I was in despair

Monday, November 19, 2012

I have 5% of my weight to lose for the 5% Fall challenge and not long left in the challenge.

I was using my son's scales as mine did not seem to be working properly. But the scale said my weight was going up and up. So the week before last I ate a lot less calories as I was really despairing. When I checked my deficit for the week it was 5000 calories so I expected to lose at least a pound, but the scales went up.

My friends made some helpful suggestions. I rested for 2 days and upped my calories for a couple of days and then worked hard the rest of the week.

When I weighed in on Saturday, I felt thinner, my pants were looser, but the scales still said I had gained and then they said error when I tried them again. So I put a new battery in my own scales which had died several weeks ago. Wow! It read 138lb. The other scale said 144lb. So I got my weights and weighed them on my scales and the weight was correct, so I knew that I had lost and not gained.

I only weigh once a week now as was suggested to me. I changed my goals and Spark has upped my calories. I am finding it hard to meet my calories on days when I don't work so hard, like today when my friend came to visit for the day.For lunch we had cream of tomato soup for starter, salmon salad for main and a small sugar free, but milky desert.

I ate, but was not hungry tonight as I had such a big lunch. I was under on protein, over on fat and just under my calorie range.

I am looking after my GD tomorrow night, so will be able to work at finishing painting the conservatory before I go. I will lay the rest of the carpet too. If the weather is good, I hope to finish painting outside this week as the weather is getting much more unpredictable and colder. I want it finished before the snow comes.

I am hoping to get a good workout at the free gym later this week. So I am hopeful that I will continue to lose now that my plateau has broken.

Thank you all my friends for your encouragement and all the messages and goodies. And woof to my friends on the Spirited Underdogs team. Thank you for your support when I really needed it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Good for you dear friend, for hanging in there! You're still my inspiration. I've been doing better & then doing worse! Up & Down. I've been meditating for 3 weeks, which has been pretty great, but then don't have time to do my exercise video before I go to work! I will get this right, eventually...I won't give up! My exhibition at Marywood is almost over and it went well. I continue to walk most every day with my husband and our friend Buddy. Life is GOOD! Have a wonderful week! emoticon emoticon Renee
    1755 days ago
    1755 days ago
    Ellen, thank you for sharing this for me. It is easy to get too hung up on numbers and that is what my dietitian counseled me about also. But when your scale is not working it makes counting on the numbers totally impossible! I am really glad you were resourceful and put the new batteries in! At least you don't have to feel discouraged like before. Have fun with your GD and good luck with all the painting. Goodness you are so busy and capable. Thanks again, thinking of you, Kathleen
    1764 days ago
    That's a nice surprise! Bad batteries can do some of the goofiest things to us sometimes! Your hard work is paying off! Hugs, jeannie
    1765 days ago
    emoticon I hate it when the battery messes with you like that. emoticon
    1766 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon That was smart going back to your scale with a new battery! You are doing great and that proved it! Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your super nice comment! I hope you do get the bikes going! We are hoping it will not get too chilly before we get out on ours! It has been at least 15 years since I have rode a bike! I think we will do fine!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Tell Adrian he can do it too!!! emoticon
    1766 days ago
    OH WOW Ellen !! FINALLY an ANSWER hon,,,for you are one of our HARD WORKERS and this was JUST NOT MAKIN SENSE !! emoticon emoticon My Scale battery has ALSO died,,,and I've ALSO been uing a diff scale,,,and AM NOT hAPPY with it,,,when I've been losing ON MINE n' this one says I am GAINING !! SO LESSON LEARNED !!! I NEED A NEW BATTERY AND ASAP !! THANKS HON!!!

    I need to write to Pat also !
    1767 days ago
    emoticon I just *knew* something had to be wrong with you not losing. It didn't make much sense to have such a weekly calorie deficit and *gain* weight.

    I bet you are so very relieved now as well as being proud of yourself. emoticon

    Congratulations Ellen, that is an awesome drop! emoticon
    1767 days ago
    Good news, Ellen! It's always wonderful when you discover you have actually lost rather than gained weight!
    1767 days ago
    Oh what a relief that must of been, Ellen. Congrats to you for working through it, dispite all the set-backs. emoticon emoticon
    1768 days ago
    Wow Ellen you are so hard working I just knew you had to be losing ,glad the new batteries are telling the tale correctly! hugs,Cheri
    1768 days ago
  • KATHYM617
    That is awesome to hear! Hooray for better scales with fresh batteries!
    1768 days ago
    What a great relief that must of been for the scale to catch up. Great job.
    1768 days ago
    HUGS ELLEN, that is so great, I know intimately the long, long plateau. I very rarely weigh, otherwise I would despair for certain.
    These days I totally go by how I feel, how well my health numbers are and the one I may well despair is my triglyceride number.

    I saw my clothes fit and feel better than ever so I have given up on the weigh ins. DH has been quite ill and we finally found out he has shingles on his face, ears tongue and gums. He saw a Dentist and 3 Drs. before noon so after a week we have the diagnosis. He is on lots of medications and we will be just the two of us home here in Maine for our Thanksgiving. When he did not have the diagnosis I was quite depressed but since I had them on my bottom, I can accept how bad he feels this and be happy he is going to get better and we will happily stay home.. WOOHOO Take care, enjoy your GD, lucky you (((((HUGS))))))Pat
    1768 days ago
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