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LINWASH23 SparkPoints: (85,041)
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1/4/13 11:41 A

Remember scales are not the only measurement of success. Be kind to yourself. emoticon

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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1/4/13 8:37 A

Ugh, scales.... I find you get all different reads depending on the scale you're using. Don't let it be an indication of your overall progress. Try to stick to using the same scale. Digital scales tend to be more accurate. I've been using a cheap dial scale up until xmas when my husband bough me a new digital scale. Just to give you an idea on the difference; my old scale says I weigh 114 lbs, my new digital scale says I was 120 lbs, big difference, right? 6 lbs! When I first tried it out (over the holidays with holiday weight gain). I had gone from 117 lbs on my old scale pre holidays to 126 lbs during the holidays on my new scale. So nearly 10 lbs! Luckily, I've lost my holiday gain and then some since.

It took me about a week to get over the fact that I'm not as close to my goal weight as I originally thought. I had to adjust all my Spark info to adapt to my new scale. I just kept reminding myself that I still lost 40 lbs so it doesn't matter that I'm not as close to the number I have stuck in my head as my goal weight. I always thought I was 5 lbs heavier than my old scale was telling me and was worried I'd have to become underweight before losing my gut. At least now I have a bigger margin to work with.

My point is; just stick to your home scale and weight is just a number. What matters is how you look/feel about yourself and all the positive changes you're making to improve your life.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/4/2013 (08:40)
STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
1/4/13 8:11 A

If you feel better, then that's all that should matter. The scale is just a tool for your progress, but it shouldn't dictate how you feel about yourself. Even if the scale wasn't wrong, you should be proud of yourself for working hard and believing in yourself.
There are days when I fluctuate up to 7 pounds in a single day. I don't let it get to me anymore because I know that I'll get passed it, and it doesn't erase my progress.

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1/4/13 7:56 A

Hi Danicing,

One of the biggest lessons I have had to learn in my own healthy lifestyle journey is not allowing the scale to define my success or lack thereof. Taking one measurement and basing your success on it is shortsighting yourself. The benefits of healthy living can take a solid 8 weeks before they show up on the scale, HOWEVER inside your body amazing things are happening...things that you can't see but will benefit you far more than weighing less. And the crazy deal is, exercise benefits happen immediately--better insulin sensitivity, more mitchondria (powerhouse of the cells), lower blood pressure, stronger hearts, etc.

Allow time for your body to change and know that your SparkPeople Family is here to walk this journey with you!

Coach Nancy

EREBECCA SparkPoints: (4,541)
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1/4/13 5:08 A

If you feel better in yourself, then I'd focus on that. You know you've been eating healthily - it also sounds stupid but your weight can fluctuate by nearly 2 pounds every day just because of what you've eaten and how your body digests food. Your clothes can also weigh more - I was horrified yesterday when I thought I'd put on three pounds - but then I realised I had my phone and my keys in my pocket. All of these things sounds silly but may have explained why you put weight on - stay motivated!

DANCINGLADY4 SparkPoints: (801)
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1/4/13 1:04 A

Hi thank you soo much for the advice I forgot about measuring also I will keep it in mind and drinking more water. Thanks

BENTOGYRL Posts: 278
1/4/13 12:47 A

Hiya DancingLady!

Don't freak out about the scale. Your weight changes constantly throughout the day depending on how much water you have, how much salt you have, what your hormones are like that day, the alignment of the stars....okay, maybe not that last one :) but seriously, your weight is never constant, so don't worry about what the scale says.

You said that you didn't buy anything sweet. Great job! There's a victory! Figure out some other little goals that don't depend so much on poundage. That or measure yourself. Measuring always encourages me because I do a lot of weight lifting, and since I'm female that means that I actually stay the same weight or even gain it, but I get smaller all over the place, it's amazing. I literally measure my body EVERYWHERE just because I'm so curious to see where is it going to disappear from this month.

Anyway, don't freak out about the scale, it's not a very accurate measurment anyway, find a different goal and celebrate when you achieve it.

You can do it! emoticon

DANCINGLADY4 SparkPoints: (801)
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1/4/13 12:16 A

I thought I was doing good but then I weighed myself today at the store scale it says my weight is more i'm not sure if it is right or not but I wasn't happy with it and still not I broke down crying at home I hope I can do better I really am trying I didn't even buy anything sweet and that's the first time for me. I guess I get a point for that one. But i'm still mad about my weight We've been busy cleaning our appt our kids come home on Tuesday so I thought what a good way to exercise and clean to help lose weight. I've heard that when cleaning house is good exercise. I hope it's just the scale is wrong. Any advice emoticon

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