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Friday, October 26, 2012

I'm stumped. I really am. For the past month I have been eating really carefully (even though I haven't had time to log it) and physically active almost continuously. The proof? My husband has lost 8 pounds. Me? Zero. Nada. Nothing. I'm pretty sure he isn't losing it via osmosis.

We are eating the same thing only he in greater proportions. We have been working the farm and grounds at night together, walking the property for fence repair (very labor intensive). And I've been busy all day, climbing ladders, carrying bundles of shingles, throwing hay, painting buildings. Heavy duty work.

My size 12 pants are practically hanging off me. I actually put on a pair of my 8s and they fit, if a bit snug. My measurements show no change but the muffin top? Gone. The back fat? Gone. The arms? Much more toned. (Oh - and arms are my trigger point. I hate my arms - but I am seeing shoulder definition and much less tricep hang.)

So why is the scale stuck? Every night my husband weighs himself and he keeps losing - on my weight loss plan! The irony is kind of funny.

I'm not sure what to do. I suppose I just need to wait it out. But it is so frustrating. I am happy, actually, with how I look. I kind of want to tone more than lose pounds, so if I keep up the physical work, that should help. But I'd really like to see a number change. I've gotten to where I keep moving the scale to different places in the house to see if the ground levelness will change it. (How sad is that?) But no. 143.8. Not even the ounces will change. Argh!

So here I sit, slimmer definitely, but stuck on a plateau for over a month. Since things are slowing down here, I can start logging everything again. Maybe that will help ....
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    Feeling that you need to focus on the great toning and strength and not worry about the number! Everyone who sees you sees the toned, trim one sees the number 143.8!
    1970 days ago
    Be careful with accepting frustration and depression. It can actually cause you to not be able to lose weight. They have been associated with weight gain.
    1972 days ago
    Ugh. So frustrating! I know everyone talks about how you have to find other measures of how you're doing than just the scale, and I'm sure they're right, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating. Just know you're not alone. The scale is everyone's worst enemy from time to time. You're persistent and determined, and with as much work as you're doing on that farm you KNOW eventually it will start moving again. Just like you said, you've got to wait it out. But you're totally allowed to be frustrated until it does start going down. There's no rule that says you have to like a plateau of any kind.
    1973 days ago
    You said it yourself you have much more definition. Your body is experiencing a shift in your weight. The number may be the same; however, your body is much firmer. If you want the number on the scale to change you will probably have to starve yourself and stop working outdoors so much. Your body will then change from muscle definition to losing weight. You probably will not be as happy with your body because you may even wind up with loose skin. I don't know how we became so dependent on weight scales. We actually want to look a certain way, but somehow we want that to equate to a change in the number on the scale. You have done it! Now's the time to enjoy all of the work you have put forth to become more healthy. By-the-by, women and men lose weight differently. No matter what, you cannot compare yourself with your husband's weight loss. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1973 days ago
    so you see that there are other ways to measure weight loss besides the scale!

    1973 days ago
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