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There's More to the Eye then the Scale!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

I have a huge love/hate relationship with the scale - and continually have to overcome that a number is a number. Some days I do this well; others, not so well. In fact, just the other day, after a particularly bad number day, my husband said, why don't you put it away and only take it out once a week! Yikes - no way I said, I cannot do it! :)

I realize now, it took me awhile to make the number go up; it will take time for it to go down. But more importantly I am learning along the way that there are other things to keep my eyes on besides that little tiny box in the bathroom with numbers. Important things like:

1. When your teenage girl says "mom, you are "looking" skinnier -- wow, those were powerful words last night!
2. When the size of jeans I shrunk out of (the right way) about three weeks ago now can be pulled down when they are still buttoned and zipped!
3. When the swimsuit (which has to go on a beach soon) fits better then it did last summer even though I tried on 3 days after Christmas!
4. When the next size jeans are so close I can now zip and button them, but not quite yet comfortably wear them but with continued hard work the reality that I can wear them comfortably is SOOOO close I can visualize it.
A. I am thinking those jeans in #2 will not even stay up when I hit the next size down - and how sweet that will be!
5. When coworkers you have not seen for awhile say "whoa, look at you"
6. Your husband is actively seeking out 5K race opportunities for me -- and believes that I can do it as much as I can!
7. When every day this week the time for each mile jogged is dropping - and the distance is growing when I choose to push it out further. Yipee!

So tomorrow, maybe I'll stay off the scale - but I doubt it!

If you step on the scale today, and it does not quite say what you'd like as fast you'd like, here's wishing for you that you have your own list of things you can use to pick yourself up!

I decided to write a few of those things in my daily journal I use for my quiet time -- so on those days where I sometimes go back and review my quiet time thoughts, they will be there to inspire me to keep going.

Looking forward to the continued journey ...

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  take connie"s suggestion the scale has made me give up sowed many times in the past but now I'm trying this site if icon figure out all the different stuff I'm pod i can white this .yes i am a computer dummies

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CONIONI 1/9/2010 8:29PM

    I really enjoyed your blog post! I encourage you to take your husbands suggestion and put away that scale!

Numbers are a useful tool to track progress, but so are the items you listed above...they are so much more uplifting!!! The scale is fickel...it can love you one day and destroy you the next, even though you are still doing everything right! The scale is affected by so much more than our new healthy habits...salt, rice, bread, slow to digest meats, etc...they can all add weight the next morning and be gone the next!

I am so much more successful when I stay away from that scale til Saturday...my weigh day! When I let it whoo me back into visiting it daily I am often crushed! That crazy piece of metal and plastic can really mess with my head!

From one fellow scale slave to another!

Keep up the good work...and you go girl... 5k away!!!!!!

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Friday, December 04, 2009

Today has been a good day overall -- work stress was lower; hit Snap Fitness in the morning before work, which always gives me a better lower stressed work day; had a healthy dinner out (good choices and good food overall); hit the 30-day shred DVD with my daughter. Just spent some great time on SparkPeople being motivated from some great stories and hopefully providing encouagement to others.

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BKNOCK 12/9/2009 9:29PM

    Great! Keep up the good work!

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I'm back again!

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

After a few month hiatus from Spark, I have come back. I decided I need the ongoing accounability of a place to log my exercise and activities along with my intake ... or I find that both can get a little out of whack without me even knowing! I have set some tangible goals, and look to be held accountable to them. It is a journey to say the least!

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BKNOCK 12/9/2009 9:28PM

    When I first started with SP I logged everything before I ate it because I was really a bad judge on portions and stuff!
Good luck!

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KEENTINA 12/2/2009 3:51PM

    Logging your food and exercise does make you more aware of what you are doing and, sometimes, what you should be doing. With the holidays, it's a good time to be aware of what you are doing so you can control your cravings without feeling overly guilty afterwards.

Good luck!

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On the road again!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Yo-yo - the greatest word to describe my weight -- and the word I want to strike from my vocabulary, except when cheering in on my kids developing their actual yo-yo skills! I remember when the word yo-yo didn't actually mean anything to me except the toy I loved to use when I was a child!

After my first two weeks on SparkPeople, I feel pretty good about what I accomplished. I have met my cardio and strengthening goals but the weight loss has not matched the effort. I keep telling myself to stay the course -- keep going, the goal is to get healthy - and the scale does not always tell us how healthy I am.