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Monday, November 19, 2012

I was on a course all day today and it involved sitting in one place listening to a guy talking about software. I don't usually sit still for more than 20 minutes at a time. Ask the cats - they consider this characteristic of mine a personal affront. My ankles swelled up from all that sitting and I was in a dim frame of mind when the course finished.

So anyway, I thought, why not drop by Boots and weigh myself? I am due to see the doctor in a month's time and she will weigh me and I wanted to see how my weight is going.

Got on the scale in Boots, money in slot, the scales took FOREVER to decide how much I weigh, spat out the ticket, and . . .

The adjectival (choose your own adjective) scales said I have put on five pounds.

Various things went through my head from 'What the . . . ?' to disbelief.

It wasn't a good moment.

Got home in 'so there' mode and ate various things I shouldn't have. Am now sorry, of course. Well, there's no help for it: it's done. Am trying to think calmly and rationally.

1. I have had problems with these particular scales before. Owing to the length of time they took to weigh me, I'm guessing they are malfunctioning a bit. Yes, I WOULD say that wouldn't I? The problem is I don't KNOW.

2. I have not got any genuine reason to think I could possibly have put on five pounds in weight in the month or so since I saw my doctor. While I've had the odd bad day, I have been pretty conscientious about food.

3. I have been taking loads of exercise: at least one long walk every weekend and a couple of trips to the gym each week as well. Walking to the station, walking other places as a matter of course and from choice. I walked 10 miles yesterday, the furthest I have walked since I was in my 20s. No kidding.

4. People have told me, unprompted, that I am looking thinner and that my whole body shape is changing. I measured myself on Saturday and my waist was an inch smaller. I can SEE the difference when I sit in the bath, dammit! I have had to get rid of loads of clothes that were too small for me and today am wearing a skirt that I'd had for four years and never wore till last month and even last month it was a bit tight and it's now fitting perfectly. With it I am wearing a top that ws too tight at one point and is now looking loose.

So what's going on?

1. I don't think those scales are accurate and I will never weigh myself on them again.

2. I am suffering from premenstrual water retention and general bunged-upness so may be weighing a couple of pounds more than I normally would.

3. General tightening up does not of course lose you pounds, only inches.

And what am I going to do?

1. Recommit to the SparkPlan with a reduction in calories of 200 a day. My calories recently went up, because I was exercising more. I am bringing them down again. I know that I've got a slow metabolism, I've had it for 50-odd years.

2. Go to the gym tonight to lift my mood and by jove it needs it.

3. Call on every ounce of fortitude, determination and restraint I possess and stick with it. I am due to see my doctor in a month's time and want to be half a stone (three kilos/seven pounds) lighter than when she last saw me. At the moment, I don't know how much I weigh in relation to that, so I can't leave anything to chance.

On the positive side, my hiking boots arrived today. They fit, and I am going to be wearing them in this week.

For now, I'm down the gym.

PS: had removed jacket, shoes and handbag before weighing. Can't blame them, unf.
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DEBLYNN323 11/21/2012 8:45AM

    Don't let that scale detrack you....it probably is not calibrated so it gives false readings. Weigh yourself at the gym on the same scale at the same time to give more perspective to that silly number.

The way you feel and the way your clothes fit is a better indicator of all your hard work and efforts....keep taking those long walk and sharing your journey with us!
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EWL978 11/21/2012 8:16AM

    WOW!! What can I say that hasn't been said already?? I don't weigh myself at all any more...I see my doc once every three months and we look at it together!! That's enough for me. If you want to know how you're doing in the meantime, just look at your clothes and see how they fit. Don't let yourself in for this anxiety. Look what it does.

Keep on keeping on and let me know how you're doing?

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/21/2012 7:47AM

    Never allow the scales to define how you are feeling. Weight, in itself is fickle.
You are shifting. Look at the NSV's. emoticon Don't forget, the muscle gained is heavier, so often the scales are a bit higher. You are doing all the right things, and unless there is some underlying reason the results you are seeking will follow. emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/21/2012 6:26AM

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LEANJEAN6 11/21/2012 6:11AM

    Just keep at it and keep your sense of humour----Lynda emoticon

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TDEMAIO2 11/21/2012 5:15AM

    Your SO funny emoticon I tossed my scale when I was in my early 30's (I am in my 50's) and yes that was hard to admit :O I live by how I feel and how my clothes fit- I get on the scale maybe once a month or when I see the Dr.
And yes take it ALL off when you get on the scale lol emoticon

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IMEMINE1 11/21/2012 4:49AM

    I weigh everyday and it always varries. I am up a few pounds to know fault but my own. Remember, muscle weighs more. emoticon

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AMANDACOETZER 11/21/2012 2:41AM

    We all have those times, don't we. As you did, we should just decide to do better. Thanks for affirming that none of us are alone in the struggle.

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JULIERAE41 11/21/2012 2:01AM

    I love how people always say,"Weigh with the same clothing on.". It always makes me laugh. My husband is always so pleased when he manages to get up before me and is greeted with my birthday suit standing there on the scale.

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Anyway. It is only a number. Speak kindly to yourself and reassure yourself that you are making good choices more of the time than not. I said to my friend. 52 weeks will pass wether I am making good choices or not. I might as well pass the same 52 weeks and be lighter at the other end.


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BLUEJEAN99 11/21/2012 1:57AM

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AJB121299 11/21/2012 1:27AM

    never listen to the scale--trust your self

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KONRAD695 11/21/2012 1:07AM

    I've had the same scale problem. The one at the YMCA (my gym) always measures high, so I don't use it. I have a good scale at home and only use it now. After all, we're concerned about change not numbers. I could weigh myself with grapefruits and it wouldn't matter, what matters is that I'm down 42 grapefruits for the year. And my pants a falling off. Glad you caught and stopped your downward spiral. The weight will change, all your exercise will make it slow while the muscle builds. Soon that muscle will burn calories for you. Best of luck to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PCASEY7 11/20/2012 11:43PM

    I'd suggest investing in a scale so you can weigh yourself at the same time on a predetermined basis wearing the same clothing. You're showing great resolve and I'm sure you'll reach you weight goal before seeing your doctor!

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JAMER123 11/20/2012 11:35PM

    Every scale seems to weight differently. Maybe they don't know it is the proper thing to do is be accurate. Then we wouldn't have to have an anger management talk with ourselves:):)
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HEYMOE012 11/20/2012 10:37PM

  Maybe the muscle in your body has increased. Muscle weighs so much more than fat.

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ROCKYCPA 11/20/2012 10:26PM

    Every scale can be different and your also weigh something. You didn't weigh naked did you? Also don't just rely on the scale - if your clothes are fitting better than you are doing fine.

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KATHIC2 11/20/2012 10:08PM

  Scales are different, can vary, and are just one measurement tool.

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SHOSHANADP 11/20/2012 7:21PM

    Don't beat yourself up too much. Stay the course and it will all fall into place. It is possible that it is the scale. Whatever you are doing, you are making a positive change.

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SANDYLH1 11/20/2012 6:37PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/20/2012 6:02PM

  Probably many of us have had this experience. I have.

Either the scale is wrong,it's water, or there are other factors that others listed.

I don't know what it said at he gym either, but obviously there are many other improvements. Walking 10 miles is a big deal.

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ALIDOSHA 11/20/2012 5:58PM

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/20/2012 5:38PM

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DIANNEMT 11/20/2012 5:04PM

    I NEVER trust a "different" scale. It has to be the SAME ONE or it doesn't count. And--sitting around all day will NOT help. Rely on the other indicators--energy, inches, clothes!!!

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NEWCHINELO 11/20/2012 4:35PM

    Keep pushing,you can do it!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/20/2012 4:15PM

  Do you have a scale at home? I always weigh myself on the same scale and usually at the same time of day and with the same amount of clothing on. Scales can vary and as women, so do we.........hormones can do a real number as can water retention. I think that your losing inches and fitting into smaller clothing says much more about what is really going on. Keep up your good work. emoticon

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TIAMET2 11/20/2012 3:13PM

    OK, so even if you haven't had all those non-scale victories, remember what one of the Spark bloggers said recently:

If you have a flat tire on your car, do you run around and flatten all the others or do you fix it and get on with your trip.

Get on with your trip and keep making what you know are the healthy choices.

P.S. Yeah, it sucks when the scale throws you a curveball like that. Chances are, next week, you'll be down.



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HEARTS116 11/20/2012 1:59PM

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TERRIJ7 11/20/2012 1:50PM

    Funny how we want to "punish" the scales by eating things we shouldn't~

Ignore the stupid thing--it's probably wrong anyway.

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KARENLEIGH32 11/20/2012 1:42PM

    I think you are worrying over nothing, the scales were probably broken! BUT I love your re-commitment! Happy Turkey Day!

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WHERERMY62KEYS 11/20/2012 12:49PM

  liar, liar, throw the scales on the fire.

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WALLINMW 11/20/2012 11:59AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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WALLINMW 11/20/2012 11:59AM

  Stay motivated!

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BAROSS 11/20/2012 11:21AM

    Weight loss can be so frustrating, Keep up the good work and all will be fine in the end. (scales can be so mean, don't let them get you down. emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/20/2012 11:00AM

    I try to make sure that I weigh myself on the same scale every time (unless I'm at the doctor's office, can't really pick and choose there). Who knows when those other ones are calibrated. Don't sweat it. emoticon

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HFAYE81 11/20/2012 9:46AM

    Thing the first, you are probably gaining muscles (changing body shape, after all).
Thing the second, it could've been a simple case of water retention. I find that's usually the main reason my weight fluctuates.
Thing the third, that scale can go to hell. Don't use it; it will only encourage it to be mean.

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MOMMY445 11/20/2012 9:44AM

    i agree. don't let the scale depress you. you are doing so well. you can do this! you are worth it!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/20/2012 9:42AM

    I hate scales! I never think they work correctly.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/20/2012 9:24AM

    I agree - don't use that scale any more! It's ridiculous to think that you could gain 5 real pounds in a month without any serious missteps, so please don't even worry about it! :) As you say, it's got to be fluid retention. Personally, I'm a daily weigh-er - I get on my scale every morning just to keep an eye on things. This past weekend, I didn't even do anything different from my normal routine - ate the same (or less, actually) as usual, exercised as usual...and yesterday I was 4 pounds heavier than I was on Sunday. Made no sense, but I realized eventually that (sorry for the TMI) my digestive system had just slowed down for some reason and was hanging on to more food than usual. This morning, I was back to my normal weight. Sometimes the body just does something funny that causes you to temporarily weigh more without actually having "gained weight."

Congrats on the lost inches and changing body! :)

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JOANNHUNT 11/20/2012 9:11AM

    STOP beating yourself up. You said the scales had screwed up before so what is this. Self pity. Leave that at the front door as you said you are down inches and clothes sizes. THIS IS AWESOME IN IT'S SELF. Move on up and out of this BLAH BLAH mood. You are worth the praise for getting out there and doing something about your weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Stop emoticon on your parade. Shack this feeling off and keep going. emoticon emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/20/2012 9:09AM

    My weight can vary 3-5# in just a few hours.... while sleeping! Chill and don't put so much emphasis on the scales. They only take a snapshot. emoticon

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DJSHIP46 11/20/2012 9:08AM

    Muscle weight more than fat & don't forget that drinking your water is essential.

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HOLLYM48 11/20/2012 8:17AM

    I say the scale doesn't tell the whole truth! If your clothes are looser, than you are losing! Way to go, keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIMIDOT 11/20/2012 8:13AM

    If your legs swelled from setting, then you probably retained water. That would cause you to gain. I know I do if I eat anything with the hint of salt. Forget it and spark on. I'm sure you will do it! Good luck!

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NEWMOM20121 11/20/2012 8:07AM

    There are many things it could have been. However I will it never hurts to recommit and get focused. You can do it

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NILLAPEPSI 11/20/2012 7:29AM

    I think the scales were wrong. emoticon

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SJKENT1 11/20/2012 7:27AM

    That scale deal is such a nemesis. Congrats on being able to wear the skirt. You are doing fabulous, consistently making healthy choices... GOOD FOR YOU!!

Keep climbing that hill and don't let doubt or that scale stop you!! It is happening.

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BESSHAILE 11/20/2012 7:23AM

    Never EVER get on scales when your legs or ankles are swollen. that alone is proof that you're retaining water. Long car rides, long train rides, sitting for long stretches at a time - are all things that can cause you to retain water. Why do you think the wise ones tell us to get up and move about.

The scales are wonky. Your body was not happy with the sedentary state. Savor the Other Proofs that what you are doing is the right thing.

hugs too

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