Sharing the scale love…

My friend Maryann posted a great blog on “Loving the Scale” yesterday and I think it is worth sharing!

… it occurred to me this morning that there are an awful lot of people out there sweating their weekly weigh-in (or not weighing in at all). I see lots of posts like… “I weigh in tomorrow morning. I don’t think it’s going to be good.” or…. “I’m not sure how my weigh-in will go tomorrow.” But…. why?

Click to read more on her blog! She further gives you ways to think about why you shouldn’t fear the scale so much, but rather embrace it. You should subscribe to her–she’s an awesome no-nonsense Lifetimer at Goal with motivation and truth.

Happy Thursday!

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I guess I’m an athlete for Halloween!

I’m looking back to September of ’09 right now where I bought my first scale. It measures weight as well as fat and water percentages in the body. The first time I recorded my weight, fat and water with my scale, I was 161 lbs with 32% body fat and 46% water. It was right after my summer in England and Ireland where I gained back about 10 pounds I had lost because of the nummy drinks and amazingly fresh food. But I digress… *daydreams about London*

ANYWAY! This morning, thinking it would be cool to check in on my fat percentage, I stepped on my scale for the first time in nearly two weeks (I know, I know… I’ll explain later). Completely different numbers blinked up at me.

Weight: 156.8 lbs
Water: 58%
Fat: 15%

Say what? That big of a drop in body fat in a little over a year? I’m wondering if the scale is completely accurate. I’m going to step on again tomorrow to see if its the same. Looking at a chart with fat percentages, 15 percent falls under the category of athlete (check out that page… it’s pretty fascinating. This is another good one.). I’m an athlete now?! Well… this year has been my most active in my entire life so maybe it’s right!

As for the weight… well, the weight of muscle is where WW fails, unfortunately. Seriously, a pound of fat is about the size of a fist, but a pound of muscle is about the size of your thumb. So the more muscle you have, the more fat you will burn and the trimmer you will get… but the muscle weighs more than fat per square inch so it can be tricky when trying to “lose weight”. Yep, WW really fails there. No offense, but it’s true. Haha!

And I have gained quite a bit of muscle over the past couple months because of pole fitness. So right now, I’m not so concerned about the number on the scale so much as how my body feels and how I feel/look in my clothes. The inches I have lost are a lot of a better gauge than the scale lately. In fact, I’ve lost an additional half inch on both of my thighs as of this morning! (Woohoo!). That’s why I haven’t been getting on the scale because it’s not a good gauge of how my body feels and looks. Besides, I’m still Lifetime and relatively close to my WW goal weight so I have no qualms about it. I feel fantastic, so I’ll leave it at that.

It’s strange to think that I have the blood pressure and fat percentage of an athlete especially since I’ve never seen myself like that before this year… Now I love being active! It’s so fun and I love the rush that comes with it. Plus I do activities that engage muscles and leave me sore, sweaty, and with better definition in my body than ever before. And it keeps me sane through school and work. Who couldn’t love something that is so good for you in so many ways? :)

Trust me, I didn’t always feel this way… I remember when I wasn’t at school or work (sitting), I’d be on my bed, recording songs, reading, watching TV without much thought to being active. In fact, the idea of getting on the elliptical (now one of my favorites!) was a hindrance to my lazy enjoyment because work or school was so draining. Now it’s something I enjoy and actually gives me a boost to help get through my work! it took me little by little over the past two years to achieve this interest in fitness. Health is more than just eating right, you know.

Just a reminder… don’t always look at the number of pounds you weigh. Look at inches, fat percentages, waist to hip ratios, how you feel, and things like that. They can really bring the fact that you’re doing your body good down to earth for you. It makes it more real. Just keep working at it! Every little bit helps!

Have a great Halloween! Good luck with the treats! ;)

NSV’s Save the Week! (L4G W4 Results)

Here are the measurements from last week compared to this week:
Height- 5’9″
Weight- 155 lbs –> 155.6 lbs
Arms- 11 in –> 11 in
Hips- 41.25 in –> 41.5 in
Bust- 36 in –> 36 in
Waist- 26.5 in –> 27 in
Thighs- 22 in –> 22 in

So I’m up in a couple of areas this week, but I’m okay with that while silently hoping the increase in my hips and waist is from muscle… haha! But I know what I did wrong (and I did it for about three days). I’m glad I decided to change my goal weight to 154 to account for at least one pound of muscle that I know that I’ve gained from doing Pole Fitness. I think that is a good leeway to give myself for now. Anyway, if I hadn’t been as active I know it could have been a lot worse. But there are so many good things that happened this week that I don’t really care about these stupid numbers right now!

Despite blowing through my weeklies in Wyoming then coming home to one of those party bags of Pretzel M&M’s (Have I mentioned my addiction to those before?) which I helped my brother polish off… I think some really great things happened this week.

Numero Uno- I ran a full mile. Nix that, I ran over a mile! I still have a high from that! I wanted to run last night but deadlines mixed with a tension headache didn’t make it for a good time to do that. Someone mentioned running can be addictive and I’m already feeling that. =)

Numero Due– We went out for sushi last night, and I found out that it is completely plan friendly. One cup of miso soup, one salad with very little ginger dressing, some edamame, and 7 pieces of Playboy (4- my fave!), Mars (2), and Soft-shell crab rolls (1) and I was looking at an 8.5 point filling and scrumptious dinner. And to think I used to completely hate every kind of seafood… it’s nice to develop my palate!

Numero Tre- I had 29 AP’s despite 2 days being completely inactive, and one day without a legitimate workout (walking around campus a bit though). I may have eaten most of them, but that’s ok!

Numero Quattro- EVERYTHING was tracked!

Numero Cinque-
I GOT MY NEW WW Booklet! Haha… about time.

The numbers don’t matter right now because of this list. I feel like I had a good week despite some weak points. And now I have a whole new set of points to work with for this week! That’s another great thing to be happy about! =)

It’s my birthday week starting today. Tonight, I’m taking a group of friends to a lounge/bar. I’ll maybe have a drink or two but no more than that. I have a date and I don’t want to be out of control because I really like this guy and I don’t want to do anything stupid. Hehe…

Is it weird that I actually want to do well this week despite it being my birthday? Like I want to track everything even on my birthday and I’m telling people that I don’t want a cake. Or that I’m planning on attending a meeting on my birthday on Wednesday morning?

Well, I hope you all have a lovely times ten weekend! Isn’t it so crazy that we are into the second week of October already?!

Lost & Found (L4G Week 3 Results)

I found a meeting! Well, I thought I found one close to home only to get there and have the place be empty… luckily there was a back up plan about 20 minutes away. I got there in time to WI but I basically missed the meeting. It’s ok though. Wanna know why?

I’m back in my Lifetime range! Like exactly! I’ve worked my booty off this week activity wise (27 APs before today and tomorrows activity) and eating was much better. Everything tracked and measured more accurately. But I’m sore like no other. That Jillian Michaels earlier in the week is still kicking my thighs and hips every time I walk… so without further ado! Drum roll!

b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-d-b-ch!

Here are the measurements from last week compared to this week:

Height- 5’9″
Weight- 156.6 lbs –> 155 (YAY! No more paying for me! Now let’s stay below this number… haha)
Arms- 11 in –> 11 in
Hips- 41.25 in –> 41.25 in
Bust- 36 in –> 36 in
Waist- 27 in –> 26.5 in
Thighs- 22 in –> 22 in

If I continue like this until the end of Lose for Good, I may be game for being really close to my original goal. We’ll see. ;) Off to make some breakfast!

After you have struggled with your program, what do you find helps motivate your focus to come back?

L4G: Week 2 Results

Yep, yep, yep. Still doing this even though this week wasn’t my best. I didn’t get to go to my meeting but I still weighed in at home. Stats if you please!

Here are the measurements from last week compared to this weeks:
Height- 5’9″
Weight- B:156.6 lbs | WW: 157.2 lbs –> B: 156.0 | WW: 156.6 (well, that’s what it would be because of my clothes so that’s what I’m putting in my tracker)
Arms- 11 in –> 11 in
Hips- 41.5 in –> 41.25 in
Bust- 36 in –> 36 in
Waist- 27 in –> 27 in
Thighs- 22.5 in –> 22 in

So no inches gained! Victory there! In fact, I lost .75 inches and .6 lbs. Not too shabby for having a fairly crappy start to this past week. Maybe last week I stayed the same because of TOM… that could be it. Lots of factors going into this. Haha!

I’m still attributing this success solely to my activity this week. 30 APs even though I ate about 10 of them. This week will be better food-wise. Control will be maintained again! TOM won’t be in the way with all it’s emotional-ness and the synonymous bottomless pit syndrome. I’m still a bit emotional but it’s more like, “Oh, what a sad song! I’m going to shed a tear!” not like a stuff my face because I can’t get a grip on my stressful life.

Hopefully I can find a meeting I can go to before next weekend so I can finally get my new WW booklet!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

L4G – Week 1 Results

So… I have a dilemma. Last week, when I weighed myself, it was in my bathroom and nudie. This week, I weighed myself that way as well as at my WW meeting. The problem? They are different because of my clothes! I’m struggling to decide which one I should put in my online tracker as my weight! Really, thoughts on this? I’m at a loss… Of course, I’m lower than last weeks nudie weigh in, but at the meeting it was the same as last weeks. So I know I lost, but WW doesn’t. HELP!

Either way, I’m happy! Don’t get me wrong! I had a great OP week and am looking forward to having another.

Here are the measurements from last week compared to this weeks:
Height- 5’9″
Weight- 157.2 lbs –> N:156.6 lbs | WW: 157.2 lbs (see? told ya my clothes are exactly .6 lbs! hehe)
Arms- 10.5 in –> 11 in (muscle baby!)
Hips- 41.5 in –> 41.5 in
Bust- 37 in –> 36 in (say what?)
Waist- 28 in –> 27 in
Thighs- 23 in –> 22.5 in (YAY!)
Dress- 6/8 –> don’t think it will change that soon yet

So that is… 2.5 inches lost, but then I gained the half-inch in my arms so 2 in. Maybe I should not do push ups so often! Haha. They do have some nice definition though so I’m not complaining too much.

Already on a great start to the week… had pole fitness this morning, but my instructor decided for it to be another power lifting day (like last weekend and I was sore until Thursday!). The pole fitness power lifting sessions are seriously so intense! I pride myself on having strong arms but the moves she had us do put me to shame. My butt already hurts so I can’t imagine how that’s going to progress over the next couple of days.
When I got home, I hopped on the elliptical for a half hour so the lactic acid wouldn’t build up too much in my muscles.

Best snack/meal for after a workout like that?  Orowheat sandwich thins with peanut butter and a banana in the middle. YUM! Just the ticket and it covers my fruit, whole grains, and protein. It’s a win-win-win! ;)

But really though… which weight should I track? Thanks!

And I’m Back!

For some reason, seeing the food donation boxes at my WW meeting decked out in holiday wrapping paper put me in a Christmas-y mood… and the meeting, the Lose for Good campaign, and something inside me (probably the couple extra pounds I have) have instilled in me a new “need-to-succeed”.

The Leader I was once concerned about has strongly grown on me.  She’s getting more motivational each time I go.  Today, for the Lose for Good campaign, she passed out a Storyboarding sheet and told us to do it right here and now instead of at home as a challenge to ourselves… and I actually did it!

So I’m back to tracking with WW… After doing SparkPeople for a couple of months, I find I like the structure of WW much better.  I like having my Points values.  I like how simple the WW website keeps tracking everything and it’s all in one place.  So I’m back!  Completely! 17 bucks a month isn’t too much to worry about.

It’s like I’m starting all over again… but not really.  I’ve decided to do body measurements this time around.  With the exercise that I’m doing (pole), I may see more inches lost that poundage for a little bit.

Here are my stats as of right now
Height- 5’9″
Weight- 157.2 lbs
Arms- 10.5 in
Hips- 41.5 in
Bust- 37 in
Waist- 28 in
Thighs- 23 in
Dress- 6/8 depending on brand and whatnot

Lose for Good lasts for 6 weeks, so I wanted something obtainable but that would still challenge me.  My goal is to reach 150 and a 20 pound star by October 23rd!  It’s not my old goal of 153.  I’d like to be a good solid number.  My birthday and a family camping trip may be in the mix during those six weeks, but I believe I can do it. =) I also want to donate some food too… let’s see if my mom will help me out with that!

I’m so happy to be back tracking with WW!

Who else is doing a challenge for themselves for the Lose for Good campaign?

The New Leader

Saturday morning at 7:30 AM, despite being slightly over my WW Lifetime weight range (only because of clothes… if they’d allow nude WI, I would have been safe), I hauled my sorry bum down to my meeting.  After paying the unexpectedly low fee of $9 for the meeting (thought it would be 12), I walked in and took a seat in the packed room.  It didn’t even look like my old meeting group.  A couple faces were recognizable but my favorite friend that I usually sit with wasn’t there… and she’s the one who does a lot of the talking.  The other talkative members weren’t even there.  I felt horribly out of place.

And of course, the meeting starts and it’s just how I remember it is with her.  “I this, I that… I’ll need your help” but then the people who spoke up were people I didn’t recognize.  Think she told her Thursday meeting people that she was doing Saturday mornings so they jumped ship and crashed our party?  Me not pleased and not particularly motivated.  At the end of the meeting, I was the one to say, “And remember: behave! And keep your tracker!” in true Gordon style.  The regular Saturday-goers laughed and heartily agreed with me.  It’s not the same when the New Leader says it.

The one thing I’ll praise her on is that she actually gave us a particular challenge for this week (Eat with dignity, purpose, and stop the eat-a-thons. Just for this week.  But if you felt like continuing, you could.)  Have I followed it?  No… My brother brought home Reese’s yesterday.  Luckily I stopped myself after an overflowing handful.  But this morning, instead of eating my apple on the road, I sat and ate a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios.  Did what she say stick?  A little. We’ll see how the rest of the week goes.

What I’m sad about is that I didn’t get to see my true group mold with the New Leader.  My buddy wasn’t even there.  I don’t want to have to sit through the new leader again especially if my group has changed, but I’m dying to see how she handles my talkative friend.  I’m dying to try out the other 8 o’clock meeting just a little farther away in the other direction.  New fit needed… maybe in two weeks.  My friend better be there this weekend.

As for me, now it’s time to knuckle backdown and get back into my Lifetime range.  I’m not paying for another meeting again, no siree.

Activity for this week:

Mon- Clean house! Lots of vacuuming, dusting, and scrubbing the floors. Maybe work in some push ups and ab work after depending on energy levels.
Tues- Stationary bike w/Pokemon SoulSilver at hand.
Wed- Zumba! It better not be canceled this time…
Thurs- Jillian Michaels No More Problem Zones or 30 Day Shred depending on time.
Fri- Elliptical and my cycle of strength crutches
Sat- Pole fitness! My new fave! =)

Coming tomorrow (so I won’t forget that I want to discuss this)… Specificity in Goals

Here it comes…

Tomorrow is the day… The day a new Leader may join my world.  Many emotions are coursing through me: anxiety, wonderment, curiosity, and sadness.  Gordon won’t be there anymore.  In comes Amy.  Well, I think that’s what they said her name was.

I’m debating whether I even want to go at this point… Even though, I’m dying to see how Amy fits in with our group during her first week with us Saturday comers.  This week really has been a struggle for me even though some of you said it wasn’t that bad a couple days ago… I missed a workout last night because I was so tired.  And pretzel M&M’s were around and we all know the effect they have on me (sweet and salty? MUST EAT THEM ALL).  Luckily it wasn’t a whole bag this time…

It’s the first WI of the month which would mean I can’t “skip” stepping on the scale like I want to.  I always do it at home beforehand to make sure… but I’m seriously afraid that I’m above my Lifetime range and I really don’t want to pay for a meeting.  My funds are being put on a freeze as of today. No more extraneous spending.  I simply can’t afford it.  That…. and I don’t know where my Lifetime bookmark is that has Bravo stickers for each month I’ve weighed in in my Lifetime range.  People cleaned out my room last week and I have no idea where they put it (or if they threw it away).  I NEED MY BOOKMARK!

Working out tonight.  Before girls night.  No questions asked.  Except what movie I’ll watch while I bust out the elliptical.  I love how sweaty I get after just 8 minutes on that thing… it’s awesome. And I’m track to have an awesomely on plan day with plenty of fruits and veggies.  =)

I’m ready for a much better work!  Bring it on, new Leader!

Any fun plans for this weekend?

Horribly Scatterbrained

I left my ID, 2 credit cards, and Blackberry at home today… All because of the stress I’m undergoing because of my body. I’m seriously reconsidering my competency to even work today. That and I’m just fighting back the tears at my desk. Forgive me, but I need to get out my frustrations.

Last week, I started taking BC just to be safe rather than sorry and I’d rather be prepared when that “time” comes.  Now I’m seriously considering going off it.  Here’s my reasoning: (warning–potential TMI)

Reason #1 BC Gets Chucked~ I had broken out (acne) shortly before and it was just about gone when I started BC (Tommy does that, totally expected and doable). My acne flared up even worse after starting BC. My skin hasn’t been subjected to this bad of acne in two years. It’s bad. It’s only because of diligent use of my Proactiv system twice a day that it even is improving at a decrepit, old snail-like pace. That and the application of Neosporin twice daily as well on the ones that I couldn’t help but try and get rid of with my fingers (thus becoming sores). It’s bad. I’m never self-conscious about my skin… never. And now I’m truly embarrassed to be see in public because of how bad my face is. =(

Reason #2 BC Drives Me Nuts~ I’ve felt bloated for the past week. Not horrible, but its not comfortable in the slightest. I’d like to be able to look in the mirror and see the muscles that were there last week. (Yes, I miss my amazing abs… I’m not ashamed to admit it.) And my pants that are usually way loose aren’t. Just comfortable. Worries me.

Now the clincher…

Reason #3 BC Deserves to Die~ I weigh myself daily (don’t tell me to not… it works for me).  I understand the daily fluctuations of my body. I know that if I eat a particularly sodium filled or steak dinner, I’ll likely be up a few ounces to a pound… but that goes away.  True to form, I weighed myself the day I went into the OB/GYN.  One day later, I was up a pound. Two days, my WI day, I was up a little more.  And it hasn’t let up.  Since starting BC, I’m up nearly 4 pounds as of my scale this morning.
I know that this week has been a struggle foodwise–I don’t have any weeklies left but activity points are still plentiful and that usually means I’m ok. I’ve been active nearly every single day, even getting some great workouts like pole fitness (still sore too!), Zumba, a wonderful hour-long park workout, and walking all over downtown yesterday. I get well over my water (have for years so it’s natural for me to drink 100+ oz), fruits and veggies are never forgotten, same as my daily multivitamin, and I have at least one cup of green tea a day. A gain of this magnitude is completely unwarranted. Is it even normal?

I know people say to wait to let the hormones in your body regulate after starting BC, but at this rate I’m terrified to continue and it’s only been barely over a week. I literally cannot watch that scale go any higher and the acne certainly cannot stay. This is my first emotional moment since starting so I don’t think I’m having issues with that. The scale this morning pushed me over the edge.

So here’s my plan for this coming week:

  • Stick to my dailies and if I need to dip into weeklies, no more than 5 a day though at most.
  • Get as many of my GHG’s as possible, which ultimately means I need to refrain from extraneous spending of points on not-as-healthy foods.
  • Cut out diet soda as much as it kills me.
  • Exercise everyday. I’m setting up a daily plan on this right now. No excuses. I’m even considering canceling my plans tonight just so I can get in a decent workout… (then wallow in my room covering my face)

If there is no improvement within a week, I may just have a heart attack and die. Or just stop taking the BC. If there’s improvement, then I’ll at least finish this pack of pills.

I’m open to thoughts on this… I’ll step off my soap box now. Venting was much needed. Maybe now I can get some work done…