It is the day of reckoning. My first time on the scale in over a month. I knew I gained weight, but I have to admit the scale almost made me cry this morning. I know it is just a number, but it still hit hard.
While I am surprised by how much was added, I am not surprised that it is an increase. Right before I stopped getting on the scale I went to the doctor who basically told me that the reason my scale numbers weren’t really moving is that I actually wasn’t eating enough to balance my exercise and my body just wasn’t having it. So things got adjusted.
And then the meal plan went out of the window. Thee was a holiday and several family events. We had out of town visitors and choices were justified. Instead of keeping myself to a single Friday night Happy hour glass of wine or cocktail, many sociable drinks were consumed on numerous nights (some alcoholic some not, all more calories than I am used to).Larger portions were also justified as Holiday favorites come once a year.
I can’t regret the carrot cake. I make it once a year and it is one of those cakes I could happily just sit down and dig in with a fork and eat until I am sick. I am not a huge sweet person but this has just the right spicy sweet and tangy notes to be my dessert kryptonite.
And just when I thought the holidays were over until Thanksgiving, Cinco de Mayo showed up and I celebrated with friends at a restaurant that is known for it’s generous portions. It has admittedly shifted the meal plan so tonight is a salad night instead of an indulgent Friday night meal, but there are no complaints from my baby doll, Last night was indulgent.
And I forgot that I would have to get on the scale this morning.
But it is what it is and at least I can stop worrying about how much I gained and take it as an extra incentive to get back on track. The next celebration is my birthday which is at the end of June. (June 27th in case you are wondering) so as extra incentive to stay on track, if I am good then my birthday can be celebrated with an expensive bottle of champagne and any cheese plate I decide to concoct. But until then, I need to reign in my indulgences and get back on track.
The worst is over though, I stepped on the scale and the numbers didn’t kill me. Now I just have to let the desire to see those numbers decrease fuel me into getting back into what I know I need to do. I know ups and downs are par for the course, but I have to admit my darlings, this one hurt quite a bit.
For me this was a very interesting test. When you look at all of the photos of people using any sort of fat burning tightening machines, they are almost always people who do not have all that much fat to lose or who don’t need that much tightened. I understand the advertising aspect of this, it isn’t rocket science. But if you have been following along with my posts for any length of time now you know that I have 80-90 lbs to lose to be into a healthy range. At least according to my doctor. I will be playing the exact number by ear, but at the moment I have a long way to travel before my weight loss journey ends.
That being said, I don’t expect magic from this machine. I did not go into this thinking that i would be 90 lbs over weight and at the end of thirty days some how magically the weight my doctor thinks is ideal for my body type. That isn’t how these things work. That being said, I do have a lot of fat to test the fat burning machine on. So first let’s look at what the machine is supposed to accomplish.
It is a unoisetion ultrasonic cavitation 2.5 body slimming machine to melt fat and tighten loose skin. This fat burner ultrasonic cavitation machine is just what you need to explosive or blast stubborn fat. That promotes your metabolism to keep your body shape. It is a machine that burns fat cells while eliminating cellulite as well as uses ultrasonic cavitation treatment to enhance collagen production and tighten skin.
As you can see from the description, it is not magic.
The process of using this machine was interesting. The manual is easy to read and in case the words are confusing, there are handy pictures for you to follow along. What you need to do when using this is clear and easy. It is an easy machine to use, and easy to keep clean.
The directions suggest that you make sure your skin is damp and that you use the gel with it. Essentially it is yo keep you from using the machine on your dry skin. I used it three times a week and found it most convenient to use it post shower. That way my skin was well dampened and the gel could be applied. The instructions also recommend that you use it after eating so you have food in your belly when using it.
I did try it on an empty stomach and ended up feeling a little nauseated so i’d recommend you follow that direction. I did not try it on completely dry skin, however dry skin was an issue. The ‘Sessions’ with the machine were half hour ones. Even with the gel on my skin (the gel helping to keep the skin moist and allow the machine to run smoothly over the skin) after about ten to fifteen minutes, my skin started to dry out a bit. If I applied more gel, the skin tended to get a little sticky. I found it best, to keep a wet wash cloth (in a bowl of water) handy, then after 15 minutes, take a break, use the wash cloth, then apply more of the gel, and then finish the session. This was the best method for me.
I did go through a lot of the gel. You may notice that the tube pictured is the fresh unopened tube. That is because it ran about about a week ago and without thinking I threw it out. Since then I used Vaseline. The Vaseline kept the machine moving smoothly and didn’t dry out so I only needed to wipe off a little extra Vaseline when i was done instead of rewetting the skin and using a second application. So I would say that the Vaseline did a better job of keeping my skin from drying out and the machine from sticking than the gel. I think the gel just needs a degree of moisture to it to keep from getting sticky that the Vaseline simply didn’t need.
The machine manual suggests that you start on a low setting and work your way up. This too was interesting. When I first used it I didn’t feel anything with the lower settings. So I turned it up until I felt something (About midway up the dial). I left it there as I could feel it doing something. At the end of my session I didn’t feel anything. It was the next morning that I felt I had done a whole munch of sit ups the day before. So that is something to watch. Start low the first day, because the next day you will feel more than you thought you would.
Gradually my tolerance increased and I was not so sore the next morning. When this happened on my next session I turned the dial up slightly. Slowly I increased the vibrations. I had no issues when doing this.
Now as I said, the big issue with machines like this is that you can expect miracles. I did take a photo at the beginning and at the end. i can find no way to edit them to a level of nudity I am comfortable posting, however the fact is the before and after photos don’t look any different. However this is not to say there wasn’t any change. I have lost one inch off my waist. Which is interesting as this month i think I gained a little weight through holiday eating. My bust and hip measurements are the same but my waist has gone down an inch. In addition I have quite a few stretch marks that have appeared as my weight has decreased. A couple of the more long standing ones are not as pronounced as they were. Again, in the photos they look the same, but when I run my finger tips over them they are slightly less.
I suspect that this machine, if I continue to use regularly, will help reduce those marks and possibly keep new ones from forming. I also suspect there would be a more noticeable difference on someone who doesn’t have as much weight to lose and who just wants to work on tightening skin and working off a little stubborn fat. Asking the machine to shift 90 lbs in thirty days is not a reasonable expectation. However it did give me enough reaction to let me know that it was doing something. While I wanted to do a thirty day post, I think given my size it really needs to be a six months on kind of post. Now that I am in the habit of using this, I think that I may continue and see if six months sees some more drastic changes. For me, given the length of time used one inch down was quite impressive and I am looking forward to seeing more longer term results from this Sure Beauty machine.
And so the month of April No scale comes to an end. I am relieved that I did skip the scale this month. We had company, there was a holiday with extra feasting and it was nice to not have to think about the scale.
At the same time, I know I gained some weight. I can feel it in the waist band of my jeans. And while I hate knowing that I did gain weight, I think it would have added extra stress on an already stressful month to worry about the scale.
For me, April went bonkers. Earlier this year I agreed to a couple of projects that were supposed to be small ones with limited scopes of work. As time went forward they morphed and just took over. April was when they both wrapped up and so there were longer than normal days mixed in with the house guests and Holidays. To be honest, I don’t actually remember a lot of the month. It went whizzing by in a hail of deadlines.
Last week I realized that the month was coming to an end and that soon i would have to step back on the scale and see the gain in no argument digital numbers. My goal for this last week of April was not to panic. It was to put the month behind me, accept that the weight gain was coming and to not go crazy trying to take it all off before i stepped back onto the scale.
Instead i went through the cabinets and made sure we didn’t have any sneaky lurking holiday items. I made a meal plan and this week I concentrated on getting back on track with the meals and getting into the habit of paying attention instead of granting myself temporary exemptions. Mostly because I know that if i stress about it and try to go overboard then it will usually backfire on me. In other words i may lose what I added over April, but it won’t be sustainable so in may I’ll end up putting it back on again before I take it off. I’ve been on many back and forths over the years. And that is always what happens. So I am trying to deal with holiday weight in a healthier way. I am just accepting it, understanding that it was due to a change in diet and exercise and accepting that the weight will come back off once I get back into my routine.
I a also reminding myself that Easter was the last big Feast Holiday until Thanksgiving. In my family there will be a picnic for Memorial day and a barbeque for Independence day, but both are single events rather than long weekends and easily navigable, diet wise. The feasting Holidays start with thanksgiving, run through the holiday parties, Christmas, New years and then end with Easter. Which means that until November I will just have a few off days here and there, but nothing major to knock me off of my diet and exercise plan. At least nothing expected anyway.
There is always room for the unexpected.
So this is the end of April. Next week it will be back to the scale. While I no longer fear the scale as I once did, I will always have mixed feelings about it and will frequently need mental health breaks from it. Which I think is healthy. Sometimes life simply needs to be lived. While my weight loss is something needed for my over all health and well being throughout my life, it isn’t something that should take over my life. I know as these posts are a record of the ups and downs of my dieting life, weight and it’s loss (or lack of) can seem like the main focus of my world. It isn’t and sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be reminded that I am dieting to better my life, not living to diet.
Good morning my darlings. This week has been a little strange fitness wise. Allergies have run rampant and both my baby and I have had a hard time of it this week. While it means there was sneezing and limited time outside, it also means comfort food. The weather didn’t help. we planned a cool veggie dinner for Monday and then the temps plummeted so we both wanted warm and comforting.
So food wise, it was not the best and exercise wise it wasn’t great either. Working out when you can’t breathe properly doesn’t work.
I’ll admit, I was relieved not to be getting on the scale this week. I was tempted by it because I knew it wouldn’t be good news, but I knew I would mentally berate myself if I did see a rise in weight this week. So I did the healthy thing and just didn’t step on the scale even for my own curiosity. Even though I shouldn’t I do berate myself for weight gain. This week it is understandable if I did gain weight. I simply can not work out while sneezing my head off.
I know this. So I am trying to be kinder to myself. Which sometimes I forget to do. So No scale this week and One more week in April to go without the scale. Given the visitors and the Holiday, and the candy and the weather, and the allergies. I am pretty sure i gained weight this month. The trick for me is not to go crazy next week trying to make up for an entire month in one week, well technically two. Next Friday is April 29th, so no weigh in. My next weigh in is May 6th. But I still need to remind myself to be sensible with my workouts and just get my menu and workouts back on track.
The plus side is that the weather looks like it is going to stay in the warm zone which means we can switch the menu out of winter mode. I’m already planning a spring roll salad for Monday. It is one of my favorite warm weather meals. It is exactly what it sounds like, a salad made from all of the fresh veggies that would be in a spring roll with a light and tangy vinegary sauce. The best part is that I can make it on Monday and then we can eat it both Monday and Tuesday nights. I love the two for one meals. It is very filling but not all that caloric. It will be good to finally get back to lighter meals. For those interested I plan to start posting the recipes of some of my favorites. But for now, I have to accept that this was not a good weight loss week (I know this even without the scale.) It is a marathon and not a sprint and I am working to build healthy habits for the rest of my life, not drop weight fast. admittedly i feel like I have been circling the same spot for a long time now, but I only fail if I stop trying. If you are on your own weight loss/healthy life style journey, I hope you don’t get discouraged and remember to be kind to yourself along the way.
Today I was actually relieved not to have to get on the scale. We had company last weekend and to be good hosts we brought in things we normally wouldn’t have in the house. Much of the week we have been dealing with left overs just to clear them out of the pantry. One of the things I have noticed though is the sugar intake.
I long ago cut out sodas from my normal day. We will keep a six pack of mini ginger ales in the cabinet, but to be honest, a six pack will last several months and then more than likely one can will be incorporated into a Friday night cocktail (Sometimes even a mocktail I really like taking one of those cans pouring it into a glass and adding a drop of sour cherry syrup to it and calling that my Friday Cocktail.)
We had three 12 can (regular sized) boxes on hand for company. My baby took one box to work just for meetings. I had a couple earlier in the week because they were there but after I realized the sugar was affecting me and my sleep patterns, i stopped drinking it. It is one of those things I simply don’t think about any more. People talk about how sugary drinks are bad for diets, but since I rarely indulge I focus more on salt and fat when I think about diets. Also my big weakness is cheese rather than chocolate so I know I can walk away from the sweets more easily than the savory.
It also helps that we don’t bring it into the house. But this week it was there. and because it was just there I indulged. I had one of those moments where I realized how much grocery shopping affects my diet. Simply put, you can’t eat what isn’t in the house. I know that sounds like a foolish statement to make but it was really brought home to me this week. This week I ate things simply because they were there. Why bother to add a little flavoring to water if the soda is right there taking up space? Why cut up celery sticks if there is a bag of chips right there? Do I know the other stuff is better for me? Of course, but the other stuff can be consumed with no effort or thought. And since we prepared things for company instead of preparing snacks and other things for the week, I hadn’t helped myself out by doing the prep work early like i usually do.
It was a bad week for food, but an eye opening one. even when you realize that what you by matters, sometimes you just need a hard reminder that you are the gatekeeper. You are the one who decides what to bring into the house and you are the one who ultimately decides what you will eat based on what you bring into the house. I knew that. Of course I knew that. But sometimes, it is really good to have that hard reminder. This week more than anything else, that was what I got. Sometimes, I just need things spelled out for me.
Hopefully it helps you too if you are on a similar get healthy journey with weight loss.
This morning was interesting. On Fridays I get up , use the facilities, walk to the kitchen to put on the coffee and then go back to the bathroom. Then, before I begin my morning skincare I strip down and step on the scale to record any changes over the week. While I have taken breaks from the scale, most notably around holidays, I have been weighing myself every Friday for a long time.
Not stepping on the scale this morning felt…strange. There was a feeling of relief that I wouldn’t have to see myself dealing with tiny fragments of weight (in either direction) as I try to get myself off of this plateau I am on. There was also a feeling of guilt.
And to be honest, this feeling of guilt bothers me. I felt almost as though if I didn’t get on the scale, I hadn’t really done any of my exercising. I hadn’t recorded my food. I wasn’t working towards a healthier me. All of which is foolish. I have been getting my exercise in, but I am working to shake up my routine so I can see where that feeling of not doing what I was doing when I stepped on the scale might occur.
In addition I have been writing down all that I consume. Partially because I had a doctor’s visit this week. Since I am wearing a FitBit which records my activity and I am recording my food we sort of looked through that. It turns out I haven’t been eating enough. Which is part of my plateau at the moment. Each time I see the scale not move, I knock a few calories off and apparently that doesn’t help. So there is some recalibrating.
and he did validate my decision to step away from the scale for a month. He suggested letting my body get used to things before I start second guessing myself and making adjustments. Which is smart. Smarter than My I can’t just can’t stand to see 0.2 weight increments for a while version of stepping away from the scale because it is driving me bonkers.
So we are going with his version of Smart so that I don’t try to micro manage myself idea. It sounds much better than my initial thoughts. Both are still true of course. I just need to get over the guilt that stepping away from the scale causes. It annoys me that I feel guilty, but denying it isn’t going to help. So I am acknowledging it and hopefully putting it behind me.
So doctor’s visit down, caloric intake tweaked I am moving forward. I feel good about what I did this week and ultimately it feels good not to think about the number on the scale for a bit. The weight loss journey will continue, even without the confirmation of the scale. I know this. Sometimes you just need a breather.
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Nope, it is not a repeat. It is the same weight I was last week. Which is rather annoying. It’s a plateau and I have an appointment with my doctor scheduled for next week to hopefully help me adjust what I’m doing. Maybe it will shake things up.
Hopefully it will shake them up in the right direction.
I have made a decision though.
while I step on the scale each week as a method of accountability, I need a break from it. The scale, not the accountability. I know I’ve done this before and I think it is time to do it again. I will be taking April away from the scale. I’ll still post about my continuing weight loss journey each Friday, but I won’t be getting on the scale each week to record the numbers.
I simply need a break.
Part of that is the plateau moment. It just gets frustrating to know I put in the effort and seem to be getting nowhere. So next week I sit down with the doctor and I’ll spend April getting things sorted out and then pick up with the weight posting at the beginning of May. I think it will greatly help my state of mind. Because that scale is just stressing me out at this point.
Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 211.6 lbs
This week’s Weight: 211.6 lbs
Lost this far: 34.4 lbs
So this coming week I will talk to my doctor and possibly a physical trainer. I’ll keep an eye on my calories and exercise, reporting back each week on how things are going and get everything squared away in April. Then in May there will be a return to the scale and hopefully a better frame of mind. But for today, there was no loss in weight, but the loss of a scale and a whole lot of peace of mind gained.
Recently Sure Beauty sent over the Body Shaping Machine (MS-12C2 Body Shaper) for me to try out. I have to say I have always been curious about these sorts of machines and am thrilled to have the chance to try it out. Sure beauty produces all sorts of at home beauty tools from all sorts of facial spa machines to at home weight loss tools.
According to the product page, this machine…
is a unoisetion ultrasonic cavitation 2.5 body slimming machine to melt fat and tighten loose skin. This fat burner ultrasonic cavitation machine is just what you need to explosive or blast stubborn fat. It promotes your metabolism to keep your body shape, It is a machine that burns fat cells while eliminating cellulite as well as uses ultrasonic cavitation treatment to enhance collagen production and tighten skin.
For those following my weight loos journey, you know, I have plenty of fat on which to test the slimming capabilities. While i don’t think any machine can actually replace exercise and regular fitness, as I am slowly losing weight I am noticing some extra sagging on skin over the parts I have been slimming down. If this can help tighten that skin I am all for it. If the machine helps me get rid of some of those fat pockets faster, I am even more in favor.
As with any skin care item, whether product or tool, time is often one of the key features. This post is about my first experience with the Body Shaping Machine. I will be using it consistently according to the directions for the next thirty days and we will see how things progress.
First off the machine showed up in a lovely box that is not only good for shipping but excellent for storage. The inside is lines with brown satin and I really like having a set place to put the machine when it is not in use.
The first thing I did was to read the manual from cover to cover. I’ll admit, there was an intimidation factor. however the pamphlet very soon put me at ease. It is easy to understand and very straight forward. When it gets to actual use, there are clear instructions with pictures detailing exact use and timing. I was thrilled because it made everything very easy.
As you can see in the picture, it recommends that you wet down your skin and then apply the gel before using it and that you avoid using it over dry skin. For my first use I decided to take a quick shower so that my skin was damp. I then patted myself dry and applied the gel. The gel has no scent to it and really all it does is keep the skin moist. There is no sticky residue or scent to it.
For the first use it is recommended that you try a setting between 2 and 7 depending on your sensitivity level. I turned the machine on and started at two. I felt nothing from the machine. it was on but clearly, I am not the sensitive sort. I felt the vibrations when I reached level five so I decided that for my first use that was a good place for me.
The diagrams cover the use very clearly and I followed them for the duration of the allotted time. By the time I went through the time (the machine counts down on a digital screen so it is easy to follow along), the gel was more or less absorbed. So I dressed and went on with my day.
I’ll admit, I felt a little silly and like I hadn’t actually done anything, until the next morning. The next morning I woke up and felt as though I had done an intense abdominal work out. Clearly one night isn’t going to give me any form of results, but i do feel as though my abdominal muscles did get a work out.
The machine is small and easily to store. The handle fits well in the hand and is easy to use. The manual is very easy to follow and honestly I can’t wait to see what thirty days of regular use end up producing. My hopes are that there will be some skin tightening. I would be thrilled beyond belief if there was an extra boosting in my own body slimming efforts. But for that I will have to continue my efforts and wait to see what thirty days brings.
This week was strange in regards to working out. I started strong on Monday, then work went crazy and I managed the bare minimum for the rest of the week. Most of my focus was on my food this week.
Logging my food, writing down everything I put in my mouth was the only way I could keep track of things once work got out of control. And I’ll be honest, mostly what happened was that I jotted down what I ate during the day and then once i finished for the day but hadn’t yet started making dinner, I counted up the calories and figured out what I was going to eat for dinner, or at least my portion size.
we still had the basic menu in place which helped. It was just my portion size that varied. I have to say having the Smoothie box shakes really helped. They were delicious, but they also had the calories clearly marked so I didn’t have to think too much about it. There was little to no math. While I normally like to keep it to one or two a week, I hit them hard simply because it was easier than thinking about it and they were quick.
While this loss wasn’t a big one, it is t least going back in the right direction. I was very worried that this week would either be a no loss week or even a gain because of the workout shorting. But keeping a firm control of those calories really helped to at least reign it in and make sure I didn’t take a hit with my weight.
As annoying as it is writing down everything I consume, it does help. It not only keeps a record of what i am putting in my body so that when things go wrong I can sort of figure out where the problem is, but it also makes me aware of what I am eating. There is no mindless snacking when you have to count out the items you plan to consume from a larger bag so that you can accurately write it down.
As an aside it always astounds me that olives (at least the kind I was eating) are ten calories a piece. I know part of it is the salt, but I always feel like they ought to be about three. They aren’t, I know they aren’t which is why I count them before adding them to my salad. But it still seems like they should be. Part of that is i do love olives and kind of wish they were lower. But still, 10 cal seems a bit much.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 211.6 lbs
Lost this week: 0.4 lbs
:Lost thus far: 34.4 lbs
And so the slow chipping off of weight continues. This weekend I am reevaluating, going through my fitness and food logs and seeing where things can be improved. I don’t mind the slow chipping, but I wouldn’t be opposed to heftier slivers being released from my body each week. So This weekend I will see what can be tightened up and what needs to change.
I never like reporting a weight gain. It makes me feel like I failed, even though I know I did everything I could. I stayed on top of my fitness this week. It rained a lot so I was doing more indoor work, but i think I was still doing well on calories. The food this week is still a little bit wonky because my babydoll is still recovering from dental surgery so things need to be shifted for him and since I am generally cooking one meal for both of us then my food gets shifted as well.
That should be back to normal next week though.
I think what might have got me (and the reason I am not panicking about the weight gain) is because dinner last night was at 10 pm. Generally we eat around 6:30. I don’t like to eat after 7 pm as I really don’t sleep well with a full belly. I think my body can sleep or it can digest, but it has issues doing both at the same time. Given that I ate so late last night, I think that my weight might have been thrown off a little.
I know it sounds like a justification or an excuse, and it is, but it is also why I am not worried. I didn’t go crazy this week. I hit my workouts and ate reasonable portion sizes. I know that the food will balance back out in this coming week and I am confident this increase is temporary. it’s only when I don’t know why things are happening that I start to worry. This is explainable. If I go up again next week despite hitting my planned workouts and getting my food back to normal, then I will worry.
I also now have a reminder of why I don’t eat that late at night. I know it makes me sound a bit like an old fogey but I’m not ready for the early bird special yet. And honestly, I have never been able to eat late at night. My relationship with sleep has always been a delicate dance. eating late is like having an elephant try to rhumba through a waltz.
Starting Weight: 246.0 lbs
Last week’s Weight: 211.2 lbs
This week’s Weight: 212.0 lbs
Change this week: +0.8 lbs
Lost this far: 34 lbs
So there we have it. It is never fun to record a gain, but sometimes life, and a delayed dinner, happen. All I can do is not let it get me down and keep moving forward. As long as I never quit, I am still winning. Even when it doesn’t feel that way. I will say though. Tonight dinner will be early and I am going to take my HUM sleep gummies to help ensure my bran quiets down enough for sleep. At the moment that is the bigger concern. My body my not like digesting and sleeping at the same time but what little sleep I got with a full belly wasn’t good. So early dinner, a little sleep insurance via HUM and with luck feeling right as rain on Saturday. For now though, it is time to tackle Friday.