Weigh in #2

8 Dec

I had been looking forward to this morning for days. The past week was a tough one, but I made it through all the challenges thrown at me. I hadn’t given in to my sugar cravings, I hadn’t treated myself on Sinterklaas and I felt so proud of myself for sticking to my new healthy diet. I was really excited when I woke up this morning, because I knew the scale would show me that all my hard work had paid off. Little did I know.


I lost 0.3 kg this week. This is even less than 1 pound. I now weigh 71,3 kg (157 pounds). I was pretty upset. I thought that hard work equals weight loss, but I found out the hard way – it doesn’t. It’s like studying for exams: some people spend hours and hours studying and still fail the exam, while others only study for a couple of hours and pass with an amazing grade.  Weight loss isn’t about what’s fair and what’s not, I guess. Don’t get me wrong: I do agree that a loss is a loss, and I’m happy that I lost weight instead of gained anything this week. But in the early stages of my weight loss, I was expecting to lose a lot of weight rapidly.

Of course, I started to think about possible reasons. Dinner was salty last night, so perhaps it’s all water weight. Perhaps my muscles grew (as muscles weigh more than fat). I didn’t go to the toilet before weighing in, so maybe it’s not an accurate measure. Maybe I don’t eat enough, and my body goes into starvation mode. I don’t know. But it’s pointless to wonder, really, because I will just never know.

All I know is that I need to continue. I’m doing my body a favour by eating healthily and I feel better mentally. I guess I won’t lose the weight as quickly as I hoped, but I will keep going. I might not be very successful at the moment, but this will be a success story in the long run.

Until then, I’m looking forward to next week’s results and I will work even harder :)




14 Responses to “Weigh in #2”

  1. birgitlikes December 8, 2012 at 17:15 #

    A loss is a loss.Period. I also lost only 0.3kg this week – but that´s alright. Just picture it as more than one packet of butter melting away from your hips!

    • ivorycarrot December 8, 2012 at 17:26 #

      I know, but I expected to lose more weight in the beginning of my weight loss. I thought it would go fast at first and then slow down as I would approach my goal weight. I guess this is a false expectation… Anyway, I won’t let it get me down :) At least we’re going in the right direction!

  2. The Eclectic Marigold December 8, 2012 at 22:22 #

    There is a website called myfitnesspal.com where you can track everything you eat and all your exercise. You figure out how many calories you need to eat per day and try to stay within that amount. And the more you exercise, the more calories you earn. They also have a phone app. I found it to be a very useful tool in making sure I didn’t under-eat but also didn’t over-eat. Maybe you would like to give it a try.

    But either way, you will see results when all is said and done. Keep it up because you’re doing great! :)

    • jorocheleau December 9, 2012 at 04:04 #

      I use MFP too, and it is invaluable!! Love it.

    • ivorycarrot December 9, 2012 at 18:26 #

      I have heard of MFP, but I think it’s not so convenient for me, as a lot of the products and brands I use are Dutch, and they are not available on MFP. But thanks for the tip anyway, I really appreciate it! :) Tracking my calories could be a very good idea. Also, thank you for the support :) I know I will succeed, even if it takes me forever.

  3. Ktj December 8, 2012 at 23:46 #

    You are doing great! It takes time to lose weight and we have good and not so good weeks, but the scale is going in the right direction! Keep up the great work!

    • ivorycarrot December 9, 2012 at 18:28 #

      Thank you for the motivating comment – you are right, at least I’m going in the right direction ;)

  4. jorocheleau December 9, 2012 at 04:04 #

    I know what you mean when you talk about not measuring up to expectations. I’ve been losing weight since the beginning of October, but a couple weeks it’s just been 0.5lb – so sad! However, I had to take in account factors like you mentioned. Just realized that some weeks will be better than others. But losing 1-2lbs per week is best! And as far as eating enough…I take my current weight x 7 and those are my calories for each day. I think I got that from a Biggest Loser weight loss journal. Seems to work great! Keep it up, Anne! It will pay off over a long period of time…that’s a good thing. ;)

    • ivorycarrot December 9, 2012 at 18:30 #

      You are absolutely right. We just need to realize that some weeks will be better than others and there’s not much we can do about it. The body is a strange thing really! Thanks for the tip too! I think 1100 cal is not very much for me, but who knows, when I get stuck I will give it a go :) Thanks for the support aswell, I really appreciate it :)

  5. happierhealthiermama December 9, 2012 at 13:03 #

    I started this same weigh. Literally for a month I was working really hard, eating healthy and working out intensely, and each week the scale would say the exact same weight! I was baffled! I’d rant to my husband about it and he would tell me he thought its just because I was replacing fat with muscle because he could see a difference in my body despite what the scale said. Have you considered taking photos of yourself for comparison? It helps when the scale isn’t moving.

    • ivorycarrot December 9, 2012 at 18:32 #

      Haha isn’t that just the most demotivating thing ever – a scale that doesn’t move! ;) I took your idea and started looking at other measurements :) Linked your blog in my most recent post. Anyway, thank you for opening my eyes a little!

  6. llpearsall December 9, 2012 at 22:45 #

    It’s so hard when you feel like you’ve been good and your scale doesn’t reflect the work you’ve put in. Keep at it, sometimes it just takes a while for the results to show but it will eventually. Give it a few weeks, if you’re still not seeing the results you want with the plan you’re on right now then think about other things to add or subtract from your plan.

    • ivorycarrot December 10, 2012 at 19:23 #

      I definitely keep going, in fact I’m more determined than ever to get the scale to move in the right direction ;) Thanks for the comment, and have a great time in Rome!

  7. Aiden Bowen January 28, 2013 at 09:53 #

    Hey, thanks for all your help, greatly appreciated.

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