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So frustrated with the scale!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Oh, I hate that beast! It's so unreliable I want to quit using it altogether, but it's really difficult for me to be objective about how I'm doing without some concrete, objective tool.

I have been working out like a madwoman for a few weeks now. Not in an unhealthy way, but I've been making it a priority and not making excuses not to go. (It helps that I'm doing fun stuff, too.) I have been really cracking down on my eating, too. I still have slip-ups, but they don't seem to be grotesque deviations from the plan.

I had been hovering at a particular weight for a few weeks, despite my working out, and then last week the scale told me I dropped six pounds. Obviously that wasn't a week's worth of poundage, but I figured it was probably pretty close to where I should be since it hadn't budged for so long.

So today I weigh in, and I'm back up FOUR POUNDS! Are you kidding me! I know there's water retention and other factors, but it's really frustrating to not have any sort of measuring stick. I have been trying to use the body fat measurement on my scale (it has been moving in a more regular fashion), but I know that's sensitive to hydration, too.

I hate the scale for making me look like a train wreck. Maybe I should start weighing every day so I can at least average the numbers across a period of time.

I guess it's good that I'm mad about this today -- it's my rest day and I will have to be watching my food intake closely.
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  • BILL60
    It is frustrating. Make sure you're not being overly generous with the calories.
    2067 days ago
    You might already be trying this, but make sure you watch your carb intake. I just had a full evaluation a few weeks ago with my doctor. She said 1800 cals per day, and no more than 130 carbs per day (30 per meal, and 15 per snack x 2). And for the first time in a LONG time, I have lost 7 pounds. Nothing worked before until this small adjustment. And it is working. And it is unbelievable what we think is healthy, but has a lot of carbs in it. Hope this helps a little. Keep up the hard work, it will pay off.

    2068 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/24/2013 8:43:25 AM
    My scale resides under my bed where it stays until I dust it off once every two months. I write down everything I eat, so I do not weigh myself.....I also go by measurements - once a month. I find they are more accurate
    2068 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    The scale can be our foe as well as our friend as I've noticed my weight fluctuates and it's not pretty! In addition to going by how my clothes feel on me, I 've resorted to using a measuring tape as it's more forgiving. Sometimes, we know what it's about and try not to take it so personal. You've already turned it into a positive! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2068 days ago
    Sounds like it's time to put away the scale and focus on the good stuff you are doing. The numbers will work themselves out as long as you stay on plan with the eating/drinking and exercise.
    Sending you some patience.....

    BTW, I understand how frustrating it is to not see the results on the scale number, but remember it will work out since you've been doing your part.
    2068 days ago
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