What Happens When The Scale Goes Up?

By · March 6, 2014 · Weight Loss · 3 Comments
What Happens When The Scale Goes Up?

What happens when despite all your best efforts, the scale goes up instead of down?

It can be frustrating and demotivating, and make you want to throw in the towel for good.

However, it is helpful to know that we have all been there.

It’s how you handle the disappointment that counts.

Let me share with you a recent chapter of my own story.

In January, I started a new 12-week exercise routine. I had grown tired of the exercises I’d been doing for years, and started to lose momentum. I figured a new routine would re-ignite my enthusiasm.

For the first month, I felt excited to be going to the gym again. I liked my new exercises and I was feeling strong. After 4 weeks, I weighed in and all my numbers were great. I was so motivated.

The second phase of my routine increased in intensity. I was required to go to the gym 6 days a week; 75 minutes at a time. This was a much larger commitment than I had been doing in the past. Fitting this time into an already busy schedule was no easy task. It meant meticulous planning and sometimes a 5:00AM or 10:00PM workout; but I was committed.

When the second phase ended, I was eager to see what my results would be. Interestingly enough, after all my hard work and dedication, the scale went up instead of down! No, it was not from increased muscle mass. In fact, my muscle mass remained pretty much the same, but my body fat went up. Bummer!

At this point, it would be so easy for me to say, “Forget it.” But the next day, I was back at the gym and on to Phase 3.

Why didn’t I quit?

Because fitness is a process; it is not a quick-fix.

Instead, it forced me to take a good hard look as to why I didn’t see the results I thought I would. I had to be honest with myself and admit that maybe I didn’t do things as well as I thought I had.

For instance, perhaps I was consuming more food than I really needed. I was using the old “I-worked-out-today” excuse to have extra portions.

I looked at areas I could cut back on; I didn’t really need dried fruit on my oatmeal when fresh blueberries were a lighter, cleaner choice. Did I really need a whole banana in my post workout shake? Or could a handful of grapes do the trick?

Was I indulging too much on my favorite dark chocolate squares?

Was I really drinking enough water and getting enough sleep?

Did I increase my weights consistently enough? Was I sleepwalking through the cardio?

Or maybe a routine of this intensity is just too much for me right now at this stage in my life. Instead of building me up, it could be breaking me down. Sometimes too much of a good thing can be just that.

And finally, was I really giving it my all?

When I looked closely, the answer was no.

While I may not have seen the results I wanted, I know that I am in much better shape than when I started two months ago. That is enough to keep me going

Now I want you to think about your own journey.

What do you do when the going gets rough and the scale slides the opposite way? Do you just give up? Do you blame the process, or the weather, or your own misfortune?

Do you have the courage to answer the question; “Did I give it my all?”

I don’t think we can ever say with 100% certainty… so keep looking for those areas of growth and improvement. Keep looking for reasons to keep going; not reasons to quit.

Stretch into your better self, and the rewards will follow. Trust that they will.

Leave a comment below and tell me what you do when the results don’t happen as quickly as you would like?

What Happens When The Scale Goes Up?

3 Responses

  1. Hi Annette!
    That is what happened to me when I started going to the gym. I was working really hard and it got very frustrating. I upped the weights and my cardio and still gained weight. I too did not believe it was muscle mass like people were saying, that would have been way too much muscle. LOL.
    That’s when I came to you and you tweaked my eating habits, a little here and a little there. Things that I thought I was doing that were good and healthy actually may have been keeping me from losing weight. Simple changes did make a big impact. Anyway, I have kept off the 10 lbs that were so troublesome.
    Then came the stress and disappointment of my favorite gym ever closing suddenly! Ugh! Did I give up? NO, I did not! I purchased a really good elliptical and made that the center of my new gym in the basement. All the rest is really pretty doable at home. At least for me. I find it much easier and less stressful time-wise to work out at home.
    I am looking forward to the warmer weather as that will be about the time I will need a change, as we all do. We get tired of the same old thing.
    But just give it some thought, get creative, DONT GIVE UP! Just put something together that you will stick with and know that you will have to make changes to your workout in the future. Your body will adjust to it too and get bored as well.
    Ok, so I went on a bit. Sorry! But your story was right down my alley!

    Deb Barlow March 6, 2014 at 10:33 pm #
    • Yes Deb, you are right. The body needs time to adjust to a new routine. And, every habit needs to be looked at to see where improvements can be made. I am so glad you are still going strong! And no worries, I am not giving up! Thanks for your comments.

      Annette Alfieri March 7, 2014 at 1:38 am #
  2. LOL. I know YOU will never give up! I meant “you” in general to add to your comments. You are my nutrition Goddess. You will never give up. 😉

    Deb Barlow March 7, 2014 at 11:27 am #

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