Yes, yes, and yes! :) I do feel better, my clothes do fit better, and exercise IS easier...so, you're right. These are the rewards I should be looking at, not the number on the scale. thank you so much. Judi
Do not get discouraged!!! There are so many other ways to check your success ... not just the scale! How do you feel overall? How do your clothes fit?? Are you able to do exercises easier?? Keep up the good work! It will pay off!
Thank you all so much for the encouragement. It is SO helpful to know others have struggled through the same thing, and persevered. I will keep at it, and try to find other ways to measure my success. thanks so much. Judi
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yes its far too easy especially for me to get discouraged by slow progress (one step forward two steps back syndrome) I think at least for me the only way to see this is to look far ahead as I think looking at progress day to day is SHORT SIGHTED and selling ourselves out to disappointment, frustration,negativity and if we leave it unchecked (possibly abandoning whatever gains we had and) failure. Stay FOCUSED and POSITIVE!!!
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Oh how I can so relate to your post! I had weeks where I was so good and diligent with what I ate to just be disapointed when it came to weigh day. I would loose like 6 ounces or even gain 6 ounces!!! I would look to my husband, who every week was loosing 3-4 pounds and shake my head in disbelief!! Here is what he told me that gave me the ambition to keep on my path to some sort of success:
"You can't let the scale determine whether you are going to succed or fail. You have to take charge and change what you are capable of changing." I then was taking better inventory of what foods I ate, how much water I drank, and switched up my cardio a little by walking at different intervals during my walks. I can tell you that there are still weeks where there are little changes on the scale, but monumental ones in the way my clothes fit and how I feel physically.
As mentiioned before taking measurements is also a great way to track your progress. You just can't let that scale play head games!!!
JUDINH, thanks for posting what most of us feel. I needed this thread. I've been at this for 2 weeks now and am having "good" scale results. I've been around this block before and I know it's just a matter of time before I experience the feelings you have over the numbers on that scale. I gotta tell ya', I weigh in on Mon. and I have anxious thoughts throughout the day on Sun. about how that weigh in is going to go. That's gotta' change. So, thanks to all of you for replying to this oh so common dilemma. I hope to have a more restful Sunday!
Wow, what an encouraging post! Thank you all so much for these words. Yes, it is so true, the scale is not the be all-end all in determining our progress. Your story, ON2VICTORY, is amazing and inspiring! I love your "paycheck" analogy. I will definitely think of that next time it is "weigh in day". Thank you so much for these wonderful thoughts.
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MOMMINATOR and RESULTS361AP09 are spot on target! i have been there and done that. the one word of advice i think that will fit best is that you must dump the "paycheck" mentality ASAP if you want to last on this journey.
You work hard and are "good" all week and you are expecting a "paycheck" at the end of the week. everyone wants to see results. The scale is a lousy indicator simply because it doesnt tell the whole story. You have to look at the big picture. that includes how your clothes fit, your overall feeling of wellness, have your food choices improved? are you eating better? when was the last time you had your cholesterol and blood sugar checked? how are your numbers? if they are down then you have something to celebrate. there are "skinny" people whose numbers are so bad I wouldnt trade places with them if you paid me.
I have lost a total of 10 lbs since the beginning of the year. If I was a scale-a-holic i would be a basket case. but I am really fit. been hard core training for a half marathon coming up in a few weeks. at 290 lbs i can leave people half my weight puking on the side of the trail at mile 10. the scale does NOT tell the whole story. i also dropped my triglycerides from 198 to 76, total cholesterol is 127.... get my point?. Just keep sowing the seeds of consistancy and it will grow when its ready. dont try to pull the rose apart to get it to bloom, just let it unfold
rejoice in your accomplishments and focus on fitness, the weight will eventually follow---trust me!
I would definitely say to take your measurements. For the longest time, I really didn't lose any weight, but lost lots of inches. So keep doing what you are doing. It will all work out in the end. If you are like me, I get caught up in the "Biggest Loser" syndrome & expect to lose huge amounts like they do each week! It just isn't realistic-no matter how much I like that show! So keep up the good work!!
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Thank you all for the encouragement. This is exactly what I need to hear. I KNOW I have been taking good care of myself, eating healthy, exercising, and doing all the right things. And yes, I DO feel better physically and also on the inside. So, I need to let those things be the indicator of my "success" and not that dumb old scale. Its so hard to not feel "judged" by the scale, isnt it? Thats something I need to work on. Thanks so much for the positive comments. Im inspired to keep on going, and enjoy the positive changes in how I feel, and how my lifestyle is improving. Thanks. Judi
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Sorry you are discouraged. Don't let the numbers on the scale mess with your head. Do you feel better physically and mentally? Do your clothes fit better?
Sounds as if you are doing all the right things, keep doing them and the pounds will come off. Not always as fast as you want, but they will come off. Remember this is life-long journey to health and wellness, not a mere sprint to the lowest weight. Stick with it!
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)
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Don't get discouraged. They say the safe way to lose weight is 1 to 2 pounds per week and it usually averages out to that even if you lose a big number in the beginning. Also, sometimes it does take a week for the scale to show your hard work - likewise, sometimes you can have a terrible week and it will not show on the scale until a week later. Taking your measurements is a great idea - there are ways to measure your success other than the scale. Hang in there, you can do it, and allyour hard work will show!
By doing everything right for the weekend as you begin your journey you have made changes to your activity level, maybe your sodium, your consumption of bread, sugary drinks etc. Its hard to say exactly what you reduced in your diet that you didn't need to begin with and that can show a quick and large result. Keep in mind that your body rid itself of those unnecessary calories and possibly water and now begins the journey of change. It is at this time you begin to really learn what you as an individual needs for your level of activity to fuel the body in a healthy way so you can jump the metabolism and begin to burn fat and loose weight. It can sometimes be a slow process as you didn't develop bad habits overnight and replacing them with good healthy ones take patience and commitment. You both are doing it so stay the course and TRACK TRACK TRACK
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I am so sorry! Try not to be too discouraged!! Just keep doing what you have been doing! Try taking your measurements....cause sometimes that is where we will see our loss and not necessarily on the scale! Keep your chin up and keep doing what you have been doing! This is a life long process. I have 67 pounds to lose and I am in my second week and already I have been discouraged myself...that is why we are on this site to encourage and support one another! Good Luck to you!
Im feeling a little discouraged today. I had a GREAT week, ate very healthy and light, stayed within my calorie limit, walked every day, sometimes more than once a day. And then today, when I weighed in, I see that I have only lost a half a pound all week. I thought it would be so much more. Last week, I did exactly the same things, and I lost four pounds. Why the big difference? Its so disappointing to come to weigh in day, expecting good results, and then, not getting them. Im sad. Anyone have any encouragement they can share with me?
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