Another weigh-in dang it!!!!
I lost nothing again!
Its just not fair!
Why is this happening to me?
I work so hard and I get no results!
I understand your frustration believe it or not, and its almost feels like why even try……your efforts are not in vain my friend. So many times I have jumped on the scale and gain 2 or 4 lbs one day and then it says I have lost 10lbs by the next few days. It is amazing how the scale fluctuates from day to day. It use to make me so upset but then I decided one day I am more than what that number says on the scale.
Here are 5 tips on how I got over the number on the scale
Tip 1: stop weighing yourself everyday
If you are weighing yourself every day STOP IT! Your body weight will fluctuate from day to day and one day it can say you lost 4 lbs and the next day you gained 2lbs. Do not take yourself through that mental battle its does nothing to help you stay motivate. I weigh-in once a week this gives me the weight average for the week.
Tip 2: measure yourself
sometimes we jump on the scale and say wow I have lost 10lbs and I have not worked out or did anything to lose the weight, well our bodies are pretty neat that we will sometimes hold water and when the body feels like it is receiving enough water it will flush out of our system. We also lose muscle mass. Then you can add hormones in the equation and man oh man, hormones can really cause our bodies to hold more water, less water and more weight and less weight. I have a measuring tape that I use to measure my bust, waist, and hips. This to me shows me how much weight I am actually losing in inches.
Tip 3: feel how your clothes are fitting
If I wasn’t for this bootcamp I wouldn’t even be weighing myself because that number on the scale means absolutely nothing to me, but weighing in is the easiest way to track progress in a group of people. What matters to me is how I fit in my clothes. I envision myself as a size 6/8. Right now I am about a size 10/12. If I feel my pants feel too tight that means I am gaining weight if they are loose that means I have lost some weight. I have this skirt that I envision myself in and it is a size 10 from target. Target clothes tend to fit tighter on me. Remember! Not all clothing companies make clothes to fit your body shape in the size you usually wear.
Tip 4: take pictures of yourself
I remember when I was younger I had weight problems in middle school I was one of the heavier girls, I have a picture for proof (so glad I didn’t burn it) one day people were asking me am I eating, telling me I look very thin and etc. I had no idea what they were talking about because when I looked in the mirror I saw a heavy girl, I was afraid to take pictures because I thought I was so ugly (long story…….another post). Long story short I had to have pictures taken for basketball and I saw myself for the first time in a long time and I did not realize how much weight I had lost. I went from 200lbs to 165lbs in a year from 8th grade to 9th grade. I was playing a lot of sports and eating like a boy and I didn’t even realize how much weight I had lost. I had to constantly take pictures of myself because in my mind I only saw the big girl but in reality I was fine. I still take pictures now to see my weight loss progress because my mind will play tricks on me. Last year I finally got over the year of being too small (a whole other story)
Tip 5: make a appointment with your doctor
Some of you may or may not know, but last year in October I was diagnose with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS makes it harder for women to lose weight. Guys I am here to tell you I put in work!!! I have to go to bootcamp, cardio for 30 mins at least 3 times a week and eat clean just to keep my weight down. I could easily give up, but I have made the decision that I will fight everyday for my health! I use to think man this is so unfair, but actually now I find it very fun. I find it fun learning new ways to eat. I am not perfect and I am still learning everyday and I have plenty more to learn but I am in a good place. I am learning to ask for help from others. There are professionals out here who all they do for a living is help you workout, help you eat right, help you find out what is going on with your body. It is a blessing. If you can not afford to pay someone to help you there are plenty of internet sources. There are illnesses that make you gain and lose weight. If you have hormone issues this effects your weight, if you have a heart condition this effects your weight, and if you have liver and kidney issues this effects your weight. I can go on and on. Most issues that you have go right back to two common denominators, what you eat and how much activity are your getting. In summary do not be afraid to make an appointment with your doctor to get checked out. I am glad I went to see my doctor so now I know what I have going on and what I can do to help my exercise plan work for me!
Alright guys I hope these tips help!
Do not get discourage, your health journey is not a waste of time and yes we all get discourage, but I look at it this way, I already know how I feel when I eat bad things I love the way I feel when I eat good things.
Take it day by day and stop beating yourself up!
God Loves you,
DISCLAMIER: This blog and post is not meant to be substituted as medical advice. This is my personal opinions base on my own experience. If you have any concerns about your health talk with your doctor and continue the medical regimen that the doctor has provided for you. Open the lines of communication and talk with your doctor about any new health plans you decide to start on.