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The First Setback

Saturday, February 09, 2013

This morning I got on the scale and it said 280. Yesterday it said 279. This is why you aren't supposed to weigh every day, right? It was disappointing and discouraging because I know I've been making good choices.

I titled this blog "The First Setback" because I know this won't be the only time I see a discouraging number on the scale. This time though, I am trying to accept that it is a normal part of this journey that it won't always be smooth sailing. I must change my thinking to understand that if I keep plugging away and doing the right things, a setback doesn't mean the end. It means that I just keep pushing and making the right choices and maybe tomorrow or next week, the number on the scale will drop a little more.

Most importantly, I have got to remember how I feel. The number on the scale doesn't say that I have more energy than I have had in YEARS. It doesn't say that my acne has cleared up for the first time in YEARS. It doesn't say that I feel stronger because I've been exercising. The number doesn't say any of that stuff. You know the old saying "actions speak louder than words?" Well I'm changing it to "my body speaks louder than the number on the scale."
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    I'm with Woubble. Use a graph. Your brain knows all the reasons to stick with your plan, but emotionally that 1 lb. is a blow, even if a small one. And then, there's always that sneaky little part of your brain that's always looking for a reason to scarf down a beignet.
    The down-slope of a graph is really good for my ego, and it helps those occasional gains look like what they are.... little bumps in a downward slope. You have a lot to be proud of! emoticon
    1923 days ago
    Thank you all for the wonderful feedback and encouragement!!! emoticon
    1928 days ago
    You already have told yourself what you needed to know.

    This journey and the scale, is a crazy one. Back in the day, that would have been enough for me to say, well screw it, what is the point.

    But now.... now I know that when I work out, my muscles might hold extra water for a few days while they repair, and then it will release it, so that will show up as a gain on the scale. Or maybe I had a few too many carbs even though my calories were in check, and the carbs are making me retain water. Or maybe it is close to that TOM.... just so many things.

    I like to weigh daily but I didnt at first. But now I like to see, ok if I eat this, it will make me bloat and retain water, etc.

    When I do weigh, I make sure it is 12 hours after my last meal. After 7 a.m. is best. I have my Super Hero Weighing Outfit - meaning I wear the same thing. I try to stand in the exact some spot on the scale. And if I didnt get enough sleep making my circadian rhythms whacked up, well forget about any weight loss.

    So yes, thank goodness you have learned this lesson early. There are so many non-scale victories (NSV) The scale is just one small part. emoticon


    Thanks for sharing!

    Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
    SP Class of January 27- February 2, 2013
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    1928 days ago
    Try to keep it to once a week, otherwise you'll make yourself nuts!!
    1928 days ago
    enjoyed your upbeat ending to your blog! Those are the important things, the weight will come off in time. emoticon emoticon
    1928 days ago
    Yes you want to only count it once a week, but I can't help myself either. But I only count Tuesday's as the official weight.
    1928 days ago
    SIMPLEMAW has a great recommendation for people who just HAVE to weigh every day. Add up the last 7 days of weights and divide by 7. THAT'S your current weight, not the temporary number you saw today. Better yet, put your weigh ins on a graph, and you'll see the trend over time.
    1928 days ago
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