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PROOF: the number on the scale does not define success...

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

I have found hard evidence in my personal journey that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that numbers on the scale is not the defining factor.

I am going to present evidence and facts much like a lawyer would to convince you to quit fretting every time there is a slight uptick or no change. Honestly folks, it's time to stop the madness.

Let me start by asking a very pointed statement.

I believe that we as a society are so externally focused that we would rather be buried in our little black dress than wear a few sizes larger and live. We have our twisted societal values to thank for this warped sense of value and life. Peoples actions speak loudly and many live this way. Loss at any cost and if they don't see the numbers that satisfies their definition of accomplishment, they meltdown and quit.

EXHIBIT 1)


Fact: From 2011 to 2012 I "only" lost 18 pounds for an average of .35 pounds per week.
Fact: In spite of "only" losing 18 lbs, My BMI dropped from 39.3 to 36.9.
Fact: The change in blood pressure was DRASTIC.

Statement: According to the published norms of what to expect when one is successfully losing weight (1-2 lbs per week), that year was a complete failure. I did not lose the expected 52-104 lbs that someone who is successful would have done. #fail

Exhibit 2)
Lipid profile although no real weight loss has occured from 2012-2014

2012


2014


Fact: I had zero weight loss from 2012 to 2014. If anything I gained 15 lbs after my 70.3 in 2013 and then subsequently lost (most of) it.
Fact: There is a SUBSTANTIAL drop in triglycerides. From a borderline high of 197 to a 57.
Fact: there are also some smaller improvements in blood glucose and cholesterol.

Why are triglycerides important?

"What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) found in your blood. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides. The triglycerides are stored in your fat cells. Later, hormones release triglycerides for energy between meals. If you regularly eat more calories than you burn, particularly "easy" calories like carbohydrates and fats, you may have high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia).......T
he American Heart Association (AHA) recommends that a triglyceride level of 100 mg/dL (1.1 mmol/L) or lower is considered "optimal." The AHA says this optimal level would improve your heart health. However, the AHA doesn't recommend drug treatment to reach this level. Instead, for those trying to lower their triglycerides to this level, lifestyle changes such as diet, weight loss and physical activity are encouraged. That's because triglycerides usually respond well to dietary and lifestyle changes." - Mayo Clinic website
www.mayoclinic.org/disea
ses-conditions/high-blood-
cholesterol/in-depth/trigl
ycerides/art-20048186


Although no weight loss occurred, there were MASSIVE internal changes taking place. According to AHA, I am well above "optimal". You don't get number like that because I lived like a dietary devil for a year then decided to eat a couple salads the week before the test. When it comes to numbers, "cramming" does not apply. Those numbers occurred because there was a consistent yet imperfect commitment to training and diet.


Statement: Many people would throw themselves under the bus if they plateaued for 2 years. It is a well known fact that distance training can be the kiss of death to weight loss efforts. It is difficult at best to train for distance performance and yet maintain a caloric deficit at the same time. On a personal level, many of the big losses I was accustomed to stopped as soon as I started going for distances beyond the half marathon. If all that is important to you is a number on the scale and that is all you use to define success, you are really missing it.

Truth: Get yourself checked to see what is REALLY going on inside. The running and the physical training produced results that means that I am a whole lot less likely to drop dead. You are in labor during your journey, about to give birth to something wonderful, don't be an abortionist just because things don't go your way for a few months. Suck it up and march, move forward one small change at a time.

The quaint sayings on motivational pictures and refrigerator magnets are not there just to make you feel better about failing to meet a goal. They are re-phrased statements of scientific fact. A commitment to physical exercise and training produces results that are more far reaching than simply wiggling into something cute. I cannot speak for everyone, but I was a train wreck when I started my journey, my body was more of a toxic waste dump than a temple. The rolls and jiggliness I had was an external symptom of internal dysfunction on a nutritional and emotional level. I will never know what my starting numbers were because I was too much of a coward to get checked. I wish I had done it because it would completely put the exclamation mark on this one fact, that even small changes in lifestyle can add up to BIG results in ways that affect you the most.


Scale-dependency ... I sentence you to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Rot in peace.



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DARSHAN130 5/9/2014 6:19PM

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EWOKKIE 5/7/2014 4:20PM

    WoW. Great improvement. And I agree with you. It's not always about the scale, although we feel so much pressure from everyone and even ourselves to see *that* as the only possible result.

Comparing or even expecting your body to behave in unrealistic ways (like loosing 60 lb in 2 months) is definitely unhealthy. I'm glad to read that you have all this so clear, thanks for sharing your success story!!

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NOTGVGUP83 5/7/2014 11:42AM

    I"m late but wow this is an eye opener! Great blog and thanks for sharing! I'm going to send this to my husband to see if it clicks something. He's diabetic and is in need of motivation.

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ELSCO55 5/2/2014 3:45PM

    WONDERFUL!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 5/1/2014 10:08AM

    Wow, way to go!!! Talk about NSV!!!

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NELLJONES 5/1/2014 8:20AM

    That's an amazing drop in trigylcerides.

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EMMACLAIRE5 4/30/2014 12:12PM

    Those are some impressive numbers indeed!! Congrats on 1) turning around your health in such an amazing manner and 2) realizing which numbers are the ones that really matter in the long run. WTG!

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ANAWESOMELIFE 4/29/2014 3:49PM

    So many encouraging messages! emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 4/29/2014 12:43PM

    Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing.

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MISSB8604 4/28/2014 5:00PM

    Congrats on your results and THANK YOU for this.

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CAROL_31649731 4/28/2014 4:25PM

    Excellent, excellent blog! So true, so inspiring. I, too, have seen great improvement in my cholesterol & glucose numbers, and not the scale :(
I have whats called hyperlipidemia, in which the HDL is low and the triglycerides are high. Mine were in the 400's at one point! Under control now, with diet, exercise, & some weight loss (still working on it, though). I'm real surprised you HDL isn't higher, since exercise really helps that, and I know you workout!!! I've finally got mine up to 59 (used to be below 40 when I was sedentary). Thanks for all your inspiration!

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MARCIA_DC 4/28/2014 12:05PM

  Stellar results, m man!!!

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SNOOKS2013 4/28/2014 8:37AM

    Right on....right on!
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ANGELN325 4/28/2014 7:19AM

    Awesome blog and so true! It's not about looking better. It should be about feeling better and living healthier lives!

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JSEATTLE 4/28/2014 3:46AM

  You are so awesome!! Great essay, A+ gold star!

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WRITERWANNAB 4/28/2014 1:13AM

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WORLDSERIES11 4/27/2014 11:38PM

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DDOORN 4/27/2014 10:14PM

    There are SO many numbers that carry FAR more importance to our health and well being than the scale...great examples Robert, thank you for the reminders!

Don

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Great changes of lab numbers!! Glad you are getting lots of improvements!!

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DALID414 4/27/2014 10:01PM

    Good thing we're on the same side of things!

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CICELY360 4/27/2014 8:52PM

  good blog

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JAZZEJR 4/27/2014 8:26PM

    SO glad I saw this -- you have a very healthy perspective! Thanks for taking the time to share all this with us.

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AMBER461 4/27/2014 7:54PM

  Well said and thanks for sharing.

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BLUENOSE63 4/27/2014 7:36PM

  I think that when your numbers are that great, you should get a free visit to the doctor for the next check up!

Way to go Robert, you should be very proud of yourself.

Cheryl

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MAYBER 4/27/2014 4:43PM

    Very interesting journey thank you for sharing your information
best wishes one day at a time YOU CAN DO IT
love prayers peace God Bless
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GSEATON 4/27/2014 4:14PM

    THANK YOU! I needed this today! None scale victories are MORE important!

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CATIATM 4/27/2014 3:45PM

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MARYJEANSL 4/27/2014 3:43PM

  Very interesting - and nice to see such positive results. Especially helpful for me, since the one scale I have doesn't work.

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PATRICIAANN46 4/27/2014 2:44PM

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JERICHO1991 4/27/2014 2:04PM

    Good job watching the non-scale numbers.

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MRSRIGS1 4/27/2014 2:02PM

    Just the medicine I needed to see! Impressive! I had my blood work done last Thursday and I see my doctor this coming Friday. I can't wait to see what my insides are saying about my hard work emoticon

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DIANNEMT 4/27/2014 1:58PM

    Great advice and GLAD TO SEE your numbers have improved so much!!

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ADRIENALINE 4/27/2014 1:33PM

    emoticon Great blog. True motivation.

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NONNAOF2 4/27/2014 1:28PM

  Your numbers are very impressive! Continue doing what you do, you are on the healthy bandwagon! :-)

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LINDAKAY228 4/27/2014 12:55PM

    The scale definitely does not defines us! Loved the facts and figures you inserted. Like you some things I will never know and I have to be content with that but I do know what my numbers are now!

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MARYBETH4884 4/27/2014 12:32PM

    Wonderful! It's always fun to blow the doctor's mind!

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  So true

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