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I don't want to define myself by the number on the scale but...

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

So, I'm about three weeks in and starting to see progress. I have been exercising, eating right by staying within my ranges, and seeing my weight go down everyday.-So far 9 pounds lost. I have been struggling with that number because I keep doubting myself. I look in the mirror and look the same. How come 9 pounds doesn't take off a chin or two?! I'm sleeping better and feeling better but doubting myself the whole way.

I rushed home from work today to see what the scale said and it has gone totally wonky. I stepped on it four different times and it gave me four different numbers. I actually stepped on it and got one number and then went to the bathroom and stepped on it again and it is giving me another number- that is about two pounds higher! I pulled out the old scale I had in the closet, the one I had before this high tech digital one and it is telling me I am 3 pounds less than what the other scale said yesterday. Now, after a few tears, I'm not sure what to do. I tried a new battery in the electric scale...no dice. If I go by the new/old scale then I look like I have lost three pounds that I haven't. Without the digital scale I am missing the point whatever percent I am losing each day -Which right now I really need. I don't want to start over and lose the motivation I did have.

Very frustrated and unsure what to do.
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MCDONALDS2006 10/13/2012 1:37PM

    Thank you so much for all of your encouragement!! (I didn't realize anyone had even seen this post!) I decided to take a step back and focus on the positives. I'm feeling better, sleeping better, and am starting to get to the top of the stairs at work without wanting to die :) I put the scale away for the week and decided to just focus on measurements and attitude. I pulled it out this morning and I am a total of 12 pounds down from when I started last month. I can't believe when I hold my 5 pound weights that it's really that much! My husband, trying to be helpful this morning said, "You're arms are getting so dainty. You're like a T-Rex." - Laughing is the best exercise isn't it?!

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ANEWME1313 10/10/2012 6:44AM

  ps.. a great visual motivator I use is a butter bowl. Fat is fat. A bowl of butter from the store weighs about 3 lbs. So, each 3 lbs I lose, I go look at a butter bowl and think I've lost that bulk from my body even when I can't see it in the mirror.

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ANEWME1313 10/10/2012 6:39AM

  ahhh yes, the scale.. it can be our best friend and our enemy at any given moment. I sympathize.. I am much the same. I logically know I shouldn't weigh frequently, that there are so many variables to what the scale shows (too much salt?, that time of the month? strenuous workout the day before?). I know I should focus more on how I feel and how my clothes fit (took my formerly "cute" pants off yesterday without unbuttoning or unzipping them! lol). But, I still want that immediate gratification! If only I could workout, jump on the scale, and see the results! lol :) I also know that as I was gaining, it took forever for me to "see" the change in myself, and can only think that losing will be the same. I think for many of us, it's a matter of mind power.. of knowing living healthier is making a change and sticking with it and instead focusing on the victories longer-term. You can do it! Just keep working it and you will see the results you want.. emoticon

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XANGELSTEARZX 10/9/2012 9:39PM

    Don't lose hope. I had a while I maintained the same weight but people around me noticed things like my collar bones are more noticeable but, I weigh almost the same and I'm still in the same size pants I've been in for a while. It's important to remember that toning up or losing inches takes about 6 to 8 weeks to become noticeable to the eye.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 10/9/2012 6:52PM

    The more one has to lose...the longer it'll take for us to see the progress. Unfortunately we can't pick where it comes off.

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