100 lb. Club - I Bought A Digital Scale Last Night.....
Ivanna B. Skinny
07-10-2004, 09:35 AM
:censored: I bought this digital scale last night, brought it home, tried it out and nearly had a heartattack!! According to this new scale I was almost 10 pounds higher than I thought! :faint: So, I weighed again this AM, and was up only 4.5 pounds, so Ive adjusted my signiture. I feel like I really gained those pounds though. I was so sad to see 216.5 :o flashing up at me, but I weighed on my old dial type, and was at 212, so I know I really didnt.
07-10-2004, 12:11 PM
You should be able to adjust the scales so it matches what your old one does. Check the instructions and see. Maybe try your doctors scale and go from there.
07-10-2004, 12:38 PM
Aww, Amy Jo, I know EXACTLY how that feels! Well almost........I had been weighing myself at the doctor's office, and then I started weighing myself at home, and did that for a while before going back to the doctor's office to weigh there -- and when I did, I was like 8 pounds heavier than I'd thought! So when I got home, I just adjusted my home scale to match that of the doctor's office, adjusted my totals, and moved on. It was VERY disappointing, so I completely understand. Then later I got the digital body fat scale that I use now, compared my weight on it to the one at the doctor's office, and I'm good to go. Once you get over the disappointment and continue to see loss you'll forget about it, but it does suck when you're in it. Just remind yourself that you're doing great and keep on going!! :grouphug:
07-10-2004, 01:44 PM
My digital scale and my doctors office scale are always within 1 lb of each other, I'm lucky cuz I know if I were in that position I would be totally discouraged!! Hang in there :)
07-10-2004, 03:20 PM
awww, that is totally discouraging. I'm sorry :(
BUT.. it doesn't change teh amount of weight you've lost! You are still doing great.
07-10-2004, 07:02 PM
I'm sorry that happened to you!!!
I "gained" 14# when I got on the scale at the doctor's, instead of the scale @ my friend's house. It galled me, but I started using medical scales only for my weigh-ins, that way there are no "surprises" at the doctor's office. Of course, now that my gym has closed, I have no other choice.
I really don't think you "gained" 4 and a half pounds, I wouldn't count it as a gain. :(
Ivanna B. Skinny
07-10-2004, 09:24 PM
I havnt been to the doctor in quite a while...can you just go in and ask them to weigh you? I'd like to know how accurate my scales are.
My dr's were always very happy to accomodate me just walking in and asking to weigh myself. The one dr's nurse would just take me into an empty examining room and the dr I go to now has a scale out in the hallway in the back or I could go into an examining room. Just go in and say "I'm a patient of dr. whatshername and I'd like to use one of your scales to get an accurate reading if it isn't too much trouble". If you are nice and polite and go in at a time when it isn't their really, really busy time it probably won't be a big deal.
I also had the same problem when I bought a dig scale. I knew I was more than what my other scale was showing me and I didn't feel confident that it would be showing accurate losses or gains so I bought a good dig scale.
07-11-2004, 12:46 PM
My doctor aways let me come in to wiegh. They were thrilled that I was trying to lose weight. I have been wondering if I will have this problem when I can start weighing at home. I know our scales match our doctors but I don't know how the ones at work are. I would imagine they are pretty acurate but not sure. I have 46 more to go before I can weigh at home. I can't wait.
07-11-2004, 07:40 PM
Amy Jo... Hey, don't get down on yourself! Look at the bright side you know where you are and are now SURE of where you are going! I have total confidence that you will knock out those "extra" scale pounds.. Hey, its a motivating factor right? A kick in the pants? I dunno just trying to put my positive spin on it.. Not doing such a good job am I? Don't let it set you back! Youre doing a wonderful job... REALLY!
07-11-2004, 11:39 PM
Don't focus on the scale numbers. Focus on how your clothes are fitting or how many inches you've lost.
07-12-2004, 12:10 AM
.......And on how much HEALTHIER you are since starting on February 16 to make all the positive changes you've made to get this far! When I have a disappointing scale moment, it helps me to remind myself of how much my health has improved since starting, and how much prouder I am of the decisions I make now......don't you just plain FEEL better?
Ivanna B. Skinny
07-12-2004, 12:36 AM
Sarah, yes I do feel better! Thank you all for your encouragement! I really appreciate it! When I weigh in inthe AM, I'll just have to remind myself that the number doesnt reflect my overall health! Thank you all again! Im so glad I have you all to encourage me!
Also...I have a question thats a little sensitive. My DH is 36, 6'4", and probably weighs about 350ish (Im not sure, maybe more...his jeans are size 48 and are tight) I really want to encourage him to start watching his own weight, but all my efforts thus far havnt worked. I know it has to be something he wants for himself, but frankly, Im worried about him. He has chronic back and knee/leg pain, and is often very down on himself. Even when I fix a healthy dinner though, he'll alter it enough to make it "unhealthy". For example, if I steam broccoli (which he loves) He'll get out the Velveeta, and smother it in cheese. I cant keep him totally away from these types of food, b/c our family owns a grocery and he works there every day. Any way...my question is this...How do I help him to decide to start taking better care of himself, and maybe even loose some weight?
Thanks for listening.
07-12-2004, 01:50 AM
Boy that is a tough question. I don't think you can make someone. As much as we love our spouses and want them to be healthy the more we push the less they want to do it. I think the only thing you can do is be an example. Maybe if he sees you're feeling better and happy about the way you look he will want the same. If you try to push him into it you will most likly succeed in the exact opposite. I hope he will see that he can have a much better life than what he does. He blessed to have a wife who cares enough to take care of herself and care about what happens to him.
07-12-2004, 12:31 PM
My husband scoffed at the changes I started making in the beginning. That "I ain't eating no tofu mentality." My husband loves a challenge and when I started I challenged him to not drink regular pop for 2 weeks. Sure enough he lost like 8 pounds in two weeks just by giving up his mountain dew. Now for the most part he does drink diet pop but he will have the occassional mt. dew (he can't stand the diet or I'm sure he would've switched to just it). As for food he now rinses the hamburger meat when cooking it and a few other changes. I just slowly change things out.
To get him to exercise, tell him you need to talk to him and go for a walk and just talk about life or whatever. Make it 10 minutes or so.
07-12-2004, 01:20 PM
Amy Jo, that's a dicey one. My partner really needs to lose weight, too, and she was EXACTLY the same as your husband, adding cheese, butter and salt to all the healthy stuff I prepared....and then as she saw me just sticking with it and losing weight, and saw that I was gaining on her, she cooled it a little. She still adds a bit sometimes, but she's getting a little better, and has even lost some weight by default! She says that when I reach her weight, that'll be the day she jumps on the wagon. Good news, because I'm now exactly 10 pounds away from her weight!
I know that the more I spoke to her about it, the more she shut down. Just like with her smoking. The most persuasive thing I've done is to succeed. She's definitely been influenced by that, and is now making a lot more healthy choices than she used to. It sounds like -- painful as it is for those of us who love them -- our spouses have to just make up their own minds. So the only thing we can do is influence, not control. I always invite her to exercise with me, and I don't show disappointment when she declines -- and I make darn sure I give her lots of happy, positive feedback and encouragement when she accepts (even going so far as to give her the remote control when she's on the treadmill and I'm on the bike! ;) :lol: ) I want only positive, happy thoughts and associations attached to it. Likewise, my own experience: I make sure she knows how good I feel, and I make sure I communicate positively about the process itself (ie. not complaining, not whining, not being wistful about the things I can't eat, etc.) I just keep on keeping on, and try to set a good example. And then I just really show her how much I love her, so she feels extra safe with me and doesn't feel at all threatened by my weight loss or feel judged for not doing it with me. And, when she gets around to joining in, I'm not going to make a big deal about it; I'm going to be happy and excited, but not with a big production or with any goals or pressure added.....unless she wants to compete, and then it will be ON!! :coach:
Ivanna B. Skinny
07-12-2004, 02:03 PM
Sarah, you always put such an uplifting postitve spin on things! I never thought that just fixing the healthy meals wasnt enough. I have to be more positive about it as well. I'll admit that when I see him pile on the cheese I ogle it! So, starting tonight instead of saying "Im not fixing _____ because of _____(fill in the blanks), I'll tell him what were having with a smile. Thanks to all of you for your support!