Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The scale is a fickle b*tch and not to be trusted.

Thanks to all who made supportive (or threats of flogging!) comments in response to yesterday's post.

Weighed in first thing this am (well actually yesterday since its now after midnight) and did NOT gain anything.  I couldn't believe it.

So, like I said "The scale is a fickle B*tch and not to be trusted!"
Certainly not one to let control my "moods or foods" (which usually go hand in hand) The 2 lb wt gain last week didn't start me on my downward spiral, but it sure didn't help. It most likely was mostly fluid shifts/water weight.

When I look back over the last week I realized inspite of several things I did "wrong" I did make several good choices:
1. As soon as I started feeling better physically, I started increasing my activity
2. Most of my bad food choices were the salty chips and salsa variety. Easy on the cheese.
3. Over the weekend ate too much - but the spaghetti was made with tofu noodles with a sauce was marinara with portobella mushrooms and black olives. And I made a pizza with the leftover sauce and a flat-out. Again, easy on the cheese.
Today was a good lesson - over time I can use the scale to assess my progress and keep me honest, but during once a week weigh-ins the scale isn't telling the whole picture. Not even close.

I'm in this for the long haul and its the process (increased activity and smarter food choices & portion sizes) that will get me where I want to go.  


  1. It's so true about the scale--it can't can tell so many lies. What matters is what it does over the long haul. None of us need it to tell us if we're doing the right things, but it doesn't let us lie to ourselves forever if we're not.

    It's a process--that's my favorite saying! We're not going to be perfect at this. I've learned a lot from the "bad" choices I've made and less than stellar runs of eating and exercising I've had (I think I'm must be in a learning process right now).

    Keep up the great work!

  2. I'm glad to see you back! And the scale really is just one indicator of how your journey is going. For me, I did weigh daily, but always kept in mind that it was really the downward trend to look at rather than the daily fluctuations.

    One other indicator I really liked was the way I could tell I was losing weight by the looseness of my clothes. That was as much fun as losing a few pounds!

  3. Just FYI: you turned up in my post today for some strange reason...

  4. Congrats on not gaining. Congrats on seeing the positives and the overall picture.

    The scale is a tricky thing. Right now I'm not liking mine. Like you, I'm focusing on the overall big picture. I really needed to read this today. Thanks for sharing.