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The scale FINALLY moved ~

Saturday, January 12, 2013

When I googled *sigh of relief* the above photo came up. I gotta get me some of that ~ and soon. emoticon

I know what to do now, when the scale doesn't move for a week. Complain! Loudly! emoticon

So ~ this morning when I stepped on the scale, it was down almost 3 lbs.

Am I grateful? Not really, because that is where it should have been all along. And being that I didn't do 'anything' different or 'unusual' in the last almost week, it had no reason to do that. No reasonable, measurable, explainable reason, anyway.

Am I happy ~ hell, YES! But, I do have to figure out a 'plan' for this not happening again. I don't know, yet, if that will be only weighing once a week, or what it will be. The only problem with weighing once a week, is what if I pick the wrong day. Say I'd have picked yesterday ~ I'd be miserable during the entire next week. So, I'm not sure what I AM going to do but will give it some thought.

Spark Coach was talking, in my program, this morning, about 'helping other SP members and them helping us. Which was right up my alley because I told my son, this morning ~ even before I weighed ~ that I was so grateful for my SP friends. That the responses I got yesterday, the suggestions, the ideas, the thoughts, even the understanding of why I was whining, lol, really helped me a LOT. Luke had said he wished he could offer some 'information' or 'reason' why the scale was doing what it was doing, but he had no clue. That's when I said, "That's ok, my Spark friends know some answers that they are sharing with me ~ and they are helping me through this, even if they don't have any answers". It felt awesome to say that!! :)

So, I want to say a huge 'thank you' to everyone. Spark Guy is right. This IS a community and helping other is so much a part of our program. I try to do my share, too, and some days helping or encouraging someone else is really what makes my day and keeps me accountable.

I know I have messages to answer ~ and I will get to them. Eventually. :) My son is here and we are going shopping soon ~ so for now, I just want to wish everyone a GREAT weekend. Keep Sparking!! emoticon emoticon

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FATHINSN 1/17/2013 11:23PM

    Which is why I love SP - being in a community help me to keep going on, help me to pick up my pieces when I fall :D

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JMARIES51 1/13/2013 6:49PM

    Hi Peggy,
Sorry I haven't been around this week. I just wanted to say thank you for the Spark Goodie and also to weigh in (haha, pun intended) on this issue of weighing on the scale. I am a scale watcher. I weigh in everyday right when I get up. But I only record my weight on Sunday. This can be a drag when you are down on Sat, but not down on Sunday, but I decided it was the only way for me to keep some sort of integrity about the weighing in thing. I agree with RG_DFW that it is the trend that is important. Eventually if you are going to be down, you will be down on that day of the week that you record your weight. So what I have done to stop putting so much emphasis on the scale is to look at the NSV's... the nonscale victories. So this will be like measurements, or being able to do certain exercises, lifting weights, running farther, keeping to my 10K steps a day, climbing stairs- and climbing more stairs, getting into clothes that haven't fit in forever. In the beginning these things just didn't have much meaning to me if the scale didn't move. But now, wow, I am much happier with the NSV's. I love to try and get 5 miles of walking/running in a day - and to get 25 miles for the week. These sorts of milestones are beginning to mean a lot more to me now. I also chart all my food, so if I can get a whole week without going over my calorie count, that is a huge NSV. It takes a lot of time to make this shift in the head, but it is so worth it.

One other note. If I overeat for a week- it usually takes me about 3 weeks to stabilize and have a loss. I think that is age, slow metabolism, whatever, but it is the way it is. In my younger years I could see a loss really quickly, like within a day or two, but not anymore. - You know what they say, it is what it is.

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LILLEAN 1/12/2013 5:42PM

    emoticon on the weight loss

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RG_DFW 1/12/2013 5:33PM

    When I was on the losing train, I weighed every day. Some days were up, some were down, but it's the TREND that's important.
Weigh every day at the same time (right after you wake is good), after the morning visit to the bathroom, but before you eat/drink anything. That gave me a very good picture of what the scale was 'really' doing.
Good luck!

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Trying hard not to be fed up ~

Friday, January 11, 2013

~ but failing miserably. I'm afraid that picture has been me lately. I am doing everything "right", not "misbehaving" in any way ~ and yet the scale is not going down. In fact, it has gone up a bit. :(

How to explain that ~ when you are trying HARD. I just don't know. I will go read some 'inspirational' stories of other SP members and try to get out of this funk. I wouldn't even be writing about this except Spark Coach told me to write about 'everything' today ~ so I am. And trying to be positive.

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WILSON1926 1/17/2013 6:19AM

    Hang in there please.

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CSAGIRL 1/12/2013 11:55AM

    Oh, my friend, that is so frustrating! And continuing to be "good" takes quite a leap of faith, doesn't it? emoticon

I don't have any advice ... just a reminder that we're in this together, that we'll get through this, and that we CAN do this!


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SMARTIN77 1/12/2013 11:35AM

    I understand your frustration. This has basically been my experience for over a month now. Yes, sometimes I think it was due to some of my indulgences (sending me over the calories range). But even when I was being a "good girl" I would remain the same or gain. With PCOS, it's already so difficult to lose weight. I stepped up my exercise routine which hasn't changed the scale. But I took my measurements last night and saw I have lost inches even in the past couple weeks. This made me realize I probably gained muscle...which is what the scale reflects.

I was weighing myself every day, but since that sometimes made me cry in frustration, I try to weigh less often. Thinking of putting the scale somewhere out of reach so it won't be a temptation!!!!

I also found this great article another Sparker shared by Jillian Michaels of the Biggest Loser on how to bust through plateaus.


emoticon Throw that scale out the window! emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/12/2013 11:24AM

    Here's what I've had to learn the hard way: having the scale respond in the "right" way is not a very good reward for doing everything "right." My body doesn't always get the reward message (my eyes and brain only will, but not the rest of my body) and it sometimes takes longer than we like for our bodies to get the message that we're doing everything right. If you can, try to change some things up a bit...different exercises or different foods. Shock your body into realizing that changes are happening and maybe soon the reward for being "right" will also show up on the scale. I bet you're getting lots of other rewards besides the number on the scale...inches (or parts of inches) gone, better fitness, greater feelings of good health, etc, etc. This journey is more than a number! Good luck and give yourself a pep talk...time to get out of the blue funk and keep moving forward (do I sound like a SparkCoach?)!! Hugs, jeannie
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RG_DFW 1/11/2013 11:12PM

    everytime I hit a plateau, I examined the calorie consumption and, usually, I was eating too much. However, sometimes the body just wants to catch up. Just keep doing the right things and after a couple of weeks if you're still stuck, reduce the calorie intake and you'll see the difference.

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SKYVALLEYGAL 1/11/2013 10:53PM

    Please don't let the scale dictate the outcome of your goals. The scale can go up and down while you are losing inches and getting healthier! emoticon

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I passed the FIRST hurdle ~

Sunday, January 06, 2013

When I weighed today, I was 199.0 ~ so I did it ~ I passed my first hurdle. emoticon I haven't been under 200 for many years. Things are back to being 'good' ~ Flu seems to be gone, just a bit of tiredness, which will pass. Most of the post-Christmas 'blues' is gone. Life goes on, as usual. Which is a really good thing ~ in fact, for a long time, life has been pretty great ~ and getting better.

What more needs to be said? Except, love life and stay in the present moment. emoticon

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KARBIE18 1/8/2013 7:53AM

    Way to go on beating that hurdle! So glad to hear you're feeling better!

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/6/2013 9:41PM

    Congrats and welcome to Onederland!!! emoticon emoticon Love, Jeannie

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RG_DFW 1/6/2013 7:11PM

    Everybody seems to have the flu this year, but congrats on going under the 200 mark! Way to go!

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JMARIES51 1/6/2013 7:08PM

    This is wonderful news. woo hoo to onederland! And glad to hear that you are feeling better. 2013 is awesome so far! emoticon

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GRATEFUL_BEING 1/6/2013 5:26PM

  This is so great! emoticon Onederland!

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CATTUTT 1/6/2013 4:51PM

    I love the positive attitude of this post, and I also love the image.


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Life goes on ~

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

~ and ain't it grand? :)

Life is back to normal in this house. I've, once again, learned a lot about myself at Christmas. I doubt if I'm the only one who experiences 'Christmas blues'. I had forgotten about that when I did all my 'figuring' about Christmas etc. Hopefully, I won't forget again. I didn't have any blues, last year, so it made me forget and kinda blind-sided me this year.

Today, I am back on my food and exercise plan plus doing all the things that make my life wonderful. Reading inspirational books, meditating, being positive. I like normalcy. Other things can be fun, too ~ but its kinda like going on a vacation and, as much fun as it was, being glad to get back into your own bed.

Keep Sparkinq!

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JMARIES51 1/3/2013 1:03AM

    I can totally relate to the blues. I already felt better today just getting back to my routine. emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 1/2/2013 9:20PM

    You are so right...I always have a problem when my daily routine changes or when I have other changes (e.g. this life-style change when we come to AZ in the winter), but when I can manage to keep a more normal routine and schedule, it usually begins to fall into place. I'm trying to make sure that happens a lot more this winter. Good luck...I know you'll do great! Hugs, Jeannie

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RG_DFW 1/2/2013 6:40PM

    Glad you're back on the plan!

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Its not easy being green ~

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

~or whatever the excuse may be. I've been upset for a week and I haven't been doing anything that I should. I've been doing a lot of thinking about 'why' this is and 'what' I'm going to do about it. :( Tomorrow I am going to get up and begin the day doing the things that I know I have to do. NO thinking. I know what's right ~ and so does my body. I am just GOING TO DO IT. Because if I don't, I never will.

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JMARIES51 1/2/2013 12:28AM

    Good plan. When all else fails, Just Do It. (Wish I had thought of that slogan). Happy New Year.

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