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Inches vs. Pounds

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Well, it finally happened. My son stole my scale from me. Well, he didn't exactly steal it. He was protecting me from myself. He had watched one too many of my mini-meltdowns. I had stepped on the scale after a week of watching my diet and exercising and instead of losing any weight, I had gained almost 5 lbs!

Now, I know I know, it could have just been something salty I ate the day before, or hormone fluctuations or muscle recovery, but I just snapped seeing that bigger number. emoticon

So now I'm figuring out other ways to measure my progress. I've decided to go with a tape measure around the waist. I considered putting it around my neck and hanging from a rafter, but decided I would give it another try before I go that route.

My waist is 40 inches now and I've got an hourglass figure (with a bit too much sand right now) so I know when I get to my goal weight I will hopefully have a pretty small waist again, maybe 26 to 27 inches. I've got around 80 lbs to lose so I figure around 5 to 7 lbs per inch of waist loss will be comparable.

You know, I've got a pretty smart son. I'm not even missing obsessing over the scale. My plan is to measure my waist once a week and try desperately not to trade one obsession for another, but I think this will make more sense for me. (You know, the whole muscle weighs more than fat and takes up less space factoid.)

Thank you SparkPeople for making the tracker easily adaptable for pounds lost or inches, or even minutes for exercise goals.

The main thing is even though I melted down a little bit (again), I'm good now, and jumping back up on the horse to try, try again. One fine day I will get to my goal and I can't wait! Ü

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    LOL. Love the sand comment. I have too much sand in my hourglass too.
    1808 days ago
    LOL! re: "I considered putting it around my neck and hanging from a rafter, but decided I would give it another try before I go that route."

    You're funny!

    I totally understand and really think you are trading one obsession for another!!

    You mission, should you choose to accept it....

    My advice - Track only food, water and fitness for much longer than a week...and then think about looking at other "results.

    You can absolutely control those numbers: your food, your water intake, and your fitness minutes.

    Beyond that, it is my belief that your weight or your waist measurement is none of your business!!

    Try it for at least a month!!! Preferably longer!! 78 days until summer. How about going for that number of days tracking food, water and fitness?

    1810 days ago
    I am glad your son took away the scale. I have to limit myself from the scale so I know all about the inner battle. I ended up getting a scale that talks to me and 99% of mornings I don't wish to hear what that woman tells me. LOL I do hop on it on Thursdays just to get an idea of where I'm at for the week. I'm in Weight Watchers so my weigh in day is on Sat mornings. I have noticed that over the last couple weeks the weight has started to move slower and I can feel the difference in my clothes which means I know the inches are coming off!! I will take that because smaller clothes that fit right are better than anything the scale can tell me!
    1813 days ago
    Good for you for changing it up!
    1815 days ago
    When I started doing a lot more strength training I lost A LOT of inches, but the scale didn't move as quickly. I started to focus more on my work and goals than the scale and have been more successful with that.

    Focus on rewarding yourself for accomplishing goals (like working out 4 days a week) instead of a number. You are sooo much more than a number. :)
    1817 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add. The measuring tape is a great tool and if the scale causes meltdowns get rid of it. I am eating perfectly and working out everyday and the scale keeps going up. I know it's not a true weight and will work itself out so I don't obsess. Of course it took a long time for me to get to the non-obsessed place.

    Just keep your focus on one day at a time and you will get there. When I started I broke my goals up into ten pound increments and this helped me alot. When you have a lot to lose it can be overwhelming I know.

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    1817 days ago
    Go Son!!! LOL

    You got this.
    1817 days ago
    On Sunday, for some unknown reason, my scale went the wrong way. I have been bummed out for days because it doesn't want to change its readout.
    1818 days ago
    Sounds like you have a very smart son that loves you a lot.
    1818 days ago
    Inches is a good way to measure. I would agree to take the focus off the scale.
    1818 days ago
    There is a lot of variability in measuring (like exactly where the tape lies, angle of the tape, bloating from food/hydration, menstrual cycle, etc.), so I prefer to measure once a month instead of once a week. I have never seen consistency week to week when it comes to inches, even when the lbs are going down.

    Also, if you do switch to once a month, maybe go with the same point in your cycle each time, as that can make a difference (for me, it made a difference in circumference as well as likelihood of meltdown LOL ).

    Good luck! emoticon
    1818 days ago
    LOL!!! I tend to ignore my scale too much. Maybe if I paid more attention to it I would stay on plan and not keep getting more grande. LOL. Sounds like you have a great son.
    1819 days ago
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    The scale can drive you crazy. I weigh, but I measure too. Waist, hips, thighs, arms. I find I lose inches in different places, even though the pounds are not off. My scale seems to get stuck and not move, so then I change things up to get it started again . Another way is through your clothes. On of the things I noticed was my feet. I have short, fat feet, with a high instep. I got were I wouldn't wear allot of my shoes. After about two months I tried some on ,and they fit. Lucky me I thought I was going to have to wear flip, flops in the snow.lol emoticon on not depend on the scale.
    1819 days ago
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