Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Tale of Two Scales - {phfr}

round button chicken

A little teaser about an almost finished quilt.  I'll post about it when it's done.  This quilt has a story!
 {happy, funny, and real}

While pregnant with Froggy I gained...quite a bit of weight.  But after he was born I lost 30 pounds of it immediately.  This put me in between the 165 and 170 mark according to my scale at home (you can figure out what I weighed by a little math).  I'm 5'4" so...yeah I still had a ways to go.

Months went by.  Sometimes the number on the scale would read 165.  Sometimes 170.  But that's it.  No other loss.  And I was nursing!  But I was also eating cookies and ice cream and chocolate like crazy.  So.  Not going to lose a lot of weight on the all sugar diet.

And then one day when Froggy was about 7 or 8 months old, my neighbor across the street patted my belly and asked if I was pregnant again.  I shrugged it off and went home...and ate a whole plate of brownies in my sorrow.  (My husband was out of town that week as well.  Lots of emotions.)

It was after this that I started to do the Couch to 5K thing again.  That lasted all of three runs before I remembered how much I dislike running.  And the timing was always so hard to figure out.  Do I get up early and try to run before everyone else is awake?  But I've been up with the baby half the night!  Do I wait until my husband gets home at 5:30?  Who's going to make dinner?  What about after dinner?  Running on a full stomach?!  Do I put both big kids on bikes and both babies in the bike stroller and run that way?  Sounds like fun! (Not even.)

I tried doing my exercise videos at home, but never could really get into them.  And through all this the numbers on the scale never changed.

Enter a few weeks ago when I was so tired of my fat, tired self that I broke down and bought the streaming version of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred on Amazon (affiliate link).  I did that work out one day and the next day I was so sore I could barely walk.  The soreness went on for three days.  I complained (in my usual habit) to my husband, who knew the results of a good workout when he saw them, and he decided to give it a try too.

So the two of us have been trying to shred ourselves on Level 1, and I've noticed that I can almost keep up with the video now doing jumping jacks and butt kicks!  And I'm not sore anymore after a workout.  Working out with my husband has been kind of fun and he wants to do it, so that makes me keep doing it.

But still the numbers on the scale were not moving.  Not one. little. bit.  165. 170. 165. 170.  My goal is 142 so knowing that I have almost 30 pounds to lose and nothing is changing is very discouraging.

Enter 11:30 last night.  My husband finally decided to weigh himself (he had been avoiding the scale) and was shocked to see the number (I'm not going to post his numbers).  "No way!  I cannot weigh &*^!  Not possible!"  This was a very high number which he had never ever weighed before.  "The scale has got to be wrong!"

Wrong?!  The scale is wrong?!  How wrong?!  How long has it been wrong?!

My husband sped (well, I don't think he actually sped, but you know what I mean) to Walmart where he jumped on the scale at the wellness area.  It read...his actual weight, which was about 25 pounds lighter than the scale said at home.  He called me and told me the good news and then picked up a new scale.

When he got home we both tested our new scale.  157.  Fully dressed and with wet hair. 1.5.7.  NOT 170!  This morning I did an accurate weigh in and was 155.

How's that for losing 15 pounds overnight?  I'm coming for you Jillian!

Go visit Like Mother, Like Daughter to see other contented people.


Tori said...

Oh my goodness, I remember you talking about your neighbor. And I can definitely tell you've lost weight since then! Stupid scale. That's fun that hubs is working out with you, maybe I could get mine to join in with me.

Unknown said...

Huh, that is really interesting. I've been getting scale results at home that differ drastically from my doctor's office (currently 31 weeks pregnant). I was thinking it was water retention, but maybe it's my scale...
Anyway, congrats on the overnight loss :)

Jennie C. said...

Too funny about the scale! The kids broke ours about two years ago, and I just recently got a new one, but we're not entirely sure it's accurate. Luckily, none of cares overly much. :-)

Adrie Little said...

Haha too funny! Maybe I should check on my scale... although maybe not. What if mine runs on the lighter side of things? I wouldn't want to gain 20 lbs overnight!

Becky said...

I hate scales. I refuse to use them because they always show a low weight when I am in the worst shape of my life (read here, NOW - no muscle, all soggy and saggy tummy)! I have been so depressed but when we were talking the other day about the workouts you are doing, I got inspired! Keep it up, girl. I'm proud of you!