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Giving up my Scale Addiction

Friday, June 08, 2012

I have been hopping on the scale almost every day since I was 15 years old. When I was 15, it was two to three times a day and I weighted 115 pounds. I was 128 when I married, 164 after my first girl, 184 after the second and I was 230 to 240 for twenty years. I even had to find scales in stores to jump on when I was on holidays. Did all that hopping on the scale help me control my weight? I think not.
Then I noticed that my daughters have gotten in shape and they hardly get on the scale at all. Maybe once a month at our place. My older daughter wrote an "N" on my old Ever right scale. That's right, "Never right". Though it is scarily accurate.
More often than not, the scale depresses me. Or I go and eat in despair at not losing 3 pounds in a week, or, gasp, gaining.
I then discovered that although it doesn't seem like I have lost much weight, my clothes are loose and I have gone down two sizes. My doctor is thrilled with my sugar and cholesterol.
Yesterday I ran for the bus and I didn't puff or go red in the face! My blood pressure is down.
Everyday I write down my food and my exercise and my water. I check my salt intake.That has done more to improve my eating habits and my health than that stupid scale.
So this week I am going to work at breaking my scale habit. No jumping on until next Friday. Could I even work towards getting on the scale once a month? It seems so scary, like I would go out of control. (Yeah, right, see weight gain above). I will make this one of streaks.
Cross my fingers. I will do it!

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JANEMITCHELL12 6/10/2012 6:58AM

    Yeah, yeah. Only managed one day scale free then hopped on this morning. Lost a pound! But that's why the goals say, "Do this so many times a week". Not looking for perfection, just "good enough"

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Went shoppng, down two sizes

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Very excited. Down two sizes and got a great outfit. Also got new bras! Down two inches (not a down a cup size,thank goodness). I was away and walked from my hotel to the convention centre everyday! 15 minutes each way, sometimes twice a day. I used to think that walking from session to session was more than enough exercise. And each day I walked down the three floors of stairs from my room.

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MISSY455 6/5/2012 6:39PM

    emoticon on the new size clothes!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/5/2012 1:10PM

    Congrats on going down in clothes sizes!! Doesn't it feel fantastic!!

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PRINCESSAA12 6/5/2012 1:07PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

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One of these things is NOT like the others!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dear people giving me friendly advice on what works for you in your diet.
I have discovered that what works for you, may not work for me.
I need more calories than you because I work out more and I'm fatter than you.
I'm diabetic and I tried to be vegetarian but it just doesn't work out for me. I need meat once a day due to the whole carb thing.
I tried running, it just doesn't work for me. Walking and aquacize does. The jury is still out on weight machines.
Yes milk and yogurt are great but not when I turn into a diarrhea machine!
Oh, and sugar is sugar is sugar, if it is fructose or molasses or honey or corn syrup or white sugar. It all makes my count go up if I have too much.
Thanks for the advice. Love the no cal noodles. (And yes you on the other side, I know they are without nutrition, duh, but they give me some heft to my meal)
I need to work out what works for me. Thanks for the advice.

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CINEMAVEN 5/31/2012 1:33PM

  Hehheh...you said diarrhea machine!

:) keep doing what's working for you ...it is working
Thanks for the handholding and support I get from you!

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RADFEN 5/30/2012 2:56PM

    Very true. We must do what works for us.

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Stayed within my goal range for 4 days last week

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Last week I stayed within my range for 4 days, which was my goal. It can be hard when I have to eat at events. My exercise was 60 minutes a day, which is fantastic! Off for another 30 minute walk today. We have a festival of music and acting along one of our rail trails today!

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DEDE824 5/27/2012 3:34PM

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Foods I can't have in the house, but hubby wants them.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I found a solution to the chips in the house problem. If my husband buys a bag of chips or Doritos, he only eats half the bag. Then it is waving at me from the cupboard. I talked to him about no chips in the house, but he felt deprived.
Instead, I went to the convenience store and picked up a snack size of chips. This size was bigger than the tiny bags but not as big as a regular bag of chips. It was actually the amount he eats. I gave it to him to try during his hockey game.
It worked! He was happy.
No leftovers to tempt me.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/24/2012 11:41AM

    Oh what a wise decision.

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/24/2012 9:40AM

    Awesome! Sounds like the perfect fix!

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