Saturday, March 6, 2010

That darn scale!


Hello Bloggers,
It has been a very interesting week. That scale did not move. I followed my plan, but the numbers did not go down. I was so discouraged. I did my exercise according to the Five Factor Fitness plan. I did use lighter weights but I did everything else as directed. I have been stiff all week. How could that scale have the nerve not to move, especially when I did? 

Then I remembered something I read on WebMD, a site that I have used from time to time. I like this site because it has lots of very helpful information. When I saw the WebMD magazine in my doctor's office, I knew it was a reputable site. I remembered reading that every Friday instead of getting on the scale, we should try on a piece of clothing that has been too tight. I knew just what I would try on. A pair of jeans that I love but have not been able to wear for a long long time. So I ripped those suckers off the hanger and hoped for the best. THEY FIT! I mean they really fit. They were not even snug. They were comfortable. So while the numbers on the scale were not on my side, I can say I did have some success this week.

Now for the other aspects of this journey. I did slack off a bit with my water drinking. That may have had something to do with the scale not moving. I am back on track though. I also removed the counter for my 100 Days of Weight Loss. I did not stop reading the book, but I find that not reading a new tip every day gives me time to think more about each tip. This chapter's theme is feeling satisfied versus feeling full or stuffed. I want to really work on this, so I have been spending two days or more reviewing the tips.  Having come from a mind set of no portion control (low carb), I now need to make changes. I also need to work more on focusing on the food when I am eating and not eating while doing something else.  This book has been very informative and thought-provoking. I have learned a lot from it. One big change is that I exercise because of this book. The words "Do it anyway" remind me to get going when I don't feel like it.

For the first time in many years, I am happy with an eating plan. Since I started this blog at the end of last year, I have not gained any serious weight, only a few pounds as a result of switching plans. And then there was that cheat day from hell. No more of those even though the plan allows it. I will have a cheat meal once a week, but never again will it be an all-day event. It wasn't that great. I felt terrible afterwords, too. The results so far are great. i have maintained a loss of 16 pounds. Slow but sure wins the race!

Well that's all for this week. I'd love to hear from you. How are you doing? What are your successes?



gail said...

woo hoo about the jeans girl!!! :) Keep up the good work! You are my inspiration. I hope you have a great sunday.
Talk with ya later, gail

Vera said...

Doesn't that feel good! Especially jean! They are sometimes not our best friend.



the sassy beach said...

It is a very tough thing to stay on a eating better for life plan! I swear that is the hardest thing to do ever.
Congrats and have a great week. Water always does the trick it is just so hard for me to drink water I do not like just plain water. I always add lemon to mine.
Hugs sassy gail of

Mary Patterson said...

Congrats, Marie ... That is even better than seeing new numbers on the scale, isn't it? Woo-Hoo, what a great feeling. I'm PROUD of you!
Mary Patterson
Mary's Cottage Treasures

Georgia said...

Good for you, Marie!! Getting into a favorite pair of jeans is a lot more satisfying than seeing a lower number on the scale anyway!!

Keep it are on your way!


Kath' said...

I am so happy for you. I to am trying to lose weight and the scale is your enemy. I too am going by how my pants feel. I got into a new size and will not let myself go back to that other size again. My problem is I love bagels and need to stop eating them.
Again I am so happy for you and wish you nothing but good luck. I know how hard it is. whoooo hooo

Carolee Crafts said...

Well done Marie, sometimes clothes are the biggest measure as to our weight loss.

Patricia said...

Congratulations on getting into those favorite jeans! You should be so proud of yourself, me not so much. I really have got to get my act together here.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

lisa said...


Congratulations! I'm so there with you. I still can't fit in the jeans yet but know it won't be long.