Monday, February 22, 2010

The Scale

Tony has a great post about the scale today. I don't know if I am that brave. There have been times in my life when I have not owned a scale. I may have even pitched one off the roof of my dorm in college.... For the moment though I need to have one.

Mine said 157.4 this am. See, water weight. The body is so bizarre. It's amazing that after all this time the scale can still influence my mood. I wasn't feeling particularly thin over the weekend... But last night I was hanging a mirror in my bathroom and I had to stop and look. I mean really look at myself because I didn't recognize what I saw. My house is covered with mirrors, all vintage or antique, with crazing and chips but they are part of my success. You must know what you look like, but mostly I know what I look like from the front. What caught me off guard was the angle that I was looking at myself, sort of from the back and the side. I was tiny.

I'll admit to being glad that the scale reinforced that thought this morning.


Anonymous said...

I keep hearing that long-term weight loss isn't possible for 90% of people. Well, at almost 300 lbs and prediabetic, this is not what I want to believe; but I've lost over 100 lbs several times and always gained it all back. (Though I did maintain for 3 years once...before I let the sagging skin mess with my emotions.)

I mention all this because I decided to search the 'net for evidence that someone like me (overweight all my life) could actually lose the weight in a fairly sane and balanced way -- and actually keep it off.

Well, there you were. Sincere. Good sense of humor. Balanced. Smart. Sometimes silly and a bit nutty but in a happy way.


You see, I read all these bloggers who are understandably gung ho into their weight losses and their exercise programs, and I'm thrilled for all of them because I recall those fabulous feelings oh so well (on several occasions). But I also remember the eventual depression and feelings of horror as I watched my weight climbing back up again each time...not through binging but by just eating a bit more here and there, day after day after day. It really doesn't require binging (or eating junk food) to slowly become obese again. (I gave up refined foods, for good, years ago).

I was resigned to staying fat until I found your blog.


Two months ago I started walking 2-3 miles each day. After 6 weeks, I weighed myself. I had gained 2 lbs! And I had thought I was being careful with my eating. So then I decided to start weighing and measuring and journaling all the food I eat. I have ADD, so keeping track is very difficult and time-consuming. Still, I'm giving it my best.

Are you aware of any electronic tools that can help people like me to track our nutrient intake throughout each day? (Not just count calories or points). I tried counting weight watchers points but that did not prove effective for me.

Thank you in advance for ANY suggestions you can offer.

Sincerely, Robin

Sarah said...

I really liked It's 9$ a month. I haven't used it in a year, but when I did I found it very helpful. Actually was thinking a couple of months back on it wouldn't be bad given how I've not been feeling well. It's in an easy to use and clean format. Ads drive me nuts.

I occasionally use LoseIt on my iPhone but my battery life is poor and I need my phone to actually make calls sometimes. :c)

Sarah said...

And btw, I was at one point gung-ho about exercise. Twice actually. Once was all that walking I did in Boulder. But it was so nice out there, how could you not. The second time I lifted for months between surgery #9 and #10 because I had someone to go with me and a great physical therapist. I need help with this at this point so like I am fond of saying it is easier to just not eat the donut.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I'll check em out.

OMG. Surgery #9 and #10? I must have somehow blocked those out when I was reading through all your posts. (Sympathy denial?) I now have an even greater appreciation for your "it is what it is" attitude...very healthy and optimistic, especially considering the challenges and disappointments you've survived.