Sometimes the scale doesn't tell the whole story.
Monday, February 04, 2013
I know there are a couple schools of people out there when it comes to the bathroom scale. There are those who loathe the scale, whether it's because they're afraid of the truth or feel that people rely on it for the wrong reasons, they just hate it. There are some of us who are in love with their scale. I know that the number can change for a myriad reasons, but the scale is my little reminder each day. Either that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing or yup, that extra piece of whatever yesterday was the little too much I thought it was. I'm sure there are people in between who neither loathe nor love and maybe even others who couldn't care less. But for me I like it.
However, in the last week or so, I've come to realize even further that the number on the scale isn't telling the whole story. Now I know physiologically, lots of things are going on in my body during this time of increased physical exercise, intermittent healthier eating and, depending on the time of the month, hormonal changes taking place. But like I said above, the scale has been my little daily reminder, good or bad.
This past week has marked roughly the six week mark since I embarked on this healthier me journey. I've not noticed much different besides the up and down scale numbers. But this past week I noticed two different things. Number one - my only pair of jeans is getting just a little too big! Why do I only have one pair of jeans you might ask? Well, money for one, but two, I didn't want to spend a bunch of money on fatter pants than I'd been wearing a year ago because I didn't plan on needing them for long. So, on laundry day, they come out of the dryer nice and snug, but by the next time I wear them, they're a little saggy in the buns and I have to keep pulling them up! VERY excited to get to buy the next size down.
But even more exciting than that (I know, what could be more exciting than getting too skinny for my clothes?!), is in my workouts. I have been using some SparkPeople videos but also some videos on a YouTube channel called Lionsgate BeFit in 90. And one of the exercises we have to do on occasion is a full sit up where we lift a weight up over our heads a the top of the situp. 6 weeks or even 3 weeks ago, I couldn't do that full situp. And then I could do it, but only by rocking, using momentum and lifting my feet off the floor. Last week, I realized I had done all of the situps that day and my feet NEVER came off the floor!!!! THAT was so exciting! So those tummy muscles, even though they're hiding under some fat still, are getting stronger and stronger! And the scale couldn't tell me that!