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jsfantome

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 12:05
Emotionally Battered By A Scale



Let’s face it, none of us want to get on the darn thing! Certainly, not in the beginning!

But how else are you going to know the cold hard truth?

Hard to believe that my first real excitement and joy in this experience, was reaching 199 lbs. I was so embarrassed and felt ashamed for having let myself go… and ever weighing over 200 lbs to begin with… that I never share that excitement or joy with anyone. It was just me, and a wide mouthed grin, silently dancing on the bathroom floor – mouthing “oh yeah, oh yeah” … knowing no one else could see or hear me!

As I eventually moved through this process, I began to only interact with this scale on a weekly basis. From one week to the next I would anticipate my trip to visit the scale – sometimes with sheer terror… other times, (more often than the first) with great anticipation! My hard work was paying off – and my reward was to watch, ever so slowly, those numbers come down. One pound at a time, one week at a time, sometimes two pounds… oh, yeah, oh yeah … and I would ever so slowly start to let the little voice inside me become louder.

The day I actually stepped on that contraption, October 30, 2010, and it read 140 lbs, I think every person in the neighborhood heard me! OH YEAH! OH YEAH!! WHOOO HOO!!! DAMN GIRL!!!

I truly surprised even myself by reaching my goal. But the joy of the moment was short lived. And not 3-4 months later, I was fighting a new battle. Keeping it down. Although I had made peace with this piece of metal – it was now taunting me. And I would wonder is this just a normal fluctuation? I didn’t fluctuate like this before. Is this just weight before my period? That wasn’t part of my old record either. Must have been the nuts! Sodium will do it to you every time!

Well, I gave up the nuts, and the weight went no where. Except up.

I increased my exercise… up.

Tried a meat fast… up.

Strictly low carb… up.

Decreased my calories… up.

Increased my calories and veggie carbs… up.

Someone recently told me to go a full 24 hours and alternate 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil, (every 4 hours), and 1 Tbsp of Flaxseed Oil (every 4 hours). Well, I haven’t tried that!

REALLY? - Let me just say it… I am not going to try that either! And here’s why –

I want to live a lifestyle that I can continue living on a day to day basis. I am not going to ditch all common sense and become the person I used to be… wishing for and trying to find that ‘magic something’ that would solve my problems. I used to overeat. And didn’t exercise at all. Now, I eat healthy, and I exercise fairly regularly. If that’s not enough, than - TOO DAMN BAD!

So, lately I have let this stupid scale get the better of me. I have wasted my time, and yours … with a bunch of emotional stress – because I find it so darn frustrating to try to get this back in the other direction. But am I going to let this thing (my scale) control me? NO! I am not.

I feel good. I look pretty good. I do more now than ever before. And I am happy. Sure, I am unhappy to see the numbers staring back at me… but on a much bigger scale in life, I am happy. My clothes fit fine. My husband thinks I’m sexy. What the heck more could a woman ask for?

(all the while secretly holding out for that 140 number to one day reshow itself in my life again!)

I’m sorry I don’t like being 148. And I’m sorry it causes me to feel like a failure! I know I am not one. I know how much I have lost. But I also know how HARD I have worked, and how HARD I have tried to stop this train from doing what it’s doing now… oh my word, if it hits 150 I think I am going to have a heart attack!

Is that vain? YES. But I don’t want to weigh 150 again. Especially if I haven’t a clue how to get this thing to go in the right direction!!! It was one thing to be 205 lbs and begin to learn all about something – that when applied, actually worked. But right now I am applying all that I know to do… and feel like each day is such a battle. And it’s not working. In fact it’s causing me to gain.

It’s probably stress. ( LOL!!! )

I’m removing the battery from my scale and not getting on it again until the two weeks are over.

STUPID SCALE!
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gnat824

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 12:35
Ditch the scale! I'd stick to the healthy routine that has you looking and feeling great. Maybe pull out the scale once a month to make sure it holding steady (although you can also do that from your clothes) and then forget it. In my book, a number that you can't maintain through a healthy non-obsessive lifestyle is not an appropriate goal weight. After all your hard work, who wants to be on a diet for the rest of their lives struggling to lose those last few pounds?
- Natalie
Sk1nnyfuture

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 12:38
So, so, so odd.... And really scary, for those of us that are on the way down. We think OMG, is this going to happen to me too!!! I don't blame you for taking the batteries out of the scale - but, you need to get hubby to hide them, and any other batteries you have in the house. Then you won't be tempted to re-insert them lol. I so admire your determination and sincerely hope you find a solution to this bizarre situation.

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catzz2

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 12:49
Why are you letting a hunk of metal override what your own body is telling you? If you feel healthy and your clothes fit the way they should, then the scale should not be dictating how you feel about yourself. You are exercising, which means you are replacing fat with muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. The scale doesn't compensate for that. Girl, you have all the tools to keep your body healthy and the same clothes size. Focus on that, not the scale. When your clothes don't fit the way they used to, make adjustments. Let your clothes size be the only number you are concerned with, not some hunk of metal scale. We all applaud you for your success in changing your diet to a live-it.
"I'm not on a diet, I am on a Live-It!"
Sandy701

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 12:57
I totally get the not wanting to do a drastic technique just to make a magic number appear on the scale - good for you!

I bet your body fat right now is less with the added exercise you've incorporated! Would you ever consider getting one of those scales that measures body fat along with weight? Or would that just be adding another number to worry about? I truly don't know if they're all that accurate but I know some on this site swear by the readings.

I would suspect your body is just settling in after your major weight loss. I don't know how long that takes. You might even want to consider just continuing on with all these good habits for, say 6 months, and then re-evaluating. Just some thoughts and many hugs.....
krystynecar

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 13:23
they say that the stabilization period is about 3 days for every pound that you loose. Your body has a memory and will try (for a while to get you back to your highest weight) Its is all is the name of survival! Our bodies are more comfortable when we have some reserves in the bank! This is the reason they say most diets fail. People work so hard to loose the at then once they hit their goal they think that they are home free. Does Atkins provide any support for maintenance? For integrating fruit back in? Personally I know that I will never eat grains again - and I am ok with that. Fat is stubborn but I have a feeling that you are more stubborn (and I mean that in the best way possible!)
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Sandy701

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 13:33
Wow, 3 days for every pound lost??!! Well that's a most interesting factor to consider.

pixidaisy

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 13:34
catzz2 wrote:
Why are you letting a hunk of metal override what your own body is telling you? If you feel healthy and your clothes fit the way they should, then the scale should not be dictating how you feel about yourself. You are exercising, which means you are replacing fat with muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat. The scale doesn't compensate for that. Girl, you have all the tools to keep your body healthy and the same clothes size. Focus on that, not the scale. When your clothes don't fit the way they used to, make adjustments. Let your clothes size be the only number you are concerned with, not some hunk of metal scale. We all applaud you for your success in changing your diet to a live-it.


While I agree with most of this... BUT Muscle does not weight more than fat... a pound is a pound is a pound is a pound... there is no 1 pound of fat = 2 pounds of muscle that is crazy.. Google it... there are hundreds of sites out there that will tell you that muscle does not weight more than fat...Here is what 5 pounds of muscle and 5 pounds of fat look like

Does muscle take up less space? Oh god yes...

Paula you have always been there for me, and you have been a pretty big help. Now I am going to tell you to ditch the scale, start tracking your body fat, do your measurments, be happy with the way you look.. and obiously stop stressing (not that I really need to tell you this). I know you have that magic number that is the big "OMG I GOTTA STOP" and by the sounds of it 150 is that magic number.. you know what needs to be done now your body just needs to listen to you - and eventually it will.

So join my revolution or what I like to call ... Operation No Scale For a Month lol

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bcbloyd

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 13:36
Two things:

(1) Have you measured? If your clothes still fit at 148 like they did at 140, I wouldn't let the scale bother you at all. Just keep eating healthy and exercising and your body will do what it does best...settle into a healthy weight that's just right for you at your age and fitness level.
(2) I admire your dedication to stay the course regardless of the fluctuations or seeming bounce that hasn't yet reversed course to your satisfaction.

To krystynecar: I hope you do eat grains again. They are as much a part of a good balanced diet as anything else on the edible menu. I just reached my original goal and am within sight of my "new" goal, and even being on Atkins since January, I haven't cut out grains totally. Fiber is too important for the body. Just this morning I had Kellogg's Fiber Plus Cereal (16g of whole grain) with low carb milk. It's really good, so there are low carb alternatives in the "grain" food group. Smile You should try it.
Fast Food Junkie - turned - Atkins Aficionado.
Beginning Weight: 200 lbs - 01/11/11
Goal Weight: 145 - Achieved 09/18/11
*Surprise! Pregnancy Interruption in 2012*
Restarting Weight: 176 lbs - 02/03/13
Final Goal: Maintain Range of Weight in 140s
meh204

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 13:40
D*MN that scale!
greerp

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 14:05
catzz2 wrote:
You are exercising, which means you are replacing fat with muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat.


I hate to burst your bubble, but the average woman who does heavy strength training (3/4x per week) puts on approximately 1 pound of muscle per month. Why do you think it takes professional body builders 6 months to a year to get ready for competition.

FYI, a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. It just takes up less room.
greerp

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 14:11
To the OP. Go back and do induction again. You might be experiencing carb creep. Also, if you are doing any type of srength training, your muscles are going to hold onto water for recovery and repair purposes. What kind of exercise are you doing and how often?
gg-girl

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 14:26
Ok - for my 2 cents worth; Paula, I don't know how tall you are, but for me @ 5' 6" & my age of 51 a healthy weight range is 123 - 155 pounds. That is a whopping 32 pound spread, which I suppose allows for body shape / build, physical fitness level, etc. Each of us, individually, has to figure out where we need to be. I can't tell you what to do, & I never would. But, I do hear your pain & frustration in trying to get that stupid scale to cooperate! Yes, in our heads we know that a pound is a pound is a pound & that a pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat...that is all fine & dandy, but the emotional part of that magic number on the scale is a whole other issue all together righ? I think you should consider getting a body fat analysis done, perhaps at your gym? Then you would know what you are dealing with. The main thing is, you feel good, you look good, you must be good!
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jsfantome

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 15:27
I so want to thank each of you!!! And totally appreciate your input...

greerp- you have just given me my first real glimmer of HOPE! I did not know that you can convert to muscle at about 1 pound a month...which oddly, is about the rate of my gain! Also, at the same time that I have been focused on strength training!!!

This is because everything I read suggested this was so much better for you overall - to your metabolism, to your overall calorie burn throughout each day, to your shapely-ness and tone appearance, and I do see improvements in those during this time.

Just really making me wonder - because basically I felt 'thinner' at 140, but 'shapelier' at 148.

I very mistakenly - never took my original measurements. So about half way thru this process, when I realized I probably should have - I decided using the scale (then) was good enough feedback. NOW - I wish I had taken them... but kinda feel like it's worthless to take them now.

Right now my workouts are: 3-4 days a week, alternating a full rest day between workouts:

Warm up 7 min's - Dumbbells and Machines - 4 leg exercises, 2 biceps, 2 triceps, 1 shoulders, 1 back, 2 abs - Then 20 min's Cardio (just switched back to walking on varied inclines/speeds). Then 5 min Cool Down

Typically in the gym for aprox 65-70 min's.

Guess I will seriously need to consider ditching the scale - or changing to one that introduces lean body mass or body fat %. Again, not sure where I came from... but sure wouldn't hurt to keep track at this point regarding trying to lose.

Thanks again to everyone for their feedback!!! Much Love.
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pixidaisy

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 15:36
greerp wrote:

I hate to burst your bubble, but the average woman who does heavy strength training (3/4x per week) puts on approximately 1 pound of muscle per month. Why do you think it takes professional body builders 6 months to a year to get ready for competition.

FYI, a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. It just takes up less room.


So... you just made my world a happier place. Thank you. Seriously the first part of this is super helpful! I knew it took a while for stuff like this but no idea what the numbers were.

Also... its nice to see someone else say that a pound is a pound no matter what Wink

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jsfantome

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 15:52
pixi - when I read the first person who wrote it the other way around... I thought of you and laughed out loud... oooopps... people say it wrong...but I don't think they realize what they are saying til they really think about it.

I am glad you brought it up, cause it is for sure something that bugs me too! I just often ignore it... cause I know... and you know... and well, most people end up figuring it out! Smile
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pixidaisy

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 16:04
Bahaha I actually laughed myself.. I was like oh geeze lol I know it is really petty it just really drives me insane.

You say you want a cheeseburger but all I hear is "I need love" - a comic strip on the fridge at work.

You have failed only when you quit trying. Until then, you're still in the act of progression. So, never quit trying and you'll never be a failure.

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krystynecar

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 16:08
to bcbloyd I will never eat grains again - I have celiac! That means no wheat, rye barley or oats - and they are finding that celiacs are more sensitive to all grains - it is fruit veggies and meat for me!
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Rowanfair

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 16:31
I'm glad you figured things out, jsfantome. I love this community and I have really appreciated your support over the months. Don't despair! You are doing all the right things.

bcbloyd, you are on a really different "Atkins" than I am. Kellogg's Fiber Plus Cereal (16g of whole grain) would be half my day's worth of carbs and that doesn't include the milk! And it isn't even primal-friendly since it is so processed. Some Atkins folks on maintenance can add actual whole grains but I'm guessing I'm not one of them. So not going there.

http://pinterest.com/rowanf/recipes-mostly-low-carb/

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jsfantome

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Posted: 30 Aug 2011, 17:23
Hey Rowan - great to see you!!! 7 lbs to goal...WOW! Great job, girlfriend!!!
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