100 lb. Club - Why I hate exercise...or maybe it's the scale




Eliana
01-20-2010, 08:08 AM
I decided from day one that I was going to diet until the diet didn't work anymore...and then I'd throw in some exercise. The scale was in agreement! I lost 30 lbs in two months!

Then some little 3FC gremlins ;) suggested I start exercising now, even though diet alone is working. I really do love exercising. I love the rush of endorphins and the feeling I have for a few hours just after a good hard workout. I love, love, love the feeling of accomplishment as I improve.

What I do not love is that the dag-gone scale does not move! :devil:

It's not going up, but it's not going down either. It's fluctuating up and down about a half a pound.

When this happened before, I quit. I will not quit! I will remind myself that I got into a pair of pants that didn't fit AT THIS SAME WEIGHT a week ago. I will remember that 30 lbs ago I couldn't comfortably tie my shoes. I will remember that I was lieing to myself when I said I didn't like wearing my coat in the car because it was too bulky. I just didn't fit in the car very well with the coat too. I will remember that recovering muscles retain water. I will remember that TOM really does make us hold water and that possibly, just possibly, a WHOOSH is right around the corner.

*sigh* The good, the bad, and the ugly, right?


fashinjunkie09
01-20-2010, 09:28 AM
I just want to let you know I know exactly how you feel! It is so frustrating when you do something you know is good for your body but doesn't cooperate with the numbers on the scale (in my case they go up!) I have also lost a nice amount of weight without exercise, diet only (about 20 lbs). But I'm telling myself the same things you are and trying not to just give up on exercise because I love how I feel after and am sure I'll look better in the long run. Right?? :)

LaurieDawn
01-20-2010, 09:30 AM
It sounds like you're keeping track of calories, but I thought I'd just mention that exercise increases appetite, so beginning an exercise regimen is an important time to make sure that you continue to control calorie intake.

Other than that, you've got all the right answers. It's really tough to get over the mental block that just because the scale's not moving that we're not making progress. It sounds like you're doing great, though, so congratulations on getting the exercise plan started! All the stats say that exercise is an essential part of a long-term weight management solution.


Eliana
01-20-2010, 09:37 AM
I'm one of the weird opposite people with all things weight loss. Even if my appetite did increase, which it hasn't, I eat six meals a day of 200-220 calories each, period. There's no outside snacking so there's no chance I'm eating extra calories. I'm ridiculously disciplined.

I'll give it a week for TOM to get itself out of the way and then I'll think about increasing the calories. :dizzy:

Fashionjunkie, thanks for the encouragement. Here's hoping some good scale vibes come your way too. ;) Why is that number so important to us?

FitGirlyGirl
01-20-2010, 10:15 AM
3FC gremlins - too cute!

New exercise causes a scale stall for a lot people. Good for you for turning to the results shown in the fit of your pants instead of turning to the junk foods. I'm sure your scale will be moving again soon.

thistoo
01-20-2010, 10:18 AM
LOL, I seem to recall the 'gremlins' were talking about how exercise helps you fit in smaller sizes even at the same weight at someone else who doesn't work out, so you've proved the theory all over again!

Congratulations on the pants. I'm sure the scale will budge for you soon. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. :)

lovemyboy
01-20-2010, 10:30 AM
It does seem like you are being punished for doing something healthy. Don't give up. Your body is just adjusting to the new routine. With every stall eventually comes a whoosh.

Eliana
01-20-2010, 10:33 AM
With every stall eventually comes a whoosh.

Ooh, I like that. :lol:

brandijune44
01-20-2010, 10:43 AM
Eliana - thanks for sharing your story! It makes me feel better to know that "the number" matters so much to others as well! I'm not so weird afterall...haha. This time around I decided that I was going to focus on getting "healthy" instead of just losing weight. I started working out, along with dieting, from the very beginning. I am just not losing as much weight as I usually do at the beginning. It's so frustrating and I've realized that I do really focus on the number to keep me motivated. I like how you have focused on fitting into smaller pants...hopefully a NSV will come my way soon to keep me going. In the mean time...congrats on your accomplishments and thanks for the encouragement. If someone else has felt this way and overcame it...darn it, I can too! Thanks!

SNMomof1
01-20-2010, 10:54 AM
I'm so with ya, girl! I really think my issue is that I haven't been eating enough calories... but I'm terrified to eat more! Hang in there and I hope your Whoosh comes soon!

Eliana
01-20-2010, 10:58 AM
Eliana - thanks for sharing your story! It makes me feel better to know that "the number" matters so much to others as well! I'm not so weird afterall...haha. This time around I decided that I was going to focus on getting "healthy" instead of just losing weight. I started working out, along with dieting, from the very beginning. I am just not losing as much weight as I usually do at the beginning. It's so frustrating and I've realized that I do really focus on the number to keep me motivated. I like how you have focused on fitting into smaller pants...hopefully a NSV will come my way soon to keep me going. In the mean time...congrats on your accomplishments and thanks for the encouragement. If someone else has felt this way and overcame it...darn it, I can too! Thanks!

If you really sit down and think about it, I bet you can find something that's easier now than 10 lbs ago? It's amazing what 10 lbs can do. And, that's a whole bowling ball lost! But besides the stupid scale ;), what improvements have you made exercise wise? What can you do today that you couldn't do 1-2 weeks ago?

I myself just got back into it. But last week I walked up and down the stairs 5 times before giving in, and today I made it 6 times! :lol: (I do other things too, but that one's really measurable) And my last walk was a 25 minute struggle and yesterday I walked a good 35 minutes and wanted to keep going, but was pressed for time.

ubergirl
01-20-2010, 11:03 AM
Eliana,

Just remember, exercise may not be the culprit- you lost 30 pounds relatively rapidly and so you may just be playing catch up now....

If you were to ask me about my weight loss, I'd say that I've had LONG stalls... but weirdly enough, if you look at my long term graph, I'm averaging just over 2 pounds per week, which is about what I'm shooting for with my calorie deficit.

Give it time!

dragonwoman64
01-20-2010, 11:10 AM
one of my favorite movies, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

yep, stick with it. don't let the little ups and downs discourage you. (I know, the scale can feel cruel sometimes) :)

BeachBreeze2010
01-20-2010, 12:37 PM
Keep it up!

One thought - if you are only eating 1200 calories and exercising, you might be stalling your metabolism a bit. Never net out less than 1000 for too long. Your body might be resisting. When you exercise, you really need lots of nutrients and protein. Those muscles you worked so hard for in the gym can't build unless you feed them. Believe it or not, but I bet if you ate 1700 calories a day and burned 500 at the gym, you will lose faster than if you ate 1200 and didn't exercise at all. I know calories in - calories out, but muscle plays an important part in the equation too. Sure, you will see an initial stall, but overall, you'll subtract more by adding a little.

lonegirl
01-20-2010, 12:47 PM
I'm one of the weird opposite people with all things weight loss. Even if my appetite did increase, which it hasn't, I eat six meals a day of 200-220 calories each, period. There's no outside snacking so there's no chance I'm eating extra calories. I'm ridiculously disciplined.



To lose more you need to eat a bit more....when you exercise. Try adding in one extra serving of protein to feed your muscles. Added muscle burns fat more efficiently. If you don't fuel your body well when you exercise you may start losing muscle rather than fat...and make your body less efficient at burning it.
Even if you don't see a weight drop you may have gained a bit of muscle (it is more dense than fat) So if you notice clothes are fitting better then that is what is likely happening....fat takes up 5x the space of muscle.

S.A.S.H
01-20-2010, 02:22 PM
Hang in there. You are doing the best thing for your body and it shows in the way you feel. Like someone else said, it will woosh off eventually and then look at out world! :lol: I'll keep my fingers crossed that it happens soon for you. Keep going!! :dust:

marigrace
01-20-2010, 02:34 PM
Eliana, I also stop losing weight when I exercise alot, and I absolutely count every calorie, so that isn't the problem. I do believe that some people just put on muscle more efficiently than others. Hang in there, if you are getting smaller, forget the number and know that you are still losing fat.

matt_H
01-20-2010, 02:38 PM
When you start exercising, the scale can even go up. Its frustrating, but perfectly normal and natural. To build muscle, your body retains water.

You have to trust yourself and know that you are doing the right thing even when the scale doesn't move (or moves in the wrong direction). The scale will go down in time.

jenjem1020
01-20-2010, 02:53 PM
I've been down to a size 14/16 twice in my life. Once in college when I just ate less and didn't exercise; I weighed about 190. Then I gained some weight but started working out, exercising, etc. and got down to a 14/16 again but weighed 220. That's a 30 lbs. different but I wore the same size. I think the difference is the 2nd time around, I had a lot more muscle. I felt a lot better the 2nd time around as well.

Hang in there! Exercising is good for you....just remember that! And hopefully you'll see it in your waistline even if you don't see it in your scale.

Eliana
01-20-2010, 03:17 PM
I do believe that some people just put on muscle more efficiently than others.

I hadn't looked at it that way! I like that. I put fat on rather efficiently, why not muscle? I do make really quick athletic gains. I like that thought, thank you!

Eliana
01-20-2010, 03:18 PM
When you start exercising, the scale can even go up. Its frustrating, but perfectly normal and natural. To build muscle, your body retains water.

You have to trust yourself and know that you are doing the right thing even when the scale doesn't move (or moves in the wrong direction). The scale will go down in time.

Yes, mentally I'm kind of counting my non-movement as a loss because I know it could have been a gain. Does that make sense? I could have gained 2 lbs, but I didn't, so it's kind of like maybe I lost two pounds. I have no idea how to express what I mean. :dizzy:

PeanutsMom704
01-20-2010, 05:54 PM
When you start exercising, the scale can even go up. Its frustrating, but perfectly normal and natural. To build muscle, your body retains water.

You have to trust yourself and know that you are doing the right thing even when the scale doesn't move (or moves in the wrong direction). The scale will go down in time.


yep, this.

I just posted a link to an article that helps explain some of this and other reasons why the scale "lies"

http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/100-lb-club/191574-why-scale-lies-weight-flucuations.html

charlottekelsey
01-20-2010, 06:03 PM
START MEASURING, GIRLFRIEND!

When i get frustrated about the numbers, I remember how when i didn't go to the gym for 3 months and just dieted i weighed myself once after and couldn't believe i was down 5 lbs. because i felt soooo flabby. Sure enough, I had gained inches back in fat. Now that i have been back to the gym for 3 months, i feel a lot more toned, muscular, and sure enough i went up 3-4 lbs...but i would rather be muscular and lose fat slowly than a flabby number on a scale...and my measurements are back down to what they were. water weight retention is such a pain and really unmotivating but the only way to fix that problem is to stay hydrated...you have to drink a lot of water if you are exercising because you are breathing harder, sweating, and expending energy!

Eliana
01-20-2010, 07:01 PM
Peanut's Mom, I read that earlier, thank you. ;) I've read all that before, but it's one of those things you can never read too many times.

Charlotte, it's tempting. I did that once before, keeping track of my measurements. As I recall I wasn't seeing results. I think that's what made me quit. Neither the scale nor the measurements were changing despite insane exercise.

bluebutterfly
01-20-2010, 11:52 PM
Eliana, I love your sense of humor :dizzy:

Everyone has already given you great input...I just wanted to say "thanks for being you" :hug:

Eliana
01-21-2010, 07:34 AM
Eliana, I love your sense of humor :dizzy:

Everyone has already given you great input...I just wanted to say "thanks for being you" :hug:

Awe, thanks! What a sweet comment!


Update: The scale went up a pound! :rofl: BUT, I'm wearing, literally wearing, the pants I talked about yesterday that did not fit when I weighed one pound less last week. So it's all good! :carrot: I think the scale and I may drift apart for a few weeks. LOL!

It's all good!

Judy Lynn
01-21-2010, 07:53 AM
You mentioned TOM. That will definitely cause water retention. Just hang in there!

brandijune44
01-21-2010, 10:39 AM
Eliana - I just love your attitude! Thanks so much for taking the time to cheer me on and congrats on the pants NSV!!!