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Celebrate non-scale victories

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

What happens when the scale doesn't budge? Do you go into a tailspin? Figure this isn't working anyway, so why not give up?

This is part of why I don't own a scale. Yes, it's good to be accountable in some way, and while I measure myself, that's not completely accurate either. But the vast majority of us give way too much power to the scale.

Actually, it's been almost 2 weeks since my last weigh-in. I want to try a Friday WW meeting, instead of the Sunday one I've been going to, and because of the way WW does its weeks, that means almost 2 weeks with no time on the scale. And I am actually pondering what is the right interval between weigh-ins for me. I'm torn this week: I'm curious to know what the scale might say, but it's also TOM for me, and I do typically gain around that time.

Still, I have been noticing some non-scale victories. There's absolutely no doubt that my jeans fit better. I'm almost down a size. Actually, I am down a size, but since I like loose jeans, I'm still wearing the larger size.

Now, I have a pair of shorts I bought a while ago. They seem to be magic shorts, because everytime I try them on they still seem tight (the next size up was too loose). I finally realized that while my waist and hips are shrinking, apparently my thighs, one of my worst body parts, aren't, or not by much.

And that brings me to another non-scale victory: I've been losing about 1 inch a month. Often even if the scale doesn't move, but you're on track, you will lose inches.

And finally, yesterday I had a big (for me) non-scale victory. I was doing some pilates. A couple of months ago when I started to use this DVD, I found I could no longer do rollovers (where you raise your legs over your head without using momentum or your hands -- just the strength of your core). That was a real shock the first time I realized I absolutely couldn't do them anymore. I used to be able to do them. Eventually, I stopped doing that segment (you can choose which DVD segments you want to do).

Well, I decided to do it yesterday. They only do 3 rollovers, and I was able to do 2! I felt really proud. It is not an easy move, but it's absolutely great for your core if you have no back problems.

In fact, I noticed that when I did a yoga DVD this weekend -- one I hadn't done for a while because of swimsuit bootcamp -- that I was more flexible and able to go deeper into poses or into a more intermediate position. And boy, I felt it the next day, too!

I'll bet even if your scale isn't moving, as long as you're exercising and eating well, you have some non-scale victories to celebrate, too. Share them with us!

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KIMMERQU 6/4/2008 6:42PM

    Love this blog. Great job on your healthy journey. I wholeheartedly agree. I weigh myself every 2 weeks and even if the scale doesn't go down I am noticing so many differences in my body and the way I move that I can't be discouraged.

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WHIMSYT 6/4/2008 2:59PM

    Great post! and good for you about your achievements with pilates and yoga and clothing!!! Woo hooo!


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MTER67 6/4/2008 8:45AM

    I am so happy for you. I completely agree with you about the danger of assigning too much importance to the scale. That your exercises are getting easier is the best evidence that you are becoming fitter. A concrete reward that shows your efforts are paying off--It means more than an abstract little number on a scale!

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BRONTE7723 6/4/2008 7:43AM

    WEll done on your improvements. I don't have scales at home either, I weigh myself once a week at the gym and leave it at that, but measure myself aswell.

In the meantime I'm cinching my belt in tighter, I can cycle without getting pain just above my knees and I'm feeling good in general. That's what I concentrate on when the others don't move.

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Body Challenge

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I "borrowed" this idea from www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo

The challenge is to look at yourself in the mirror and name three things that you like. And that can be challenging, can't it? While I have practiced looking at myself and telling myself I'm beautiful, it's still hard to find things I actually like about myself.

So here goes:

1. My waist and hips are in perfect ratio. I may not have a six-pack -- probably won't ever -- but you can see my waist and I like it.

2. I have strong, sexy shoulders. Oddly enough, when I look in a mirror, I also see muscle definition in my arms -- I can see my deltoids and my biceps; but when I look at photographs of myself, they're absent.

3. I have naturally curly hair, which I love. I've never understood people who want to straighten their curly hair -- I love mine, and I never have, never will straighten it. When it gets to the right length, it actually makes perfect little ringlets at the end.

So go ahead, do it. Take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror, and tell us the good things you see.

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MTER67 6/3/2008 6:28PM

    It's a lot easier to evaluate myself with a critical eye than a complimentary one, but here goes:
1. wrinkle lines--from smiling and laughing (or at least that's my explanation!)
2. wavy hair (I'm finally happy with it)
3. graceful neck
4. strong legs

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Monday, June 02, 2008

I know, it's not on SP, but it looks interesting. Fitness Magazine is sponsoring a crunchless Ab-a-thon for the month of June, www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/abs/

I am signed up for the June & July Bootcamp here, which is a continuation of the Swimsuit bootcamp, but something new sounds good. Heck, it could be done in addition to the bootcamp. I wish the videos weren't just demonstrations, but the actual total workout like Coach Nichole's. I also wish the exercise model weren't so darn skinny. It's nice to see real people in workout videos!

There are also suggestions for skinny treats that are kind to your stomach, http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/hea


July goals

Sunday, June 01, 2008

What happened to June, you might ask? Well, for the first time, I'm going to put a weight goal out there. I don't usually like weight goals; actual weight loss is such a crap shoot for me. But they say you gotta put it out there, so here goes:

1. I want to be in the 150s by the end of July

2. I want to have a 29" waist by the end of July

These are reasonable goals for me. Sure, I could take half & make that my June goal, but I'd rather give myself a bit more time. This represents a 2" loss on my waist, and about a 5-6 pound loss.

Definitely doable. Although I usually do lose weight at a slower rate, I'm going to go for it. And if I plateau, or get sick, and can't meet my goals -- even if it just doesn't happen -- that's okay.

But having the goal will help keep me even more motivated, I think.

The plan:

1. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
2. Journal (not blog, my private journal, but probably blog, too) everyday
3. Keep up my normal exercise routine
4. Eat 2 frutis & 3 veggies each day -- I do most days, but some days I fall short
5. A minimum of 30 spark points a day
6. Track calories & WW points each day
7. Attend weekly WW meetings (I knew I forgot something!)

I also wanted to share something I did yesterday that I was really proud of. Since I've been counting WW points this week, I find I actually do have to eat less than I have been. And I've been a little bit hungry at the end of the day -- plenty hydrated, but physically hungry. I don't sleep well when that happens, and I haven't slept well the last few days.

It happened again yesterday. I was out of points, barring activity points. I'd chosen to have a whole bagel & lox (my husband brought home belly lox, which is very salty lox -- we love it & can't get it here, but he can get it in NY), which is part of why I was out of points; the other part was that we'd grilled a steak.

So anyway, I knew I needed to eat something. I wanted dessert. But the truth is I hadn't had any fruit all day long. So I had cherries for dessert. And before bed, I had a banana. I used my activity points for it -- I don't usually use them, but I felt pretty justified in it. And I felt really proud of myself for having just fruit for dessert, something I probably never would have done in the past. And even though fruit doesn't really satisfy my sweet tooth, it did satisfy my hunger and I ate no more.

And I like Bon Jovi's thoughts on planning:

"Map out your future, but do it in pencil."
-- Jon Bon Jovi

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KIMMERQU 6/1/2008 7:51PM

    I like the idea of having specific goals. Something I don't so...lol. You will achieve these for sure because they are reasonable.

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ROBEADS1 6/1/2008 3:54PM

    Thank you for commenting on my blog.

Wow! You have some VERY specific goals & that's awesome!!! I realized I needed to get "specific" as well. Let's whip that bull into shape!!!

You GO Girl!!!

Roseanne emoticon

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MTER67 6/1/2008 8:46AM

    I hope that writing your goals makes you that much closer to achieving them. Your goals are very doable, but still demand the dedication that I know you have. I am not a big fruit-for-dessert eater either, but cherries sound really good. I haven't seen any fresh ones here, ever.

Sometimes, I will slice a banana lengthwise and saute it with a little "PAM." Sprinkle a little brown sugar and cinnamon on it and cook until the sugar is melted and the banana is soft. I don't know how that would work out for WW points, but I find it a little more satisfying as an evening dessert than fruit alone b/c it tastes warm and decadent, like "Bananas foster." I suppose you could add a dollop of lite Cool Whip, too to dress it up a little more... Yum!

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Canine Good Citizen

Saturday, May 31, 2008

That's Lola. Both my dogs are rescue dogs, but Chester we got as a little puppy, and Lola was 10 months old -- with no training at all.

She is basically a very sweet dog, but she has her quirks, which we've worked long and hard on. She was afraid of being combed at first; she'd never been walked on a leash, and while she was very well socialized to humans, she'd turn into a snarling, growling, lunging, uncontrollable mess when we saw other dogs while she was on leash.

Today she passed her Canine Good Citizen test. If you're curious what that is, you can find out more at www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_test
. Basically, it's to test whether or not your dog has good manners.

I really despaired of her ever being able to pass it when we first got her almost 1 1/2 years ago. Chester had passed his at 13 months, and that's very young.

So what, if anything, does this have to do with weight loss, you might ask?

It's funny how I seem to be able to draw analogies with weight loss everywhere now. It takes patience, persistence, and consistency. It isn't always easy, and there can be setbacks.

But all that hard work is rewarded.

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WOODLANDMYST 6/2/2008 10:49AM

  Aww. so sweet! You give me hope for Bluebell. When she was abandoned a couple months ago, she found her way to our doorstep. We're working on nippng at the moment. Jumping seems to be under control. She's not fond of walking on a leash but I am working on it.

Congratulations to Lola and to you for being such a loving Mom to her.

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MTER67 6/1/2008 5:50AM

    Jlitt--I am so behind. I thought you weren't writing, but I missed one of your blogs in my inbox, so SP didn't notify me about any of these others. I thought it was odd that you weren't writing anything this week! Your dog is beautiful; I love the picture (and the analogy, too.) I wish people had to pass a Good Citizen test some times! Take care.

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VAL503 5/31/2008 10:25PM

    What a sweetie! Congratulations to you and to Lola, I'm sure it was a lot of work.. but anything worthwhile is :-) My Scarlet is a rescue too, but retired track dogs have some issues to deal with ;-) and she was 8 when we got her.. now that she is sick, we don't try as hard with the training.
Thanks for sharing your story and the cute picture of Lola! I love reading your blogs :-)

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JULJUL13 5/31/2008 8:04PM

    Great Analogy, and your right patience is very key and it's a hard skill to learn, especially in today's fast paced world.

Congrats to Miss Lola - she is beautiful and Congrats to you for having the patience and commitment to take her under your wing!!!

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LSFBOOK 5/31/2008 4:38PM

    You have great analogies and although I don't often comment--I read all of your blogs. I can't tell you how much your blogs have encouraged me to keep going. Thank you.

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