Nov. 12...........The Bugaboo of the Scale
Saturday, November 12, 2011
The program I am on requires me to weigh in with the nutritionist three times a week. Personally, I think this is excessive and can be frustrating when the scale does not seem to move. It does keep me accountable however to someone/something other than myself, which given my past attempts at trying to shed these pounds, I know I need.
For the past two plus weeks, the scale has been stuck at 247 (give or take several ounces each time I weigh in). Frustrating? You bet! Knowing that I have kept my calories between 1200 - 1400 each day, knowing that I am slowly upping my activity level (still low, but better than it was), knowing that the food that I'm eating are all 'the right' ones, knowing that short of having my thyroid levels checked again, I am doing everything possible to dump these pounds...yeah, I was really discouraged yesterday to see that I was only down 2 ounces (2 of the 3 ounces, I was up on Wednesday).
The nutritionist reminded me that this is a journey, not a race and then she showed me a graph that made me feel so much better.
Recently (just over a month ago), new scales were brought in for weighing and also for measuring body fat. After stepping on the platform to get one's weight, you then place the palms of your hands on a little shelf under the digital readout for your weight. You leave your hands within the hand outlines on the area until a unique beeping is heard and then remove your hands. The information is transmitted to my file on the nutritionist's computer. Yesterday,
Mary (nutritionist) showed me my steadily and slowly decreasing body fat graph. This is the fat that covers your organs and makes you not only look 'fluffy', but also
creates so many health problems.
Very encouraging and immediately banished that discouragement I felt with the stagnant numbers.
The point of this blog? As has been said so many times before by so many on Spark People - don't put too much emphasis on the numbers on your scale! The numbers really only tell a very small part of your journey.