Post # 1
I have been on a diet. My scales told me that I started at 147lb, and over the course of almost two years, I am now down to 115lb.
I went to the gym yesterday to get some personal training advice, and they weighed me in… at 125lb! I said “wait a sec, I weighed myself just this morning” and decided to double check on their other scales.Their other scales confirmed my weight at 125lb.
What. The. Hell. I am now barely into the “acceptable” weight category, and my medically ideal weight is 25lb less than I weigh now (100lb, taking into account my height and build).
… I know this doesn’t change how much weight I’ve lost overall, but it’s so depressing. I really don’t think I can face another year of depriving myself… I thought I was only a few months away from my goal weight!
Post # 3
I hear you. Are you on your period? I know weight creeps up when it’s that time of the month.
Weight is a pain and I know I’m trying to lose it myself. How are your clothes feeling?
Post # 4
How do you feel? Do you feel better about yourself? Do you have more energy? Do you feel more fit? The scale is just a number – how you feel is a measurement of progress. If you really the need to quantitatively validate your weight loss, you should take measurements instead of weighing yourself.
Unless you’re extremely petite, I don’t think 100 pounds is an ideal weight for most adult women.
Post # 5
@abbie017: Unless you’re extremely petite, I don’t think 100 pounds is an ideal weight for most adult women.
Agreed. I’m 5’1″ and my “ideal” weight range is 101-132, which I think is ridiculous. I’ve been 101, and I think I look awful under 110. I weigh about 115-20 right now, and that’s perfect.
But yes, the scale is just a number. It doesn’t take into account muscle mass vs. fat, and it doesn’t tell you how beautiful you are, or that your worth is not measured by a scale.
Post # 6
Yeah guys… it was my scale. Not my period. I weighed myself before breakfast on my scales… 115lb. I then weighed myself at the gym at 3pm… 125lb. I went home at 6pm and weighed myself there… 115lb. My scales are EVIL LIARS. I have now ordered new scales.
I look much better than I did before, but heck… what must I have weighed before, if my scales are 10lb out? I just find it depressing, even if it is just a number. It’s just a bit of a nasty surprise, that’s all.
In response to @abbie017
, I am not only short at 5’0, I’m petite as well. My target weight keeps changing… sometimes I think “hey, 112lb will do”. Sometimes I think I’ll aim for my pre-FI weight of 107lb, and sometimes I think “what the hell, aim for 100lb and once you start looking too thin then you can just stop”.
As a woman, I have two medically ideal weight ranges which will statistically maximise my life expectancy (my current goal) according to the BMJ (British Medical Journal). The first range is 124-130lb, which would place me towards the high end of a normal weight range, or make me slightly overweight (my current weight category). It is theorised that women (but not men) who weigh within this range produce more oestrogen, which has a protective effect on their internal organs. Therefore, they live longer. The second medically ideal weight range is 100-108lb, which would place me towards the low end of a normal weight range. The theory is that people with very little overall body fat have little visceral fat, which increases longevity.
I have to bear in mind that my body shape has changed over the years… I used to be extremely slim and muscular at 112lb, and I thought I looked fantastic. However, I’m not carrying the same muscle mass that I was back then, so I will probably have to drop lower to get the same sort of look. The problem is that I won’t know how low until I get there. I do know that I definitely don’t want to be over 112 though. This does explain why I was looking at myself in the mirror though, and thinking “that’s odd…my body shape must have really changed, because I look nothing like I used to at 112 and I should be almost there”.
I’m just mad. Stupid scales!
Post # 7
Okay, let me first say that I think you really should see a counselor. Your mindset screams “body dysmorphia” to me. You do not need more than one scale (hell, I say you don’t need one at all), nor is weighing yourself multiple times a day very healthy. It sounds like you’re on a track down a very dark path. 🙁
I am short and petite and the “medically ideal” weight range you posted is too thin. I looked awful and sick when I was that thin. I wasn’t sick, that’s just how I looked, but still, I was SHOCKED at what I looked like at 100-105. And yes, your weight WILL vary throughout the day. I fluctuate about 5lbs from morning to afternoon/evening, and that’s perfectly normal.
Post # 8
ok your problem is that your home scale is 10 off from the one at the gym, not too bad. I know my scale is about 5lbs off from the one at the doctor’s office. So I just figure that into my weight at home and at the doctor’s lol no big deal. Your weight at the gym is my goal weight btw lol and for my height that would be perfect for me, so it’s all relative.
Post # 9
@Rachel631: Aww! Don’t stress it! You might be overanalyzing this and driving yourself crazy just a little.
Ditch the scale and be happy with yourself! You’ve been working hard for 2 years, keep doing the same thing, and if you can, add some cardio here and there!
Post # 10
Eee that is no fun! Something similar happened to me at the doctor’s office last year, my scale at home always said 116-118 and then the one at the dr’s office said 121, and those extra five pounds made me realize I needed to take control.
As a fellow petite lady (5’0″, 100 lb) I highly recommend weight watchers coupled with an exercise regimen. I did c25k the running program and stuck to weight watchers and lost those 21 lbs in about 4-5 months. Best news is I stopped dieating in May and have kept all of the weight off. I had a hard time losing weight becuse 5’0″ at 120 isn’t actually unhealthy, it’s just not us at our best. But ww helped me get down to a range where I’m happy. And I’m not “overly skinny” either so I wouldn’t worry about that unless you drop below 100 lb.
Best of luck!
Post # 11
Woah, dude! Too serious. I weigh in once a week, which was yesterday morning. Then my trainer wanted to weigh me in at the gym that same day. Obviously, seeing as there was such a disparity between the sets of scales, I had to check again to see if my scales were broken when I got home. It confirmed that my scales are not working, so I ordered a new set which also weighs muscle mass and fat. After it arrives, I will chuck the old scales. I am also well aware that weight fluctuates throughout the day, which is why I needed to make sure it was the scales and not me!
I started this diet because my doctor told me that I needed to lose 2.5-3 stone (35-42lb), something which I totally pooh poohed at the time, but eventually came around to. This diet has been done under proper supervision all the way. Sure, I want to look good… I want to look like I used to when I weighed 112, but I realise that my body has changed since then, and that I may have to drop lower to make up for my lost muscle mass, seeing as I used to work out more than I do now. That’s why I want to drop to 112 and then play it by ear. What’s so wrong with that? I’m basing my goal weight on a set of medical statistics as well… I want to maximise my life expectancy. Nothing wrong with that!
Post # 12
Congrats on your weight loss! I know what you mean about height and weight as well… to a certain extent, you have to drop down and then wait and see if you need to lose more when you get there, I think. You can’t just tell from a number.
Thanks to everyone else as well. I know it’s illogical to be bummed about the number on a scale when you have nonetheless lost weight… but it’s just really frustrating, if you see what I mean!
Post # 13
hey you know scales work best on hard surfaces (tile not carpet) and the floor has to be flat right? also make sure the scale is zeroed properly – when nothing is on it, it should read “0” and not like -5.
Post # 14
I’d be bummed, too, so I get where you’re coming from. My doctor’s office scale says I weigh less than I do, but that’s not the scale I use every day so I try not to let it factor into my mental calculus.
Body image-wise, there are some realities that you need to face; if you’re not as muscular as you used to be, then yeah, you are going to have to be lighter to get the “same look”, but I’d try targeting the muscle building instead of the weight dropping. If you work on toning now, the increase in your metabolic rate will take care of the rest, and you won’t have to get so low weight-wise.
Also, I’d highly recommend taking pictures of yourself and judging the way you look based on that. I’ve lost a lot of weight (after spending many years at a much larger size), and when I look down at myself in the shower, I still see remnants of the heavier me. I’m 112lbs now, but in my eyes, it seems like I’m much larger. But then I’ll see a photo of myself and think, damn, I look good! So I’ve had to learn to just not listen to the voice in my head; it’s my eyes playing tricks on me, and what I really look like is much different.
Post # 15
I am 2″ smaller on the waist, 3″ or 3″ smaller on my tummy 2″ smaller on my arse and 1″smaller on arms then I was 2years ago (when I peaked at a high safety weight after recovering anorexia). I’m also 10lbs heavier, but it’s all muscle and I’m very happy with the way I look now- use a mirror or a tape measure, scales are evil and tell you very little.
Post # 16
Yep. That’s why I do it on the tiled bathroom floor, which I know is flat because it has a concrete foundation (ground floor bathroom). The scales are really old though. Probably should have got new ones years ago. They’re mechanical scales as well, and I’ve ordered a fancy electronic set now. It’s good because once I drop down a bit more then I can start measuring my progress by body fat and muscle mass % on these new scales, rather than weight (I want to lose the weight first, and then build up some nice muscle once I know I’ve lost the fat, so that if I gain a few pounds later on then I can be sure I’m gaining muscle mass, if that makes sense). I used to have a four pack long ago… but I know it’s just not realistic to aim for that sort of shape again. I’m so much older etc etc.
I find one important thing to do is to use a mirror which is not close to you! Sounds odd, but I find I hate how I look when I’m right against the mirror. I think I look fat. But then I move away a few feet, and I’m much happier with how I look because of the perspective. Weird, huh? I guess photos serve the same function. It was the same when I tried on wedding dresses… I looked in the changing room mirror and went “yeucccch!” but when I got outside and looked at the mirrored wall then I thought I looked pretty good.
Yeah, this is sort of true. That said… I think scales tell you little once you’re inside a normal weight range. If you’re way outside a normal range then they can be informative! I’ve said in other posts that my weight and size have fluctuated wildly and not really had much to do with each other over the years… but before I started this diet then I had to get real with myself. It wasn’t muscle. It was fat, with no muscle tone whatsoever. I could have said “yeah, sure, but you’re not that much heavier than when you were a size 8” (US 4) but my sensible voice would have replied with “yeah, but you’re a hell of a lot fatter and a whole lot less toned!”. In that case, the scales are a good guide until I can drop lower!
I’m thiinking now that maybe this is a good thing. New scales, nice new body fat and muscle mass % reader in them… more accurate results all around. Like a blessing in disguise… sort of… a very good disguise!