Stupid Scale! I need to vent and some help

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m sorry you are struggling with this.

I have also been in a weight loss battle for several years and am only now starting to see progress. Perhaps the first step is to cut yourself some slack and also realize that whatever we weighed in highschool isnt necessarily a realistic goal for where we are at in our 30s (I’m right there with you).

Honestly, the only thing that has worked for me is a plan. Something I can stick to that isn’t too restrictive but has clear guidelines to follow along with.

You said you have lost the weight before so maybe stop beating yourself up and jump back on the horse. You know what works for you if you’ve done it in the past so you can do it again if you put your mind to it!!

Start with small goals and go from there.

Post # 5
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@VictorianChick:  First of all, I just have to say – scales TOTALLY suck. They lie. Your clothes are fitting looser – that should tell you everything you need to know. We are women – our bodies are NUTS. Water weight can fluctuate from TOM, sodium, or any other number of reasons. Scales suck. Go by your clothes. 

Now, as for the sugar stuff. Unfortunately, sugar is addictive. It’s been scientifically proven. The only way to break the addiction is to avoid it. For many people (myself included) it is extremely difficult to enjoy sugar in moderation, especially if you are in the middle of a severe sugar addiction. Back when I was hooked on sugar, I couldn’t eat one cookie. One cookie would lead to 10, which would lead to a quart of ice cream, etc etc. It took probably a good 6 months of avoiding sugar for me to be able to reintroduce it responsibly. Now, I can enjoy a treat once in a while without going crazy and binging. 

Best of luck in your journey. Sounds like you are off to a good start – stick with it. It will be so worth it when you get there!

Post # 6
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

First of all, throw out that stupid scale!!!!  There are more important numbers than the one on a scale or on the tag of your jeans.  Take photos, take measurements, make sure your blood pressure & cholesterol are in check.  

Ok, so you’ve ‘upgraded’ your carbs.  Good start!  Next step:  eliminate processed foods like pre-packaged or frozen meals, fast foods, etc.  Focus on eating lean protein, slow burning carbs (brown rice, whole wheat bread, oats, quinoa, etc).  Drink water.  Lots and lots of water.  No soft drinks, high calorie smoothies, coffee loaded with cream and sugar.

To tackle that sweet tooth, try snacking on fruit (still high sugar, yes, but better for you than a bag of candy).  Make low-cal, high protein smoothies for dessert (toss in a banana, a handful of frozen berries, some greek yogurt, and a splash of juice).

What are you doing for exercise?  I would aim to do 1-2 days of weightlifting.  This will build lean mass which burns more calories at rest than fat mass does.  Also, regardless of the number on the scale, your body will change shape.  You will be toned, healthy, and trim.  

Aim for 1-2 days of cardio- walking, jogging, swimming, spin class, zumba, whatever.

Toss in a day of interval training to really torch your metabolism.


You’ve done it before, you can do it again.  Look at this as a lifestyle change, not a diet or quick fix.  Make small changes to start, then build on that.  Set small goals.  Take it one day at a time 🙂  You didn’t gain weight in 3 weeks, so don’t expect to lose it all in 3 weeks… be kind to yourself and be patient, but work hard and don’t slack off or make excuses.  You can do it!!

Post # 8
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I never owned a scale until moving in with FI.  I got into the habit of weighing myself every day and that does a number n your head (I wish FI wouldn’t do this… 🙁 )

Anyway, I have been trying to eat cleaner so to speak, and Fi and I mostly eat healthy but we like our nights out.  We’re switching to low cal beer on some of those nights out… But yeah, I love all carbs pretty much. 

Weightlifting, as DaneLady says, is excellent.  I am training for a marathon now and wish I had more time to lift!


Good luck, we’re all here for ya!

Post # 9
1634 posts
Bumble bee

@VictorianChick:  I am in the same boat. I lost a bunch, but now I have totally plateaued… for 2 years. I have tried everything, but was expecting results as quickly as I had when I was 200 pounds. I will have the BEST week ever and be so pumped for “weigh day” because I feel great, I look smaller, my clothes are loose, so I jump on there all excited… and I’d gained 2 pounds. M*OTHER JKHSUKYRKBFKJJK!!!!!!! SO INFURIATING! Know how I fixed it? I stoped weighing myself. When I took the importance out of that number and put it into how I feel and how my clothes fit, my whole attitude changed. Its only been 3 weeks, but i dont have the highs and lows like I used to. I dont binge after weigh day because “it doesnt matter if I eat good or bad, so I might as well eat whatever I want!”

I have been doing Jillian Michaels 30 day shred DVD, its short and its intense. When I get up at 5 am to workout and bust by arse you better believe I’m not putting junk in this body. Every good decision leads to another good one, I can see more muscles, less jiggle and I’m proud of myself. Thats the most important thing. Being mad at yourself wont solve anything, it just makes you depressed and want to eat. Accept where you are and make a plan.

Im a HUGE sugar addict…. I forgot to eat dessert yesterday…. I FORGOT! are you KIDDING ME! if i ever forget anything it’s NEVER dessert. I really feel like its mostly in your state of mind. Dont give up on yourself, you can do it.

Post # 10
2079 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@VictorianChick:  You could be losing fat and gaining muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat but fat takes up more space. Regarding sweets, I have a few vices, Skinny Cow, 100 calorie snack packs and low-fat Greek yogurt. They satisfy the cravings without causing me to gain weight.

Post # 12
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@VictorianChick:  I’m following Weight Watchers (meetings not online) and am also running regularly. I have tried some other methods but have found everything else to be too rigid or restrictive and I inevitably rebel at some point.

I love running so that has become a natural activity choice for me and I like that you can see clear progress if you pick a distance or a speed and then train for it.

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