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WHEN WEIGHT IS JUST A NUMBER

Friday, April 06, 2018

First of all, WOW, it's been over a year since I have blogged. I realize I have been posting in my team chats and the community feed, and I guess that has taken me away from blogging.

Now about the community feed; when SP first introduced it, I was a little annoyed. I have been on SP for (oh my) 10 years, and I didn't really see the need for the feed. It has really grown on me, and I now see it as a great way to reach more members.

That brings me to my title. I have seen a few posts lately bemoaning a weight gain. Some know what they did or didn't do; too many holiday treats, or unable to work out for what ever reason. But some are upset, discouraged, and down because they have been working their program and following all the rules, and they are gaining. You are more than the number on the scale and don't forget your body measurements! People always say, "but do your clothes fit looser?", or something to that effect. Some of us don't always wear clothes that would make you really notice that. I live in active and athleisure wear. I bike part way to and from work and when I get to work, I wear hospital supplied unisex scrubs. There is so much variations in the scrubs, you really can't go by that. I currently weigh 181.6. Two years ago, I went to visit my sister and I weighed about 179. I bought some jeans there. I hadn't worn them in a while and recently put them on. They don't fit. They weren't falling down, or anything drastic, but there were uncomfortably too big. I have lost about an inch off my thighs and 2 inches off my hip since I bought the jeans. I am heavier, but my body composition has changed.

I often arrange the ambulance transportation for patients who need to be sent to other hospitals for specialized treatment that is not available at my hospital. This was the conversation I had with the dispatcher yesterday:
D: And how much does the patient weigh?
Me: 300 pounds, but he is tall and solid.
D: Like a football player?
Me: Yeah.
D: Okay, so we don't need the Big Rig. (Bariatric Ambulance)
Me: Nah.

So remember, the scale gives you a number, but don't let that number rule how you feel about getting leaner, stronger, and healthier.

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