I Had to Ignore the Scale

Sunday as I was getting ready for church I was feeling slim.  No bloating going on and just generally feeling good about getting regular exercise in all week and not eating ’til I felt stuffed at any meal.  
Monday morning I felt pretty much the same.  I hadn’t tracked my food all week, so I really didn’t know if I’d done well on the food front, but I felt like I’d had a good week. 
Then I stepped on the scale at my Weight Watchers meeting.  
+1.4 lbs.
Hhmm… I know I had a little too much food some days, point wise, but I didn’t expect a gain after getting regular exercise in.  I even started using weights. 
Oh yeah.  I started using weights.  [lightbulb]
As I gathered up my things and headed to my seat I made a choice.  I chose to ignore the scale and instead be grateful for what I did well. 
I decided I would fix what needed fixing (I need to track consistently again.) and I would keep exercising like I have been.  My exercise has been cardio in a “heart rate zone” for 30 minutes at a time — nothing drastic — and I did start adding in weights 3 days a week.   
It wasn’t easy to let go of that frustrating “gain”, but I know better.  I’ve been at this long enough to know exercise isn’t out to hurt me and I know the benefits will eventually show up on the scale.  

About Leah@MyNewEnding

I'm a 44-year-old wife and mother who begins her day with God and coffee. When my youngest of 3 kids started college I went from a SAHM to a full-time job. I love being an attendance secretary. A lot has gone on since I started this blog in 2009, but one thing remains the same: I will not give up on my health. Join me as I share what that means for the season of life I'm in.
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4 Responses to I Had to Ignore the Scale

  1. Lori says:

    I think my comment got eaten.

    I still track my food. I find that when I don't, I tend to underestimate how much I'm eating. The little bits of food that you forget about or an extra handful of nuts. When I don't track is when the scale creeps up.

    I hate it when you feel thinner and then the scale says “Nope” LOL


  2. Finding Lori says:

    Sometimes it's just water weight. I know everyone says that but its true! I bet next week you'll be down and then some!! Good job not letting the numbers get to you!


  3. Leah says:

    I have come to grips with the fact I'll always have to track my food as well.


  4. Leah says:

    It did work the next week. Hooray! Now I need to make time to post about it. lol


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