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Ditch the Scale?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I'm thinking of ditching the scale for a while. The last few days have not given me good news. I've been in the habit of weighing myself pretty much everyday for the last few years. I never used to. I didn't grow up with a scale in the house. My mother never weighed herself. She's always been overweight, and I'm inclined to think that's a big part of the 'why'.

I don't want to repeat history. Right now though, I'm doing all I can to lose weight. I'm sticking to a 1500 calorie diet and working out faithfully everyday. I'm down 17 lbs. so far. But the scale hasn't budged for the last 3 days -- except to go up a little.

I know that everyone goes through plateau's, but I absolutely hate seeing those numbers refuse to budge when I know I've been working my butt off to push them downward.

The upside to weighing yourself daily is that when you fall into bad habits, you're more likely to catch yourself quickly and get back on track if you have those numbers there telling you you've gotten off track.

And the scale can be such a friend when it's telling you what you want to hear. But I can tell you that more than a few choice words have been directed at that inanimate object in the last few days. When it's giving you good news, it's your dearest friend. Bad news sends my heart reeling. I'm a little tired of the emotional roller coaster, and I kinda want to get off. Kinda.

So, I'm thinking of weighing myself once a week for now, and assessing my progress then. I don't know if I have the patience for that. I usually can't wait to get on the scale in the mornings. It's honestly one of the biggest motivators for me to get out of bed in the morning (that, and my workout, of course).

But maybe I need to tell my on-again, off-again friend to take a leave of absence?

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CHIPLEY_FL 7/6/2012 10:23AM

    I stumbled upon you blog today from the juice team. I'm glad I did. I'm checking out the Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts.
I too have a love/hate relationship with my scale. I imagine if I had a friend who was in a relationship with a guy who one day told haw good she was doing and how thin she was and the next told her "I told you you shouldn't have eaten _______" ; "you'll never reach your goal. Why do you even try?". And still she couldn't wait to see him each morning first thing right after the morning pee (so you weigh less). What would my advise be to her.

But still I know where I will be in the morning. Right after my morning pee.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/5/2012 6:27AM

    Non-scale goals are nice, but what we all want is that number on the scale to go down!

What I try to remember when I'm "stuck" is how I felt when the number was higher. So when I weighed 220, I would have given anything to see 204 (what I have been "stuck" at (give or take a lb or two) for a while.

Should you ditch it completely? Try it for a week and see how you do. Take out the battery and have someone hide it!!

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LE7_1234 7/5/2012 12:25AM

    The scale is a tool--but it doesn't tell you the whole picture.

Back when I was weighing every day, I made a point to treat it as a science experiment, not a value judgement. I started to see patterns that helped me to understand the numbers I was seeing. Like, I expected to see it go up a little during PMS. But I also learned that no matter what I'm doing, good, bad, stellar, abysmal, my weight also goes up around ovulation. Sometimes as much as 4 pounds.....

I learned that there would be a 3--day lag between an action and it's result on the scale. So if I was really "good" for 2 days and didn't see the result, I'd have a blow-out, and then the third day the "good" result would show up, but then I'd already done damage, which would show up a few days later....

Anyway, all this is to say that if you are weighing daily, learn everything you can from the numbers, but try not to let it affect you emotionally.

But if you can stick to weekly weigh-ins, you'll probably be better off!

OH!!!! And don't forget to take into account the effects of exercise. You can be losing inches and not lose weight... But at the end of the day, I'd rather go by the way my jeans fit than the number on the scale....

Hang in there!

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FITWITHIN 7/3/2012 6:34PM

    Don't allow the scale to set your mood for the day. I agree you should pitch and not weight yourself everyday. I only weigh myself once every two weeks or sometimes just once a month. That's enough for me. Yes, we all hit that unfortunate plateau. Keep up the great work and stay focused and positive. I would reevaluated the on/off situation. Look at all the pros and cons of that relationship and make the best decision for you. Have a great 4th of July! emoticon

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No Questions

Saturday, June 30, 2012

I had a successful weigh in day at Weight Watcher's today. Down 4.4 lbs. this week, and I got my '5% of your body weight lost' sticker. I was asked to say a few words to the group about what the most important part of my progress has been thus far.

My answer was -- consistency. I started out at the beginning of this journey -- 4/26/12 -- telling myself that I would work out each morning, come rain or shine, for 6 months straight. I said that I would not evaluate the effectiveness of my workout until then. I would not ask myself, "why am I doing this?" or "am I getting the results I had expected?" until that goal was finished. I can't say that I haven't asked the questions in the back of my mind, but I haven't allowed those questions to come to the forefront of my mind, and I've stayed consistent with my exercise goals. TaeBo every morning for 65 days straight thus far.

I've stayed consistent through fast food deviations, through weight gain, through weight loss, through travel, through achy joints, through injuries, through no air conditioning (for a few days) in summer, through inviting others to participate with me, and getting no response, through a topsy-turvey schedule... Through it all, I've kept my commitment to myself.

I started out this journey with prayer and meditation, because I've faltered so much in the past, and I feel that God's grace has been with me. Being diligent in this area has allowed me to keep focus on my weight loss goals, and has encouraged me to take the time to find out where my eating habits could be refined so that I could see the success I was working for. Believe me, it doesn't feel good to bust your butt every morning working out, and see a gain on the scale the next day because of what you're putting in your mouth.

My eating habits have started to level out, and I'm seeing consistent losses now, and I'm thankful. I'm trusting that no matter what ups and downs the future holds, I can continue to honor my commitment to myself. I know that when I do allow myself that true evaluation in 4 months, I won't regret the journey.

Total lost so far: 16 lbs.
Total left to lose: 75 lbs.
17% complete

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TRACYZABELLE 7/1/2012 7:18PM

    Don't you love the WW plan! It works!!!! Keep up the good work!

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JACRBUNCH 7/1/2012 8:20AM

    Way to go!

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MEME102 6/30/2012 5:26PM

    OH my what a wonderful blog!!!! I'm so proud and HAPPY for you!!! I like that idea of the committment to yourself and you didn't veer from it - no matter what! And the thought that you do bust your buns doing that exercise just to screw it up by eating the wrong things - how thought provoking!! Thanks for sharing - I loved it



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LBUHMAN9 6/30/2012 3:55PM

    I am excited to see someone that has gone through this. I was thinking the same way I want to loose weight but I am not looking at the scale has the end all. I just started 6 days ago I hope when I am at 6 months I am doing as well as you

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What Did I Do Right?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's occurred to me recently that I tend to focus entirely too much on what DIDN'T go right in my weight loss journey on any given day.

I have what I refer to as my 'Pillars of Weight Loss Success'. These are the things that over the years, have helped me to lose weight in one way or another. They've been effective in the past, but I've never used them all at the same time -- until now. They include things like Attending Weight Watcher's meetings, watching inspirational weight loss videos/programs, counting my calories, Sparking, cutting off my eating by 6pm, etc.

Today I had logged all my calories, and I ended up going over at the end of the day with ice cream (which I shouldn't have had in the house, BTW). I hit almost all my 'Pillars of Weight Loss Success', but faltered in this one area. It was hindering my abililty to enjoy the successes I had had today.

So, I'm going to make it a point to remind myself regularly of what I'm doing right -- starting with the fact that I haven't missed a TaeBo workout for 54 days as of this morning. There have been so many non-scale victories since I began this leg of the journey on April 26th. It feels so much better to focus on what I have done and am doing right vs. where I've 'screwed up'. It leaves me in a much better position to keep my head up and work towards meeting as many goals as possible tomorrow...

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/21/2012 8:30AM

    Cheers to focusing on the positives!

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Important Milestone

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today marks 6 straight weeks of TaeBo for me. It's hard to believe how difficult it was to get through the first few workouts. I committed myself to 6 months of working out everyday. I said that after that, I woould evaluate my progress, and determine what my regimen needed to be.

Well, I'm going strong 6 weeks in. It's been difficult at times, particularly when I've traveled, but I've made the time for it. I've had to break the workout up into two parts a few times, just to make sure I handled my responsibilites, but I've stayed committed.

It's provided consistency, stability and cohesion to my weight loss plans. Even when I haven't eaten like I was supposed to, I got up everyday and reminded myself that I was committed to my goals. Because my diet hasn't been as consistent, I have only seen 10 lbs. of weight loss, but the non-scale victories have been priceless.

My eating plan is on track now, and I feel unstoppable. It's been years since I felt I was as focused and organized as I am now. I'm just working on building on the foundation that's been laid over the last several weeks, and growing more in my committment to myself and my goals for my life. There's so much progress yet to be made -- mentally, spiritually and yes, physically.

But I feel strong, capable and grateful. The best is yet to come!

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MSDOUBLEJ 6/16/2012 10:59AM

    Great Job! You can persevere! emoticon emoticon

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NURSEWITT03 6/7/2012 2:01PM

    Great job on your streak! You are doing awesome!!


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LE7_1234 6/7/2012 10:15AM

    **Only** 10 pounds of weight loss!?

You're melting away!!

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TERRIPAL1 6/7/2012 8:14AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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HAPPYLISA17 6/7/2012 8:13AM

  10 pounds of weight loss is great in 6 weeks - especially with Tae Bo because it's the kind of weight loss that 'stays' off! I used to really like Billy Blanks until he cheated on his wife - so once I get over that, I'll join you! emoticon

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Diet is (Almost) Everything

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Just wanted to check in and say I'm finally getting my eating habits back on track after suspending the juice fast and doing some traveling. Travel is probably the toughest thing for a weight loss regimen, because scheduling is everything.

I'm finally back to consuming mostly healthy calories (thanks in part to a newly-discovered soy allergy), and limiting my calorie intake to 1500-1700 per day. Even with working out everyday, I really wasn't seeing much weight loss. Now after watching what I eat for 3 days, I'm down 3 lbs. I realize the weight won't come off as quickly in the future, but that's a nice confidence booster.

It's also a good reminder that no matter how much you work out, there's no substitution for a healthy diet, and portion control. None at all.

Glad to have some results to show for all my hard work.


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