Do You Stress About The Number On The Scale?

I wanted to post something on fitness. It has been awhile since I did so. There are a lot of people who get frustrated with their journey because of the scale. “I worked out hard last week and only lost two pounds”  or  “I watched what I ate but I gained weight.”

Here is my life in 24 hours.  I didn’t log my bathroom visits, didn’t want to give too much information. I did drink about 150 ounces of water and 16 ounces of milk so let’s say I lost in the bathroom what I drank during the day.

Here is what I would like everyone to take from this. Do not pay attention to the numbers on the scale. As you will see they vary greatly through out the day. Yes, you can weigh yourself each morning at the same time but more like once a week is enough. Listen to your body. How do you feel? Are your clothes looser or tighter?  Muscle weighs more than fat so you can be healthier and your clothes looser and you feel better even though the scale doesn’t show you lost any weight.

I did find it interesting that eating, or drinking, a healthy shake, a decent lunch and good dinner verse eating cookies and milk that the weight gains were comparable. I don’t know about you but I would rather eat a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and gain 1.2 lbs verse eating three cookies and a glass of milk for the same weight gain of 1.2 lbs.

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Morning weigh in at 0700.

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Drank 8 oz of water, do this every morning to get your body re-hydrated.  Weigh in at 0715.

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Ran 4.5 miles at 0800.  Notice the immediate weight loss.  I did not sweat 2.6 pounds off in 4.5 miles.  Benefits of exercise.

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After shower at 0840.  Notice I either lost another .4 pounds in dirt I had on me -not, or the benefits of exercise are still showing. After you exercise, your metabolism and all that is still going, hours after you are done.

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0850 -After morning shake. Arbonne vanilla protein with added chia seeds, Arbonne Greens Balance, and Arbonne Fiber Boost and Digestion Plus,  1 tablespoon peanut butter, 2 ounces of oatmeal, a squirt of honey

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1000,  after meeting at church for Temple Fit. Exciting news for the children.

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1200, before lunch. Keep in mind I have been drinking water all morning.

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After lunch at 1215.   1.2 lbs of spaghetti and meatballs with water to drink.

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1245 before going Putt-Putting.

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1500 (3 pm)  after playing putt-putt.  Just walking around for almost two hours and lost 1.6 lbs.  Also drank 16 oz of water during this time. Benefits of exercise and just moving around instead of sitting on couch.

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1700 ( 5 Pm) after mowing the yard.  Drinking water also.  Lost more weight from being active.

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1840 ( 640 Pm) Before dinner.   Drank lots of water.

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1900 (7 Pm)  After dinner and 8 ounces of milk

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2115 ( 915 Pm) Before 3 cookies and 8 ounce cup of milk. Notice still lost weight from previous weigh in. Body still burning calories from being active.

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2120 ( 920 Pm)  after cookies and milk.   Notice after just 3 cookies and a glass of milk I gained 1.2 lbs.  With dinner of a half plate of salad and 1/2 plate of cheesy chicken bake and the same 8 oz glass of milk  I gained 1.8 lbs.  Now, what would you rather eat ?

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2200 ( 10 Pm)  Did a quick circuit, 20 push ups, 20 sit ups, 20 jumping jacks, 20 mountain climbers, 20 lunges to get rid of the cookies I just ate.  Lost .6 lbs .  Exercise, movement.  It changes the body.

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The next morning after 8 hours sleep.  1.6 lbs lighter than yesterday morning.  I was active all day yesterday and ate well, minus the cookies – which I did to prove a point- and decent proportions.  Benefits show up.

Now if you are constantly weighing yourself you can see how you can go crazy.  Your weight will vary throughout the day, or even from day to day depending on what you eat and drink and how active you are. A good goal is to lose 2-3 lbs per week and stay consistent.

Be active and watch what you eat and quit stressing over the number on the scale.

Rob Nevins, The Scale Lies, Trust Your Size –  

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4 thoughts on “Do You Stress About The Number On The Scale?

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  2. I love this post! What a fabulous experiment! I might have to try it just to see how much my weight fluctuates at any given time and get an overall sense of what helps the weight and what doesn’t (even though I won’t even get on the scale right now as the dessert debauchery has caught up in my clothes and I can feel it).

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    1. thanks. I started thinking about it because I would weigh myself at work then go for a walk or run at lunch and come back and weigh again and be 2-3 lbs lighter. Let’s do an entire day and see what happens. You just got done celebrating another race. You are allowed to have a bad day or week 🙂

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