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Friday, December 07, 2012

Everything else went pear-shaped, mind. But things started well cos I got a blog award, which always puts me in a good mood.

So anyway, train to work and I hatch a cunning plan to go to Boots and weigh myself. I know, I KNOW! I've sworn never to darken their scales again. I've abjured the humiliation and the loud voice that says 'fat woman weighing herself, come and have a laugh' when I put my 50p in the slot.

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And still the scales draw me. It's the need to know thing.


I stand there, in my stockinged feet, trying to look nonchalant, with my coat and bag and hat on the hook attached to the scales (someone thought that one out properly, didn't they?) and my shoes next to them, and wait an interminable age for the machine to spit out the little paper receipt thing that tells me my weight.

Talk about performance anxiety. Last time the scales told me I had put on five pounds.


This time they tell me I have lost five pounds.

Now, concentrate, boys and girls: not the same five pounds.

I didn't count the weigh-in that told me I had put on five pounds. This one tells me I weigh five pounds less than my official weight on SP, that is 10 pounds less than when I weighed myself on 19 November and went into a two and a half week SparkWobble.

Oh frabjous day!

Of course, I haven't lost 10 pounds since 19 November. There was as I said at the time something wrong with those scales. What the scales do tell me is that I am heading in the right direction, which is good because I have to see my doctor in a couple of weeks' time and there will be Trouble for me if I haven't lost weight. I wanted to have lost a stone, which is 14 pounds. Not sure about that.

But I'll tell you one thing. Today and yesterday I wore my size 18 trousers to work and they are not nearly as tight as they were last time I wore them.

Don't talk stretchy to me. Just don't.
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LSIG14 12/8/2012 7:31AM

  Congrats on your loss no matter how much it was...keep up the good work and the great attitude!

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TDEMAIO2 12/8/2012 7:18AM

    Your doing GREAT emoticon emoticon

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OSDOWNS 12/8/2012 7:08AM

    Good job!


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LORLORC 12/8/2012 7:06AM

    You are soooo much better than those horrible scales......

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BESSHAILE 12/8/2012 6:57AM

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Congratulations! Proof you are Doing The Right Thing! Yippee
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SHERYLDS 12/8/2012 6:41AM

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Wow.... a paper receipt from the scale
Must feel like the Tom Hanks film BIG where the automated Fortune Teller
tells you your future.
And Your future is looking good

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NCSUE0514 12/8/2012 4:52AM

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TDWANDD2MYK9 12/8/2012 4:49AM

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THEIS58 12/8/2012 4:44AM

    Keep at it. Great work!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/8/2012 4:27AM

    Congrats on your blog award :D

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AMANDACOETZER 12/8/2012 4:08AM

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ALIHIKES 12/8/2012 3:16AM

    Great blog, and congratulations on your weight heading in the right direction (downward!) and your looser pants! emoticon

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KAREN608 12/8/2012 3:07AM

    Love going in the right direction scalewise.

Ah so a stone is 14 lbs. So I lost a stone in six months.
I like rocks and that stone is off my body and floating in cyberspace.


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RAINBOWCHOC 12/8/2012 2:52AM

    you could show the dr the 2 pieces of paper from Boots giving "evidence" of a 10lb loss.

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KRISUA 12/8/2012 2:06AM

    Everything else went pear-shaped... well said!

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LAURIETAIT 12/8/2012 2:02AM

    "Don't talk stretchy to me." You are a hoot. Congrats on trending downward in the scale/weight department. Is the that a new application of an already existing made up word from the Tweetosphere? OooH! Did I just make up Tweetosphere?
I soo look forward to your blogs. I think every blog award gets you an even bigger readership. You're goin' global!

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SKJCHAPMAN 12/8/2012 1:03AM

    Your doing a great job. Just keep pushing toward the goal. You will get there.

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2ABBYNORMAL 12/8/2012 12:58AM

    Good for you. In my humble opinion, the best way to tell if you are loosing weight is by how your clothes fit. It sounds like your are doing a great job.
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COCK-ROBIN 12/8/2012 12:41AM

    Amazing accomplishments. I'm proud of you.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/8/2012 12:17AM

    I won't and I won't talk buying scales either. I think Boots somewhere in London is pretty much the right place for scales, especially if like me you live in New Zealand. Having scales in the house is minging, anything is better. IMHO. emoticon

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SENIMMO 12/7/2012 11:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I have a wonderful digital scale. I wish I had a way to send you one for Christmas, but Wisconsin U.S. to London is a bit far emoticon Congrats on beating the Sparkwobble and the weightloss!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/7/2012 10:54PM

    emoticon emoticon Like already mentioned, maybe Santa will bring you a scale of your own for Christmas.

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EABL81 12/7/2012 9:41PM

    Good work! I think that you should tell Santa (or St. Nick) that you've been a very good girl this year, and deserve a scale of your very own!

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LIVEDAILY 12/7/2012 8:43PM

    This is what I think:
We just have no real clue as to how our bodies process all of the nutrients they take in every day, why one day you retain water and the next you're going like a cow in the fields, and how our bodies store calories and use them up. If we knew all that we'd be medical professionals, or at least experts in dietary nutrition. And we're not. We're just normal folk...at least I am. I know that if you torture yourself and weigh yourself every day, you'll see that needle swinging on that scale (or the numbers bouncing if it's digital) day to day like nobody's business, which is why it is strongly suggested that you only wiegh yourself once a week. I also think that in times of stress, our bodies hold on to calories. I know it doesn't make sense, but hey, that's what I think. So, you were going through some stress (the wobble), and now you're not, hence the loose pants and the weight loss, woo hoo!!

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MICKEYH 12/7/2012 8:29PM

    Glad to hear that you are doing fine and feeling fine and looking fine, after a two and a half week of SparkWobble. Lol)) keep a good job !! I think once in a while after a hard work of eating healthy and exercise, we all need some SparkWobble days. (^!^))

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DOVESEYES 12/7/2012 8:13PM

    Cool you're doing great.

Love the blogs. emoticon

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GABY1948 12/7/2012 7:53PM

    I LOVE your blogs. This one was going fine but then I read the "SparkWobble" again and literally laughed out loud emoticon and I have had a VERY difficult day (not foodwise)...I also vote with the one or ones that said you ought to buy a new scale for Christmas. You DESERVE it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESSICABOOTY 12/7/2012 7:42PM

    Thank goodness you can button them or else the "stretchy" pants will make a come back. Don't you just hate elastic waistbands? An invention from Hell for sure. Good luck on your positive trending!
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MARYJEANSL 12/7/2012 7:07PM

  I think you should spring for a new scale for yourself as a Christmas present. Gone would be the worry over that nasty scale at Boots.

However, I must warn you that the last two scales I have purchased, as well as the one at my mother's house, routinely weigh about 10-13 pounds lower than the ones at all of my (and my kids') doctors' offices. I would love to believe that those nasty doctors are trying to ruin my life, but I honestly suspect that the manufacturers of scales are trying to get repeat customers by making them feel erroneously good about their weight.

Still! Knowing that the number is about 12 pounds low is good enough to get a good weight, and the pattern of ups and down is always accurate. So I'd say - get the scale and boycott Boots!

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IAMWINNING 12/7/2012 7:00PM

    emoticon for pants getting more comfortable to wear! Congratulations.

Have you considered a home scale? If so, I'd recommend a digital one. That way, you could weight yourself starkers first thing in the morning - not what you'll weigh at the doctor's office, but you'd know what YOU really weigh. : )

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KARENLEIGH32 12/7/2012 6:55PM

    I knew the scales weren't telling you the truth! To rely on how clothes fit is some times much better test!

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POPSY190 12/7/2012 5:45PM

    Power to your elbow!! emoticon BUT emoticon

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SARAWALKS 12/7/2012 5:32PM

    Calloo, callay, go right ahead and chortle!
Can't wait for the doctor to confirm! Rock on! emoticon emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/7/2012 5:22PM

    Excellent news, it's about time those Boots scales caught up with your progress!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/7/2012 5:10PM

    You are a hoot!
Keep on keepin on...
You will prevail over Boots scale!
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SLIMLEAF 12/7/2012 4:49PM

    Oh, that's SUCH good news! Well done!

One of the great things about SP is that even when I'm having a rubbish time (not so much 'SparkWobble' as 'SparkFallFlatOnOne'sFace'), I can still celebrate with my wonderful SparkFriends who are doing so well.

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DESERTJULZ 12/7/2012 4:47PM

    Perhaps a nice digital scale is what you need for your home. :D

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PJBONARRIGO 12/7/2012 3:59PM

    Trust the trousers; they don't lie!
emoticon You better believe it! You are sighting in your weight loss target; I'm sure you will have a good checkup at the Doctor's. Keep on keeping on- you are going to succeed :-)

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LINDAK25 12/7/2012 3:41PM

    First, STOP USING THE SCALE AT BOOTS! That is a disaster waiting to happen. Then, second, set realistic weight goals around the holidays! I'm only losing about 5 pounds a month. I'll be happy if I manage to lose any weight this month.

And, of course, CONGRATULATIONS on having a more comfortable fit on your size 18 trousers and getting a Spark Blog Award, too!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/7/2012 3:19PM

    What a great day! So glad for you!

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MSPATOOTY 12/7/2012 3:19PM

    You made me laugh out loud with this ... "Don't talk stretchy to me. Just don't." emoticon



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KALIOPPE 12/7/2012 3:14PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss!! Despite the unreliable scale, you are losing loads, as the size 18s are proof. I like how restrained you are taking off your coat, shoes and bag though. I would have stripped to less if it meant weighing less but I guess that isn't really practical at Boots - especially during lunch time. :) emoticon

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HEALTHY-SUZEN 12/7/2012 3:11PM

  Caloo Calay!!!

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