100 lb. Club - What are your irrational thoughts?




calluna
10-22-2010, 11:02 AM
I was writing yesterday and realized that I had this utterly irrational thought process going. I would much rather be 149 than 150 pounds, because 149 pounds is on the lower half of the 100s - even though it is only 1 lb different, 149 seems much farther away from 200 than 150 does. :shrug:

It's completely ridiculous, and not rational at all. Just noticed. Don't know if I'll try to do anything about it, but it made me shake my head when I realized I felt that way and why.

Do you have any silly things like this going?


Sea
10-22-2010, 11:13 AM
Calluna - Yes, I have this mentality, too. It's the motivation of milestones. In all my weight loss efforts I seek these milestones. I count off the percentages of my 3 miles (soon to step up) each morning on my treadmill, percentages and fractions of my distance to goal, etc.

My most ridiculous mental game is estimating the minimum number of weeks in which I could reach goal. I know it is silly but it keeps me on plan.

odonnela
10-22-2010, 11:18 AM
YES!!!!!!!!! I must get to 249 because it is closer to 200 than 300! I was down to 254 and that 249 kept eluding me. I felt like if I just got to 249 the whole world would be sunshine and puppies and all the remaining weight would just fall off me. I let that 249 consume me so much that I feel/felt like a total failure for not getting there and I have actually started going in the other direction.


calluna
10-22-2010, 11:20 AM
odonnela, having articulated this do you think you'll be able to reverse the trend? I hope so! :hug:

SCraver
10-22-2010, 12:04 PM
Ya know - that isn't all that irrational. This is why prices in the store are
$x.99 Psychologically speaking - $4.99 looks like less than $5.00

I have irrational thoughts like - it is not POSSIBLE for me get below 200 lbs. (Like as if my body knows what number it is at!)

I have a lot of non-weight related irrational thoughts... Like if I worry about bad things happening - then they won't happen.

LiannaKole
10-22-2010, 12:09 PM
Personally, I'm very excited to get to 149 because a) it IS closer to 100 than 200, which my weight hasn't been for years and b) it means I'm a normal weight! :cheer:

And I'd rather be 149 than 150 because 149 is closer to my goal. And I'd rather be 148 than 149, and rather be 147 than 148, etc.

But one super irrational thing of mine is that I'm still not really convinced that I'm any smaller now than I was at 207lbs. I seriously half believe the scale is wacked and my clothes just got looser from wearing them. I know that's not true, but I don't believe it yet. And I doubt I will until I hit my goal or stay there for a while.

Rosinante
10-22-2010, 12:11 PM
Kind of.
If I can make 139 before I go on holiday, I'll feel 40lbs thinner than 140.

If I can make 135 at all, it will be one whole pound more than last time, and I'll feel 40lbs more successful.

If I can make 120, I'll have lost one pound more than half my original start weight, and I really want to be able to say I've lost over half my bodyweight.

caryesings
10-22-2010, 12:24 PM
But one super irrational thing of mine is that I'm still not really convinced that I'm any smaller now than I was at 207lbs. I seriously half believe the scale is wacked and my clothes just got looser from wearing them. I know that's not true, but I don't believe it yet. And I doubt I will until I hit my goal or stay there for a while.


This one for me. I keep reminding myself that it doesn't matter if it's "vanity sizing" that makes a size 8 bigger than it was 20 years ago. My butt is now in size 8 compared to the size 10 I was wearing only a few months ago and the size 24 I was wearing 18 months ago. Yet I still have times when I think it's the clothes that have changed, not me.

lazylioness
10-22-2010, 12:34 PM
I have irrational thoughts too. Some of them are old that I do not have any more

"it is ok if i eat this whole tub if Ice Cream, I walked to the store to get it so its a wash"

"it is just a little bit more butter than the recipe called for, it will not hurt anything"

I think I became the master of rationalization!

These days there are less of them, but they are still there. Figuring out the fewest weeks until I hit my latest goal is one of mine too. But I totally get where you are coming from 149 is OBVIOUSLY way less than 150 right? and 39 is still not 40! and 2 for 5 is for sure less than 2.49 a piece, so it is of course a great sale.

It is all just a mind trick :) I spent a long time tricking my mind into bad habits, now I need to trick my mind into good ones. So I say, if 149 is in your head that much better than 150 and it helps get to goal YAY for 149 :):)

Loving Me
10-22-2010, 01:06 PM
Definitely irrational thoughts lol!
I've just hit 149 this morning so I SO know where you're coming from there. I don't actually feel any different this morning, or look it, but to be able to say I'm 149 and not 150 is just so good.
I'm also guilty of working out how many weeks to a certain milestone if I lose a certain amount each week lol.
But my most irrational right now is after I've weighed and am then getting on with my day. I REALLY still can't believe I'm 10st 9lbs (in the UK we talk in stones and pounds), and I keep thinking that my head or eyes are screwed up and I've just been reading the scale wrong and really I'm 11st 9lbs or 12st 9lbs or whatever. ALL day I keep thinking, it must be wrong, the scale is broken or I read the number wrong....

Number8
10-22-2010, 01:55 PM
[QUOTE=lazylioness;3533489 2 for 5 is for sure less than 2.49 a piece, so it is of course a great sale.

[/QUOTE]

That's so true!!!! That's why everything costs 9.99 because 10$ would be too much to pay for that!
People make money on peoples' insistence that 99 is not 100!

ThicknPretty
10-22-2010, 04:13 PM
I am not a member of the 100 lb club but I've been known to creep over from time to time.

I am equally obsessed with 149. I've been bouncing around wildly in the 150's for...forever now and I just want to see that 4. It's the 4 that I covet and I know that it really makes no sense. I got close enough to taste it...but I've been slacking lately and have crept farther away. I WILL see 149!!!

I also sometimes manage to convince myself that if I were to step on a foreign scale, it would reveal that I actually weigh 50 pounds more than my home scale says. And that my home scale is just wrong and I haven't lost anything. It's really a head trip to look at the scale and see a difference, but look in the mirror and not see much at all.

I cannot eat ANYTHING off plan or I feel like I'm in the danger zone. I'm talking...gum, one piece of candy, one extra chip, one extra pickle, a cheez it. I'm so irrational about food now....sigh.

Eliana
10-22-2010, 05:19 PM
The most irrational thought I've had has nothing to do with numbers and I've mentioned it in other threads.

My irrational thoughts surround FOOD and particularly vegetables. I have it in my head that cooked is not as healthy as raw and if it's reheated I'd be better off eating air. :rolleyes: I have this horrible tendency not to "count" vegetables if they're cooked or delicious and I drive myself nuts trying to get in servings that my brain will accept. I hate it. It's illogical. I do eat TONS of vegetables but it doesn't feel right.

GirlyGirlSebas
10-22-2010, 08:43 PM
Oh yeah. I fight with serious irrational thoughts constantly. My biggest one? People who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off have something special about their brain or their mental processes. Kinda like Lance Armstrong or people like him. You either have it or you don't and few people have it. But, no one really knows if they are one of the "chosen" so we keep trying. Over and over again. Irrational? Yep.

EvilGidget
10-22-2010, 08:50 PM
Oh yeah... me too!

I irrationally think I shouldn't try because failing will just make it harder on me next time I have to try!

... Also have the one GirlyGirlSebas has...

I even struggle with harsh resentment towards people who actually have a metabolism that works lol... :dizzy:

onherweighdown
10-22-2010, 09:40 PM
I always panic that calorie information is inaccurate, especially when I go to restaurants.

A couple weeks ago, I went to my fave frozen yogurt shop, and decided to get a topping for my yogurt. All the toppings they have there, besides fruit or granola, are things like snickers, reeses, peppermint patties, which I didn't want. I pointed to one topping that I was curious about and asked the lady what it was, and I *think* she said 'yogurt chips' so I got those. Well, when I get outside and start eating it, I started to think that they were really white chocolate chips. I began spitting them out and picking them off the yogurt.

That is my nightmare. Eating something that I am led to believe is 'safe' and then finding out that it's not.

Jelbelle
10-23-2010, 01:48 AM
My fear is similar to SCraver's, I started at 234, I'm around 216 right now, and I feel like I haven't accomplished anything. I think about dropping the weight, and I see it go down on the scale, but they just feel like numbers, and that my body actually won't ever change in appearance.

I'm convinced that even if I weight 120lbs I would still look like I did at 234. I also don't believe that I can go below 200lbs. I mean, if I ever see 199 on the scale I don't know how I'm going to believe it's real :?:

Anyone else feel that way?

catherinef
10-23-2010, 01:51 AM
I have the "my scale is wrong" one, too! I am seriously worried that if I get on another scale, I'm going to find mine is out by like 10 or 15 pounds, which is ridiculous, and at this point, what would it matter, anyway? I've lost all that weight, haven't I? I look pretty darn thin, yes? So why would finding out I actually weigh a bit more than my scale says freak me out? Uh, because it would, that's why. ;)

Eliana
10-23-2010, 09:49 AM
My fear is similar to SCraver's, I started at 234, I'm around 216 right now, and I feel like I haven't accomplished anything. I think about dropping the weight, and I see it go down on the scale, but they just feel like numbers, and that my body actually won't ever change in appearance.

I'm convinced that even if I weight 120lbs I would still look like I did at 234. I also don't believe that I can go below 200lbs. I mean, if I ever see 199 on the scale I don't know how I'm going to believe it's real :?:

Anyone else feel that way?

Yes. ;) I still feel this way. But it ISN'T true. You certainly don't notice one pound differences from day to day by you will notice 10 pound differences, especially as you get just a bit smaller. This is where pictures help tremendously.

And my body drops in a weird way...maybe others do too. I lose inches first and then I lose weight. So I will notice that I am getting smaller as the scale stays the same, but my body stays the same while the scale goes down. :dizzy: It's very strange.

losermom
10-23-2010, 10:10 AM
I have the "my scale is wrong" one, too! I am seriously worried that if I get on another scale, I'm going to find mine is out by like 10 or 15 pounds, which is ridiculous, and at this point, what would it matter, anyway? I've lost all that weight, haven't I? I look pretty darn thin, yes? So why would finding out I actually weigh a bit more than my scale says freak me out? Uh, because it would, that's why. ;)

Catherine I have this fear too! I know that our scale is older and analog and that the scale at the doctors office weighs all of us about 5-10 lbs heavier. But I'm not sure that I can emotionally bear getting a new, more accurate scale. I just updated my weight maintenance range in my profile to more accurately reflect my current weight. This morning my scale read 130.5 which is probably at least 135.5. Are we fooling ourselves? I don't know. This whole weight thing is such a mind game. I also go round and round about the vanity sizing.

rachael
10-23-2010, 10:20 AM
Every time I drop a size, I basically believe that it's not a REAL size. For example, I am in a 12 now, but I am getting into tens. Those tens? Not real tens. They are big, mislabeled tens. Only when every 12 is too big will iaccept the tens.

ubergirl
10-23-2010, 11:04 AM
Oh yeah. I fight with serious irrational thoughts constantly. My biggest one? People who have lost a lot of weight and kept it off have something special about their brain or their mental processes. Kinda like Lance Armstrong or people like him. You either have it or you don't and few people have it. But, no one really knows if they are one of the "chosen" so we keep trying. Over and over again. Irrational? Yep.

Wow, girly girl...:hug::hug::hug::hug::hug::hug:

That was the EXACT thought that kept me binge eating for upwards of 30 years and morbidly obese for 20.... I used to read weight loss success stories and I thought they just didn't apply to me because I had some special psychological quirk.

I wish I could tell you how to get past it-- I did not get past it until I had lost a bunch of weight and suddenly it dawned on me that, like Dorothy and her ruby slippers, maybe I had had the power inside me all along.

I have nothing special. NOTHING. I am a binge-eating, cupcake loving, candycornaholic. I have thrown away half-finished packages of double stuff oreos only to fish the package back out again. I have tossed fast food containers out the window of my car (yes, gasp, littering...) so that my family wouldn't know I ate a whole fast food meal before starting dinner. I used to worry that my cause of death would be choking on a KFC chicken bone while driving and that the EMTs would find me with grease trickling down my chin.

But in reality, I didn't have a special quirk. I just loved food, and was very entrenched in my bad habits, and I REALLY didn't want to give them up, and the rest was just a big old scaffolding of excuses. Sadly, it took my close to 30 years to figure that out.

For me, my main weird irrational thought is that I will always be overweight even if I stay on plan for the rest of my life because my body is incapable of being thin.

Eliana
10-23-2010, 11:25 AM
I have nothing special. NOTHING. I am a binge-eating, cupcake loving, candycornaholic. I have thrown away half-finished packages of double stuff oreos only to fish the package back out again. I have tossed fast food containers out the window of my car (yes, gasp, littering...) so that my family wouldn't know I ate a whole fast food meal before starting dinner. I used to worry that my cause of death would be choking on a KFC chicken bone while driving and that the EMTs would find me with grease trickling down my chin.

Is it wrong that I found this hilarious? :rofl: It's all in the writing. ;)

ubergirl
10-23-2010, 11:41 AM
Is it wrong that I found this hilarious? :rofl: It's all in the writing. ;)

LOL, yes. Hilarious in retrospect...:dizzy:

I love this thread. I totally have the "my scale is wrong" fear, and the "I didn't lose weight, my clothes are just looser."

calluna
10-23-2010, 12:28 PM
I've been enjoying this thread too...and I laughed out loud at uber's contribution!!! Saef usually does that to me, too. We have some excellent writers on the forum.

It's really, really good to read about a lot of these things as I have had most of these thoughts too. One, for me, is a game - figuring out how long it would take me to reach goal if I lost x,y,or z lbs per week. It's laid out in a spreadsheet that updates as I enter new weights. The numbers don't bind me and it's fun.

But most of the rest of it...right now I'm feeling like I'm never going to get any smaller. I'll lose pounds, but won't get any smaller. Argh.

Rosinante
10-23-2010, 12:41 PM
I'm afraid that my scale is not registering properly, because the battery is getting low.
I'm afraid to buy a new battery for the scale, because it'll show that I haven't really lost what I think I have.

I'm still irrationally surprised when smaller sizes fit me. Even more irrationally, I'm relieved when I have to buy something in a bigger size (usually buttoned tops, I genuinely have a big applebelly); it proves that I'm right, and that I'm not really losing.

lottie63
10-23-2010, 12:44 PM
My irrational thoughts seem to fall on the other side of everyone elses spectrum. Hmmm.

1.) I think I can do this on my own
2.) I am not addicted to food/do not have a binging/compulsive overeating problem
3.) I am not an emotional eater.

These are things I am just now coming to terms with but DEFINITELY irrational in that ALL evidence has pointed to the contrary for YEARS and yet I was in total denial for a really long time.

spixiet
10-23-2010, 01:01 PM
I have a lot of non-weight related irrational thoughts... Like if I worry about bad things happening - then they won't happen.


I always make myself think about earthquakes as I drive over any of the bridges around San Francisco based on this same "logic" :D

lovemyboy
10-23-2010, 03:08 PM
I have tons of irrational thoughts about weight. I too would rather be 149 than 150. I see myself as larger or sometimes smaller than I actually am. I also think I can't do certain things in terms of exercise without even trying. I give these thoughts the time and attention they deserve - very little. In fact, I made it a point to do the very exercise I had an irrational thought about. Now i do it multiple times per week and actually like it. In terms of size I go by my measurements and not my head. The tape measure doesn't lie but my head can. Lol

Trazey34
10-23-2010, 05:29 PM
ha I love irrational thoughts! Whenever i see an ambulance i always say "good luck dude!" thinking when it's MY time someone will say it for me. Or I sing out loud when driving thru the underpass -- like singing will somehow stop the train from collapsing on my head LOL so hilarious!

weight-wise, I always thought irrationally that the size 3X i was buying was getting smaller, like from the manufacturer...not that i was getting BIGGER lol. But the biggest irrational thought was if "I can JUST deny myself every food pleasure in the world i'll be thin yay" ha, what a joke. Or if I never have ice cream in my house that means I'm successful eater yay! LOL as long as the entire world keeps ice cream and treats out of my way for the rest of my life, I'm fine ;) Better still - how about they stop manufacturing them??? oh wait, you mean i have to get my sh~t in order and control myself? what the what? reality sux

but singing under an underpass just makes GOOD COMMON SENSE :)

katy trail
10-23-2010, 06:17 PM
my irrational thoughts...i've had a bunch of them. the ones i can think of now are how irrational it is to think i can do waay more than i can actually handle. like cleaning the whole house in a few hours, or the insane amount of exercise i think i can do. worst when i think i can be perfect getting everything, eating, exercise and cleaning everyday. um rarely. i always ignore something.