Friday, February 12, 2010

Gaining perspective

So last night I had a little temper tantrum. This morning I'm feeling a little more balanced and am reacting with my logical side rather then just my emotional side. Remember this post? Cut the Drama I think it's appropriate in this situation.

So, I gained a pound. 1.2 pounds. What is that really? Not a heck of a lot in the long run. When you gain weight, I think you should look at your habits and consider whether there is a reason for it. Looking at my habits, I truly don't think there is. I have been on track, but fact of the matter is, I can only control me. I can't control what happens to the numbers on the scale.

There's lots of reasons for the numbers on the scale to go up, regardless of how you eat or exercise. Water retention is a big one. It can be caused by excess sodium, hormonal fluctuations, or recovering from working out. Building muscle is a bit of a possibility. It's not actually as easy to put muscle on as sometimes said. Bodybuilders celebrate every pound of muscle gained and work very hard for it. Still, working out with weights causes water retention as your muscles recover.

Sometimes your body just doesn't follow the "science" of a 3500 calorie deficit equaling a 1 pound loss. To be honest, I'm not really convinced it's the same number of calories for everyone. I'm not even convinced it's the same number of calories for the same person at different times.

Heck, even your choice of clothing, what you eat immediately before and whether you've used the bathroom before stepping on the scale make a difference. These things are the most superficial reasons, but in the short term, they effect those numbers.

Really, when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter. Because this is life. What matters is how you measure success. If you only measure based on the numbers on the scale, you're going to be disappointed on a regular basis. When I look at my successes over the last month, I see that I am making better choices; I am getting stronger and have more endurance; I am starting to like myself more.

Those things mean far more then the piddly little numbers on the scale.


  1. I'm glad you're feeling better about things today. I was going to leave a comment on your last post but was foiled by the Great Firewall.

    It seems like you are recognizing that the numbers are just numbers, but the lunges you did the day before? Those are a real change to your health, and your ability to keep up with the little ones. Keep celebrating the lunges and forget the 1.2. You're doing great!

  2. Hi Deb,

    I feel your pain. It sounds like you've been working really hard and doing everything right. At your age, hormones play such a role in fluid retention. Stay the course and stay away from the scale for a week or so and you will see your 10-lb. loss back, plus more. Promise!

    I went back and read your original post, and it tickled me that you wrote that your extra weight makes you feel like you're fifty. Let me tell you that "fifty" is a whole other set of hormonal and metabolic issues, so you are wise beyond your years to get a handle on your weight now.

    We can do this!

  3. way to wrap your head around it as best as you can! and vent's a needed least you vented instead of binging!!!
    also, i measure myself every week the day after WW you?