Sunday, October 28, 2007

The True Measure of Success...

Okay - great day today! My efforts have finally caught up with me and I weighed in at 188.4! WOO HOO! But I'm not going to concentrate on that too much because the numbers on the scale are only part of the story. They change like the wind - depending on so many things. As long as they're consistently going down...I'm going to be happy. It's the way my clothes fit that really means anything.

And speaking of the scale ~ has anyone seen that show "I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again" ? It caught my eye because...well...I used to be a cheerleader in high school, and yes, I want to look like that again. But the show is really ticking me off!

Each week they work the girls mercilessly and then tempt them with all kinds of fattening foods. It's inspiring to see the women work so hard but that's about as far as it goes. Every week there is a weigh in and the one who has lost the least weight percentage based on their previous weigh in gets kicked off the "squad" and has to go home. What's so frustrating is that these gals are truly trying and for the sake of a lousy number on the scale they get penalized! Why can't they keep them all on the show the entire time and see who does the best, instead of dashing them right smack in the middle of their efforts!

This past week almost everyone lost 4 pounds. Except one gal. She gained a pound. She was crushed! She worked so hard and was penalized for a lousy weight gain that was probably water retention or even muscle gain! It's just not fair to use the scale as a measure of success or failure because it doesn't tell the whole story! She was NOT a failure - but was made to feel like one.

And don't we do that to ourselves? I'm telling you right now - get a pair of slacks that are way too small (from your "skinny" clothes section that we all have hiding in our closets) and try them on each week. That is the true measure of your success. Screw the scale. Sure it's a motivating factor - but it doesn't have the final word!

When my cousin (who has always been in great shape and is an avid exerciser) stopped going to the gym for 6 months....she actually LOST 12 pounds! But it was all muscle! Her pants got tighter as she replaced the muscle with fat. And yet...she was losing weight. we keep striving to reach that goal - let's keep that scale in perspective. If you've worked hard all week and stayed on track but the scale doesn't show it - who cares! Keep the tape measure handy. That doesn't lie!


Christine said...

Working hard each and every day! Congrats on your weigh in though - I cannot wait to see the 180's on my scale! I would love to see it before the new year. :)

Anonymous said...

First off..CONGRATS on your weigh in! I too watch the show on CMT and was crushed when I realized that each week someone would get eliminated. They totally don't factor in anything and remember each girl is a different height, body type, weight etc..I think they should have kept them all till the end and then we could see just how much progress they made. Maybe they'll all come back for the last show or a reunion show or something.
On another note...This show has definately motivated me to work harder..I just hate that my favorite cheerleaders have already been booted off the show..dang it!
Great blog!

CactusFreek said...

Very good!
I haven't heard of that cheerleader show. We probably won't see it in Australia.

Kathy said...

Those shows do such a disservice to people who are trying to lose weight and lead healthier lives. They are totally unrealistic with their emphasis on "winning" with huge weekly weight losses and hours of daily exercise. There are so many people who watch those shows and then are disappointed with healthy weight losses of 1 and 2 pounds a week.

You are so right...if you are losing or gaining, you can tell in how your clothes fit.