Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Scale Envy

The last couple of days I've been reflecting on the subject of scale envy. You know that silly little feeling you get when you hear of other people who have these big losses and you wonder why it can't be you. It's like if you & a good friend apply for a job, you both have the same skills and experience and your friend gets it ... part of you is ecstatic for them, but the other part leaves you wondering why not me.

I'm really happy with my losses lately - really, truly, happy. But when I've worked my butt off and I see people have losses of 3-7 lbs in a week and I can only dream of those it just leaves you wishing for it. I know there are all kinds of reasons behind these big losses, and I shouldn't compare myself. And really I don't think I do, I'm just venting a little and being a whiny baby. I'm just impatient and I want to be there NOW!

Then there are some people I know who just started following the South Beach Diet. They have each lost between 7-12 lbs in the last 2 weeks. It's just hard not to be envious. Especially since one of them is quite a bit trimmer than I am and she lost 7 lbs without even being totally strict. They're also 10 yrs younger and sadly that does make a difference. We all post together on a forum and I guess I'm feeling a little left out without having the big losses to celebrate along side them.

Anyhow, off with the negative and on with the positive. I'm feeling pretty good today. I actually feel slimmer and I can tell the capris I'm wearing today are looser than they were a few weeks ago. A few weeks back I had bought some shorts that I could barely get done up. They're still tight, but they do up easier now. My goal is to be able to wear those comfortably when we go to Oregon next month. They're perfect beach combing shorts. I've got 1 month to go!!!!

Bootcamp last night was awesome. I'm getting so much fitter! We did a ton of running stairs and I feel so much stronger with push-ups. I think it's time I challenge my GOAL for push-ups. I think I'm pretty close. Actually I think I'm going to have to set some new goals pretty soon as I'm going to accomplish them all pretty soon - woohoo! We did planks last night and it was supposed to be 2 sets of 1 minute each. I started my plank when she was still demonstrating it to the rest of the class and held it right through both sets - so probably about 3 - 3 1/2 minutes total.

Tonight I have bootcamp again, but with the tougher substitute instructor. This one does not believe in any breaks or stretching during class - she's go, go, go! It's pretty muggy so we'll be sweating buckets.


Syl said...

oh Scale Envy! I think in a way we all have it but there is only so much one can do.
You have done amazing Heidi, don't get yourself down. If you were sitting on your butt eating bon bons, well then I'd say suck it up princess, but you are doing all you can.
Keep it up and chin up girl.

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

I am so right there with you on this one! The grass is always greener on the other side! Yes, as you said, everyone is different, bodies are different and react to different things blah blah blah - easier said (typed) then believed I guess.

The only thing that keeps me going, is the fact that I keep telling myself its not about the pounds (even though that is a completely seperate issue to disect), but more importantly, it's about learning the healthy habits & living a healthy life.

Good post, glad I'm not the only whiny baby around here :)

Jessica said...

Last time I weighed in on WW, the automatic window popped up with a typical 'congrats' for my loss, then there was a very sweet link to an WW article right below it, "Why its good to lose slowly". Can you guess my loss wasn't a big one, or what?

I think in the long run, it all evens out.

Plank for over 3 minutes? Serious? You're awesome!!

Tiffany said...

Yep, I suffer from a little scale envy myself. But, we'll get to goal eventually too. And we'll stay there too. I've said it before and I'll say it again, slow & steady wins the race.

Susan said...

Oh I have been there ! Scale envy is the worst !!! But keep in mind that you are doing fantastic ! Your way will prove to be the best way in the long run......i would bet money on it !