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Heading into Another No-Scale Week

Sunday, February 12, 2012

In the past, looking at the scale was the sole measure of my success. I abused that tool, though, by compulively weighing myself. The past few days I have only been logging food and exercise to gage my success. I plan on weighing myself this Friday and am a little nervous about it. But I am feeling positive! I have been faithfully exercising 4 times a week (with the exception of the week I had a stomach flu) and maybe this week ar can do 5. Ok week, here we go!


Doing the No Scale Mamba

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Did you hear? There's a new dance in town! It's called the "My husband hid the scale!" dance. It is really fun, and simple. What you do is the following:

Step 1) go to the bathroom
Step 2) do whatever you need to do in the bathroom (details omitted for obvious reasons)
Step 3) leave the bathroom

It is so easy, and so fun!

OK, now seriously, the scale is gone, and I'm feeling emancipated. It's pretty awesome. I want to encourage any of you sparkers out there who are bogged down by the scale to join me in this dance. It's about tracking what we eat, lifting those weights and getting our heart pumped up. And doing it all safely, of course.

OK, let me know if you guys are dancing today!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KAI_ZEN 2/12/2012 10:23PM

    I put my scale away for the majority of December, as I got far too focused on the number on the scale with the end of one year/start of the next in mind. It was a really nice break from scale watching.

Good for you! Dance that no scale mamba! emoticon

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STEF52209 2/9/2012 2:21PM

    I haven't owned a scale in about 15 years. My doctor said to throw it out, so that's what I did. The only time I get weighed now is when I go to a doctor's office. I am having the complication of figuring out how to fully work through this program without a scale though. There are a lot of key features based on weight loss. I'm thinking I'll just use someone else's scale once a month or so. I definitely don't want my own. Life is so much better without it!!

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QUEENRSA 2/9/2012 1:28PM

    I am so not ready for this dance! Good for you, though!!

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DSHRUBS3 2/9/2012 1:04PM

    Yay!! So proud of you!

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I Hate Scales

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

You know all of those articles we read about how scales can be bad for self esteem? How you can let your emotional stability be tied into the number that pops up when you step on?

I have become that person. And I really, really don't like her. Not only do I not like her, but neither does my husband, mom, or sister. I am such a whiner.

I am not going to be that person any more. From now on (as in, 2/7/2012 at 11:18 PM EST) I am not going to be compulsively weighing myself. I will weigh myself no more than once a week.

I hope you all are ready to cheer me on!

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/8/2012 9:49AM

    Good for you !! A woman's self worth is NOT determined by a number on a scale !

While it is important to maintain a healthy weight, there really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. So, don't let that scale get the better of you !! There are better ways to gauge success that don't involve a scale.

If you can do more push ups today than you could a month ago, that's a success ! If you can walk or run a mile faster today than you could a month ago, that too is a success. If your clothes fit better, ditto... success ! If your blood pressure decreases, that's a huge sign of success. Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't move. Lowering your blood pressure reduces your risk for heart disease.

And I think that's pretty cool !!

Stepping away from the scale is good for your emotional health.


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  I completely understand! I'm right there with you. I feel like I've been doing good the last two weeks, measuring, tracking, exercising. I feel better, but the scale doesn't move. Now I'm in a slump where I just want to give up and stop caring, but I'm trying to stay focused.

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DSHRUBS3 2/8/2012 9:22AM

    Once a week is definitely a good idea. You can do it!

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PHEBESS 2/8/2012 7:32AM

    Way to go!!!!!

I've started weighing myself only a few times a week - mostly because my mornings are rushed, and I actually forget to weigh myself!!!!

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GAYLLYNNE 2/8/2012 7:13AM

    You go girl!! I found that only once a week was the best way. I used to weigh myself about 3 times a day!! Got silly and stressful! You are doing fantastic!!

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Revised Plan

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I think that I have been a little too hard on myself. After posting a few things on the message boards, I've collected a few tips of helpful info:

- losing the last 3 pounds is the hardest, so you can't necessarily put a date on it.
- strength training helps out a lot
- concentrate on the healthy lifestyle, and do NOT concentrate on the scale

I just want to express my undying love and appreciation to spark people for helping me through this journey. I could not do it without you!

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KAI_ZEN 2/7/2012 12:51PM

    Putting a date on this, watching the numbers on the scale, creating high expectations has been tough for me! I found encouragement in one of the recent Fat2Fit Podcasts.


"How many days do you want to be at your goal weight? 30 or 50? 100 or 200 days? You hopefully should be saying none of the above! I want to deal in years or decades, not days. ... Do you really think that after living a decade or 2 at your goal size and shape you're going to care if it took a whole year or 2 to get to that shape using a strategy that has easily kept you in that shape for all of these years?"

True! If you've not tuned in, I've found this to be a great resource.

I share in your revised plan to concentrate on building a healthy lifestyle. You can do this!

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I'm Back

Friday, February 03, 2012

I've had a weird past couple of days. On Wednesday my eating was completely off the charts. Earlier that day I was so proud of myself that I made a delicious chicken recipe in the crock pot for the first time (see gourmetkoshercooking.com for their BBQ slow cooker chicken). One huge thing in spark people is setting yourself up for success - and what better way than to have dinner prepared way in advance? Well unfortunately.... my husband and I did not agree on what time dinner should start, and I began noshing at about 5:30. Next thing you know I totally give into a hopeless binge, and ate way more than I should have. Believe you me, I did not log everything I ate that day!

Well the next thing you know, I wake up the next morning in horrible stomach pain. I don't know if it was my over-eating, a virus, or some terrible combination of both. To put it mildly, it was not pretty, and all I ate was some chicken broth that evening.

Suffice to say I'm back to my normal weight after all that. On the one hand I hate stomach viruses, but on the other, it's a pretty fast way to lose a couple of pounds!! OK everyone, I look forward to Sparking with you again!


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