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Thursday, October 04, 2012

As some of you know, I moved to a new flat over the weekend.
I weighed myself in the new flat and had the option of being 3.5 lbs lighter (thick carpet) or 4.5lbs heavier (laminate flooring) than at my last place.

I went for the heavier one, I know it’s more accurate. Plus there’s more spare floor space in the bathroom.

I didn’t realise it would knock me so hard off track.

Of course it’s just a number, but it affects other numbers:
- 19lbs away from a healthy BMI instead of just one stone (14lbs).
- 24 lbs to go instead of 20
- 8lbs from my lowest ever weight instead of 3.5
- 9lbs lost instead of 13.5

I’m wearing my ‘10lbs lost’ earrings today, but some of the sparkle has gone. According to all my trackers (I have 3 in different places) I haven’t lost 10lbs any more.

I haven’t been jogging for 3 days, and the excuses have already started for why I can’t go tonight either. Or tomorrow. I haven’t done strength training for 4 days, and last night I went grazing for the first time in months. It was slightly healthier grazing than it would have been a few months ago but still…not what I wanted to happen.

It’s just so disappointing. I’ve worked so hard and got so far and now it feels like it’s all been undone because of a change of floor.
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  • UNICORN212
    Yup - you still lost 10 pounds. I would actually adjust your scale so you weigh what you weighed the last time you used it. In reality, none of our scales are 100% accurate, and I am not so sure a doctor's scale is either. They would all have to be properly calibrated. And recalibrated every so often, which I am sure they are not.

    We buy a scale at the store and we TRUST that it is accurate. After all it is brand new, right? Sorry - it could be way off. One way to tell is to weigh yourself and write it down. Hopefully it is a digital scale, so you get a measurement like 125.5 (what we all want to weigh, right?). Then, pick up several items, like unopened bags of sugar or flour, weighing at least 10 pounds. If you pick up 12 pounds of stuff and weigh yourself again, you should be about 137.8 pounds (the sugar and flour labels are net weight and do not count the weight of the bags, so you have to add a few ounces for that). If it varies more than that, your scale is probably a bit off.

    I know with mine, I have to let it rest for a while after it is turned over, batteries changed, etc, then I weigh myself twice with a few minutes in between. The second weight is the correct one, and it is within a pound of my doctor's scale.

    Keep on pushing!
    1936 days ago
    I was just feeling the same way and then I did something silly instead of something that seemed like exercise --wii just dance. Then the next day I went for a short jog and then the next day I went for a short jog and did ST. I felt so much better after moving that I didn't want to stop. BTW - I only played for like 10min and I've only been jogging a mile so it doesn't take oodles of time which right now I just don't have. So do something fun and you'll feel so good about yourself, you'll want to actually try again! Get back out there! You've got this!
    1936 days ago
    Sometimes progress isn't measured by a number on a scale. Think of your other healthy victories and realize you've done more to better your health than that scale can ever tell you.
    1936 days ago
    emoticon I totally understand where you are coming from because I had the same problem with my old scale never being consistant. But, you need to remind yourself that weight IS just a number, and what matters is you are on the right track AND your body is changing in ways you can't even measure or see- it's still happening!

    I've been off track the past few days, let's both try to get ourselves on the right path again tomorrow, okay?? :) you can do this!
    1936 days ago
    That number does not reflect all you've done in other aspects! You've come so far with your running, and are eating better. Don't give up!!
    1937 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    Sorry to hear about the big change in numbers - at least you are still working at it! I know you will get there again! I know it seems like the floor is what caused it - but you said you also haven't been running. There are reasons as to why the scale change & some of that may be because of the lack of jogging. Hopefully you can squeeze it in sometime soon! I am glad you are still here & still working on it!
    Keep your head up! Don't give up!
    1937 days ago
    Down means down! That is the right direction! This is the ENEMY speaking to you when you hear those thoughts. Whatever that enemy is that defeats us, he is good at what he does. He makes those excuses look real and makes them real. He puts doubt in your mind. You are going in the right direction. Just never give up. The whole battle is just fighting the war. As long as your fighting, your winning!! Keep up the fight and the good work!! ;)
    1937 days ago
    My friend,

    I do hope by now you've had some time to think and reflect on how your 'lost' loss made you feel.

    Now I want to you take a journey in math with me.
    Your weight went from 10 apples to 5 apples at one location
    If you weighed at the new location your weight would be 13 apples and 8 apples.

    Either way, you still managed to lose 5 pounds.

    You're still making amazing progress.

    You may want to consider a new scale, one that isn't quite as sensitive to floor placement.

    Please take a moment to reflect on your journey and how far you've come as well as how far you are going to go.

    All us Sparklers are here for you - don't give up.
    1937 days ago
    I know what you mean. It's very disappointing. But you can do it.
    I have to take my scale out to my porch because my landlady has carpet in the bathroom, too, as well as the rest of my place. Hope the neighbors don't see me.
    1937 days ago
    Dude, just put on your shoes and run around the block.
    That's it. Tell yourself that that's all you have to do.
    (Although you and I both know that by the time your dressed and feel the road under your feet, you'll likely do more, even if it's just a little more!)

    Sometimes, all you have to do is get dressed and go outside.
    Sometimes, all that matters is showing up.

    Edited to agree with PKBOO's comment below: you *have* lost 10 lbs, the only thing that's changed is that you started out heavier than you thought. So, really, you can feel confident wearing your shiny earrings!
    1937 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/4/2012 10:32:02 AM
  • PKBOO3
    That is discouraging, but just get your mind set right. I'm sure you still have lost the weight. Just think that you actually had that to lose way back in the beginning & go from there. You made me laugh when you said your '10lbs lost' earrings lost some of their sparkle. Keep a good sense of humor & press on. emoticon
    1937 days ago
  • JENSDAY1012
    I'm so sorry your scale was mean to you. What a jerk! Next time you step on him make sure you stomp down really hard so he knows who's boss. But seriously - I felt like I was reading something I would have written. No matter how prepared I think I am to see what the scale has to say, and no matter how much I tell myself it doesn't matter, it seems to seep into my head and make me feel bad. Like that stupid number is tied to our happiness. Try and remember all of the non-scale victories today. Maybe it'll make you feel better. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1937 days ago
    As soon as I miss a few runs everything goes awry for me too. Just try to get back on track with your exercise and jog past this "bump" in the road.
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    1937 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    Don't give up !!! You have still made great progress - it's about so much more than a number on a scale. You've blogged about improving running ability and clothes fitting better - a scale can't change those things. Things like this are going to happen. A girl on one of my team had her old scale break and the new one had her up something like 15 pounds. But she is still pressing on. You can do it!!
    1937 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/4/2012 7:10:20 AM
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