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What to do when I do everything right and still NOTHING?


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sulk. Pout. Cry. Whine. Complain.

Needless to say, my weigh in on the scale this last Friday didn't go so hot. I was pretty upset, deflated, defeated, irritated. All those adjectives that provide the insight and knowledge that I was angry and sad. I ate good. I worked out good. I drank my water. I ate my freggies. I ate CLEAN.

As always, I weigh first thing in the morning after I get up and before I eat or drink anything. In pretty much nothing except my underwear.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way...

I took a deep breath (like I always do before I step on), gave myself a mini pep-talk reminding myself that it is just a number and not to get upset over it, I stepped on. One foot. The next.

155.2

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I saw 154.8 on my previous weigh in and I was so stoked. Really pumped up, thinking that I was going to finally start seeing the downward trend on the scale. Anyone who has followed me at all, knows that 155 is the magic number that my scale has selected for me. Sometimes it will go up, like during the water filled days of Aunt Flo, but typically will return back to, yep you guessed it, 155.

GOD I HATE THAT NUMBER!!!!!!!!!! emoticon It really set such a nasty tone to my day. I was irritable and not a pleasant person to be around. Stupid, I know. Because truly, I need to follow my own advice and remember that it is only a number. It doesn't reflect water or muscle gains or anything else that affects a weigh in. It is only a cold, hard box that spits back a number.

This weekend was a tough one for me as we had issues with our garage door, baby was sick, the kids were being crazy, we had science fairs... with baby being sick, I didn't eat and when I did it was normally to cram a sandwich or something down just to curb the hunger pangs since he just wanted to be held all the time. Poor guy. I vented to my hubs. I even cried for a couple of minutes. Upset and pi$$ed off at the amount of effort I put into my workouts and nutrition choices to not only NOT see a drop in the scale, but a GAIN.

WTF?

Then reality came crashing down on me. I began the New Rules of Lifting program and in that book, there are very strict instructions to not only eat 6 meals a day, but to eat a LOT of calories. They give you a lot of math-y equations to figure out pounds to kg, then figure the RMR, find the BMI multiply then find the magic number -- truly an estimate as he says in the book, but a good number to have as the starting point. On my non lifting days and rest day, I should be eating about 1700 calories and on a lifting day, 1950. emoticon WOW! That's a LOT! A mental shift to go from the "restricted calories = weight loss" mentality. He goes on to explain why it is so important to eat so much during a heavy lifting program but basically it breaks down to this: calories and protein are needed to build muscle. Muscle is needed to fuel metabolism. Too low of calories will amount to the body metabolizing the muscle which will in turn slow down the metabolism. Who wants that? Me either...

So with a giant leap of faith and the start of this program, I am eating more. I am eating often. I am continuing to eat clean. I am eating more protein. I will use the scale as a tool very loosely. I will place my focus mainly on the measuring tape and how my clothes fit, remembering that the scale is probably the least accurate means to determine progress.

I did measure and come to find out that I may have had a gain on the scale but I have lost a half inch in my waist, an half inch in my abductors and a half inch on my hips. I am also very close to being able to wear my pre-pregnancy size 8's. Still have a way to go,but I can get them on, zip them and walk around in them. They're just not comfortable yet.

Okay, I'll take it... Suck it, scale!
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02SERENE 3/23/2013 12:27AM

    emoticon I read your blog and then got to the science part of it -- with the initials and am glad you understand it. I am not into science that much.

However, I also understand that metabolically it is weird how sometimes eating less calories makes the body retain weight instead of dropping lbs.


You are more than a number. Numbers are numbers. Keep on the great attitude of telling the scale to suck it! What matters is you and life. emoticon

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02SERENE 3/23/2013 12:27AM

    emoticon I read your blog and then got to the science part of it -- with the initials and am glad you understand it. I am not into science that much.

However, I also understand that metabolically it is weird how sometimes eating less calories makes the body retain weight instead of dropping lbs.


You are more than a number. Numbers are numbers. Keep on the great attitude of telling the scale to suck it! What matters is you and life. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 3/22/2013 10:51AM

    Wow do you have a handle on it! WTG!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 3/22/2013 9:00AM

    I do agree that you have been gaining muscle weight which is, as we know, more dense. And building muscle is where it's at for having a great body. It really is about measurements, not the number on the scale. But I know how hard it is to get away from that thinking. It is really about changing the muscle/fat proportion...having more of a body builder mentality. Could you connect with more people that think like that so you are surrounded by their culture and norms? Maybe a gym or lifting group or YMCA to have a support group?


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LIBRA73 3/22/2013 8:04AM

    Hilarious! Telling the scale to suck it! I love it!

Never let them take you alive!!!



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JUSTME29 3/21/2013 10:47PM

    Loosing inches is as good as losing pounds. Maybe better if it puts you closer to those goal jeans. Eating more is scary, but if you're willing to take the leap of faith I know that you've done your research so go for it.

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 3/21/2013 6:21PM

    Ugh that is so frustrating. That happened to me when I first began my journey, where I did everything "right" for two weeks and gained 5 lbs. . . You are doing everything good for your body by eating clean!! Be proud of those inches lost, keep the meals up, and rock on! emoticon

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APED7969 3/21/2013 5:27PM

    Great job on losing some inches. The scale has been frustrating me for a year but I'm up 10lbs from my lowest and have the same measurements. While I'd like to see the scale go down knowing I'm gaining muscle is still pretty important progress. I still find it strange to weigh 171lbs but fit into size 10 easily and have a couple size 8s fit on but not be wearable. So keep ignoring the scale and enjoy your new muscles!

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FLGIRL_4EVER 3/21/2013 12:54PM

    Glad you measured because you really need to remember, muscle weighs more then fat. Focus on the size jeans and how you look, not on that number. I know, I know...easier said then done. But I believe in you and I know you can do it. Love ya girl!

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MOMPPCL 3/21/2013 9:12AM

    Whatever happens on the scale, you're doing your body a favor by following a clean diet. I love and hate my scale too, but I ***KNOW*** it keeps me accountable...

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CINDYTW 3/20/2013 10:43PM

  emoticon It is a tool to see how things affect us, but is truly not the most important thing! You can only do what you can do, and with the family to deal with you can chalk it up to a bad week and move on. Hopefully the book with help you!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/20/2013 7:12PM

    Congrats on the measuring tape numbers. That goes to show you that you really are doing all the right things. You probably want to cycle periods of muscle building with periods of losing weight, just doing enough strength training while losing to minimize or eliminate muscle loss. I'm no expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I've talked to some pretty smart people who tell me I can't 1. lose weight 2. build muscle and 3. perform at my athletic peak all at the same time. So they say cycle! Might work for you, too! -Marsha

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TRAINER_T 3/20/2013 5:31PM

    I have a number like that too!

emoticon On using how your clothes feel and your inches and NOT the scale who lies.

Yes when I eat a lot more 1600-1800 I always lose weight. Don't worry about it as long as what your eating is clean and not junk food which is not on that plan anyway just mentioning it.

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KNH771 3/20/2013 5:01PM

    emoticon on the inches lost!
I know the scale can be frustrating, but I'm glad you found a way to move past it.

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