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I will be more stubborn than my scale!!!! (Day 28)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

So I started getting myself back on track right after Christmas. I started slowly because of couse I have done the all or nothing thing too many times and given up. I began with adding back the exercise that I abandoned in favor of the couch. My minimum goal is to get at least 30 minutes 5 times per week. And I have succeeded or surpassed that goal in all 4 weeks and I am on week 5 of the C25K program and loving my runs and that is awesome. I have also started to make changes in my eating habits. I've been very good about bringing a healthy lunch and snacks to work with me. I had kind of a bad weekend when I ate out and ate all my favorites but even then I only went over my max calorie limit by between 100 - 200 calories.

But that darn scale has taken me on quite a ride so far. I started this at 140 which is the most I had ever weighed - I am 5'2". I jumped up to 144 but that was just a fluke and I only "count" my weekly weigh in but I can't seem to help looking at that darn scale almost every day. So it went 140, 141, 139.5, 140. This week's weigh in is on Friday and it's looking like I might be heading back for 139.5 (maybe - it's PMS week so I could gain). I know that it's too soon to worry about the scale but when I look at my goal line on my spark start page, I am already 3 pounds behind! It feels stressful. I even tried re-adjusting my goal by 5 pounds but it still says I should be at 137 this week. I took my measurements two weeks ago so I feel like it's way to soon to check in on that. I wish I could just focus on other things but so far, my pants don't feel any looser and I don't really see much else in the way of improvement.

I will be more stubborn than my scale! I know it's just a matter of time. I'm going to continue to plug along and keep slowly making changes. For example I really need to keep adding more freggies to my day. I've bumped up some but nowhere near the 6-9 recommended. Focus. I've got this. Just keep swimming.
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    1905 days ago
    I feel your pain on the scale. It seems sometimes the harder you try the more it goes up instead of down. I jumped on the other day and had gained, but I told myself that I was doing it in the right way, eating well and excercising with cardio and strength training so no matter what that scale told me, I knew I was better than a day before and way better than a week before, even if the numbers didn't say so. The real test is when you make that mile in 15 seconds shorter than last time and finish the 5K at all. Or when you can squeeze out four more push ups than when you started. The key is getting your mind to be stronger than your body for just a moment. Once your body realizes who is really in control, it will submit and those pounds will hit the road. Great job and being "stubborn" and doing it right. Keep up the good work! emoticon
    1911 days ago
    You have broke the code, so to speak. Thanks for this fine blog.
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  • CAROLYNM1975
    Jenna - There is an awesome program called Couch to 5K that starts you out super slow and you go at your own pace. You can repeat weeks if necessary.
    engine/2/2_3/181.shtml is a great place to get information on the program.

    I am using an iphone app called Get Running. It's awesome because I can use the music on my phone as a playlist and then open the app and a nice lady with an English accent tells me when to walk and when to run and periodically encourages me to keep going.
    1945 days ago
    I have the same feelings. My scale is not a friend on mine. Good luck to you.
    1945 days ago
  • JENNA5678
    I totally do the same thing looking at the scale every day!! It's so tempting sitting right there staring at you haha. Sounds like you have great goals set in place. Awesome! My question for you is how did you start getting into running and how soon did you start to make your routine more difficult? I want to get better at running for a longer period of time but I'm not sure what's realistic in terms of increasing my difficulty. Keep up the good work!
    1945 days ago
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