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Discouraging Scale

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Sometimes I hate that the scale is used as a measurement of success. My goal is to get to a 140-145 weight range.

This week I thought I was doing excellent. I have worked out 6 of out 7 days this week. I have eaten lots of healthy fruits and vegetables. I have contained my portions. My fitness minutes more than they have been the past four weeks. I also do not count my calories burned while working out. According to spark people I've burned about 1200 calories. Yet when I step on the scale this morning and I'm up three pounds (and after a BM for that matter).

I know that being healthy in one week will not change my appearance overnight. It takes a longterm commitment to being healthy overtime. I guess I was just considering going back to a calorie restriction of trying to lose 1/2 a pound a week vs. 1 lb a week because I could probably stick to that for the long term. But not loosing weight at a 1500 calorie range makes me skeptical that I'll loose any weight at a higher range. I was just hoping to have this great bikini bod by summer time. I guess that shows how shallow my goals are and I really should scale back to a 1/2 a pound per week just because that's a long term commitment I can keep.

Some positive things to focus one for this week are:
1) I made a bigger commitment to fitness this week than I have in previous weeks. That is completely awesome that I'm moving more. I am probably gaining some muscle as a part of the process of lifting weights and working them more.
2) I made healthy food choices. Despite that fact that I feel like I've done something wrong since the scale numbers are up, I know that I've made healthy food choices and that I've also been more portion minded in my eating. When I went out to eat this Friday with the girls, I skipped the high calorie drink and only hate half my portion of food put in front of me.
3) I am deepening my commitment to make a change to my healthy habits for life.
4) I am being convicted of my time sitting in front of the TV. I am making a lent goal to cut back on those hours in front of a TV. It seems silly that I cannot give it up all together to be honest. But overall time in front of the TV is really time I'm wasting away when there are several other goals I have.

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    I have had the same trouble recently. But today I realized that with increased exercise comes increased muscle mass. I incorporated strength training and cardio with strength intervals during the month of January and have kept up with that. So now I am stuck in this weird universe of gaining muscle before the fat starts going away at an equal rate. My saving grace today was that I have been taking pictures of myself since I started this process in August. The difference between my body then and now (and even December and now) is amazing! The toning up is working even if the scale is telling me, "You are the same." So don't get down on yourself--even if the changes aren't immediately perceptible you are adding to your quality of life and your lifelong health!
    1714 days ago
    Sounds like you're doing everything right to me! Keep up the great work and try to stay positive about it. Body's have such an annoying way of responding when 'they" want it vs. when we want it :) At least that is my personal experience with it. Your goals aren't shallow, it's just what you want for yourself and there's nothing wrong with that ;) Heck, I want the same thing!!
    1714 days ago
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