Keeper of the evils

A few weeks I got a little obsessive about measuring. Normally I measure once a month, but with my new goals and determination,  along with the consistency of working out daily, I was measuring once a week. Then every couple of days. Then daily.

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I was getting frustrated that I wasn’t losing anything! Fortunately I came to my senses and realized I was becoming a crazy lady.  I took the measuring tape to my husband and said, “Here. Don’t give this back to me until February 5th.” He gave me an odd look, took it and agreed. He’s used to my weirdness.

About a week later I was back at his office door. This time I handed him my scale.

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I continued eating better, exercising more (though not as much as I should have) and after the first week of February passed by I was knocking on his door again requesting my evils. He handed me the scale but said he didn’t have the tape- I only gave him the scale.

Yes, my l Iove, I did give it to you. He said he’d have to look around for it. Fortunately for him, I have an extra one that I’d forgotten about. Muahaha!

I grudgingly used both and was surprised to see a loss of 3.6 lbs and 9 inches. Not as much as I could have done, but every inch and pound lost counts. I’ve avoided measuring but have to admit to sliding back on the scale every morning.  I’m really close to seeing the 130’s and am super excited but know that it’s time to give the scale and tape back to the Keeper of the Evils and let it go until March 5th.

Lesson- Don’t get hung up on the numbers. If you are eating healthy, lifting and doing cardio, the weight will come off. Keep going!

Sometimes the scale is awesome

Yesterday I was all excited to step on the scale and see that I’d officially lost 10 pounds.

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It was such a good feeling!! I’d recently started drinking kale smoothies with flavored weight loss oatmeal, fat free strawberry yogurt with almond milk (until yesterday when I ran out of milk and just used water). I know that they could be healthier but it beats whole milk and Coco Puffs.
What’s even better? I got up this morning, hopped on the scale just for fun and saw numbers I hadn’t seen in a year.

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That right there is some serious motivation for me. I finally have a handle on my food situation so now I’m going to work on squeezing in some workouts. It’s going to be a great end to a really crappy year!!!

Slacker Fattie is losing and Fit Bitch is taking over!!!

Stay off the scale!!!

Not getting on the scale every day, or even every week, was the first lesson I was taught during my first weight challenge.  I tossed mine in the garbage and relied on my measuring tape.  So many women step on this evil tool daily and often get very discouraged if they gained a pound or two from the day before or even during the day.  This can lead to frustration and giving up or eating a bag of cookies and ditching the gym.  I see it all over Facebook almost daily and it makes me sad.  I try to explain to them to be patient, stay off of the scale for a while, don’t give up!

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A friend of mine and I have not owned a scale for several years.  She relies on how her clothes fit and I rely on that and measurements.  Someone left a scale at her house so she decided to get on it various times of the day and record the results.  I was curious, too, so I bought my own.

We were very surprised at how much weight can vary throughout the day, before and after eating, before and after working out, after eating/drinking certain foods/drinks and during that oh so wonderful time of the year (you can gain as much as 5-10 pounds!).  Cutting out beer, for her, has also shown a big difference.  Below are some of the pictures from just one day.  We were shocked!

111  This was first thing in the morning.

1  Mid-day

 

116  Evening

 

On this day she weighed as little as 111 lb and as much as 116 lb!  During this week the least she weighed was 111 and the most was 118!  There were a couple of days where she gained two pounds AFTER working out.  For me, I found out the first scale I bought- cheapest one Target had- was a piece of crap.  My weight was all over the place including dropping about six pounds in a week…which suddenly all came back on Day 8.  I exchanged it for a Weight Watchers scale which I like a lot better.  My weight would vary from one to four pounds during the day which was very irritating.  I’m going to document mine next week.

You’ve heard me say “muscle weighs more than fat” because that is what I was told from other trainers and have read in fitness articles and on blogs.  However, it’s a common misconception and I was glad when someone showed me this article One Pound of Fat Versus One Pound of Muscle.

The truth is that when placed on a scale, one pound of fat is going to weigh the same as one pound of muscle – just like one pound of bricks is going to weigh the same as one pound of feathers. Where the confusion comes in is that muscle and fat differ in density (muscle is about 18% more dense than fat) and one pound of muscle occupies less space (volume) than one pound of fat.

The truth is that when placed on a scale, one pound of fat is going to weigh the same as one pound of muscle – just like one pound of bricks is going to weigh the same as one pound of feathers. Where the confusion comes in is that muscle and fat differ in density (muscle is about 18% more dense than fat) and one pound of muscle occupies less space (volume) than one pound of fat.

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I really hope this shows why we need to stop obsessing about the scale and just let our clothes and measuring tape be our guide.  Honestly, if you are feeling better, that should mean more than numbers on a scale.

Let your clothes be the judge on how you are doing. Soon your friends will start noticing and telling you how great you look- no scale is going to say that to you!