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Broken scale say WHAT???

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I've recently had that dreaded moment. You know, the one where you step on the scale, look down, quickly jump off, say a small prayer the number isn't right, and jump back on only to find, well, dang, the scale really must be broken.... Yeah. That moment.

So here's my confession, one that a truly lady probably would never make, but here's for honesty over modesty: I've gained 20 pounds. Twenty. The weight of a two-year-old child. Or a stack of wood. Or a small hippo.

Okay, so maybe not a real hippo. But it feels like a hippo is attached to my waistline, which no longer fits in my perfectly sized 6 or 8 pants and is barely squeezing into my 10s. Oh, and my jeans, every pair that I can manage to force my big ole belly into looks like a pair of mom jeans. Beautiful. Fashionable. Disguisting.

I know the cause of all this growth in fat cells: my eating habits and my decline in exercise. Over the past year, I've indulged in all my weaknesses: fast food, Dr. Pepper, and super-cheesy pizza. Meanwhile, I've gone from running 20-something miles a week to less than 15. Not a good combo.

Even though it may be cheesy and the same as, oh I don't know, half the American population, I vowed that for my New Years Resolution I would get back in shape. Yeah, I've turned into one of those extra people at the gym in January... although I'm a little different because I was there in August and September, too. I just took the fall off. And boy did it cost me.

I've also turned back to my old friend SparkPeople, the best website ever. I love cooking, and Spark has helped me to find my way back to the kitchen. I know that diet is 80 percent of weight gain/loss, so even though I'm uping my workout, counting my calories is really helping me.

Typically, standing on the scale and seeing the numbers I do every morning would send me into a crying puddle on the floor. However, I'm not having that reaction right now. I think it's because I know I'm taking the right steps, headed in the right direction. I know what works, and I'm doing that. I know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel, and I'm headed towards it.

Or maybe it's because somewhere in my heart I really do believe that scale is broke.

Either way, I'm not going to let this stop me. I have bigger races to run.
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    Spark people are glad that you are back
    2318 days ago
    Yea when I stepped on the scale recently I thought it was broken too. I even went to a store to buy a new one and they told me they sold out. Guess everyone had the same idea.

    2319 days ago
    It is amazing how fast it comes back on. You can get it back off!
    2319 days ago
    Welcome back to the spark wagon! I did the same thing. I strayed for a few months and the next time I weighed (about a month ago), I was UP 13 lbs. Since then, I have changed my diet significantly and am now 16 lbs down from where I began. You can do it!!
    2319 days ago
    You are not alone. Spark on!
    2319 days ago
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