Don’t Let the Scale “Weigh” You Down

by Karen on July 16, 2012

I felt compelled to write this article because I suffer from a common problem.. weight issues. I have in the past 15 years weighed more than I ever should have. I could blame it on a number of things stress, birthing two children, and many other things but all of these were excuses I used toBathroom Scale disguise the fact that secretly I didn’t like myself enough to maintain a nice physique because well….I didn’t think I was worth it.

I began my weight loss journey which not to be offensive but I hate that phrase about seven months ago.  For years my husband, who has maintained his nineteen year old body, has watched me struggle with my weight and emotions for that matter. Like most women I am blessed with the ability to eat my way to a better mood. Or at least that is the way I always feel about it. It seems the more depressed or stressed I get the more I reach for sugar. I have always been a self proclaimed “chocoholic” and have maintained that reputation even amongst family members. I would show up to family dinners and there was always chocolate fudge, chocolate pie or cake…with my name on it. People would even say “I made this for you.” Even though to this day I can’t turn down a dessert when it is placed in front of me I feel like for the first time I am getting my food addiction under control….slightly.

The Wake Up Call

It first began the day I stepped onto “my beloved” the scale and I was at an astounding one hundred and eighty one pounds. That wasn’t the first time that I had reached that mark but it was the first time while I wasn’t pregnant!! What a huge wake up call, no pun intended. I had heard from a friend about a weight loss center and had watched as she dwindled away right before my eyes. I again told myself sure she can do it but I can’t. She had explained to me what they had expected of her and I said “oh my…i could never do that.” Well, I was wrong. A few months later I went for a consultation and for some reason I decided I would give it a shot. The pounds literally flew off for the first couple of months. I would lose anywhere from a half pound to a pound a day. This was just what I needed. I am very much into instant gratification and instant results. I know what you may be thinking….what’s the magic pill they give you? Well, even though in all the years past I had been in search of exactly that, they simply don’t exist. They did offer a lot of insight on some of the things I already knew. For instance, don’t drink caffeine. I had heard that a million times but until I understood that it inhibits the liver’s ability to process fat, I had no desire to stop drinking it. I have also learned that the body does not recognize liquid calories, so the 500 calories I was drinking with my Pepsi addiction, I was drinking two twenty four ounce bottles a day, weren’t even considered by my body. Basically, I was adding those calories drinking and eating them too since my body didn’t recognize them and still felt hungry. So I gained knowledge and started losing weight. I gained self esteem and lost inches!

To date I have lost a total of thirty seven and a half pounds and forty five inches. I will put that in perspective for you, I have lost almost as many inches as I am tall. I am only five feet tall so that’s saying a lot.

I know that after reading all of this you are probably thinking what does that have to do with the scale weighing you down when it is showing you your progress? Well, like all good things the super rapid weight loss has slowed, my struggle with food continues, and I have started a regular workout regimen. I have decided that the scale is hurting me more than helping. I have been working out six or seven days a week for almost a month and the scale is broken!! Just kidding, but I have had some significant gains recently and even though my clothes feel the same or looser, the weight on my mind of seeing the numbers go up is heavy.  This article is not meant to tell you the secret to weight loss or to brag about my accomplishments only to say that I have struggled as much as anyone with weight and have found a few things that help with a lot of support.  Everyday is a new beginning with weight loss as it is with everything else. That is not something I am trying to convince you of as the reader, but myself.

*A special thank you to Jeni Mathews, you have been an inspiration and a great help. As always thank you to my husband for his support and at times constructive………..nagging.

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Jeni July 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

Hey now…I am just a fellow struggler on this path! So proud of you Karen. You are an inspiration to me in sooo many ways. It is very hard to finally realize that there is no quick fix pill. It really is eating less, eating better and moving more. One of my new favorite authors, Michael Pollan, sums it up perfectly:
Eat (real) food, not too much, mostly plants!
Always here when you need me friend. Keep up the good work. :)

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Danielle July 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

Karen, I know just how you feel! That damn scale is my best friend and my worst enemy at the same time! Sounds like you are doing pretty good now though! Keep it up!

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Karen July 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Danielle, Thank you so much! This is a great compliment! I am using this as motivational tool so I will keep you posted!!

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