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Scale Crazy

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Overall, I'm doing a great job with my fitness program. I've now been a healthy BMI for 33 months. I've reduced my goal weight officially at Weight Watchers twice and I'm well below that weight now, too. BUT I still haven't gotten used to the weight fluctuations on the scale.

This week I had my lowest morning weigh in for more than a month. I just felt victorious all day long!! And then after several days of eating healthy and within my calorie range without a major sodium indulgence I had my heaviest weigh in for months. I had a hard time trying not to feel bad all day long. I was still within my stated goal weight range, and yet it is just hard to see that number go up.

I set my SparkPeople program for another very small weight loss. I set it to lose 2 pounds in six months. I was hoping to fluctuate in the 124-128 range, rather than the 126-130 range for morning unclothed weights. I'd like to try it and see. If I like it, I'll change to the maintenance SparkPeople ticker and change my goal to maintenance. But if it ends up being too hard, I can be perfectly happy at the higher range.

I keep thinking that once I really commit to a maintenance range, and spend several months there, I will give up frequent weighing, and just eat healthy, confident that my weight is fine. Weighing monthly is probably adequate for maintenance. But I have spent every day of my life since I was 9 years old "scale crazy". And although I know that the scale is not my judge and executioner, it feels like it. Changing my thinking so that the scale is a helpful tool is not something that is going to happen overnight.

And whatever happens with my maintenance vs. weight loss goals and efforts, I'm going to stay focused on the positive: overall I'm doing a great job of maintaining an over 80 pounds weight loss. And I'm getting more and more confident that although I might still let the scale make me feel bad, I'll never be fat again!

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SUSANK16 11/6/2011 11:58AM

  Hey there!
Thanks for the encouraging blog. I have a lot to lose and I occassionally look through Spark for people who have lost a lot and are keeping it off. One of my long term goals is to set a maintenance plan in place. What I got from reading your blog is to set a maintenance range. What a great idea I would have been fighting a weight. May I recommend once a week weigh in's rather than daily or monthly. I have been weighing in once a week for the past six months and logging my weight on a spreadsheet. It has really helped to see the weight loss in the big picture rather than in the small daily picture. I am also learning how my body responds to weight loss as an example I tend to have a zero weight loss every four weeks which I have begun to think of as my the time by body seems to be resetting itself.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/6/2011 8:57AM

    You have the right idea, you can and will maintain your happy weight

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GVANSCOOT 11/6/2011 6:43AM

  Keep up the great work!

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CHUMLEY54 11/5/2011 4:17PM

    Numbers do up and down for no rhyme or reason...well maybe some reasons...

I have weight 1.5 pounds heavier in the morning than when I went to bed. How did I gain while sleeping? High Calorie dreams??

The scales fluctuate, your body fluctuates. I am a 2X a day weigher, and it amazes me that I can eat and lose weight, and not eat and gain weight.

Just stay the course, and so will your weight over time. (I thnk scales have a conspiracy and are trying to make us depressed and confused)...

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_LINDA 11/5/2011 3:56PM

    Wow! You have been obsessed with the scale since age 9!! That is really extreme and something that will be very hard if not impossible for you to overcome. One of the first things I would say to a scale obsessed person is get rid of any scale that weighs in fractions of a lb, that is just over the top as far as I am concerned. Trying to figure out what your ideal weight range should be is really tough, but of course, everyone wants the lowest possible range, but listening to your body should let you know what it really prefers. Hopefully you will find that happy weight and finally relax and accept you are truly on maintenance and are truly a success in having lost, and kept off your weight. In my book, you are already a success, looking fabulous and fit, something anyone would want to aspire to. You just need to get mentally there. I wish you all the best with it.

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/5/2011 3:07PM

    I "get it", completely, but somehow, lately, as in since I made my "one year" maintenance goal, I've become a wee bit better about not going nuts over the couple pounds up or down fluctuations. I still have to be vigilent, and for me that means daily recording, so I catch those bumps. It's one of those things we just have to work out for ourselves, one person at a time.

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WATERMELLEN 11/5/2011 1:20PM

    Marsha, as you know I absolutely relate to this -- only 10 pounds higher! Hate to be 140 (and yup, still sticking there on my home scales . . .) and feel "victorious" at 138 or lower. The home digital scales "flicker" on 138 and I think they're going to stick there and then -- zoom -- back to 140. At the Y on the balance beam scales, it's 138. Arrggh. Used to be 138 at home too. Want it to be 138 at home too. Hate being obsessive, but remember when I wasn't obsessive and ignored that steady climb to 230.

OK, gonna deal with this. Yes! (Totally ashamed to even write it down, really I am!)

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JOYINKY 11/5/2011 1:19PM

    Marsha, I fully understand "scale crazy" and there were periods in my life that it ruled my life; and not in a good way. I didn't understand how anyone could NOT own a scale; my trim SIL didn't. Today, I don't own a scale; I weigh once or twice a month at the gym in workout clothes and shoes. I measure once a month too. My clothes and tape measure are my gauges. Your description of how the scale makes you feel is perfect! Sad thing is, it can pull you down even when you are already below your goal weight! Yet, logically we know it HAS to go up and down or we'd disappear! Logic has nothing to do with it! Do what you must; but I will never own a scale again.
Be well and thanks for sharing. We've all got enough crazy quirks to go around! Smiles.

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Local SparkTeam Dinner

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I thought I'd be late and maybe even really, really late. But my daughter's second job didn't need her this evening, and then she got off a little early from her full time job. So I was right on time to our local SparkTeam dinner.

There were 6 great women there this month. That might be one of our smaller gatherings, but it was far from insignificant. I am so glad I went. Some people were missed, but those who were there made it seem like a big occasion. It just feels great to get together with people who want to live healthy and care about each other. I love the online support, but the 3D support can not be beat!!

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/9/2011 9:23PM

    I hope to be there next month

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MISTYRIVER64 11/5/2011 8:25AM

    Wonderful that you have such a nice group near you!

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FROSTY99 11/4/2011 9:07PM

    That was great-support here is nice, but those in person, is even better.

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JOYINKY 11/4/2011 11:19AM

    Yes, you are blessed to have that 3D support! Hugs, Joy

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TBRANCH2 11/4/2011 10:39AM

    Yes, Marsha, we did have a great time of fellowship, laughter and encouragement! Thank you and the rest for attending!! Putting a "personality, voice and face" with the spark name, sure makes a difference! See you at the team walk tomorrow!!

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DONNABRIGHT 11/4/2011 8:00AM

    So glad you had a great time.

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BLUESKY_321 11/4/2011 5:58AM

    How very cool!

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_LINDA 11/4/2011 2:15AM

    Wow! You are so lucky to have that many Spark friends to see in real life! That is just awesome, and it is far better to have real life support! So glad you can enjoy this on a regular basis!!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 11/3/2011 10:10PM

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WATERMELLEN 11/3/2011 9:26PM

    Sounds like so much fun!! something that's becoming a highlight for you . . .

And as for the Hallowe'en candy . . . . my DH "disappeared it", I don't know where it is, I'm not looking for it and it's outta sight, outta mind. Yeah!!

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WILD4STARS 11/3/2011 9:25PM

    Marsha - I truly enjoyed talking with you this evening. We all have so much in common, much more than just our desire for good health. The six of us there tonight need to each encourage at least one other person to show up on December 1 and double the energy that was shared this evening. Such positive and fun energy all in one place - amazing. I'm already looking forward to December 1 !!

Thank you for signing my book. I would love to hear more of your stories. I hope more of them are published !!

You are an inspiration in so many ways, it's an honor to know you.

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JAMER123 11/3/2011 9:16PM

    So glad you could make it. Do you have more than 6 in your area that gather together? What a wonderful thing to do and such a great support system for each other!!
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SKIRNIR 11/3/2011 9:13PM

    Okay, how did you start such a local group? Just choose a meet place and post to the local spark message board? Or was there more to it?

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JAMBABY0 11/3/2011 9:01PM

    That's great!

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Halloween 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I meant to post this picture yesterday, but time got away from me:

My two ladybugs enjoyed Halloween. We've got an awful lot of chocolate candy left over -- you know, the really tempting kind. However, I am committed to moderation for myself and trying to influence the rest of the family to be reasonable. Wish me luck!!

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WATERMELLEN 11/3/2011 9:27PM

    What adorable little girls -- and what happy memories you are helping create for them!!

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_LINDA 11/2/2011 12:10AM

    Good luck with the candy! Quite the sweeties there!

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MONTY68 11/1/2011 10:54PM

    Marsha, What a beautiful picture of your granddaughters.
Candy can be so tempting but can be handled. My neighbor gave me 9 pieces of Poland dark chocolate on Sunday. I gave 2 to my walking partner and I have 6 left. ( I ate 1).
I know that you WILL be able to handle it.

Thank you for sharing the picture.

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FROSTY99 11/1/2011 8:53PM

    Put that chocolate in the freezer and bring it out a bit at a time-not so tempting!! I used to hide it there from my son's after Halloween and would drag it out after Christmas as a treat!!! Worked great with most chocolate.


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WINDANCER99 11/1/2011 4:18PM

    Adorable, adorable and just totally adorable!!!!

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MEXGAL1 11/1/2011 1:20PM

    They are just too cute! Good luck with the candy moderation. Takes a lot of will power!

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WILD4STARS 11/1/2011 12:10PM

    How sweet!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/1/2011 12:03PM

    you can do it!

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DAW1223 11/1/2011 11:31AM

    Good luck!! I have a lot of leftover candy also. I posted my first blog today. I hope you will read it. Title is, "Lesson learned from a trick or treater." BTW, your ladybugs are adorable! emoticon

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October Update

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

I wish I could tell you that in October I ran my fastest mile or my longest distance. I wish I could say I tried a new form of exercise or another piece of equipment. I wish I could say I did my longest plank or the most push ups ever. But October was a regrouping month. After 5 weeks of a wicked cough, I am finally able to exercise. My October success was beginning to regain strength, speed, and endurance.

I'm sure it happens to everyone who is pursuing long term fitness. Illness or injury derail plans, and although here are some guidelines (i. e., run with a head cold, but not a chest cold), trying to listen to your body and figure out what will benefit your body at a specific time involves an individual judgment. Because I've had 3 colds in the last 5 months, I may have taken off more time than was necessary, but I suspect I did pretty well.

It feels great to be back exercising, even at a reduced level. Seems to me that my posture has improved in the last two weeks after a handful of strength training and walking/elliptical sessions. So, I consider October a qualified success.

November will be a success if I get in 12 strength training sessions and am back up to 10 miles for run-walk-run. In December I'll look at the amount of weight for the strength training and the speed of the distance.

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PEGGYANNSCH 11/3/2011 9:00AM


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_LINDA 11/2/2011 12:03AM

    So glad you are finally over those colds and can refocus on your program. Maintaining your weight for your month of exercise layoff is an unqualified success! Well done for your October!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/1/2011 11:14AM

    maintaining is still a great accomplishment!

YOU are awesome!

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WILD4STARS 11/1/2011 10:30AM

    Healthy or suffering a cold, you are an inspiration to us all.

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MEXGAL1 11/1/2011 10:13AM

    we all have to take a break when we are not well. You are right that we should pay attention to our bodies. I was sick for about two weeks and really had to rest. I am feeling well now and am so happy to be getting back up to speed so I know how you feel.
Sounds like you have a good plan. Have a terrific November.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/1/2011 9:48AM

    Good plan! Best wishes for success. (and no more colds!)

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JOHAL52 11/1/2011 9:47AM

    Did you check with a doc about all of those colds? Not that a doc can give you a pill or anything but three colds in five months....
Anyway, glad you are on the mend and here's to achieving your goals in November!

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Technical Problem

Sunday, October 30, 2011

SparkPeople site is working just fine for me except for the dailySpark. When I try to read those blogs, my computer hangs up and I have to reboot. Sometimes I get a warning about scripts, sometimes not. Anyone else having this problem? It has been going on about 4 days.

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EDUCGRAD 10/31/2011 1:13PM

    No,my problem was they were going to junk mail for a while though,but that problem is fixed.hope yours is fixed soon

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/31/2011 10:29AM

    Throughout the 2.5 years on SP, I have had a variety of problems - some large, some small. The technical people swear it's not due to this site, but I know it is. Currently, I'm not having issues. Happy Halloween.

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MONTY68 10/30/2011 11:44PM

    Marsha, I have had problems from time to time, making me log in after each post. I have a feeling after reading so many comments, that the problem is probably explorer, at least for me.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/30/2011 6:47PM

    Not yet - I hope it corrects itself soon.

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_LINDA 10/30/2011 11:01AM

    Sorry, have not had that problem, if you don't get a response here, try tech help post, but I don't think they are on weekends, so it would have to be Monday..
Make sure your browser and plug ins are all up to date -seems like they want to update every other day these days..

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MEXGAL1 10/30/2011 10:59AM

    Yes that has happened to me as well Have no idea what the problem is. But you are not alone here. Perhaps report it on the chat help area.
Have a great day.

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TBRANCH2 10/30/2011 10:45AM

    I have not had the problem lately but, have had it in the past. Now my problem is that sometimes my "favorites" comes up and sometimes it does not! What a pain!!

I was not aware you wrote a book. What is the name? Maybe I could pick it up at the book store after dinner Thurs. night.

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WILD4STARS 10/30/2011 10:19AM

    I have not had that problem.

I bought the book and have read your Peace Corps story! OMG, what an experience. You must be proud of the difference you made in that woman's life.

If you plan to be at the Team Dinner Thursday, know that I'll have the book with me and want your autograph.

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