Thursday, December 27, 2012

Measuring Progress


I've really had to remind myself of this over the past two days. After being ELATED bout seeing 299+ on Tuesday, the scale jumped right back up on Wed. About 2 lbs up! Which was very discouraging being that I ate well on Christmas (no sugar or refined carbs and within my calories) and did a LOT of exercise. But TOM came later that morning, and I was very sore from the exercise, so I figured that was it. I let it go.

The scale was still up a little this morning (300.2), and that didn't bother me as much. But it still made me question whether or not it was the right time to start exercising again.

I got a lot of feedback from Facebook friends, and went ahead and hit the gym today. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and some upper body weights.


I know me, and I know that exercise is essential to my journey for health. Even though I LOVE seeing the scale get lower and lower, I also love to look good in clothes, and FEEL good when I move. Exercise does that for me. And I know it helps me lose inches, too. I snapped these pics today, and I look bigger in these pictures than I did at about 10 lbs. heavier this summer. But this summer I was in the gym A LOT. I see the difference.

So if I can just strike that balance between a great diet and a great exercise plan... I WILL BE SO HAPPY! I just don't see where I can lose! (or gain, lol). I felt really great after my workout today. And I can tell a difference with just 19 lbs gone. 

And about that scale... I promised that I would go to weekly weigh-ins after I hit 299, but this fluctuation makes me want to keep watch daily for now. I really do think I'm just using it as a tool at this point... or I might just be lying to myself. I'm just not ready to put it away. Stepping on that scale at 6:30 every morning is accountability to myself. It's an indicator of how well I did the day before, or it might tell me that I'm doing something wrong. 

Or I might be making excuses to keep it, lol. Mr. Leonard has assured me, though, that if he sees me getting scale-obsessed again like last time that he'll hide it from me again. And I believe him.

On another subject... I accidentally deleted a lot of my blogs from the Google Friend connect yesterday. If you see that I'm gone, or would just like me to add you, please leave a link in the comments. And if you have a Facebook page you use for motivation, let me know that, too! I'm trying to stay connected!

6 comments:

. said...

Believe me only exercise and workouts would help you out for weight loss! Eat healthy and low calorie food would make you slim and trim. Exercise daily and review your weight loss progress. It will help you out for getting motivation!

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Stephanie Lee said...

It is hard not to get obsessed with those numbers on the scale, but you are right- the way we look and feel is waaaay better! I had lost 5 pounds and then gained it back but I hadn't put the inches back on (at least not anywhere I was measuring!!) and that felt good. I was not as good as you over the last couple of weeks, so I have gained a few pounds back. But I am going to get my butt to the gym again tomorrow!

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Holly Rose said...

I had this exact same experience earlier this month. I was doing everything 'right' and I gained a pound . Then I lost it. And then gained TWO pounds. And all the while I was on track so there was no explanation for it. You are right. The scale is not telling the whole story. It makes you want to go eat everything though b/c you feel like your work is for nothing. But if you just ignore that and keep on going then eventually the scale will show the loss. The scale can be a good thing and a bad thing. But it's always the right time to exercise! I have found it helps with the mood swings the scale leaves me with hahah!!!

Stormy@Big Butt Theory said...

I really value your opinion and welcome your optimism. I need to get my mind right. I am working toward having the gastric sleeve surgery in a upcoming months.

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