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SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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12/30/12 8:17 A

Hi MAMA3MANY1,

The scale can be a very motivating tool, however for me I ditched it over 5 years ago when I was becoming too obsessed with the number. For me getting rid of the scale is what allowed me to finally give up the diet mentality. And the reality is, I no longer have the frustrations of the daily mood swings that weighing in would bring me every morning. I am what I am regardless of what one little number tells me.

Does ditching the scale work for everyone? No, but I do believe it can keep many people stressed out if the number is not what they expect to see especially when they are following their program to a T.

Coach Nancy

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,257
12/30/12 7:41 A

I still measure my food and put in my calorie intake on Spark People so I have a pretty good idea approx. how many calories I'm ingesting, but the "OCD" part of me still weighs to make sure I'm not underestimating my calories and gaining weight.

I realize that weight fluctuates during women's monthly periods, too much salt intake, having just ate (due to the weight of the food), etc. It's just a tool to give me an idea if I'm underestimating things or not.

ROXIGIRL SparkPoints: (52,694)
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12/30/12 6:13 A

I think it all depends how do you respond to those numbers. For me - if scale show number i like - i am happy. Unfortuntely quite few times it made me miserable too.

MAMA3MANY1 SparkPoints: (5,109)
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12/30/12 5:52 A

I mean, the scale is such a fickle master and as we read repeatedly everywhere, is not a true reflection of reality.

Just wondered what other Sparkes think on the matter.

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
Thomas Edison (with thanks to Nillapepsi)

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. - Samuel Johnson
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