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Putting the Scale in Perspective

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Just when I decided my weight is my top fitness priority for now, my scale decides to mess around and play with me! Earlier this week it seemed to be functioning. It said 128.2 yesterday, the day before 129.6, and the day before that -- when I'd had a little slip so expected an increase -- it was at 130, and the day before that 128.2, before that several days at 127.something, and one at 126.6. I had a good day yesterday and really expected to be 127.X, but I got on the scale and saw:

I couldn't believe that, so I stepped off and back on a few seconds later:

I knew that could not be right, so I hopped on again:

Now let me say that in the past four years I don't think I've ever weighed 3 times in one day, let alone in one minute. I don't think it is a good thing to weigh repeatedly, but perhaps I need a new scale! Or I could go back to my old scale that seems to be reliable, but you can only tell the weight within about two pounds. Really, that is close enough. The more I think about that option, the better I like it.

During the time I lost the most weight I stayed off the scale except for a weekly official weigh in. I found that as long as I stayed focused on my lowest weigh in of each month I saw progress and did not get de-motivated. In maintenance I have done better during times when I weigh daily, though. Now I am confidently maintaining an 80 pound weight loss; haven't been over 132 pounds for some time. However, I want to get back to maintaining an 86 pound loss at 126 pounds. So I've got to be sensible about the scale and not let it get me down. Especially with shananigans like this morning!!

That said, let's look at some other things in my life. Here are some more of the flower pictures. The first one is a 35 year old azalea bush in our front yard:

younger dwarf azalea bush in the back yard:

pink azaleas in the back yard:

more azaleas in the back yard:

The close ups seem to load, but the pictures of the whole bush don't, at least not without cropping. Hmmm. So I don't have a picture of the darkest shade azalea that SP likes yet.

Here is Natalie on the trapeze:

Here's Gwen in the swing, pretending to take a picture of me taking a picture:

My lunch today, a red bell pepper and reduced fat cheese omlet and some grapes:

So maybe as I look around and find the meaningful things in my life (my flowers, my grandkids, my food???) I will gain some perspective on the scale. Oh, I ran 6.25 miles this morning, just running as my body told me it wanted to run. I spent 80 minutes, but 10 minutes was a slow warm up and 10 were a slow cool down. Love to run!!

Wishing you all great perspective and great days!!!
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    Did you change the batteries, as suggested? That would be my bet, too.
    1921 days ago
    I have a "love it / frustrated with it" relationship with my scale. It doesn't immediately reward me for good behavior or immediately punish me for "bad" behavior as I think it should. I wouldn't be without one.

    I hope you get yours figured out so that it delivers a reliable weight!
    1923 days ago
    I like BB's scale idea. My weight fluctuates a few pounds up and down all the time so I try to use it only as a gauge. I don't want to get wrapped up in those numbers. Honestly, I have not weighed myself in a couple of weeks. I think it's time for a check, if I dare.

    Thanks for sharing the flower photos! I only see snow outside in my yard and I look forward to seeing flowers again. Flowers and children's smiles, PRICELESS!
    1923 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I would change your batteries..If that does not work, then get a new scale. Great job of maintaining your loss. I love your flowers and your little girl.
    1923 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Absolutely stunning flowers you have!! Such pretty granddaughters :) Maintaining n 80 lb weight loss! Running pain free with no injuries!! Yes, I would say your life is good :) Enjoy!
    I am with those that say low battery on the scale. I have been told to replace all electronics batteries once a year regardless of what the indicator for it says. I sometimes forget and that is maybe why the electronics don't behave at times.
    1924 days ago
    Super blog: super pictures, super attitude.

    1924 days ago
    Love the pictures; your flowers are beautiful--your granddaughters too! :)
    I've never been a fan of the scale; rarely made me feel good so I lived without one for years weighing only at the gym. Before that I was obsessed with it; yes weighing multiple times a day. That was many years ago when I was doing unhealthy things to control my weight. I'm so glad we've both come a long way. Keep health as your priority and the rest will be fine. emoticon
    1924 days ago
    I do the same as Brooklyn Born. I know that it can fluctuate from what I eat or how I exercise. A heavy meal, not necessarily calories, bulk can put me up five pounds for a day or so. Good luck with the scale. Maybe you should feel good about staying under 130 and not try to go lower. Health, including mental health, is more important than a number on a scale.
    1924 days ago
    Try resetting your scale. Turn it on, let it calibrate but dont weigh and let it turn itself back off. Do this 3 times. Once that is done restart it and see what it gives you. If you are uncertain if it's correct take a handweight and place on there. At least that way you will know exactly what it should be.

    1924 days ago
    Totally beautiful flowers and beautiful granddaughters!
    Totally weird about the scale...that would throw me off a bit. I would want one I could trust.
    But do keep things in prespective......think about your health and how good you feel. It is so much more about the health for us.
    You are doing just great, I believe.
    Take care and enjoy the rest of your day.
    1924 days ago
    If a new battery doesn't help, I'd chuck the scale. I, and more importantly, my wife have been very happy with the Omron HBF 500 for the last three years. We test it occasionally with a 45# kettlebell and it never deviates. It will do a lot more than give your weight, but I have no idea how accurate all the other calculations are.
    1924 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    I've been guilty of putting too much emphasis on the scale. It is hard.

    I haven't made an omelet in a while. I need to!
    1924 days ago
    My scale does that just before I get the "low battery" message or in the old non digital days if I moved it slightly on the floor.

    I weigh every morning and consider the low number for the week my "official" weight. Since any day could be a blip up, I never take a chance on a once a week weigh in since that might be the blip day day. Once a month would be taking too big a chance on weight gain creep.

    Beautiful pictures once again.
    1924 days ago
    Yay for perspective!
    1924 days ago
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