LilySlim - Weight loss

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's hard to be patient.

I'm really trying to be patient, but it's hard . I feel like things are going well as far as my restriction is concerned. My fill has been great. I'm satisfied with the food I'm eating. Some days have been rough, but you know....when you have a lap band, some days are just bad food days, some days are great. I still haven't lost anymore weight though. I know I'm weighing too much and I'm trying to get a handle on that. When I got back from my trip, I weighed at night with clothes on and I was weighing in at my lowest so far, so I was pumped, thinking that in the morning, naked, I would be at least 2 down and...NO, still the same. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that I have lost what I have, I feel good and have seen the benefits of my weight loss. But I just can't understand why the scale has to jump so much. So, today I decided I'd had enough of the scale and was going to take my measurements and see if I could measure progress that way instead. I nearly had a fit when I saw that my waist measurement has gone UP by 1.5 inches. How can this be? My husband said, you must be measuring in a different place than usual, but I swear I'm not, I'm measuring at my natural waist. My hips and thighs are the only place I've lost inches since the last time I measured. I know I shouldn't be griping, I mean...my hips and thighs are the biggest part of me, I'm glad to be losing inches there. I guess I just want things to be quicker I want to be further along than I am.

Okay so, all the complaining in the world is not going to change things, so here is my plan. I'm going to ask my husband to remove the scale from the bathroom for 1 week (I'm breaking out in a cold sweat just thinking about it!) I'm going to start walking again and I'm going to concentrate on getting more protein at meals. I will weigh and take measurements again next week. I need a lesson in patience, so there. Any advice on how you get through this sort of thing would be appreciated. Have a great day guys! Big Hug!!
T

11 comments:

Mary H. said...

I tried this once because I was starting to feel a little crazy when the scale stopped moving when I went from mushies to solids... It was driving me bonkers. I did ok, but I still got on the scale twice in the middle of the week...

I think you have a good idea. Buckle down for a week and take note of what you are eating/doing and then check the scale.

It's amazing how these seems so slow sometimes, isn't it?

LDswims said...

I measure every Sunday when I get up and it's always interesting how I can lose weight for the week, gain inches all around. Other weeks, I gain weight and lose inches all around. I've decided that the notion that things shift before a big loss is really true. I can tell with the jiggle of the tummy that it's about to drop a bunch...and then when it's holding steady, it kinda firms up.

You are absolutely right, patience is hard. I think you've got a good plan for this week. As for how I get through it...I just laugh. It truly is comedy. If you've lost weight, and at night, no less, not even first thing in the morning (for me, I'm always up at night, so when I see a drop at night, I know a real drop is coming) and inches are down elsewhere...all you can do is laugh at the waist, I think.

Now...if we could just live in a world where tape measures and scales and body parts all could agree to agree!

amandakiska said...

I weigh myself once a week. I consistantly see the scale drop. It saves my sanity. Just consider it practice for when you hit goal and your weight doesn't change AT ALL!

Not sure what to think about the waiste measurement. I'm inclined to go with your husband, but it sounds like you know what you're doing. Maybe you've got some sagging skin going on? I sure do!

Robin said...

Weight is always going to vary from day to day. Sometimes up, sometimes down. I've weighed myself every day for the past 15 months (barring vacations, etc) and have charted each and every weight. If I look at a month's records (any month from month one to month 15) its full of ups and downs but always end up down from the beginning. When I look at the graph for the whole journey it looks smooth as silk flowing downward... which in the end is all that matters but there is a lot of ups and downs throughout the whole journey.

Jen said...

Xanax.
You can do it!

Tina said...

yup..that happens but...over the long road it will all get smaller and lighter. I know it is REALLY hard to see things staying the same or getting a bit bigger but they just do. I have even found that water weight gain now shows up in my waist measurements. I might have before I just didn't measure.

Like Robin says-it is the big picture that is important. If daily weighing will drive you crazy only do it once a week. I weigh everyday but try to only register good news. I think everyone has to figure this part out for themselves. what they can take patience wise and measurement wise.

xxxooo

Lena said...

Like Tina said...I was going to mention water weight as a possible cause on the waist measurement.

I was back and forth on the daily weighing. There seems to be many views on the issue. I personally decided to continue to go with daily weigh-ins, but I record my Wednesday weigh-ins. I am also trying to do a better job at journaling what I eat because sometimes I think I am not eating as much, but if I am sure to write it down, then I actually see when I am not doing as good as I thought. (I hope that made sense.)

Anyways...sounds like you have a plan though. and a big hug right back at ya!

Bonnie said...

Patience is not my strong suit either.

Read said...

What has always helped me when I'm in a weight loss funk but am still there and motivated is to do something relatively radical for 2 days or so. With the band, that might mean liquids. Before the band that might mean getting super anal about writing down every drop that passed my lips and setting a lower than normal calorie goal for those 2 days. Something that sort of reminds me that I can do what I need to do. Sort of like... man, I just did liquids for 2 days, I can certainly make sure I get my protein in day to day...

Good luck!

Sam said...

Isn't patience a card game you play by yourself :P

Good luck and I'll be watching to see how you go; because I need some patience too.

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