Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Weigh in is all over the place

My weigh in is all over the place. First, I was down a pound, then got back on and it was up a pound. It is a cheap taylor scale that is digital. I think it's on the fritz and I'm ready to chuck it out the window. So, I will count my wt as a maintain this week and maybe look into a tanita scale or something.

What scale do you use? I almost want to go back to ww and just weigh with them and not have a scale at all. It feels detrimental to me and my mood depending on what the scale says on a given day. I do have another one by taylor too that has the big dial but it isn't accurate either cause if you stand on it 2 different ways you get 2 different readings. Arrgghhh! There is the option of weighing in at the gym with the 2 scales they have there.

Thanks for your comments about my friend Dawn and dealing with cancer. I'm having insomnia about just thinking what she will face as she gets sicker. I asked her what she wanted to do, if she wanted to take a trip down to the caribbean and she said no. She just wants to spend as much time as she can with her daughter and husband. I think that's what I would want too if I really wasn't sure how long I had left. My friend and I, Yvette, will go down to visit in July and I have it planned out already. Got frequent flyer miles and got a free hotel stay. I must have spent too much money the last 2 times I was down there but at least I won't have to shell out any for the hotel. It will be hotter than hades in July and be in the 100's! Dawn said if she was up to it we would go out on their boat and her hubby would take the day off to take us. We'll see. We decided not to stay with them as I'm not sure how she will be feeling and I don't want to burden her with having to make us meals, etc. My friend doesn't want to stay around the husband as there are ill feelings there as he has done some awful things. Cheating on her with a friend about 2 years ago. I have ill feelings too. But Dawn went back to him and he has tried his best to be a good father. There is lots more to this and let's just say she is way to good for him. Not sure why I'm bringing this up now. I have moved past it and we get along ok now. I have to for her sake.

In other news, I am exercising a lot and got in a 14 mile bike ride yesterday. I am having trouble with my left knee but the pain is gone today. My hubby says maybe I'm not fitted properly to the bike but hey it's just a mountain bike. I will try jogging today to see how my leg feels. I also will try yoga tomorrow if I have the time. I haven't been getting in the stretching component lately.

I'm reading a new book called "The Beck diet solution, train your brain to think like a thin person". It is interesting. The lady, Dr. Beck, is a cognitive therapist and it's all about dealing with your thought patterns. It doesn't have any specific diet to it. I like the approach so far. Here's what she says about 'which muscle are you strengthing'?

'you'll often find that I refer to two muscles: your resistance muscle and your giving-in muscle. I'm actually talking about your tendency to think and act in certain ways.
Every time you resist eating something you shouldn't, you're strenghtening your tendency to resist in the future. However, each time you give in and eat something you shouldn't, you're strengthening your tendency to give in.
So whenever you feel the urge to eat something you're not supposed to, think about which muscle you really want to strenghten. If you want to lose weight and keep it off permanently, you need to take every opportunity to strengthen your resistance muscle and to weaken your giving-in muscle.'

Well, kind of make sense. I was on track last year and felt like nothing could stop me and didn't give in very much. Once I started giving in to the fat foods, it seemed harder and harder to resist them. You also have to make a list of reasons 'why you want to lose weight' and post it on a 3x5 card and refer to it daily. Also to post reminder notes to look at it. She thinks if you do this, you won't stray when you are tempted. It's worth a try! Other things are common sense like eat sitting down, give your self credit (stay positive not conc. on your negatives), eat slowly, find a diet coach. I haven't gotten to the part about overcoming cravings and overeating so I will let you know what I think of the rest of the book. It helps me to get my head right and not think about my next meal! Ha!

I hope you all are having a good week. We are finally having 70's and some 80's degree weather so it's great.


Chris H said...

I really must practise using my resistance muscles me thinks! Like you, I was on fire and on track a while ago, but it has all flown out the window! Darn... And I hope you get to see your friend Dawn real soon, try to bear the heat.. jump in pools often!

FatMom said...

Scales make me nuts! I have a basic one here at home that I use once a week, then I will "cheat" and weigh at the gym once a week, and then there's the one I weigh in at during my "Fat Class" meetings. That's the only one I actually tell myself to remember! Thanks for the blurb about the "resistance muscle!" Cool idea!

Living to Feel Good said...

I've gone through 3 scales all that have read bizzare numbers. One thing that was always accurate was the WW scales, but that would suck for you to pay just to weigh in if you didn't feel like doing it. You know? Maybe try the scale at the gym for a while?

Spidey said...

I bought a Tanita Scale on e-bay for $75US including shipping. I am very patient on e-bay, so I usually wait for a good deal. I have not checked prices lately, it might be lower now.

The Tanita Scale that I got goes up to 450 lbs. Back when I got the scale I was about 420lbs., so none of the normal scales would do.

Get a scale that you believe in, as it validates your efforts!

Terri said...

With all that your friend is going through. You are an awesome friend.

Scales are crazy aren't they!

I been real happy with Health-o-meter scale. I think I gave around $50.00 for it and it is digital. I have had it for five years and it seem to be accurate what with the scale that the doctor weighs me on. I weigh myself two to three times in the row to make sure the number doesn't change and so far it has treated me nice.