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SNATION88 SparkPoints: (0)
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2/11/12 12:54 A

I used to weigh every day, and then I had a day where it said I weighed 3 more pounds than the day before even though I had worked out for 1:15 and eaten within my calorie range. i called my mom nearly in hysterics and frustration and she convinced that I just need to put the scale away and not weigh for a while. I had hit a plateau and gained some water and possible muscle weight. Anyway, I put it away and it made the difference. Out of sight, out of mind. If that doesn't work for you then physically remove it from your house. give it to a friend or someone and don't let them give it back to you for at least a week :)

FITNAPTURAL SparkPoints: (77,972)
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2/10/12 2:30 P

I like the idea of rewards but I also subscribe to putting the scale away. If it's out of sight, I'm more likely to not want to get it. I keep mine in a closet where I'd have to move something and it usually feels like too much effort. Usually, I don't think about the scale, at least not every morning. I weigh once a week. If I do it more I become obsessed and if i do it less I tend to slack off. Not weighing everyday allows me to notice how good my clothes fit and how awesome I feel.

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2/9/12 1:26 P

Another thing that I find helpful is tracking and rewarding other habits. The scale is unpredictable - i mean, we know what makes it move down in the long run, but the day-to-day fluctuations can be incredibly frustrating. So, instead (or in addition) I'm tracking other things I CAN control every day. I track how many vegetables i eat in a day. I track how many miles I walk per week ... etc. That helps me take the focus off the scale and onto other things ...

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,260
2/9/12 12:32 P

I took my scale and put it in an out-of-the way closet, where I had to move a few things to get to it. Once a week I go through the process of digging it out, I weigh myself, and then I put it back. Once a month I measure myself. Otherwise, I use consistency with my calorie ranges and Fitness minutes, as a measure of my success, and reward myself based on those.

2/9/12 9:42 A

I threw away my scale, for similar reasons. Sometimes I want it really badly, but the times I want it badly are exactly when I shouldn't have it.

If it's time to weigh myself, I walk to the gym and do it there.

HONESTGRL Posts: 238
1/19/12 4:07 P

Yes. I love the rewards idea and will definitely be taking baby steps! Thanks!

HONESTGRL Posts: 238
1/19/12 4:06 P

I have an old fashion scale that doesn't use batteries. I hate digital scales. I've thrown out 3 of them. They keep giving different numbers every time you step on them. But that was a good idea. As to my pressure, it has always been good. I am lucky in that regard. I do note that I have more energy and can work out much harder. This is a good sign. I have to concentrate on the good things and I am losing so that's good. I will try to weigh in once a day in the mornings for now. Let's see if that works.

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1/19/12 3:49 P

How about taking out the batteries ? Put them some place very inconvenient. Then if you really want to weigh yourself, you're going to have to put the batteries back in any time you want to weight. Before long, you may well find that tedious.

It's not an easy thing to break a scale habit. It's an awful obsession. Remember, there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. The scale can't tell you how many push ups you can do. the scale can't tell you how fast you walk or run a mile. the scale can't tell you your blood pressure.

Let me ask you this... how's your blood pressure ? If your blood pressure has dropped over the last three weeks, your doctor would be thrilled even if you didn't lose any weight. Lowering your blood pressure is a HUGE sign of success. the scale can't tell you if your blood pressure dropped. the scale can't tell you if your clothes are fitting better.

the scale is only one way to measure success and it's not the best.

BAM0827 Posts: 3,023
1/19/12 3:25 P

Ah, I don't know if it's bad. It works for some people and not for others. If you can step on it and not let it ruin your day when it says a number that you may not like (and that will happen) then go on it. When it starts effecting your mood, habits (wanting to give up because you gained 2 pounds of water weight), etc then that's when it gets bad! You'll have to learn what works best for you.

I went through a bout last year where it was driving me crazy so I set a goal only to weigh once a week. When I did that for 4 weeks in a row - I rewarded myself with a new running shirt. I've done this streak/reward thing with other habits, too. I really think that rewarding behavior instead of weight loss helps me because it's those habits that will keep the weight off longer.

Maybe your goal can be only once a day. Then every other or something. Baby steps. I've been on this journey for a long time and the once a week was something that is/was doable for me.

HONESTGRL Posts: 238
1/19/12 3:18 P

I have been with SP and with my new and improved eating habits for the past 3 weeks. I have lost 10 pounds. But one thing I need to do is to stop weighing myself every day. I know this is bad but I can’t stop. I am addicted to the scale. Funny, when I am eating everything in sight, I don’t even think of the scale and now, I weigh myself at night and in the morning. I NEED HELP!!! Any suggestions?

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