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About the Scale Not being the Only Measure of Physical Success

Monday, January 20, 2014

I didn't make my weight goal this six weeks. I'm at 155 pounds, and my goal was to be 152 by today.

I'm feeling disappointed and bummed. I have been almost perfectly on track with my daily calories, macronutrients, and workouts.

(One thing I can do better with is the timing of meals, though--best for me is to eat every 2.5 hours.)

GOOD news!!

Part of me is REALLY proud of myself for ALSO being able to be happy about the fact that I have been STRONG in my workouts. Recently I said to my trainer, "Thank you for being patient with me until I get stronger." And he said, "You're the strongest one of all my clients."

I know I shouldn't compare myself to other people (heck, his other clients could all be 90 years old for all I know . . . not to put down those older than me, but the large majority of people lose physical strength as they age), but that felt really good to hear regardless.

Also, I've gotten up to riding 32 miles on my bicycle! One more "also"--my trainer asked me what I did for cardio today, and I told him, "Thanks for asking . . . I did Stair Master level 8 for 30 minutes." He looked at me and said, "What the HE**!" as in, he was impressed. I cracked up.

I have made some great gains with regard to strength and stamina.

Maybe it really is true that the scale is just ONE measurement of our success. It's just not the end-all be-all of health, and it's important for me to be reminded of this fact continually.

One day at a time, one drink of water at a time, one meal at a time, one night of sleep at a time--WE CAN DO THIS!! WE ARE DOING THIS!!


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    Hi there, I was in the same boat last year. It took me 5 months to lose 10 lbs. And the closer I am to my goal weight (which is the same as yours) the slower it seems to be to lose. But you're doing the right things, you're sticking to your program, you're writing/venting here on Spark and you are using other methods to measure your success. I keep a pair of pants that are too small and I try them on every once in a while...and I can tell that I am making progress. Keep it up, you'll get there. I, too, had to adjust my "goal weight by a certain date" type of goals...I changed to reaching certain strength goals - no matter how long it took. With that in focus, the weight/inches lost will take care of themselves.
    1582 days ago
    Sounds like you have nothing to feel sad about! I'd trade 2 pounds for strength gains anyday!! Plus, you know you are trending in the right direction overall and that IS what really counts. Good Job!
    1582 days ago
    You are doing great! There is no doubt in my mind that you WILL reach your weight loss goals. One day at a time!
    1582 days ago
    AHHHHHHH, thank you for writing this blog! I was thinking about this topic this week, too. I have been weighing in with tiny weight loss numbers for two weeks now and I have to start thinking of other ways to measure success. I have a heart rate monitor so I am accurately measuring my calorie burn, which means I must be sabotaging myself in the food department?

    I don't know.

    Your trainer sounds like a hoot! Keep up the awesome work!


    1582 days ago
  • WALNUTT1961
    Wow! You are doing great! You can do it! Your trainer knows you are working hard. What is more important (as I get older) is the stamina, not that number on the scale. emoticon

    Lee Ann emoticon
    1582 days ago
    You should be proud of yourself totally. It's only 3 lbs difference and you'll get there.
    1582 days ago
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