i’m so not a role model

by MrsFatass on June 9, 2010

So, it’s Wednesday, sports fans. Hump Day. Just two short days before my next official weigh-in. Let’s do a progress report, shall we?

1. DRINK ONLY WATER AND MY MORNING COFFEE. Done. Solid A+. No wine with dinner, before dinner, or after dinner. No beers with the neighbors over the weekend. No hiding in the walk in closet with a tequila bottle because all of the children in my life finally drove me over the edge.

2. NO FOOD THAT I CAN RECEIVE WHILE SITTING IN MY CAR. Done. Solid A+. Trophy Husband and I have prepared every morsel of food right here at home with our very own hands. Has not been easy, but it helps sometimes to be buttass broke. No entertainment budget this week. And my kitchen is pretty healthy, though you will find some Lean Cuisines in my freezer. And I did eat some collard greens from a can. Not straight out of the can, mind you, I ate them from a plate with a fork. But they were extracted from a can. Oh, and there may have been an incident with an entire avacado. Nobody’s perfect.

3. EXERCISE. Yeah. This one has been a little tougher. I did great over the weekend, but then the plague entered our home. Thing Two has had “a bery bery sore froat” accompanied by a bit of a cough, a very raspy voice, and a fever. Apparently bringing your kid to the playroom at the gym in this condition is frowned upon. So Monday I was moody and didn’t do anything. But yesterday? Yesterday I had the voice of MizFit in my head telling me to do something creative. So, as Thing Two feverishly napped, I went through my stash of videos ordered from late-night infomercials and got my Slim in 6 on. If anyone is familiar with that program, she works hard the waist, butt and thighs. In fact she will give you amazing thighs of steel if you can stick with her through a repetative workout and crappy music (I turn the sound off and wear my iPod). Anyhow, the point is that I did not allow myself to be derailed. DID YOU HEAR THAT??? I DID NOT ALLOW MYSELF TO BE DERAILED!!! Pretty amazing.

So, overall the week is going okay, right?

But the story the scale is telling is an interesting one. I step on the scale pretty much anytime I go into the bathroom. Yes people, I use the words ‘FAT’ and ‘DIET’ and step on the scale upwards of 4 or 5 times A DAY. SO not a role model am I. But I think it’s interesting. Since Friday I’ve gone down 3.5 pounds from my starting weight, and gone up as much as 5 pounds from my starting weight. And the video I did yesterday? Well, much like Jillian’s shred, it is supposed to be done every day, and it has the same water-retenion effect. Well, any new workout program can cause you to retain up to 5 pounds of water for a week, but those of a ‘shreddy’ nature especially.

So, I guess what I’m saying is this. I have no idea what the scale is going to say on Friday. But I do know I have made a handful of POSITIVE CHANGES. I do know that I have more energy and sleep better. And I do know that the calories I’m consuming are fueling my body and my mind to be productive. I may have had too many (exactly how many calories are there in an entire avacado?) but not a one of them was junk. So I just have to have faith that if I keep it up, the scale will follow.

A LOT of you left your goals in my comments on Monday. How are things looking for you?

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River June 9, 2010 at 6:48 am

You don't need me to tell you scale is not the only result you get. That said I do step on the scale at least once a day myself 🙂 and if I forget to do so before breakfast I get all "weird" keep remembering "I don't know what the scale would say" all day. Which can be stressing but I also find it funny.

I didn't write my goals on monday but I'm trying to stick with 11000 calories a week (I know it's a little higher but I need to go down to that before I can go any lower) To reach that I downloaded a post-it software and put up post-its on my desktop with the times I need to eat during the day. I wanna eat all the time and because of that I might feel hungry when it doesn't really makes sense. So during breakfast I write down the time. Then every two hours I write down snack or meal. I also have been planning my meals in the morning the past three days and so far all these works. This week is a little hard may be but next week I know it will be a lot easier 🙂

Your #3 isn't really your fault so I'd give you a solid A =)

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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE! If you must weigh yourself, try limiting yourself to 1 time a week.

I used to weigh myself on Monday's so I wouldn't over do it on the weekend and set myself up for a successful week.

Try measuring your progress by your energy levels, how your clothes are fitting, or take measurements.

And, keep on keepin on! Consistency counts!

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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE! If you must weigh yourself, try limiting yourself to 1 time a week.

I used to weigh myself on Monday's so I wouldn't over do it on the weekend and set myself up for a successful week.

Try measuring your progress by your energy levels, how your clothes are fitting, or take measurements.

And, keep on keepin on! Consistency counts!

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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE! If you must weigh yourself, try limiting yourself to 1 time a week.

I used to weigh myself on Monday's so I wouldn't over do it on the weekend and set myself up for a successful week.

Try measuring your progress by your energy levels, how your clothes are fitting, or take measurements.

And, keep on keepin on! Consistency counts!

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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE! If you must weigh yourself, try limiting yourself to 1 time a week.

I used to weigh myself on Monday's so I wouldn't over do it on the weekend and set myself up for a successful week.

Try measuring your progress by your energy levels, how your clothes are fitting, or take measurements.

And, keep on keepin on! Consistency counts!

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Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) June 9, 2010 at 7:20 am

STEP AWAY FROM THE SCALE! If you must weigh yourself, try limiting yourself to 1 time a week.

I used to weigh myself on Monday's so I wouldn't over do it on the weekend and set myself up for a successful week.

Try measuring your progress by your energy levels, how your clothes are fitting, or take measurements.

And, keep on keepin on! Consistency counts!

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Later Never Exists June 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

Oh man giving up the scale is the hardest thing ever. My therapist says once a week… it really ends up being more like once a day!!!

But WOW what an amazing week you've had!!!! I'm so proud of you and to be honest, I'm proud you finally posted your weight because I know you had been a little reserved about it in the past.

It takes courage…. and if there's one person I know that has that it's YOU!!!!

Keep it up lady!

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WTF June 9, 2010 at 8:05 am

I know most will disagree with me on this, but I get on the scale everyday. I know it can be discouraging if you don't see positive results, but I have found that if I am eating healthy and working out regularly that the scale provides positive feedback as well. It's also brutally honest when I'm not doing the things I should.

Your off to a great start. Keep up the good work!

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Donna June 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

I've been a slave to the scale but lately have just decided I don't need to see it. I'm going more by how I feel. Yes, it's killing me to know if I'm losing or gaining, but I am at a point where the skinny jeans fit one day and the next day they don't fit as well. So I use that as my measure. I'll weigh in on Friday, too, and we can compare. How's that?

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Maggie June 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

I only weigh myself once a week too, so that takes the stress off until the day before! LOL. In my mind, I'm thinking… Okay, I can't have that before I weigh in on Thursday… And on Wednesday I'm busting butt to exercise and make every last minute count. You're doing awesome though!!!

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Helen June 9, 2010 at 9:13 am

You haven't been my role model this week but your attitude has. I needed what you posted on Monday more than you know – and now I've strung together two "one days" that were really good. I feel so much better even in the midst of the stress I've been under. So, thank you.

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Lucas June 9, 2010 at 10:12 am

That totally sounds like success to me. And I think the fact that you ate an entire avacado DOES in fact, make you a role model. Own it beeyotch! 🙂

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Christine June 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

First of all, measure yourself so you can get another estimation of your weight loss progress so you're not necessarily so dependent upon the scale.

Secondly — CONGRATS! A 3.5 pound weight loss is fantastic!

Thirdly — I totally weigh myself about 3 times a day. And I use the word "fat" and "diet," often in the same sentence. I think it's being human, not an "anti-role model."

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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SherRon, Shoes To Lose June 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

I'm just like you. I step on the scale nearly every time I go to the bathroom when I'm home. I don't let it change my mood. I don't count it since it isn't even my "official" scale.

I think it is harmless as long as you don't let it get you down.

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Pat Selfonback June 9, 2010 at 10:49 am

A to the MIZZEN, Sister.

Ive rocked my week so far and Im proud.

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trulytrayce June 9, 2010 at 10:52 am

Sue, I love you. I've fallen a bit off the wagon and am now pulling/pushing the damn thing but your post inspires me. ONE day at time. That's it…and you know what I can do that. Thanks for reminding me! Also way to keep going, I think you're doing great!!! xo

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Kelley June 9, 2010 at 11:33 am

I rarely weigh myself. Usually, just when I go to the doctor. I use my clothes and the decreasing size of my muffin top to see how I'm doing in the weight department. Also, you had asked several posts ago, what inspires you to work out/make changes. Well, some of our college friends and I signed up for a half marathon. Insane. I hate to run, but I LOVE a challenge, so have been sticking to a training program. This also triggered in me a desire to FINALLY eat better and get healthy. So, I've been actually taking vitamins AND I LOVE my new nutrition plan (NO CALORIE COUNTING.) which is more of an "eat to enhance the way your body metabolizes food". I love the results so far!

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Alison June 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

Meh, so you step on the scale too much, we all have our issues. I think you ARE a role model, look how you did on those other goals, you are crushing them! Being creative when thing 2 was sick, absolutely awesome.
I weigh myself every day and so I don't get shocked at my weekly official weigh in when I gain 2 pounds in a day I KNOW it's not real it's harder to believe that for a week :p

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The Monkey and Me June 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Yes, you are a role model, but not because you do it perfectly, because you are real folk – you have good and bad days – but you stick with it, don't make excuses and get back on the horse over and over and over – and you blog it good or bad. that my sweet makes you one hell of a role model.

I love your daily goals – one day at a time!!

I cut my self off the scale but once a week for 2 weeks. it was rough, but now I don't do it everyday, and though i may check every few days, I am not as chained to it as I was. It has taken weeks of improved habits to get the scale moving down – it will catch up!

a medium avacado is 250 calories, 22 grams of fat (but good mono unsaturated fats) 15 carbs, 5 fiber, 5 protein – not as bad as you thought – you need some fat in your diet – just the good kind

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Laura June 9, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I agree with WTF. I'm not obsessive about it, but I weigh myself most days. It doesn't ruin my day if it's up because I know that there are a number of reasons why my weight could be up. I use the scale more as a tool to tell me simply if I need to cut back a little or if I'm doing fine.

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Jenny June 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Hi there,

LOVE your blog and looking forward in reading more 🙂

I am a person who chooses to get weighed once a week (at my Weight Watchers meeting). I have been known to peak mid-week just to see how it's going,but I try not to obsess with it. It could potentially lead to bad decisions (food wise) throughout the day… of course, it's totally different for everyone.

Take care!
Jenny

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Rob Dyess June 9, 2010 at 12:50 pm

So funny- this morning I was leaving the gym and I heard a faux-ad for something called "Parentaid"- apparently this product has enough Vodka, Gin and Xanax to "get you through grade school"—–

Thanks as always!!!

WeighDownSouth.com

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JourneyBeyondSurvival June 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm

I've hit a few snags. Erm.

Sexy is not what I feel write now. Soon though. I did better than last week.

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SeattleRunnerGirl June 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm

I am 100% with you. If you continue living healthy and "between the lines," so to speak, like you are, the scale will catch up. Congratulations on sticking to your goals for the week!

Mine was to get my workouts in, and with the exception of going hot tubbing instead of strength training last night (oops!), I'm on track. Will hit the gym up later today to keep on keepin' on.

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Dani @ WRW June 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Ack! You're the bijillionth (true story!) blogger I've read today that mentioned either dodging, living amongst, or suffering from "THE ICKAS". I want no part of that! =P

Keep pushing forward. Sticking to your goals is sometimes it's own reward, you know?

Cheering for you!

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Mary - A Merry Life June 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm

I think you have the wrong title. Because you are a role model. The use of the scale and the words fat doesn't make it any less true.

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Momma Hunt June 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I totally understand the scale obsession. When I lost my weight for the first time I was so obsessed that I was on it several times a day and let it dictate how I ate the rest of the day. SO needless to say one day we had a show down and the scale lost. I walked out of my apartment right to the garbage shoot and didn't have a scale until I got pregnant a few years later. I have one now and sometimes I find myself looking at it going "if its you or me, Im going to win"

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Stacey June 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Hey, I love your blog…and your humor. Me, I'm a once a month scale-hopper. Three days after the time of the month. That way all the 'retention' fluid is down the drain and the reading is more accurate.

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Jennifer Brindley June 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Sexy woman. You know I'm the same way with the scale. Kudos for all of your accomplishments! 🙂 <3

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Annalisa201 June 10, 2010 at 6:24 am

Just want to let you know (if somehow you were unaware) that almost ALL of the blogs I follow, and including me, have caught the "One Day At a Time" fever that you started. It's helping me so much, and others are so moved by it also. THANKS SUE!!!

Also wanted to say, in response to your question, things are looking great over here. I'm not motivated to lose weight, but I am motivated to continue with my rigorous gym schedule, and I am determined to not give in. I've been careful with how I eat, and mindful of naughty choices. It's not enough to get the scale moving, but it's not a complete failure. I'm well, thank you! Hope you're great Sue. XXX

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Merri June 19, 2010 at 1:50 am

avocados are healthy for you. i eat a half of one every day in my sandwich. but i could eat it plain its so good.
i think you are a pretty good role model.

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