Not mine - Jeff's. With all the running he's done over this year, he's lost weight. Not to mention the changes to his eating that he's done since I began my journey (to fit!) - even though he travels all the time, now he almost never eats at any fast food restaurant other than Subway. He really tries to make good choices, and that, along with the running, shows...he's had to buy new pants in a smaller size, and easily fits into size large shirts - I've finally convinced him to get rid of all of his old XL's as they are just tents on him now. So obviously he's lost weight, right?
Well. As I discovered when I trained for my half marathon, although my SIZE got smaller (and I did look good - much more "solid" than I do now), I actually gained about 5 pounds. So on Friday morning, just before Jeff left for his sort-of annual physical (it's been a couple of years), he asked me how much I thought he weighed. Loaded question, right? Knowing that at one point he had been well into the 230's, I said 215. He was surprised that I guessed so high, but I knew from my experience that while running does change your body shape for the better, it doesn't necessarily show up on the scale.
When he came home, he was a little disappointed. Although the doctor was happy with the weight he'd lost, he still clocked in at 213 pounds. Now, that was after eating breakfast and drinking several cups of coffee (who DOES that before they are going to step on a scale??? oh yeah - men), and of course wearing regular clothes and shoes (has he learned NOTHING from my weigh-ins?? wear light clothing! flip flops!!). So I'd say he was more like 210. But he expected to weigh around 200 pounds. I had similar expectations when I was working out a lot - that somehow all the sweat and effort I put into it would translate into a big loss on the scale.
It's a frustrating thing to accept, that exercise results do not always show up on the scale. But they do translate to a healthier body, and I'm hoping that Jeff will be able to revise his expectations and be happy with how far he's come in the last year. When I realized this, it was just one more reason why I stopped giving the scale so much weight (pardon the pun), and instead focused on my overall body size, health and fitness.