Rule #452: Don't weigh yourself/try clothes on when trying to lose weight and...

Thursday, April 28, 2011

...its your TOM!

I was feeling good this week, had a great step class on Monday and even ran to the gym that evening. Yesterday, I stepped on the scale (day 3 of TOM) and GAH! Let's just leave it at that. There was a 3-4 pound increase since Sunday. I am HOPING it is water from the witch but who knows. I headed out to Kohl's last night to try some new clothes on. I figured that might make me feel better, getting some things that fit nicer. My pants are too big so they look sloppy (all 2 pairs) and I am overwearing my 2 dresses. I have very little in the realm of clothes these days. I figured since my 14s are too big, I gotta be in a 12 even if they are a bit snug. I have one pair of Old Navy 12s that fit fine, I'm wearing them right now actually. So, since it was near closing, I grabbed my clothes and checked out, figuring I would just return what didn't fit. I assumed I would have at least some luck. W R O N G ! ! ! Let's just say that the fashion show I put on for the hubs when I got home left me feeling fat and in tears. I haven't cried over my weight in a long time, I thought I was over that and stronger than that.

I'm feeling really bad about myself right now. Clearly what I am doing (or not doing) is not working and I am at a loss now. I had such great luck when I was going to Curves 3x a week. I switched to the Y and I can't seem to get back to my losing, weight or inches. I don't want to switch back to Curves for personal reasons but I want those results! I love my Step class and everything the Y has to offer but nothing's happening! I don't have the money for a trainer either—the Y is expensive enough as is.

I'm sorry, I'm just having a bit of a pity party for myself. I hate not feeling comfortable about myself. I rocked it last year and now its like I am back to square one.
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    It sounds like it is time to track every morsel that goes in your mouth, every single glass of water, and each and every minute of exercise. That way you will know if you are missing some key portion of the weight loss formula.

    Now... let's talk about your attitude... you were shopping because all of your clothes were HUGE! This is a major victory and I'm totally jealous of your progress! This is a time for celebration, not self loathing because of a pair of pants. Last time I shopped at Old Navy I bought three pairs of pants, same pants, different colors, all in the same size. One pair was too small, one was too big and one (the ones I tried on) were just right. I felt like Goldilocks.

    You can do it.
    3668 days ago
    I don't know about Kohl's but Old Navy clothes run big, so you can't really use their sizes as a guide. Don't worry about the actual numbers on the clothes, because they are totally different in every store. If you are like me, you will always have to try things on before you buy. I have short arms and legs, a long torso, narrow shoulders but a big bust. And some parts of me are bigger than they typically are for someone my weight (upper arms, upper thighs). So I always give myself a TON of time when I go shopping, and I drag a zillion clothes into the dressing room with me.

    What I do is that I usually take *at least* 2 different sizes of whatever I want to try on, and sometimes 3 different sizes. So if I pull up pants number one and they don't fit over my thighs, I just take 'em right off and go 1-2 sizes up. It's OK. Breathe. Give yourself lots of time when you go back to Kohl's to exchange and tell yourself their stupid numbers don't mean anything. Just find something that looks good and don't worry about what's on that label.

    As for things not working out so well with weight loss, I find that increasing the time and/or intensity of workouts help. If you can swing it, try to find a way to do some cardio 5-6 times a week. Your step class sounds awesome - do they offer it more often? If you do weight training, maybe you can start off with some jogging on a treadmill first to warm up? Like 5-10 minute slow warmup, then 10-15 minutes of running, then another 5-10 minute cooldown? Even if you just take a 30-45 minute walk on the days you're not working out now, that would probably help.

    Anyway, hope this didn't sound preachy and was helpful. You are working way too hard to let some stupid pants from Kohl's bring you down. I hope you feel better soon!!!

    3668 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/28/2011 11:42:19 AM
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