SP Premium


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.

Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Sounds like there are many benefits to the program you are on, including access to some cool technology. It's amazing to be able to see your puffy fat getting smaller. Keep it up Sue - you will certainly get there on this journey.

    3455 days ago
    Too cool! I love the SP articles that list all the things that stop us from losing weight. I get that my metabolism is weird and that diabetes and my age are things I can't do much about... but once in a while I like to try something different to see if it is the "culprit". I just went to the Spa Nordik over in Chelsea. I NEVER really relax but boy did I ever relax there. I remember that a couple of times sleep has been the thing that tipped the scale. Never for long, but I think that constant high stress level I carry definitely is an anchor for me. Spending a day reading and sleeping and doing not much else .... or relaxing at the spa.... Did it make an impact this time?, lol, no. But boy I had a great day. I had the spinach salad and salmon without the rice for lunch and drank lots of green tea and feel fabulous. Maybe next time it will move the scale too! Wishful thinking? Highly recommend it and am curious if it works for someone else!
    3463 days ago
    It's true but it's hard to not be discouraged.

    I'm excited about your success. I'm really happy for you. Keep us posted.

    3467 days ago
    I just wrote this same blog a couple of days ago. lol I was stuck at 239 for 12 days, so frustrating. But it finally moved today. :)

    That new scale is awesome! I want one!
    3467 days ago
    and you are so right.
    im glad that your nutritionist showed this info to you.

    wow. 1200-1400 a day!! good for you. i hope to one day be able to do this.
    3468 days ago
  • ELLIE381
    You continue to do very well. emoticon that there is another way of checking rather than just weight. Very encouraging. emoticon
    3468 days ago
    My scale is stuck too. It gets to me even tho I know it shouldn't.
    3468 days ago
  • LILLI56
    Thanks for sharing that, I too have been watching the scales move so terribly slow, I see it in my clothes, but not on the scale. I know I am eating right, I am even measuring everything.
    3468 days ago
    Definitely agree with you, there! Glad that you were able to see some of the changes that are happening besides the scale numbers!
    3468 days ago
    I am so glad that you are getting good results. I agree this is a journey and the scale is just one tool. But lets all be honest we want that thing to show smaller numbers, yet with feeling better and being able to do more and helping ourselves to get healthier we are sure letting that scale know its not so important. Just keep up the great job.
    Hugs and smiles
    3468 days ago
    I know we eat better and exercise more as a lifestyle, whether we see progress or not, but isn't it GRAND to see it?! I am so happy for you, my friend. I am so proud of you!! *HUGS*
    3469 days ago
    That is fantastic that you can see the progression in the chart opposed to being upset by the numbers on the scale. I only weight myself once a month or I get too frustrated and when the doctor weighs me in between I just close my eyes and tell the nurse I don't want to know the number. Maybe you could do the same and ask they don't tell you. emoticon emoticon
    3469 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.