Weight: See discussion below
Measurements: Doing once a month, see most recent here
So you know how every week I've been wishing for a scale to check my progress? Well this week, my wish came true! Turns out that old saying is true - be careful what you wish for...
Joel walked down to Mumbles (a town 2 miles away) earlier this week and found a pharmacy willing to let us weigh in whenever we want on their scale. Yay! The only weird thing - it measures in stone. One stone is equal to 14 pounds, I'm not really sure why this measurement is necessary but so it is.
The last time I stepped on a scale was in Cyprus on August 26th, and I weighed 236.8 pounds. So this time I was fingers crossing and hoping hard to weigh in at 16 stone (224 pounds) or less. My measurements have changed, clothes are fitting for the first time ever, so it didn't seem like too much of a leap to assume I'd lost at least 12 pounds in the last two months. Well, I was wrong. This scale told me that I weigh 17 stone and 3.25 pounds, for a total of 241.25, aka more than I weighed in Cyprus.
My reaction was this: What the damn hell? (Pardon my French). I've been working out more, my body is obviously changing, clothes are fitting that never did before, how in the heck have I gained weight? Seriously? Joel was afraid I would be sad if the scale didn't say what I wanted it to, turns out I'm just freaking pissed off.
I realize that as you start to work out and gain muscle your body can change while your weight stays the same, but I'm not really at a point where that should be happening. At well over 200 pounds I should be able to shed weight fairly easily. This is the kind of struggle I should face when I'm getting closer to my final goal, not right at the beginning! I still want to weigh 199 or less by the end of the year but that means I only have 8 weeks to lose 40 pounds which is fairly unrealistic. Especially since I already feel like I've been doing most things right and this is the result.
Different scales can have different calibrations, so that could be part of it here. I also ate before we went because I wasn't about to walk 2 miles down and 2 miles back without eating anything. But again, I should have lost enough weight that eating shouldn't have made the difference between being more or less than what I was two months ago. The change should have been a lot bigger than what I could undo with one breakfast.
So, now that we have this resource, we plan to weigh in every other week, which only gives us two more weigh-ins before we leave Wales. My goal in that time is to lose at least 1 stone (which sounds a lot easier than 14 pounds, lol). I know I can do it, I just need to keep sticking with out workout goals, and add more dang veggies to my diet! I'm not gonna let this set back slow me down, I'm gonna use it to propel me forward.
Wish me luck!