My woes with the scale are nothing new and, unfortunately, this week was nothing new. No, I didn't lose, yes I gained.
I have spent my fair amount of time being pissed at the scale and it is easy to say that the number doesn't matter, but it just gets so frustrating to not see any change. I get so irritated and frustrated seeing the numbers on the scale. It is almost to the humorous point -- laughable -- that the amount of time, energy and effort I put into eating well and exercise and the scale nets me NOTHING.
Now this week, I know exactly why -- without going into too much information, Aunt Flo decided to hang out with me forcing bloat and water weight gain and a rise in the scale of about 2 pounds. Nothing new there. I did my measurements and did see quite a change there (I'll post the final numbers at the end of the month for my challenge) so that is at least encouraging. Why the draw with the scale? Numbers don't lie. The scale can be a source of instant gratification for working hard at eating right, exercising, etc. It can be the one thing that can show a change before inches come off, body fat disappears and clothes fit different.
All in theory, anyway. It can also be the world's biggest liar. Even after doing everythign right, working out intense, eating clean and good foods, upping protein it can show a number that in no way, shape or form reflects ANY of this.
I am breaking up with my scale. We're through
I've had it.
I bought something else to work in tandem with the scale and my measuring tape
I know it isn't the end all, be all of ways to monitor body fat, however, it can be a way for me to baseline some hard-core numbers. To get an idea of some changes (hopefully positive) because God knows, I am so effing tired of relying on the scale to do it for me. From what I understand is that there is a method behind using the monitor -- NOT first thing in the morning since when waking the body is normally dehydrated, but after emptying the bladder, three hours after a meal and normally unclothed. So, we'll see. It can't hurt, right?
I read an interesting article on the scale. We look at 5 pounds of loss and think, GREAT! But really, what is being lost when stepping on the scale? What is the goal in all reality? Mine is to lose body fat. In the end run, it really shouldn't matter what the scale says, right, if that is my goal... So when a gain or loss is reflected, there is always so many different factors associated with that number. My goal is body fat. Period. I do a lot of weight lifting. Maybe I won't see a drop in the scale. I guess I have to change my goals around and be okay with that. I have done quite a bit of asking about calories consumed and the end survey comes up with this: eat more! I have spent so much time on a restricted calorie plan and it didn't work. This week I didn't eat below 1700 calories (going as high as 1950 on my lifting days) and I had a loss of a half inch in my waist, hips and thigh and a full inch in my abductors. I don't see that as a coincidence.
Anyway, as this article states, the scale is simply unreliable (yes, it is nice to have that as a back up for me right now since I am struggling with it so much).
So with that, I am going to use this little device as my benchmark and go from there. I won't give up the scale entirely since I am in on a challenge that requires it, but I am not going to use it as my only means of seeing progress. Deep breath and a good reminder that if the only thing I am battling is this, I am pretty lucky!