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Quick Vent - Scale vs. Measurements

Friday, July 03, 2015

I have a spreadsheet drawn up with projections of 2 pounds per week until October, when I will be starting skiing as a new hobby. (Yes, I'm type A.) I began this process on May 5th, and I had thought that I'd be able to drop about 8 pounds per month at MAX, but thought I could conservatively count on 4 or 5.

Throughout the past 2 months, I haven't been perfect, but I have improved. I'd say my diet has improved by about 40% and I took up boxing/kickboxing at a rate of 3-4x per week. (It's intense and I've been sedentary previously, so I need the recovery time.)

I'm very frustrated to say that I've only lost 2 pounds. TWO POUNDS. I've been monitoring measurements, which is slightly more encouraging. Thus far, I've lost 1 inch on the biggest part of my arm, and 1 inch on the biggest part of my leg, plus 3.5 inches on my waist. Yes, that is great and at least makes me feel slightly better. :)

In all my previous struggles with weight and health, I've never had a situation like this. I've always dropped a huge amount of weight in the beginning. I don't know if it's because I'm 30 now, or because the nature of my fitness is more muscle building than it has ever been, but it's hard to keep soldiering on with different results than I'd prefer. I feel like I'm in an endurance standoff with the scale.

I know this is boring reading, but I needed to write it down. I wish I felt more encouraged by the small progresses I've had, but every time I step on the scale I want to pick it up and hurl it violently at the bathroom wall. That's all.
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    THANK YOU!! I had no idea there were trackers here for those things! I'm absolutely going to make use of those, because I can visually see and feel my body changing a little but just not the scale. See, this is exactly the comment I needed. You rock :)
    1972 days ago
    I know what you mean. I actually gave up on tracking weight and focussed on things like measurements. Since you're type A, have you thought about other things you can measure? There is the 12-inch box activity/test/whatever that is on your SparkPeople tracking page. There are also things like how many pushups or situps you can do, how far forward you can bend while keeping your back straight, how close you can get to touching your toes while seated, how long you can hold a plank, etc. Those things might (might!) be more rewarding for you thank watching your weight not go down.
    1972 days ago
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