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When The Scale Won't Budge

Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's depressing when you track every bite of food, measure out your portions and weigh them, exercise until you drop and still that silly scale won't budge! This has happened to me so many times that I've had to develop a different philosophy about what constitutes progress.

We seem to be married to what the scale says and use that as a measure of our success. It can get to be down right depressing if you let it. By looking at other signs that your body is changing, you can see that despite a lack of change on the scale, you are still making progress. Look at the way you feel, the way your clothes fit, measure yourself with a tapemeasure, notice the appearance of muscle definition, your energy level and your ability to sleep at night. For me, I noticed that my skin began to take on a healthy glow, my hair became really shiny and grew faster and my fingernails grew faster. My stamina has increased greatly and I feel much more confident. I also surround myself with positive, supportive people and limit my time with negative, angry, selfish people.

I'm starting to put myself at the top of my list. This is a big one! I make time for exercise and taking care of myself. I'm learning to love myself as I am right now. That means eating right, exercising, not beating myself up if I make a mistake; looking beyond the weight issue, into the real me inside.

A journey to health is a lifestyle to be lived. It involves things other than that number on the scale. It is tied into emotional and spiritual growth as well as losing weight. So when that scale won't budge and you know that you're doing everything right, look beyond the scale. Think outside the box! Look at all of the many things about you that have changed since you began your journey and be glad instead of mad. You don't have to just lose lots of weight to consider yourself a changed person who is a success.

  
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POLYANASUNSHINE 4/11/2010 8:26PM

    That darn scale has been super glued for me also. I think our bodies are just getting used to this weight and soon we will move on but much more healthy than we were before we started out journey.

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L*I*T*A* 4/11/2010 5:37PM

    so soo true.....been there done that so many many times and am there sitting on a plateau of several months now...........so i understand where you are coming from.........keep on keeping on is all i can say because that is what i am doing...together we can do this..........right!!!!
thanks for sharing this great blog.........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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AQUAGIRL08 4/11/2010 4:55PM

    You're right! I added the tape measure part into the blog. Thank you for the comment. It was very helpful!

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MELODYSPARKLES 4/11/2010 4:37PM

    I totally agree, and another thing I have found, if the scales don't budge, and I know I have been working hard, I take out the tape measure and find excellent results!

Thank you for the lovely inspirational blog...I agree with all your findings!

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TECHSUN 4/11/2010 4:34PM

    You are right, we put too much emphasis on the scale but it is a pain.

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Sometimes Just Being Quiet Helps Me Absorb the Peace

Friday, April 09, 2010

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of every day life we feel the need to just stop. Stop and absorb some quiet and the peace that quiet brings. I'm looking forward to visiting Bok Towers in the next few weeks for that reason. One of the members of one of my teams often blogs about going to Bok Towers and sitting among the flowers and trees. The beauty of nature can be calming and from that calm we can draw inner peace. There are days when I'm so tightly scheduled that I feel very tired. I know that what is really going on, is a need to de-stress, become calm and gain some measure of inner peace. So as I sit here in front of my computer, I'm listening to the birds chirp and the lawn mowers buzz outside. Inside, our home is quiet and relaxed. Ah-hhhh peace.

  
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SLENDERELLA61 4/9/2010 7:26PM

    Truly profound! Very good blog. I've learned this lesson over and over again, but need to internalize it and learn it once and for all. Take care. Hope to see you tomorrow. -Marsha

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GOLDFISHLIZ 4/9/2010 5:45PM

    This is so true. We are all far too busy, and miss the quiet moments which feed the soul and keep us centred. It pays to find them where we can.
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JENSHAWN 4/9/2010 4:25PM

    I so get it. Usually, in the evening between my sons music and the tv (that nobody ever seems to be watching) there is constant NOISE. I need my peace and quiet or I would lose what marbles I have left!

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DMBEECHAM 4/9/2010 1:08PM

    I completely agree. One of the reasons I look forward to attending Quaker Meeting on Sundays is because it is the one guaranteed hour of my week where I set aside the time to sit in the quiet & reflect. Yes, sometimes members get up to share their thoughts, but the overall quiet is my personal "reset button" for the week.

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Taking care of yourself includes your teeth

Thursday, April 08, 2010

This morning I had a dentist appointment to have my teeth cleaned and looked at by my dentist. Both the dentist and his hygienist were pleased with the condition of my teeth! They both impressed upon me the fact that your oral hygiene and the condition of your heart are linked. When asked what I am currently doing to take care of my teeth, I told the hygienist that I brush and floss, use a sonic tooth brush, cut back on sugar, watch the acid level in the food that I consume, drink lots of water, don't drink soda and get adequate sleep. Generally when I have a conversation like this I then launch into a description of Spark People. However it never got that far because it's hard to talk when you have dental equipment in your mouth.

I have to say, when I was finished, I felt like I had accomplished a lot. This is another way to measure our success on our journey to health!

  
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Using Breaking Bread With Others As A Form of Support

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Tonight we had our monthly local Spark team dinner. I must admit that when I started out this evening, I wasn't acting like my usual bubbly self. My anxious mood was a result of some personal stress that is being dealt with but it seems like it is being dragged on forever. I know that that description probably isn't accurate but it feels like it is! Back to the team dinner. Despite the fact that six people cancelled out at the last minute, all of us still had a great time. The group loves to laugh and joke around but can be very serious and supportive when a situation needs it. I'm happy to say that just being around all of the positive members, boosted our (hubby and my) spirits. and helped us to relax. So I'm going to give still yet another plug for having a local Spark team. If there isn't one in your area, start one. The friendships and support that have come out of our local group are very valuable and add a special dimension to our spark journeys.

  
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DONNABRIGHT 4/8/2010 7:43AM

    Sounds like great fun. We live on the other end of the county and it is hard to fit those things in when the drive each way would be about 45 minutes.

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SLENDERELLA61 4/8/2010 1:11AM

    Sorry I missed the dinner. I appreciate all you do, Cyndi, to make our local team a really good one. It is a great team!! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/7/2010 10:41PM

    sounds like a wonderful thing to have that.......have tried and will give it another try and see what comes........all the best..........blessings and hugs............lita

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May Your Hearts Fill With Joy

Sunday, April 04, 2010

May your hearts fill with joy and your spirits take flight today with the good news of Easter! Take that joy out into the world and share your spark!

Happy Easter!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 4/5/2010 8:55AM

    Easter wishes back to you!

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L*I*T*A* 4/4/2010 9:41PM

    wishing you all the blessings of the Easter season................blessings and hugs.........lita

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