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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 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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    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?!
    1981 days ago
  • ANEWME1313
    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.
    1984 days ago
  • ANEWME1313
    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
    1984 days ago
    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.
    1984 days ago
    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.
    1985 days ago
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