DOESN'T know ANYTHING!
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    Awesome post. IT is true of looking back where we've come from and being able to celebrate all the successes.
    2391 days ago
  • 2000MELISSA
    really enjoyed your comments. Made me laugh.... keep writing
    2392 days ago
    This is such a good post. Your stats show that this is why we shouldn't get obsessed with the number on a scale. Sure, we want to lose weight, but doing it at our own pace is key. And the wonderfulness you are feeling and the major inches you lost after losing 12 pounds is awesome. Keep it up! emoticon
    2413 days ago
    Love the attitude! I know who to come to when I need a new perspective !

    2415 days ago
    emoticon post thanks for reminding us all that it really is all about perspective and about celebrating all the milestones along the way that will help us reach our long term goals!
    2416 days ago
    So true, and such an awesome attitude. Personally I'd rather show a loss of 12 lbs. because I gained 8 lbs. of muscle than lose 20 lbs of fat/muscle combined!
    2418 days ago
    I agree! The scale doesn't know everything! If I think about things in terms of "I have been on SP this long and I have only lost x lbs" then I get down really easily with thnking, "I should have accomplished such and such by now". But I like how you turned that way of thinking around and looked for your accomplishments... which are really great!!
    2418 days ago
  • AMSTER08
    I think that your post is so true! It's great that you are finding things to celebrate! I sometimes go backwards when life gets busy, but I always know that things will get better. 12 pounds is still a wonderful accomplishment! It's keeping it off that can be difficult at times. You have a great attitude! Keep up the great work. Everyone is on this journey together emoticon
    2425 days ago
    This is a beautiful post! You really got all the the different aspects of weight loss covered in beautiful writing! You are an inspiration!....thanks...Jane emoticon
    2430 days ago
  • SARA72121
    First of all I have to say this. I cannot believe you're 47! I would have guessed early 30's! You look great!! I think it's amazing that you pushed through where you usually give up. I know that's the hardest part. It doesn't matter what the scale says and knowing that is so awesome. You look great, you're feeling better and you know you gained an incredible amount of muscle mass!! You're doing such a great job :)
    2452 days ago
    This was a refreshing blog to read just now, coming in from the heat outside and wanting wanting wanting junky ice cream to cool me down. Ack! And then I read this - so inspiring- and what I needed to hear right now . I've worked my butt off, don't throw in the towel now!
    I know my clothes are getting more loose, but want to fit into all my older clothes now now now!, and am not looking at the goals I have accomplished along the way. I need to log those milestones, clock that muscle and enjoy myself more, like you
    So thank you. emoticon
    2452 days ago
    Such a good outlook and the scale definiatly does not tell your story. I loved your financial comparisons, those were great! Your amazing and muscle gain is so much more important in my opinion than pounds lost! Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    2452 days ago
    this made me smile.
    i love your attitude and you are just doing so great. i dont care if you are losing every other week--you're still here, still doing it and like you said, just living your life. that is what counts and thats what makes it stick.
    you will meet every single one of your goals. i know you will.
    2452 days ago
    You have a great attitude! Thanks for sharing your insight on the scale. Keep going! emoticon
    2454 days ago
  • AMM12076
    I am so proud of you and where you have come! Your one of my closest friends on SP, and I think your fantastic! I agree with cannie50, you should definitely win "most popular blog post"
    You inspire me and so many others. You make me want to do better. I am happy that we are friends and are on this journey together!
    Keep up the great work and great attitude!
    2454 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/29/2011 10:05:31 AM
  • JSCOTT86
    I loved this blog! Congrats on all your success so far! I wish I would have taken my body fat percentage at the beginning and looked at it from your perspective. I lost a good bit the first month, but am stuck now. My clothes are still getting looser and people are noticing, but my scale needs to take a hint apparently. Continue working hard!
    2454 days ago
    I love this post. So very true. I, like Cannie, vote for most popular!
    2455 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    Okay, I want this to win "most popular blog post" - I ADORED reading this blog - it made me very happy. There is just so much right about this blog: your attitude, your commitment, your determination, your "non-scale" victories, your willingness to look beyond the limits of the scale, your acknowledgement that to become stronger and healthier is not dependent upon deprivation but lots of choices strung together over time. Seriously, this would be a great addition to the next edition of The Spark. I could go on and on (and I sort of have) but you get the idea...
    2455 days ago
    emoticon You have such a great attitude! Seriously - you're such a positive influence! Thank you for that!
    2455 days ago
    2455 days ago
    What a great inspirational blog! Thanks for sharing!
    2455 days ago
    SO glad that you are celebrating the 20lb fat loss - woohoo, way to go!
    2455 days ago
    Happy Sparkaversary! And I love this blog. You hit the nail on the head...sometimes the scale is full of shnit. Count all of those victories, and even though 12 lbs is still a great loss, the inches and body fat % are even more impressive. You should be proud!
    2455 days ago
    Happy 6th month Sparkversary!! You are so wise, and funny too! "Floating in the pool"...lol!! You've worked so hard. You're so uplifting, and a great friend too! Your scale doesn't know that. Way to go! Can't wait to see what you can do next!
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    2456 days ago
  • CARA_FIT37
    Love the post! It really made my crappy day better! Sometime I hate my scale! haha

    2456 days ago
  • LO_ML1981
    You've come so far and you are such a great friend. Forget the scale and be proud of your accomplishments!! emoticon
    2456 days ago
    you are so right!
    2456 days ago
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