One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

WEIGH-IN

Wednesday Weigh In: Well THAT’S a Surprise.

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That’s the lowest number I’ve seen on the scale since I got pregnant. I’m not going to try to over analyze it but I must admit, it makes me kinda mad.

I haven’t worked out in a week. I haven’t ran. I haven’t lifted weights. My butt has been on the couch more these last 7 days than the last 7 years. I’ve also been on pain meds, muscle relaxers and steroids for my back.

I’m all out of whack and the scale does what?

Go DOWN?

Yet when I’m working my ass off, staying fit and exercising regularly the scale doesn’t budge. It just taunts me by going up and down. Up and down. UP AND DOWN.

See.. I told you, the scale is a fickle stupid head.

Yeah, I just said stupid head. That’s what happens when you spend the evening with a 6 year old. ;)

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    nivedita

    February 9, 2012

    oh yes :) this post makes me feel a bit better. My weight has been doing the dance +/-few hundred grams though I have been working pretty hard at exercise and food all of last month :)

    this post came at at a time when I was almost getting ready to cry at my weight’s refusal to budge :)

    A big thankyou and get well soon, from across the seven seas, in India :)

    heather

    February 9, 2012

    maybe you need to see if your scale is working correctly? can we get our home ones “calibrated”?! but that’s great. i think our muscles etc. hold more fluid when we’re working out actually. no, really.

    Svanhvit

    February 9, 2012

    The weightloss is actually to be expected. You can’t do much so you are losing quite an amount of heavy muscles. They are the reason your scale won’t budge much when you work out a lot……
    I should know……

    Michelle

    February 9, 2012

    Stupid head is right!!! For the last year I have maintained within 1 pound either way of the same weight. I’m not in the WW healthy weight range so I can’t get back to lifetime, but I’m finally making peace with the fact that this is where my body wants to be.As long as I’m eating healthy, working out and feeling good – why worry about the scale? – Easier said than done though!

    Mary

    February 9, 2012

    Here here! I think your scale and my scale are in league together..sheesh! Anyway…get well soon!

    mel

    February 9, 2012

    Most of the results of weight loss come from food in take and food choices… and less from just exercise…i think, for most people. It’s not unusual for me to put in 60 plus miles per week and not see much difference in my weight… it takes me really tweaking my food to see results.

    roni

    February 9, 2012

    I totally agree. I lost all 70lbs without working out at all. I truly believe food is 90% of the battle. Exercise is for fitness, in my opinion, not weight loss. It’s part of the reason I do these kinds of posts and share my weigh ins. If we truly want to be fit we really need to start disconnecting from the number on the scale.

    But that disconnection takes a lot of work! :)

    sue

    February 9, 2012

    Ah yes,my fickle friend the scale. Thanks for posting.The only real answer for me seems to be to continue to eat healthy,exercise to fit my age and capabilities keep writing down what I eat and drink and to meditate and appreciate all of the positive things and people in my life. Most important to enjoy my life and not let weight loss or gain rule my life. Much easier said than done but I keep trying.

    christine

    February 9, 2012

    Its so true, all of what you said, sadly. Sometimes the body just needs a break.

    The scale. Sometimes you just want to yell “pull” and have your hubby throw it in the air while you fire a shotgun.

    Jenn@slim-shoppin

    February 9, 2012

    Yeah Roni!!! So excited for you on getting to that number. I stepped on the scale today and I’m still down and I saw a number I haven’t seen in years! So I’m super excited about that.

    It is weird how you can eat great, work out and lose .4, then the next week you eat more, maybe not exercise and lose 3! It’s so crazy!

    LG

    February 9, 2012

    I also find I lose a little bit when I’m not working out. My appetite goes down just a little and my muscles aren’t holding on to so much water while they try to repair themselves from a workout. Still, I’d rather maintain a regular exercise schedule for the lifetime benefits of fitness!

    wendy

    February 9, 2012

    I’m feeling so frustrated. I just don’t know what to do anymore. Scale went +2 at weigh in this a.m., and that’s with me committing to working out more and doing weight work.

    Kristi

    February 9, 2012

    And… I’ve seen the same thing which is why I choose to weigh at random times/days/months to check in and see that I’ve lost… it’s too depressing to see it go up and down especially when I’m working hard – I can’t take it! So I try to do what makes me feel good physically mentally emotionally, (food and workout wise) and know that it will all come together in the end… that being said, I’m down about 25 with another 45 to go, so I’m not to maintenance yet but hope to be by next year at this time (or whenever!) I feel better than ever! Another thing that i will add Roni, is that the day you posted about the scale and not being tied to your tracker anymore, etc… can’t remember it all, but I just wanted to thank you once again because at the time I was focussing on one pound – 1 POUND – to “officially” get to 25 pounds (even though my weigh ins aren’t regular so who knows if I’ve really lost 25 – maybe I’ve lost more – go figure?!?!) anyway, your post made me think – seriously I’m fretting over one pound and it’s making me do all the wrong things – including go insane?! No one but me even will “see” one pound and – no scale but my own will be “right” in my eyes. I haven’t weighed since.

    I’m a very slow loser no matter what and you’ve helped me more than you know, to focus on how I feel. Thank you! Take care of you, take care of your back, eat well, and be positive. It will all come together :0)

    LisaM

    February 9, 2012

    HA – this happens to me every time I take a break from exercising. Initially the number on the scale drops and the voice of hope in my head says maybe I don’t need to exercise anymore. There is always a nice little honeymoon period where the scale stabilizes at that low number, then ALWAYS it starts to creep back up again and doesn’t stop creeping till I get back to the exercise. So, good news is that a break in exercising to get your neck under control won’t cause immediate and horrible weight gain. Bad news is you’ll have to get back to something eventually. Didn’t you post the other day that you had signed up for runs with the thought that you’ll walk ’em if you have to? That is GREAT!!

    MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan

    February 9, 2012

    Who cares why? LOL! It’s awesome, congrats and enjoy

    liz

    February 9, 2012

    No offense but I needed to see this because I worked out like crazy this week, kept my calorie count in check and I gained… the scale is so fickle! Congrats on the weightloss. It is fun to see the scale down!

    KCLAnderson (Karen)

    February 9, 2012

    Ah yes…the power of acceptance at work! Seriously though, yes it’s also about the food we eat and moving our bodies, but when we shift from fighting to accepting good things happen.

    Cori

    February 9, 2012

    The scale is a crazy beast which I am trying to use as an information source not a mood-setter. I appreciate your weigh-in posts even when the scale is doing it’s own thing. I was also happy and relieved to learn you lost your 70 pounds without exercise. I have not been able to find the desire to workout and decided to not force the issue. I wasn’t going to “fight” anything this time around be it food, the scale or exercise. But I’ve been feeling guilty because I feel I “should be” exercising. Thanks for validating for me that eating well may just be 90% of the journey. I plan to work on one piece of the puzzle at a time – for now I will drop the guilt and add in the love.

    Cali

    February 9, 2012

    Hi Roni. I used to work for a fitness publishing company and learned that it’s optimal to take a week off from your regular workouts every few months or so – this will help your body not to get too used to your workouts and it also gives your body a much needed rest. Sometimes in order to break a plateau you’ve got to change something up, and taking a week off from exercise helps a lot of people. Maybe your injury was your body’s way of telling you something! (Or maybe it was just a stupidhead) :)

    I find the same thing. When I’m not as active, my weight goes down. I’m finally learning to accept that the number on the scale doesn’t mean everything – it’s better to be healthy and fit from exercise and weigh a couple pounds more.

    Sometimes it makes more sense to trust how your pants fit than the number of the scale. But if they match,and you are back at pre-pregnancy weight, then woo hoo!!

    Lori

    February 9, 2012

    A BIG STUPID HEAD is right!!!

    Kathleen

    February 9, 2012

    Yeah, the scale makes no sense whatsoever.

    Erika

    February 10, 2012

    A year ago I was in exactly the same position you are in – neck pain, on pain meds, not doing anything and I lost weight. What I found out tho was that i was so focused on dealing and coping with the pain I wasn’t eating NEARLY the same amount I usually do and the pain meds really help kill appetite. THe nice thing is that since that time, i’ve kept the weight off :) Unfortunately does point out why folks like to be on pain meds for when they don’t need them. ANd yes, it is hard to not listen to the scale huh? I hate that stupid machine yet I still submit myself to it as it makes no sense to me whatsoever. This last month I’ve really tried to eat healthier, been more calorie conscious than ever adn I’ve gained weight HUH?!?:( Do not like that silly scale either….arg, nice to know i’m not the only one….Hang in there….HUGS

    Rena Graham

    February 14, 2012

    Is skipping meals is a good strategy to lose weight? lol.

    For me, it seems that it is very straightforward solution for those who are desperate enough to lose weight. Just an idea.

    But i really admire your ways to lose weight, it sounds like a great adventure in life.