The truth about those scales
Monday, July 16, 2012
I was thinking today about how I ever managed to get past 300 pounds. At the time I had two sets of scales - both topped out at 300. Now I KNEW that but I figured as long as they weren't saying I was 300 I was "ok" (how I could think 290's was ok is another story). The reality is that those scales as you approach the upper limit don't measure true. The scales kept saying 298 and in reality I was already PAST 300 and moving on up. The highest number I remember (I was higher in the hospital) was when I finally got home and DH had to buy special scales as I was in home nursing.
This was my final reality check. The new scales said 345 pounds! The occupational therapy nurse had to order a special "wide - heavy duty" bedside potty chair. In the hospital I had to have a special wide wheelchair and a special WIDE blood pressure cuff. I faced my reality and it wasn't pretty BUT it was what finally made me DO something.
My old scales and their inability to accurately measure close to the upper limit had allowed me to think I wasn't doing so bad. I was holding my own (or so I thought). I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you are in that upper limit of your bathroom scales you might want to get new ones that go higher so you know exactly WHERE you are.
You can't figure out how to get some place on a map unless you know where you are to begin! I'm not afraid of the scales anymore. They are a navigational tool that helps me know if I'm off course.
I've covered quite a distance on my journey so far but I have an awful long way yet to go. When I start thinking I'm weary I just remember how it felt when they told me I would have to get my MRI at another facility!
NO MORE! I won't go back there! Time to get busy - I've got a long way to go!
P.S. I'm at 252.8 now. That's 92.2 pounds since that "day" and 77.2 pounds since I started Sparkpeople. Not a bad start!