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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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    Good "walking it through"...How did your gym time go?...You really are on track...never mind that scale. emoticon
    1923 days ago
    1923 days ago
    I'm glad you made the decision you did. I really need to recommit to weight loss. I and been in maintenance mode for almost a year when I should still be in weight loss mode. At least I haven't gained too much. I gained 7 pound in December of last year and haven't been able to get it off. I decided this weekend that I would get through the holidays without gaining anything and then I would start in ernest to get rid of the gained weight and maybe another 10 pounds. It takes me quite a while to get in the right frame of mind but once I do I usually do what I set out to do. I'm not letting up on myself like I have previously because I don't want to weigh 240 pounds again.

    Thanks for your inspiration.
    1923 days ago
    emoticon I can relate. I have a very slow metabolism too. I'd rather lose inches than lbs though so my clothes would fit better or maybe need new clothes.Any excuse to go shopping! emoticon Though that would also mean having money. Oh well, a girl can dream can't she? emoticon Keep up the good work! emoticon
    1923 days ago
    Intellectually you know the scale is only one method to measure your success with - because let's face it, you've written brilliant posts about clothes that didn't fit now being too loose, your ever-growing ability to conquer all things Epping Forest, and your hyper awareness of what you're putting in your mouth. That being said, we are so emotionally tied to what the scale is telling us, it's the ultimate bad boyfriend. Know that you are doing all the right things, even the mistakes, because we're all human.
    Don't attach more importance to the Boots scale than it deserves - trust that you know how to take care of yourself and you are on the right path. Congratulations on all of your amazing work!
    1923 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    This is why you should not weigh yourself on those scales: it puts you in the wrong frame of mind. Stop beating yourself up over a number! Just keep being accountable to yourself and doing what you are doing--eating right and exercising!

    Glad you got your hiking boots and they fit!
    1923 days ago
    You might consider buying a scale for home. That way, at least your weigh-ins will be consistent. I purchased a Tanita scale several years ago that measures both my weight and percentage of body fat. While not as accurate as a full assessment, the body fat percentage has consistently dropped as I've lost weight while adding strength training!
    1923 days ago
    I'm going to ask a daft question now. But were you carrying a bag when you stood on the scales? I've done that before now.
    1923 days ago
  • DR1939
    1923 days ago
    The brief pity party was understandable, even if not ideal. Most importantly, though, your sensible reaction was to come up with a realistic and multi-track plan. Congrats on having your true self win this battle! emoticon
    1923 days ago
    Some scales are just evil. You know you are doing the right things, you are seeing results, so just keep doing what you're doing that works. emoticon emoticon
    1923 days ago
    Bravissima!! You could have fallen into a pit of denial, but instead, you girded yourself and determined to trim 200 calories a day and continue with the exercise. And I can guarantee you THAT will work. If it doesn't, well, then you can either fall into that pit of denial or be righteously indignant.

    Speaking for myself, the older I get, the harder it is to believe the calorie ranges that SparkPeople gives one. It's a sad fact of life, but I have to lower them by 200 calories anyway.
    1923 days ago
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