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Monday, January 17, 2011

This past 10 days or so, I have just been amazed by what a difference having a plan and being consistent makes. I feel wonderful! My clothes are already feeling a little looser, my energy is through the roof and I feel like I am getting physically stronger every day. Now, if you ask the scale about my progress, it will say "She's been up, she's been down, she's held steady, been back up and is now down again."

I learned over the summer that the scale is not a reliable measure of my progress. As a matter of fact, the scale can be a deterrent for me. If it is down a little I might be tempted to get even stricter on my diet or exercise to increase the speed of weight loss. If it is up, I might feel like giving up on the plan I was using and try something new. Trying this, trying that, manipulating and tweaking until I would be numbed into complacency. Over the summer I only lost 10 lbs. but I went down two pant sizes.

Tonight in the gym something funny caught my attention. This guy was in the gym working out in the weight area. This is the same guy I taught how to do a snatch a couple weeks ago. But today he is looking confident in the weight room, he has obviously lifted several times over the past couple weeks. As he is leaving the weight room he meets up with a girl and says "wait, I need to weigh". He steps on the scale and holds his arms up in triumph. He announces to the girl that his weight is up 'because of these' and he flexes his biceps. How many woman do you know who would celebrate their weight being up for any reason? He and the girl high five.

This same guy is walking down the corridor in front of me toward the locker rooms and as he approaches the locker room, another athlete comes out of the locker rooms and says "Dude, you are getting huge!" The guy again holds his arms up and flexes! Yes! He is so happy. I can't help but chuckle . . . would any woman ever be happy about getting 'huge' even if they are trying to build muscle.

I just find it interesting the difference in language and perspective on size and weight.

Today I have been 100% on plan! A+

Make a plan! Make it sensible! Work the plan!
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    I am a huge fan of the "figuring out what works for you plan". The scale works for me, but it does not work for everyone. I weigh everyday, but that number doesn't make or break my day. Thank goodness. Nothing though makes me feel as good as when my pants start feeling loose! WOOHOO!!!!!! Have a great rest of the week!
    3529 days ago
    Isn't it funny how men's perspective on things are almost completely the opposite of women's? I find that really interesting but in the same sense when you've reached the point you have, huge means all muscle baby!
    3530 days ago
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    What a great day for you. I love it how guys get excited to get big. Is a funny concept.
    3530 days ago
    I agree! The scale does not always measure our progress! It plays with our emotions and it can be like the angel on the right side vs the devil on the left LOL!!! Lately I only use the scale just to see where I'm heading as far as #'s! Other than that, taking pic's and fitting in my clothes is the perfect testimony one can have!

    You are doing AWESOME Carolyn! emoticon
    3530 days ago
  • no profile photo DEB4HIM1
    You are so right. I would never be happy or proud to say that I am HUGE! Thanks for sharing.
    3531 days ago
  • ANNE7X7
    Thank you for sharing this!! I've been doing more ST lately, and though my weight has remained the same, I know I'm losing fat and gaining muscle! We really do have a different way to think than men!!!
    3531 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2011 8:37:58 AM
    Funny how guys are so much different than us girls!
    3531 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Funny, I think I have the exact opposite reaction to the scale -- might ease up in "celebration" when I lose, and then batten down when I gain cause I'm so confused. Still working on making peace there. Maybe by my 50th birthday!
    3531 days ago
    You are SO right! That IS funny! emoticon
    3531 days ago
    perspective...and everything is relative!
    3531 days ago
    LOL. Thanks for sharing!

    3531 days ago
    I so needed that today! I was feeling down after a week of hard work and a scale that went up...I know the "truth" of the matter, but I can't help but be deceived by the scale. I need to step back and hide that thing again!!!!
    3531 days ago
    Carolyn, that is too funny! I love to see people confident and happy in their success--even when they're language and successes may not be the same as our own! Thanks for sharing that. NSVs RULE! I will take a smaller waist size to scale # any day!!
    3531 days ago
    The scale doesn't bother me. I like to weigh everyday because it gives me a sense of how my body is reacting from day to day. It helps me see the relationships between the things i do, eat etc and my weght. ut it's just a number. As for the language...I would happily be huge and lean. My problem is the lean part! lol
    3531 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Ah I love that! Guys do like to beef up huh? Too bad girls don't always have the same way of thinking! I can totally relate to your second paragraph here too. I've never tried to avoid the scale before but I'm thinking maybe I need to now because I'm feeling the same way (controlled by numbers). I would take a loss of inches over a loss on the scale any day. Just follow the plan, right?!
    3531 days ago
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