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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!

Press On!

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!
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SAFETYSUE 7/21/2012 3:14AM

    Great job, thanks for sharing this! Keep up the great work, I can't wait to see you hit your goal weight! You are such a great inspiration!
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NANHBH 7/20/2012 1:44AM

    You are such an inspiration!
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I am trying too...

Thank you!

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ASFAIRLEY 7/17/2012 9:26AM

  Thanks for sharing! I'm so happy for you that you are headed in the right direction and I know you can accomplish your goals. Keep up the positive attitude and hard work :)

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PTOUCHET63 7/17/2012 8:44AM

  Thank you for the inspiration and the information. Keep up the great work you are doing.

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CBRIGGS1956 7/17/2012 8:32AM

    emoticon emoticon You are and inspiration to us all.

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PREMAMEHROTRA 7/17/2012 7:54AM

  Congratulations on your achievement. And keep sharing your stories. I have already recommended your blogs to a few of our SP friends who need to see their lives and emotions articulated as clearly as you have been doing thus far. There's a great deal of empathy from many of us who read your blogs cos we all have been there, felt that, done that but never really managed to spell out for ourselves how we felt. Good job

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 7/17/2012 7:24AM

    Good luck with your journey and well done for your wonderful successes so far. And love the way you are sharing the path...

Today is important and I wish you well... +Mark

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LYNMEINDERS 7/17/2012 4:04AM

    Woohoo...well done....100lbs coming up....what a celebration.....

It is amazing what jolts us into action....well done....

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GOING-STRONG 7/16/2012 11:24PM

    With the knowledge, tools and skills you have acquired using SP you are set to succeed for life. All it will take now is time. Spark on!



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THETROUT 7/16/2012 11:14PM

    I love your perspective that the scale is supposed to show if you are on or off course. This morning I was 1 pound over yesterday. I was not shocked since I got off course yesterday, and I know that I did not consume 4500 calories. There's no way that I really gained a whole pound in one day. But it was a wake-up call to get back on program today, and I did that.

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SNOWYOGA 7/16/2012 10:50PM

    Thanks for the info. (reality check) And it really sounds like your doing a great job! emoticon emoticon emoticon Hope I can do this well!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 7/16/2012 10:21PM

    I'm glad you accepted the "wake up call." It was a difficult thing for you to do. The "extra wide" equipment is embarrassing and difficult.

You are a wonderful example to me and I admire you moving forward, getting your exercise, eating carefully even when you don't feel well!

Thanks for sharing.

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BONNIEBEANZ 7/16/2012 7:52PM

    You are doing so great! Congrat's.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 7/16/2012 7:22PM

    WTG, great progress.

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LRSILVER 7/16/2012 7:14PM

    Really great that you have made a remarkable change in your attitude and your weight. Keep up the amazing progress.

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123ELAINE456 7/16/2012 6:57PM

  Awesome!!! You are doing a great job. You are a great Inspiration To Many People. Keep It Up!!! God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/16/2012 6:13PM

    That's awesome! I'm only down 20 lbs so far, but I'm well on my way! It's taken me a long time to learn to not be scared of the scale!

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CHANGINGEMMY 7/16/2012 5:42PM

    That's awesome!! Keep up the hard work!!

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    You are an inspiration for e to get back on track! emoticon

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BLESSEDGRANDMA 7/16/2012 4:49PM

    Good point. Good luck on your journey :) emoticon

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