Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Refusing To Let The Scale Win.....

I loved reading all of your comments on yesterdays post. Keep looking "outside the box" and start noticing how you feel, rather than how you look/what the scale says! Ahhh...I love hearing all of the great things you are noticing!

Speaking of scales, I wanted to talk a little about what I started doing Saturday. So, I purchased a scale this weekend. I usually use the one at the gym, but my body fat changes anywhere from 25.5% to as low as 21% overnight and I can not trust it. So, I bought one that doesn't do body fat, it just tells me what the number is. I used to have a scale obsession and have quit diets many times because the scale wasn't cooperating and I thought I was "meant to be fat!". Not the case.

I weighed myself Saturday night and I was 127. Went out to see a friends band play and had a jager w/ redbull and a huge blue moon with 2 oranges. We stopped at McDonald's at 2:00AM(it was time change day so really it was 3AM), and I got a cheeseburger. Woke up Sunday and weighed 126. Hmmm....okay. I worked all day Sunday, but my eats were good.
B-yogurt w/ a little protein and fiber one cereal.
L-Subway 6'' Turkey on Honey Oat w/ lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, banana peppers, a little oil and vinegar.
Snack-BBQ Baked Lays potato chips
D-Wonton chips w/ sweet and sour sauce. I had a salad w/ broccoli and Olive Garden dressing.
Drank about 100 oz of water!

Monday I hopped on the scale 127.2. Did I get discouraged? NO! First, I had just woken up and done the #1, no #2 yet. Second, I had more sodium than I normally do the day before. So, I went to the gym and did an hour on the eliptical. Yesterday's eats:
B- 1/4c oatmeal, 1/2c water, 1/4 c raisins, 1 tbsp almond butter, 1/2 tbsp agave nectar(best breakfast ever!) w/ 2 cups of coffee. The coffee contained a little Vanilla Soy Milk and 1 tbsp cinnamon vanilla creamer.
L-Salad w/ broccoli and balsamic vinigarette dressing. I also had 1 cup of Annies white cheddar shells(awesome for a mac n cheese lover like myself!). I had a banana shortly after.
Snack-1 slice 9 grain bread w/ 1 tbsp almond butter and 1/2 tsp agave nectar
D-Salad w/ broccoli, wonton chips, and black bean/corn salsa as dressing(sounds gross, but it was tasty). I paired that with 1 Strawberry Brown Cow Greek Yogurt w/ fiber one cereal in it and 5 raisins.

This morning I weighed 125.6. Which is just over what I weighed last Thursday(?).

Obviously, I hope Thursday to be in the 124 range, but if I am not, I will move on. I weigh everday because I am curious as to what my body is doing. How I weigh day to day.

We shouldn't be so concentrated on what the scale is saying, I mean really. My weight fluctuated 2 pounds in three days. That is not logical because I was doing things right. No overeating, no sweets, plenty of water, and lots of protein, veggies and fruits. I will continue to weigh and Thursdays will be the day that counts. If I don't start losing, then, I will reevaluate.

I just really wish we wouldn't put so much emphasis on what the scale says. It is so sad to read bloggers that say I gained x amount of weight or I only lost x amount. It could just be one of those days where you gain 2 pounds because of sodium or being "backed up"!

So, how do you stay positive when the scale doesn't tell you what you want it to?


Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

The scale is just a numbers game for me. It can jump all around, even when I don't alter anything I'm doing. As long as my pants keep getting bigger, I'm happy.

I'll know when I'm done: I have my happy-size clothes waiting for me in Rubbermaid containers in my basement (from the last time I was that size)! Trust me, this is the last time I'm losing this weight.

Lori said...

The scale really is only a tiny blip in time of a specific moment in time. If you drink a glass of water, you will be 1/2 a pound heavier, but that doesn't mean you gained weight. Same thing if you weigh after going to the bathroom, you didn't lose weight. It's just a random number. The human body does some pretty amazing things during a 24-hour period and we can't expect it to be exactly the same (or where we *think* it should be) each morning.

Syl said...

I get disappointed in my weighins when I have done everything right and worked hard and it doesn't reflect it.

Tricia said...

I focus on whats going well like fitting in size 6 jeans or drinking my water quota, that kind of thing.

Missy said...

The scale can be such a jerk sometimes! I don't let it bother me day to day, but weekly weigh ins can get to me if they don't go my way...

Anonymous said...

When this happens and it does... I always tell myself that tomorrows another day and that always keeps me motivated.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

I just plain don't weigh. I'm done trying to lose weight and count calories. My body carried me through three half-marathons and that's good enough for me! I weigh maybe once ever 2-3 weeks and I'm usually within the same 5 pound radius!

Anna said...

USUALLY I can pin point something that makes the scale numbers wonky - constipation (oh joy), sodium/not enough water, overeating, even sore muscles and water retention. So 9 times out of 10, I know the reason why and it doesn't bug me. It only gets to me when I've been several days on plan and something weird happens.