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A weighty decision

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

I've come to a decision on what to do about weighing myself on my upcoming trip. It's not exactly a vacation, but sort-of (long story).

I won't weigh myself at my mom's. That scale has probably been gathering dust for the last two decades.

However, we are going to a hotel for my husband's conference, just for a couple of days. And it turns out this hotel has a spa (I just love spas). So I'm pretty sure somewhere there is a scale, and one that's probably calibrated on a fairly regular basis. I'll weigh myself there. And maybe start going to the occasional WW meeting when I get back.

This spa also has nutritional consultations, and a chef for a half a day class . . . it's a pity we're only there a couple of days! Oh, and they have an indoor pool, and classes (don't know how often). But they have things like water aerobics, which I love & haven't done in ages since I no longer belong to gym, and t'ai chi, which I've always wanted to try. I'm really hoping I get the time to try some of that! But I'm also meeting with an online friend, who lives about half an hour away, one day (and hoping maybe I can convince her she needs a spa day).

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KARBIE18 5/1/2008 8:03AM

    I think you're right to wait to weigh in at the spa. If you weighed at your mom's, it sounds like you'd still have to wonder what you really weighed. The spa sounds heavenly. Hope you can convince your friend to join you. Never been to one myself, but it's something I think would be more fun to share. Enjoy your trip.


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MUM2FIVE 4/30/2008 4:52PM

    Have a great time and enjoy yourself!!
The scales will be here when you return...!!
I wish I was getting away, that sounds fun!

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VAL503 4/30/2008 12:07PM

    Have a great time, and enjoy all the pampering you can get!

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MTER67 4/30/2008 9:24AM

    Fun! I hope that you will get the chance to use the spa and take a few of the classes. It is so wonderful to get pampered and try new things. Have a great time and let us all know how it goes.

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LSFBOOK 4/30/2008 9:05AM

    I like your plan. Have a wonderful time and if you get a chance to try t'ai chi that would be great. I'm looking for a class to try near where I live.

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It's the little things

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

If there's one thing my dogs try to teach me, it's to stop and smell the roses. And the weeds, and the grass, and the garbage . . . well, you get the picture. In other words, don't look at the big picture!

I'd like to lose, ultimately, somewhere around 35 pounds. While I'm sure to some that seems relatively small, to me it seems big. It's about what I lost the first time I was on WW (only then I was smaller to start with, but also a heck of a lot younger).

So looking at losing 35 pounds, especially when you lose less than a pound a week, can be daunting & depressing. Which is one reason they suggest focusing on just losing 10% of your body weight at a time, which for me is about 17 lbs. Even that could take a year -- or more!

So I concentrate on the little things. The jeans that were always tight that are now comfortable. The knee fat that is noticeably less. The shrunken double chin, which actually shows me I do have a neck.

They're small, they're subtle, they're things no one else will notice . . . but I do. And they make me smile.

Is what I see in the mirror what I want to see? No. But it's better than it was just 4 months ago. And I know that if I just keep going, eventually I'll see what I want to see. No matter how long it may take.

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LSFBOOK 4/29/2008 10:28PM

    How true. Even though it's slow, it's happening. Keep up the good work and stay patient with yourself and the process.

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MTER67 4/29/2008 6:54PM

    Now, who's the deep thinker? In looking at the smaller things (or as I tell my kids, "eating the elephant one tiny bite at a time") you really are seeing the big picture after all. Congratulations on the accomplishments you've made. If people don't notice your knees, they will certainly notice your smile--and with that smile comes the confidence to keep moving forward. You are right that it will take a daunting amount of time, but by focusing on the progress you make along the way instead of the end goal, you celebrate your "here and now" and not a nebulous "someday" that may seem far off. Because you realize that you have to focus on the little things, you are already well on your way to reaching your goals. Thank you for sharing your journey (and your wisdom) along the way.

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VAL503 4/29/2008 5:29PM

    Aren't dogs just the most wonderful teachers? If we were more like them, I think we would be a lot gentler on ourselves! Good job with your progress, and your observations. Each little step we take brings us closer to our goals.. and if we are enjoying ourselves along the way, right where we are now, then that distant place (the goal) doesn't seem so far away.. Or, maybe it is just that we focus on now instead of later!
Anyway, I so enjoy reading your observations. keep up the good work, and have a lovely journey.

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DRAKE83 4/29/2008 5:20PM

    YEAH for you....yes some of us can't look at the big picutre...I too have to go for the smaller things....

Sounds like you are doing what you need to do

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Sneaky sodium

Monday, April 28, 2008

Ever wonder why you might see a weight gain when you're just sure you've been good?

Think about whether or not you ate out just a few days before you weighed in -- it doesn't have to be the day before, it may take a few days for your body to normalize again. And the culprit may be sodium.

Sodium is sneaky. Apparently a lot of chefs load up low fat options with sodium to make them taste better. I had no idea! I mean, I knew a lot of restaurant food had a lot of sodium -- especially Chinese food -- but I had no idea that low fat entrees could be just crawling with it (sometimes).

And it's sneaky. Because unless you get a complete nutritional breakdown, you'll probably have no idea. And some not-low-fat entrees have more sodium than you should get in an entire day!

No wonder as a nation we just get fatter & fatter. It's not just sodium, of course, but my eyes were just opened to that recently. Sugar is another big one. They put sugar in the weirdest things (like crackers, for instance). So we just get used to things tasting sweeter and sweeter all the time, and begin to crave sweets because it's in everything.

I'm not saying you should never eat out. I don't eat out a lot, but I need to sometimes for my own sanity. I like to be pampered once in a while. But buyer beware!

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WOODLANDMYST 4/29/2008 6:52PM

  When I was first diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure, I went on a reduced sodium diet. Let me tell you it was depressing! I couldn't buy anything in the store that wasn't fresh and unprocessed. But I lost an amazing 15 pounds in less than two weeks. Can we say water retention? Soup is a big offender. I like my own homemade now. Salt is used to boost the flavor when fat is taken out. I actually saw a cereal that has high fructose corn syrup AND aspertame in it...what's up with that? (And it's considered by some to be a rather healthy choice.... yikes!)

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MUM2FIVE 4/29/2008 11:13AM

    I have started tracking mine in the past few weeks and WOW.
I hope it helps that I drink a lot of water!!
Hope you are having a great week!
It's nice outside, but I still have spring cleaning to do!

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KRISTINADC 4/28/2008 12:59PM

  I agree about the sodium. On "The Biggest Loser" I remember Julian saying something about no matter what you eat, the sodium should be no more thatn 150 mgs per serving because having more makes you retain water. Now I'm very aware of what the sodium content is on everything.

It's not always going to be something I can stick with but there are lots of things I don't eat anymore like canned soup...it has crazy amounts of sodium in them.

Also, I just went and looked online at Einsteins Bagels, was going to walk there for lunch and the sandwich I wanted was almost 800 calories! Yikes...that's almost 1/2 of my total daily intake. Now I could half it and have the other half for tomorrow but I don't think I'm going to do that either.

I love this new awareness this site has brought me, i can already feel the difference even after just one week.

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AHHHME 4/28/2008 11:44AM

    I agree with you - definitely!

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MTER67 4/28/2008 8:36AM

    You are right. I think our tastes have been perverted to want everything so highly seasoned. When we were in Thailand, my son bought a bag of Cheetos from a snack bar. They were in the same packaging as in the States, but the taste was completely different--much less intense fake cheese taste and not nearly as salty. One of my favorite things in life: buttercream icing. The Japanese hate it; it is sickening sweet to them. When we make stuff for bake sales here, we are instructed to leave off the icing b/c the frosted cakes just don't sell! One of the things we have to do to become healthier is to learn to retrain our tastebuds!

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To weigh or not to weigh?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

For those who don't know me, I don't own a scale. I don't have access to a scale anywhere. Scales make me depressed. They rarely say what I want them to say, or what I think they ought to say.

I will be visiting my mom on mother's day, as things turn out. I'm pretty sure she has a scale. I'm pretty sure that scale hasn't been calibrated since the day she bought it, years ago.

I am debating with myself whether or not I should get on it. I was weighed last month when I had to go to the doctor. I don't lose a lot in a month. Of course, I don't really know how much I do lose, but if I'm lucky, it's only a pound (how's that for everyone who laments at only losing a pound a week!).

I have not reached a decision.

I do want to know what I weigh occasionally. I hadn't been weighed in a couple of years when I went to the doctor recently. But to set up my profile here, and at other weight loss sites, I had to put in my weight, even though I didn't know it. I guestimated it. I was actually just about spot on, just a couple of pounds off.

The funny thing is when I look at myself, I don't feel like I weigh that much. It was almost 20 pounds more than what I weighed when I first joined Weigh Watchers all those years ago!

Of course, I could start attending the occasional Weight Watchers meeting. As a lifetime member, I only have to pay the meeting fee; I never have to pay a registration fee even when it's been years since I've gone. I know they calibrate their scales. And I know they're always motivational.

I went to meetings regularly a while ago, after gaining weight again, but this time the weight just wouldn't seem to come off, I was busy with work, and eventually I threw in the towel.

And I admit it: I am ashamed to go and get on the scale, being so heavy and far from my goal weight, being a lifetime member and a former leader.

Yes, I know it's ridiculous. When you're heavy is the time you need WW the most. And I also know that the leaders will be nothing but kind and encouraging. I really don't have the time or the money to attend regular meetings right now, and I actually find that SP is working great to keep me motivated.

But I also know I do need to be accountable. So I'm thinking about it.

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AHHHME 4/28/2008 3:22AM

    I would probably weigh at my mom's first and then decide if I want to do the meetings from there. But that's just me. I don't like any public surprises. ;)

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JLITT62 4/27/2008 11:04AM

    I just want to clarify one thing: I'm not getting a scale. I know what works for me, and what doesn't, and weighing weekly for me doesn't work.

I do measure. I pay attention to how my clothes fit. There are absolutely other ways. I track what I eat (but on a different site). I track my exercise.

If getting on a scale works for you, that's great.

I'm just trying to decide whether or not to weigh myself at my mom's, at this point in time. Or to start attending the occasional WW meeting.

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LSFBOOK 4/27/2008 10:31AM

    I have a scale and I get on it only once a week since I started SparkPeople. Before SparkPeople it was in the exact same place as it is now and I never got on it. We used it to weigh our luggage before we went on trips. So, having a scale doesn't mean you have to weigh yourself--but--I like getting weighed once a week now. I'm not trying to lose fast--a pound or less a week is fine. It doesn't sound like you are trying to lose too fast either. But a scale can be good. It does help to keep you accountable.

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IVYLASS 4/27/2008 10:16AM

    Scales are an important tool. I weigh myself every two weeks, the Sunday after payday, so it's easy to remember.

How else can you track how you're doing? You can measure your inches as well, but I haven't started that yet.

Don't guess. KNOW. Knowledge is power. Yes, you might be disappointed at what the scales say, but you can't fight the beast if you don't know what it is.

Good luck, and don't be afraid.

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Yes I can

Saturday, April 26, 2008

You are what you think.

I'm not sure that I'm completly on board with the law of attraction -- which basically says if you want something, write it down & think about it & it will appear, although in reality, it's not quite that simple.

Bad things happen to good people all the time. Babies certainly don't ask for some of the things that are done to them.

But I do believe in the power of positive thinking. So if you think you can't lose weight because you never have before, you're just shooting yourself in the foot.

So just how positive are you? Take your journal everywhere with you today. Every time you find yourself thinking about yourself, write down what you thought, and whether or not that's a positive or negative thought. At the end of the day, figure out if you have more positive than negative thoughts.

If they turn out to be more positive, good for you! Keep it up. If they're more negative, turn them around: write a positive affirmation you can tack up somewhere you'll see it every day & repeat it to yourself -- or out loud -- every day.

For instance, if you find yourself thinking you don't deserve to be at a happy weight, write down "I will find my happy weight". Tack it up on your mirror. Read it -- or say it -- every time you wash your hands and when you're getting ready in the morning.

And if you're like me, and you find yourself saying things like "Chester won't do the weaves" before even trying them, turn it around! You can become your own self-fulfilling prophecy, for good or bad.

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MUM2FIVE 4/26/2008 3:54PM

    I'm going to do this tomorrow THANKS for the suggestion. Although, I think pretty positive, this will see if I'm in denial and really think I'm a fat ass... lol

Okey, you lost me with the "Chester won't do the weaves" before even trying them ??

oh, I bet you mean your dog at the course... lol I member now!

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