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Necessary Evil

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Well, it’s Thursday again. emoticonThursday is my Sunday, and I have to go to work tomorrow. emoticon I really don’t mind working Friday-Sunday, but I will be glad when my first Vacation comes up in March.

Anyhoo, in my last blog, I was thinking about avoiding the scale this week, because I didn’t want to have a “Biggest Loser” type of weigh in disappointment. I really wanted to say I’ll just wait until it’s time to take another set of pictures (which I decided to do every 28 days instead of every 14.), but here is my dilemma; I use a HRM to figure out my calorie burn during exercise. I LOVE my HRM. When I started to use one, it made a BIG difference in my weight loss. We learn that as we lose weight, we have to do more to burn the same amount of calories. When I wasn’t using a HRM, just SP estimates, I found it harder and harder to match my calories in with calories out in a way that was balanced and allowed for weight loss. I’m not talking about plateaus, but what I am actually burning being quite a ways off (100 calories or more) from the SP general estimate for me. With my HRM I can adjust as I need, and by shooting for the middle to upper range of my calorie in goals, if I have to adjust up, I am still meeting my nutritional goals. If it looks like I am going to be short, I can push a little harder; maybe add an extra work out to my week. Now the HRM calculates my calories burned partially based on the weight I enter. In the past, I have adjusted it every 5lbs lost or gained. I am not sure how much difference plus or minus 5lbs is with the HRM, but I remember it being noticeable with the SP estimates. So, if I don’t weigh in once a week, just to monitor if I need to adjust my HRM, will I actually have a bigger disappointment when I do weigh myself, because I should have made adjustments? I don’t know if I am being a little obsessive, and making a big deal out of nothing, but I really want to maintain a steady loss. I don’t like being this heavy, and the foot I had surgery on REALY hasn’t like my being this heavy. So, as I look at it, the scale is kind of a necessary evil. emoticon

Well, TTFN, every one. I wish everyone out there in Spark Land Courage, Strength, Tenacity, and Love!
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    Ahhhhh - now I understand you have an additional component to your program that does make the scale more of an ally! So it does sound it is necessary!!
    That's okay - just don't let it get you down if the number isn't what you are hoping for. Remember, it is only ONE measure of how you are progressing!
    You are doing great!! emoticon emoticon
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