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Why I Shouldn’t Weigh Every Day

So most of us know what we should pick one day a week as our weigh in day. I only track my weight once a week, however, I am one of those people that wakes up everyday and goes straight to the scale. While that worked fine for me at 150 pounds, it’s proving to be an awful idea at 250. I know I’m not the only woman who can gain a pound simply by looking at a cookie. I know I am not the only one who can jump 2 pounds because I drank one less glass of water. I have stayed within my Weight Watchers point range with laser focus since last Tuesday. I have not gone over or under by 1 point in a week and a half.

Those first few days back on program the battery in my scale was dead. I weighed in for the first time at my in-law’s on a Tuesday and didn’t get batteries for my scale until Sunday. I was so excited when I stepped on the scale on Monday morning and found I was down over 8 pounds! Of course when I woke up on Tuesday I had to weigh as well. That morning I was down 2 more pounds for a total of 10. Then came Wednesday, my actual weigh in day. I was down only 8 pounds. Wait… why did I say only? I WAS DOWN 8 POUNDS!! But instead of being excited, as I should have been, I was disappointed and wondering what in the world caused me to be up 2 pounds from the day before.

So what did I do this morning? Of course I ran back downstairs and hopped on the scale thinking surely yesterday’s weigh in was a fluke. It must have been too much sodium or something, right? Wrong! It was up another .8 pounds! I mean, in the grand scheme, what is .8 pounds? But when you are laser focused and doing everything right, weighing and measuring, counting every bite; that .8 pounds is extremely frustrating and has caused me to spend my whole morning on a dangerous train of thought.

What if the fluke was those 8 pounds I lost not the couple that came back? What if it keeps going up when I’m continuing to do everything right? Why aren’t I eating the really yummy stuff if I’m just going to gain anyway? What if? What if? What if? I can feel that familiar doubt and frustration setting in. The doubt and frustration that has given me an excuse to throw in the towel and give up after not really ever trying in the first place.

If I wasn’t weighing everyday, I wouldn’t have any idea about the 8 pounds that a day before were 10, I wouldn’t know about the .8, I would just be excited to be seeing results and working towards the next week. When I stepped on the scale on my weigh in day I would only have to face 1 victory or defeat, instead of maybe 1 victory and 6 defeats. I could be up everyday between now and Wednesday, but by Wednesday be down.

So you know what I’m going to do tomorrow morning? Well, let’s be honest, I’m probably going to rush down to the scale… and then maybe I’ll have my husband hide it on me until Wednesday morning.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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A Super Slippery Slope

After being stuck on the scale for almost 3 weeks, I decided this week I was going to try mixing up my diet to try to trick my body into losing again.  I’ve tried mixing up my exercise routine without the numbers budging.  I know people who have take a diet break week.  They get a little lax on their diet, then get right back to it the following week.  They may gain a pound that week they take off, but the next week their body starts to let go of the pounds again.

Ever since I began doing Weight Watchers I have tried not to eat my flex points or my activity points.  When I started I had enough points to be satisfied.  I didn’t need to use the extras.  As the pounds dropped off, so did the number of points I could have in a day and I just never started eating those extra points, mostly because I was afraid to.  I was afraid that after so long of not using them, that I would gain if I did.

In the last few months, now that I’m down to a lower amount of points, I’ve found myself using some of my activity points occasionally.

This week I had decided I would eat all of my activity points and all my flex points.  They are there for a reason, yet I still feel guilty using them, and I’m terrified.  I know I should be using those points this week to eat more healthy options such as lean proteins and peanut butter and such.  Instead, I had apple crisp and ice cream last night (not a ton, maybe an eighth of a cup of each), I had a chocolate cookie for breakfast and Chinese food for lunch.  And when I say Chinese food, I mean the good stuff, an egg roll, teriyaki chicken and crab rangoons.

For me it is a slippery slope.  In the past I would never have described myself as a food addict, but in the last couple months I have come to see myself as a recovering one.  I LOVE the taste of food.  I would occasionally eat my feelings before, but mostly, I just love how it tastes.  Indulging in these kids of foods scares me.  I see how easy it would be to slip back in to old habits.  I see how one bite just leads to another until I’m so drunk on food I don’t care what it’s doing to my body.

These last few months, I have been in control.  Today, for the first time in nearly a year, I had no control and didn’t care to.  This afternoon, I stood in my kitchen and finished off the order of crab rangoons (I shouldn’t have bothered to box them up and take them home), and now here I sit feeling, hungry, guilty and fat.  I’m sure I haven’t gained 10 pounds today, but seeing my reflection in my computer monitor I would swear my second chin is rearing her ugly head.

I’m not sure if I can handle this whole reset for my body.  I want so badly to get to the magic BMI number that will give me lifetime membership at Weight Watchers, but I want to be healthy for my family more.  I want to be active and fit so I can play with my kids, I want to have the energy to wake up with them in the morning and not spend the afternoon sleeping on the couch.  This reset may jump start the scale, but then again, it may not.  And then what?  Then I’ve spent a week with old bad habits.  I still have about flex points left (before my official dinner), so maybe 10 by tomorrow.  Didn’t take long to polish those off!  But before I eat those last 10 flex points, I’m going to force myself to stop and reflect on what they will mean for my sanity, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll make a decision I will be happy with tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Wait a Minute…What Does that Scale Say?

Earlier this week I did a post about having the modify my Fourth of July goal.  I really wanted to hit my 75 pounds, but since that didn’t seem super realistic, I revised my goal to stick to my Weight Watchers points and up my water intake.

As of Monday morning it was beginning to look like I probably wouldn’t make my goal, but instead of eating my way out of it, I kept at it.  I did some serious water drinking too.  I struggle to get in a bottle of water a day and with my workout routine, my body just stores it.  I had promised myself I would drink more water this past week, and I did, but until Monday, I was still not drinking nearly enough.

When I went to bed last night, I went to sleep knowing I had done the best that I could.  I knew that no matter what the scale said, I had had a healthy week and let up a little on the importance of the number.

I got up this morning an stepped on the scale thinking it would probably be close.  My scale tends to allow me about a pound more than the scale at my Weight Watchers meetings so I had set a goal of 185 by my scale (I’d need 187 by theirs).  I held my breath and looked down and saw a 184.4 staring back at me!  What?!  I weighed myself 3 more times just to make sure.  Image

Somehow I managed (more than likely thanks to the water) to lose 5.1 pounds this week!  I was in total shock.  It doesn’t seem possible that about 9-10 months ago, I was walking around at more than 262 pounds.  I go into a store to try on clothes and hold them up thinking there’s no way they will fit, and they do.  I’m wearing the same size I wore in high school, but more important, I’m healthier than I have been in years.

I didn’t make it to my Weight Watchers meeting to get my washer for my key chain.  Money was tight this week and I had no wheels to get there, but you better believe next week, I’ll be there ready to celebrate!

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Weighing In

I decided yesterday to create a page on here to track my progress with the numbers on the scale.  I’ll be updating it every Wednesday after my weigh in.  Not only do I want to be able to look back and see my progress, but I also want to show the ups and downs of my weight loss. 

I have been lucky so far and only had one gain since I started in October.  My weight loss has been pretty steady, right around 2 pounds a week with some smaller .2 amounts and some larger ones (my biggest loss this week of 5.4 pounds!!), but for the most part, it’s a slow and steady (hopefully) wins the race.  This weeks’ weight loss brings me to a total of 65.6 pounds!  That is 25% of my body weight!  My next goal of 75 pounds, is less than 10 away, with goal weight a little more than 46 pounds.  Losing 112 pounds seemed so impossible in October but now that it’s getting closer to being within reach, I know I can get there. 

In the next couple of days I’m going to be adding a workout journal.  I’ve started it, but wanted to have more than 1 day on there before I published it.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Knew it would hapen eventually

Had my first gain today since I started Weight Watchers in October.  It was only .2 pounds, but still.  One the bar graph .2 pounds of weight loss looks so small but when it’s a gain, it looks huge!  I knew it was coming and it was only a matter of time before it happened, I was just hoping it would be when I was a whole lot closer to my goal.

I know .2 pounds seems like nothing to some people.  Maybe if I hadn’t had pickles on my sandwich yesterday, or had a little less sodium throughout the day, but to me .2 pounds is a big deal!  That’s how I go here.  .2 pounds here, a pound there all added up to 262 pounds.  It scares me how hard it has been to drop the 40 pounds I have and how easy it is to gain, and how easy it is to hit a wall.

I also have to remind myself that I’m doing what’s best for my body.  While I want to fit into smaller clothes, that number on the scale is a huge motivation for me.  That is the most obvious place you see all your hard work pay off.  It’s even more frustrating that I stuck to my points like it was my job and spent more than 3 1/2 hours exercising last week.

Last night I spent some time talking to a good friend whom I haven’t talked to in way too long (she introduced me to my husband and how we had let so much time go by without talking, I don’t know).  She is a nutritionist and I needed to rack her brain about how I can get the full weight loss potential from my workouts.  She had a few things for me to try and I thought I’d share them on here.

First, even though fruit and most veggies are no points, there are calories in them.  She suggested adding at least 1 piece of fruit per day to give my body something to burn.  Of course while I know there is no way at 220 pounds my body is starving, it doesn’t and I have totally shocked my system theses last few months and especially the last few weeks with working out.

Next she suggested avocado.  While it is kinda high in fat it is good fat.  It would be a way to use some of the activity points (for those that don’t know you can earn points by working out) I’m earning without having to really eat more.  While this is a suggestion I won’t be following, I still thought I would share.  Don’t know why, but avocado reminds me of vomit!  YUCK!

Next, one of the more obvious ones, DRINK MORE WATER!  I am not a water drinker.  I struggle to get in the recommended 64 ounces on any given day, let alone the days where I should up my water intake for added physical activity.  I’m lucky if I get to 48 ounces a day.  I know it would be better for me and now here is my motivation, staring me in the face on the scale.

Another suggestion was to drink some chocolate milk right after a work out.  Something about the sugar in the chocolate and the protein in the milk… she did suggest making it with skim milk and with the syrup or the powder so I could be sure I’m not getting too much.

There was a lot more chit chat than that, but those are the basics.  Between catching up and the boys screaming in the back ground, my brain could only hold so much information.  I could tell you more about her job, her apartment and her boyfriend, since those are the other things I retained, but I’m not sure she would appreciate it.

So here I am.  Ready to start another week.  I am doing what I can, and I try to remind myself daily, it’s not those silly little numbers (I wish they were little, that’s the problem) on a scale, it is how I feel, and I feel good, except for when those damn numbers appear.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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I Survived!

I went for my first run today since I was in high school.  Thankfully I had a great friend to go with me and help motivate me, and believe it or not, I survived!  (I know, if I hadn’t I wouldn’t be on here writing this).  We took it a few telephone poles at a time.  We’d run 2-3 telephone poles and walk 2-3 telephone polls.

I headed out around 7:45 this morning (really like 6:45 thanks to daylight savings).  I felt a little guilty leaving with my oldest still in bed and my hubby having spent a long night with an unhappy baby, but I kissed them all on the head (all sleeping when I left) and headed out.  If I waited until the time was perfect for everyone, I could always find an excuse not to go.

We ended up going about 1.8 miles.  I’m a little sore this afternoon, mostly my hips but it was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, there were times I was pretty sure I was going to pass out from lack of oxygen, but I didn’t.

I did a great job managing to run the downhill telephone polls and walk the uphills, but I did manage to run 1 hill (not a big one, but a hill)!

Why go running today of all days?  Well, I bite the bullet and signed up for my first 5k and it’s April 7th so I figured I better get to it.  No time like the present!

A follow up to hiding my scale.  I did really good until tonight.  I had to weigh in for my diet bet…Should have left it hidden, up 2 pounds after super sticking to my diet and lots of gym time.  Sigh… that’s why I hid it.  I was feeling awesome this morning about all my hard work and to not see it on the scale when I have so far to go is frustrating.  Oh well!

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Time to Hide the Scale

So I’ve been going to the gym rather religiously the last few weeks and while I tried not to be I was kinda disappointed when I stepped on the scale at weight watchers the other day and I had only lost a half a pound.

In the meantime, at home, I have a scale that sits right in front of the toilet in the bathroom.  According to it, I am up to almost the same weight I was 2 weeks ago!  Wait?  How did that happen?!  I’ve been working so hard.  I know muscle weighs more than fat (see It’s Not About the Numbers…right?) but to be putting in all this hard work and not seeing the numbers on the scale change is frustrating.  I mean, no matter what I say, I’m working so hard to step on the scale and see a number below 200 and if working out is making me gain, I feel like that’s never going to happen.

I have been assured I’m toning, which sounds great, except at 220 pounds, who can see tone?  I know I can’t!  I must step on the scale 4 times a day and think, “Are you kidding me?!”

I actually had a passing moment where I thought I might be better off to take a few days off from the gym.  Zumba for tonight was cancelled as was tomorrow morning for an event taking place in the gym, and I thought to myself, maybe if I skip out and take a break until Monday, my body will catch up with me.  After giving it some serious thought I decided Thursday-Sunday off was not the answer and I hauled my butt out of work this morning for an early zumba session, before heading back to work (it was amazing, only like 15 people there.  I might start going Friday mornings more often).

So I’ve decided, it’s time to move the scale.  If it is right in front of my feet every time I go in the bathroom I will be inclined to step on it.  If I actually have to dig it out, it will (hopefully) make my at home weigh ins fewer and further between.  My goal for the rest of the week is not to step on the scale until Wednesday morning at weight watchers.

I know what I’m doing is good for me and good for my body, and while I’m working to get my weight down, I’m working to be around more for my kids and my husband and to be an active mommy and if I’m gaining weight in the process (hope I’m not) at least I’m gaining my health.  Wish me luck!  This could be a tough challenge.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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