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1/3/12 1:09 P

i've temporarily broken up with my scale

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1/3/12 12:11 P

I don't even have a scale in my apartment. However, I do have monthly med checks with my physician (I'm on coumadin), so that's where I get weighed. I'd rather base my weight loss on how I feel, what clothes size I fit into, and my stamina.

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1/3/12 10:46 A

I'm one of those people who can get addicted to the scale, and will spend too much time obsessing about my weight and whether this little decision I just made had an immediate impact on my weight. But I also can't ditch it entirely, or I lose motivation. I have to put the scale away and only weigh myself once a week, and I have to put the measuring tape away and only measure myself once a month. As long as it's a routine for me to only do it that often, I avoid the extreme relationship with the scale!

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1/3/12 10:10 A

Well after years of dieting , losing and gaining weight , I learnt one need the scale + you need to take measurements. You need the scale because it keeps you on track with weight loss. But you need to take measurements because they can be a great motivator to keep you going. Losing inches off your body tells you that you're doing something right and you're becoming smaller. Thats exactly what I have been doing for a year and I have lost a ton of weight with just a little more to go. And nobody says I am fat anymore which is such an awesome feeling. emoticon

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1/3/12 9:59 A

Wishing you success on your journey. I too am trying to cut back on using the scale, because if I allow it, it will determine how I feel. I will strive to weigh only on Mondays,

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1/3/12 1:01 A

I agree with ditching the scale. I am going to weigh myself tomorrow, and not look at it for a month. I don't want what the scale says to determine how I feel.

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1/2/12 9:46 P

I don't think I could go a day without weighing myself. It keeps me on track knowing that I have to face that NUMBER each and every morning.

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1/2/12 7:16 P

i am going to continue to use the scale but i think it will not be my ONLY instrument of measurement. i will judge by my clothes and how i feel....count fitness minutes...etc etc

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1/2/12 7:15 P

I am afraid to get on the scale tomorrow. I only weigh myself on Tuesdays. I enjoyed all the holiday treats too much.

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1/2/12 6:35 P

I have to use my scale. It motivates me to keep going. If I don't weigh myself, it feels like I can just eat whatever I want and not have to worry about it. I have to weigh daily, that's just me.

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1/2/12 6:34 P

I'm with you! I have not weighed myself since August, I've decided it is not really imprortant to have a number. I know how my cloths fit. It does seem to take an extrordinary amount of emotional energy to weigh yourself daily. emoticon

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1/2/12 5:09 P

I use my scale once a week. I also measure and go by how my clothing is fitting. Even my energy level is a good indicator.

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1/2/12 4:50 P

Do not think can do without the scale
Weigh in at TOPS chapter once a week
Weigh at home mid week and then realize do I need to do more in watching the food choices
One day at a time

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1/2/12 4:13 P

I made a choice to weigh myself each and every morning. It helps me motivate myself during the day by remembering my number. If I've made progress, it brightens my day and affirms that what I am doing is working and that I should continue!


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1/2/12 1:56 P

I too have been considering this myself. If I don't completely get away from the scale, because I will check occasionally for healthy reasons, I will atleast weight at the beginning of each month...that's after I get away from the scale lol. Goodluck

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1/2/12 1:52 P

I need it. Not seeing the scale move motivates me to work harder. Seeing it go up keeps me logging my food. It keeps me honest. I think the trick is to see even maintaining as a positive. Gaining isnt a reason to give up its a reason to work harder.Like the others said its just a tool to use for a purpose. Not an evil altar.Dont fear it use it!

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1/2/12 10:03 A

I don't have a scale. I use a tape measure as my primary source. I check my weight every month or so when I'm in a department store in the area that sells them.

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1/2/12 7:36 A

Last year, I weighed in once a week and the dial barely moved; however I lost a pleasing number of inches. I loved the change in the way my clothes fit. This year, I'm only going to weigh in once a month, use the tape measure more often, and take note of new found energy.

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1/2/12 12:40 A

When I moved last summer, I left my scale at my son's house. I am so glad I did! I used to wake up and weight myself daily. If I liked the number, I was happy. If I didn't, I would get depressed and upset. Now I wake up and have a great day EVERY day. If my clothes feel tight, I have a salad! If they feel loose, I start thinking about the smaller clothes I will be able to wear soon. It has freed up so much emotional energy that was being wasted on self-loathing (because, honestly, the number will likely never be the "right" one anyway) and I have learned to love myself again. I focus on healthy choices each day and get outside to walk each day. It's made all the difference. I wish I had done this years ago!

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1/1/12 9:25 P

Using a tape mearsure in stead of a scale...What a great idea!! its the best alternative to the scale that i have read. i think i will try that. i am just starting back again and i am a little discouraged about the scale so this might be way for me to move on and get over the number.

Edited by: LWHITTLE2 at: 1/1/2012 (21:29)

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1/1/12 9:17 P

Sometimes I use the scale and then when I slip a few weeks I hide from it.

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1/1/12 7:23 P

I am one who must weigh, as I tend to like clothes that fit a little loose anyway, so its hard for me to tell that way if I'm gaining. Once my clothes did begin to get tight I weighed in, expecting to have gained about 20 or 25 lbs, and OMG I gained back the 40 I went through hell and high water to lose PLUS and extra 20!!! I do get P.O.'d when the scale isn't moving, but I need it to hold myself accountable-apparently, lol

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1/1/12 5:38 P

I am struggling with my scale as well, but I don't know how else to keep track of my progress. Inches don't seem to motivate me as much as pounds on the scale do.

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1/1/12 5:37 P

I don't know that I could ditch the scale, but I'm trying to only weigh on Monday mornings, to keep from obsessing about it.

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1/1/12 3:19 P

I generally weigh once a week. Without the scales it is too easy for me to deceive myself. But hey, everyone needs to do what works for them, right?

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1/1/12 3:07 P

The scale had too much control in my life. I've opted to use the measuring tape. I take 2 measurements-my waist and my hips. I know that if my inches decrease, then my weight will also decrease.

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1/1/12 2:42 P

I've started to alternate between my body fat monitor and the scale. I like to keep my weight in check, but haven't seen it budge in quite a while. The fat monitor has really helped me because my % has been dropping so I know that the workouts I am doing are working for me. Maybe get a % monitor? I got mine on amazon for around $35

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1/1/12 2:24 P

I have not totally ditched the scale, but I only weigh in every 3-4 weeks. I do it sooner if I have been bad. emoticon

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1/1/12 2:19 P

i bought a scale but it is dusty. because i don't like to look at dust, i won't get on it and I let my clothes tell me how well i'm doing.

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1/1/12 1:52 P

Do it! I moved my scale out of my bathroom and feel way less stressed when I get up in the morning. I weigh in on set days and not having the scale in my face makes it a more enjoyable experience. My peace of mind is worth more to me than knowing what I weigh as soon as I get up.

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1/1/12 10:37 A

I weigh myself every day. It keeps me in check but good for you that you can do that. I am back to trying again. Sparks has been the best for me yet I have spend thousands of dollars on diets. Herbal magic is the last one ,so expensive. The thing is all the diets work but it is really just common sense. Anyway bought the book call the the wealthy barber returns and realize that I just can't afford this anymore. So back to Sparks .

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1/1/12 10:30 A

You know, anybody can lose weight with just watching their behaviors. At some point, when you reach a healthy weight, watching the scale to see even more weight come off can be like watching a pot of water come to a boil. It's the behaviors that make weight come off, not the scale.

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1/1/12 10:25 A

Once I get on a roll the scale can my friend... but overall I dont like it

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1/1/12 10:15 A

This is such a great email to read the morning of January 1st! I've been obsessed with the scale forever. My mood for the day depends on the number I see each morning.

Thank you for this reality check.

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1/1/12 8:43 A

I have learned that weighing myself 2-3x per week is sufficient for me to get a good idea of where I am...BUT I am learning that the scale does not tell the whole story......

I am someone who has been "dieting" since the age of 12 (now 42) and have been known to be obsessed with numbers. I have become an expert at the yo-yo dieting trap. This time, to do this the right way, I started running about three months ago, eating enough calories (no more starving myself), and being honest with myself.....and have seen the scale drop only about 2-3 lbs in 3 months. Seems negative that I have only lost 2-3 lbs, BUT I AM SMALLER!!!!! I am into clothes I haven't worn in a couple years. I can look at my body, honestly, and see the changes. The scale does not reflect the reality of what is there. I have gained beautiful, life changing muscle and gotten rid of nasty life threatening fat!!!! The scale cannot tell you this, but the way you look and feel certainly can!!!!

It has taken me a long time and a lot of self talk to realize the scale is only a tool to tell us how "heavy/light" we are. The reality of our journey to become healthy and make positive changes in our life is in the way we feel, the strength we have, and the inches we lose.

Remember, as others have said, the scale is an object made of plastic and metal with no feelings. We are the best indicators of what is real (as long as we are honest with ourselves). We FEEL the changes, we FEEL the strength, and we SEE the body in the mirror transforming. DO NOT let an inanimate object become a pain/joy inducing object. We are the true indicators of change. Just be honest with yourself and love yourself enough to be patient with the process....

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12/31/11 11:07 P

I find that weighing myself once a week is perfect right now. There are times when I really want to weigh myself more often, but I quite like the idea of weighing I on Wednesday mornings, after watching the Biggest Loser the night before.

I suspect that once I get closer to my goal weight, I may weigh myself monthly instead of weekly, but I still think it's important to have some measurable way of tracking progress.

Congrats to everyone for all of their hard work in 2011, and keep Sparking in 2012!!

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12/31/11 7:01 P

Kudos to you! Not sure I could go without the scale, it usually keeps me in check... like, "well, shouldn't have had *that* last night" I'm currently a daily weigher...

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12/31/11 6:34 P

i hear you on having to lose 20-25 lbs to go down one size. It is awful and depressing.

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12/31/11 10:52 A

Well when you put it that way GBOOMER it sounds so silly

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12/31/11 10:11 A

It probably means you're replacing fat with muscle which is even better than losing weight because muscle burns calories by just being there. If you're looking slimmer, fitting into clothes better and getting compliments but not seeing the scale move I would recommend getting a body fat analyzer if you need to see a number move.

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12/31/11 10:03 A

its too much disapionted when the scal no chang in digits 4 2 monthes &my clothes chaning its size &people said 2 me u r look slim and face r thinner it is great but i wanna scale digits jump dowwwwn !

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12/31/11 8:38 A

I used to weigh everyday. I'm trying really hard to limit it once a week, but I think it helps motivate when you see the numbers casually fluctuate.

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12/31/11 4:39 A

When I found myself wandering up to the bathroom every hour for the sole purpose of jumping on the scale, I knew it had gone too far. I threw them out the window. Consequently I've been a lot happier since!

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12/30/11 11:45 P

So glad to read that I am not the only person that seems to be addicted to the scale...I only pay attention to the Sunday weigh-ins that I do. I proabaly step on the scale about 3x a day...why? I haven't a clue. but I do. It frustrates me but I do it...Although my clothes feel different and I can tell that I am a lot healthier with out the scale it does help me to stay on track and if I gain one week or one month I catch it when its at 2 or 3 lbs and not 10 or 12...I have decided to only weight myself 1x a week though because that is all that matters...we'll see how that goes.

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12/30/11 10:02 P

i weigh in about 5 x a week. it keeps me on track. I dont like it but when I didn't watch it, I gained so now I watch and try to keep track on sp. I can look back 4 yrs to weight and what I
ate and what I did. This is such a helpful site. Really like it.

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12/30/11 8:28 P

Everyone has their own opinons...I get discouraged if my when my weight changes from day to day. I prefer the weekly weigh ins while also taking note of the way my clothes and body look in a mirror...I feel much better that way.

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12/30/11 7:43 P

I don't plan on weighing myself depresses me if I don't see the numbers change. I much prefer weighing myself on Wednesday, it isn't too close to the weekend...and if I have a rough weekend I have time to get my head back on track.

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12/30/11 7:20 P

Ditto, ANNA.

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12/30/11 6:58 P

I weigh myself every few days because I'm on active weight loss mode and I want to see how I'm doing. But I keep in mind the scale doesn't tell the whole story. You get the whole story with scale+how you feel+inches+body fat %.

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12/30/11 6:10 P

I hate the scale but have found that it keeps me grounded as well! I weigh about 5 x's a week but I don't worry too much about it at that time. However I have one day of the month that is counts. My day is the 10th, I weigh myself and then put it on the calander so I can see it. For some reason when I do that it's like written in stone! lol

Have a great day!
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