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ahyessophie
06-01-2011, 04:05 AM
I'd weighed myself at my Mum's house, thinking I'd weighed about 170, maybe 175. I was surprised by the number although I'd known I'd gained. Today I took the 4km walk to the store to buy myself a proper scale, secretly thinking I'd be surprised by a reading of 170 or so, since I'd had a couple friends mention I'd been looking slimmer. In reality, I weight about 20 lbs heavier than I thought. It's a huge blow to my confidence and I suddenly don't know where I stand with my goals. They feel impossible. Has anyone else been here? Felt suddenly shocked by a weigh-in? Any tips?


You are all lovely and I sincerely applaud those who have realized their goals - it's truly inspiring.


Ferumbras
06-01-2011, 04:17 AM
Oh, yes, I've definitely had this happen. It was good for me, though: it made me realize that I have to weigh in daily to stay accountable and kicked my butt to getting back on plan more rigorously.

Marmot12
06-01-2011, 05:21 AM
Dont be dishearted you have your own scales now :) just keep up with the weigh-ins and work a little bit harder when you go astray, it happens to everyone :)


sillykitten
06-01-2011, 06:31 AM
I just weighed myself, first time in over a year. Same as you I was 20lbs heavier than I thought. I thought I was about 210ish turns out I'm 230. HOLY COW! this is the biggest Ive ever been but Im not angry I knew i had put on weight and I have already started to change my eating habits so yeah its going to take longer and yeah goals are further away but we have decided to make the change so why get discouraged? This actually makes me more determined. I know I will never weigh this much again. When I weigh myself next wednesday its going to be in the 220's. Take it little by little dont give up and dont let those 20lbs knock your confidence! You're the same person you were before you weighed yourself. Give it a few weeks and those 20lbs will be history!

scarletmeshell
06-01-2011, 06:32 AM
I know your dissapointed but turn this into something positive. Now you can wiegh yourself more often. I weigh myself almost every day and it's made me understand the natural wieght flutuations my body goes through. Pat yourself on the back for getting your on scale. You can do this!

Crow
06-01-2011, 07:52 AM
I've had this happen too, and it is a shock. But like the others have said you can turn it into a good thing!

I also weigh myself every day to keep myself accountable. I've been struggling with the mindset that if I plan to lose weight I will, even if I do help myself to that chocolate muffin or heap of chocolate chip cookies.

That scales will be your best friend when you see it giving you more and more good news.

ahyessophie
06-01-2011, 04:19 PM
Wow, thank you all so much for your encouraging words! It's really good to know that others are having the same experiences. A lot of my friends are slim without much effort and those who aren't don't talk about it much. I'm starting to see why so many on here are praising the forum for supporting them.

I was a bit dumb though, weighing myself at night AND on carpet (I've heard scales aren't accurate unless they're on a hard surface but forgot that in my hysteria). This morning I was pleased to see a lower reading on the scale and have vowed to never weigh in before bed as it will just launch me into a not very nice place.

Marmot12
06-01-2011, 04:49 PM
I weigh myself in the morning before breakfast and in my underwear as i feel to many clothes add pounds loool

Crow
06-01-2011, 05:05 PM
I weigh myself first thing in the morning, bare-*** nekkid and on the way to the shower. :o

The sight I see in the mirror gives me that little bit more dedication to staying on track all day.

Ferumbras
06-01-2011, 05:06 PM
I second what Crow said.

carter
06-01-2011, 05:12 PM
Don't let the news about your weight change anything - why should it? Your game plan should be exactly the same whether you weigh 20 pounds more or 100 pounds more than you thought: formulate a plan you can stick to, and stick to it. If you do that, over time the weight will come off. Doesn't matter how much weight it is!

gagalu
06-01-2011, 05:42 PM
this happened to me a couple years ago. i went from 180 to relapsing and then finally stepping on that scale again, only to look on with horror at the number being 250. i didn't do anything to fix it and made excuses and gained another 24 lbs before i finally did something about it.

Coondocks
06-01-2011, 06:04 PM
Don't let the news about your weight change anything - why should it? Your game plan should be exactly the same whether you weigh 20 pounds more or 100 pounds more than you thought: formulate a plan you can stick to, and stick to it. If you do that, over time the weight will come off. Doesn't matter how much weight it is!

Well said!!

cherrypie
06-01-2011, 06:25 PM
don't worry about the number. It's just a number. You are still the exact same size you were before you weighed yourself and you still have the exact same number of pounds to drop before you hit the size you want to be.

sacal96
06-01-2011, 06:26 PM
ugh I got on the scale this morning and felt the saame way! I got on the scale this morning and even gained a pound from last week.. how insane.. lol. But definitely showed me now I've really got to get my butt into gear! Lets just keep on chuggin along towards our goals!! ;]] haha!

Proatthis
06-02-2011, 02:42 PM
I know exactly how u feel when I'm not dieting I'm terrified of the scale and never get on. So I hadn't been on in a couple of years. Well I just started this week back at WW and I thought for sure I was around 150 and instead the scale read 161.4!!!!!

I'm the type of person that needs to weigh in weekly or else I stray and let it slide.

Good for you for going out and buying a scale. Good luck with your weight loss journey.

erin9598
06-02-2011, 07:15 PM
I understand the feeling of seeing the actual number. I used a scale for two years that I knew was way off and kept ignoring that fact. My husband would always tell me how different the scale was at the gym or doctor, but I chose to convince myself it was more inaccurate for smaller people and probably right for me, hahaha. Needless to say when I had to go get a physical and saw the actual number it was a little traumatic. Of course like an idiot I continued to use my scale and push that out of my mind while I gained another 10 or so pounds.

I finally decided to do this and went and bought an accurate scale. Seeing the number and accepting it was really hard that first day and I must have weighed myself 15 times. Incidentally I kept the old scale next to the new one and call it my happy scale. It makes me happy when the happy scale drops and I know the other one will catch up soon enough. At some point I probably have to stop doing these little things to trick myself. :D

ahyessophie
06-03-2011, 01:58 AM
Don't let the news about your weight change anything - why should it? Your game plan should be exactly the same whether you weigh 20 pounds more or 100 pounds more than you thought: formulate a plan you can stick to, and stick to it. If you do that, over time the weight will come off. Doesn't matter how much weight it is!

You're exactly right. I still look the same in the mirror and ultimately the difference between where I am and where I want to be in terms of appearance is still the same. I'm just glad this has happened early in my commitment to losing weight so it hasn't set me back, it has just given me a more accurate picture of my starting point.

Thanks to everyone for the encouragement. It can be quite hard to talk about this type of stuff with friends in the *real* world and this community is proving to be really great. Good luck losing!

Loli
06-03-2011, 05:26 PM
Don't worry so much about the scale. Take your measurements today, work hard, and then, next month, take your measurements again! Your weight will always vary. But your measurements are gold!