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Vicissitudes

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Yesterday I had a good talk with Beth (INDYGIRL) about the vicissitudes of the scale and of the body itself as it fluctuates in rhythms, being influences by fluid intake, sodium levels, inflammation and the like. It is what it is. It is not my enemy. It is merely doing its job and weight modulations are a part of the territory. We are not in stasis. We are creatures that respond to our internal and external environments. That is how God made us.

Beth said to weigh daily but to disregard the weights. The only ones that matter at all are the weekly ones and even they don't really count....it is the weight on the first of the month that matters. THAT'S IT!! The only purpose at all to the daily weights is to make sure i am not veering wildly off the track. It is ok to be encouraged when I see the weights going down but i must not take the variations that occur on the journey as gospel.

Yesterday I weighed 191 which was a new low and a great gift....after a week of discouragement. Today I was up a few ounces but that's ok. It's really only when there is a sudden wide jump up 4 or 5 pounds for no visible reason at all, that upsets me. And even that needs to be accepted calmly. I see the swelling in this sick body..I see joints that triple in size overnight. All of that fluid WEIGHS something. It is not fat and it is unrelated to my self control or lack of it , in eating. It is my body's attempt to fight this disease and it is the disease redoubling its efforts to eat my own body up as it mistakes healthy cells for enemy cells. There is no reason for me to be angry at myself for that. It is a disease. It is not my failure.

All I need to do is to keep tracking and keep my intake of food within the parameters I have set for it. If I do that, fat will leave. And a monthly weight will more or less demonstrate that.
So thank you to all of you my friends, who have exhorted and encouraged me as i have struggled with this issue. I think maybe now I am catching on.
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  • LUCYCAN7
    Thanks Cynthia very encouraging blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    48 days ago
  • POSITIVEHOPE
    Judith Beck says, the scale weight is just data. It is simply a point in time reference. If I remember right, you were just entering Onederland around Christmas time and now you are down 9 pounds 6-8 weeks later. Who wouldn’t be happy with that?

    Think how rich I would be if I invented a scale that patted you on the back after each weigh in. It would also magically show a 5 pound loss every time. No it wouldn’t be accurate but it would sure make you feel great. I’d sell millions of them.

    Let the scale number go. Focus on the trend over time and most importantly, Focus on the fact that even when things are hard or difficult you are still moving forward. The ultimate goal is to keep moving forward. There will be a time when the scale simply doesn’t move much. Look a Slenderella’s journey over the past year. She fought hard to lose 6 pounds to get below her goal weight and recently she finally made it. She had to change her eating plan, exercise daily, deal with a serious emotional issue in her family and bake a cake for a birthday party at her house and still stayed on her journey. YOU ARE MOVING FORWARD. That is the success you seek. Please write those words and post them by your scale.

    Water weighs 9 pounds a gallon, 2.2 pounds a quart and 0.5 pound per cup. When you see swelling you can easily eyeball estimate the added weight and not get so stressed by the number.



    49 days ago
  • LBUSSO1
    Your right on track and a great way to look at a scale! Thanks for the post it’s really encouraging!
    50 days ago
  • no profile photo MLR_00
    👍🏻
    50 days ago
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