The scale does not determine our progress!!!
Friday, February 01, 2013
I usually don't blog anything but my weekly updates but for some reason today I feel like talking about something else. For a lot of us on here losing weight we focus mainly upon our scales, while this can be a good thing it often makes us forget about the other progress we had made. Here is my backstory on how scales can be deceiving.
When I was 19 I found out I was pregnant with my son who is now almost 8. At the point in my life I was already overweight at 5'4 and 187lbs. By the time I delivered him on April 5, 2005 I weighed 240lbs. The next 4 months was an emotional rollercoaster and 4 months later in August 2005 I had gotten down to 145lbs the smallest I could ever remember being at that time. I wore a size 11 in Juniors and really honestly thought that was as small as I could be. I didn't lose weight the proper way, I starved myself and only walked to lose the weight.
Fast forward to July 2009 on my wedding day, I had gained almost 30lbs back weighing in at 171. The next year I was divorced and was up to 184. I met my current husband later that year, and two months after we got together my father passed away unexpectedly. He was only 49 years old and had a massive heart attack Dec. 27, 2010. It really made me stop and think about how I was living my life. If I didn't do anything about my weight, nutrition and fitness would that be me?????
Jan. of 2011 I decided I was not going to sit around any longer. I bought myself an elliptical and started slow. I tracked calories and worked out. I added strength training and kept trying to challenge myself. I wanted it to be a lifestyle change not a quick fix like it had been before. It took me a year ( 8 months longer than previously) but it was worth it! December of 2011 I weighed 140, only 5 lbs less than before yet I was wearing a size 5-7 in jeans and even bought a size 4 dress for my work Christmas party. I NEVER in my life ever thought I could wear a single digit !!! Let alone one that small. The difference was that I was doing it the right way. I was building muscle and increasing my endurance. I was making sure I was fueling my body correctly.
We all want a quick fix sometimes, and I still get frustrated with the scale when it shows no loss for a week. But we need to keep remembering that there are great things going on with our body's even if the scale doesn't show it. Our muscles are getting tighter and our heart and lungs are getting stronger. It may take longer to get there, but the journey is worth it!!