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Dusting Off My Estranged Scale

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

About a month ago, I blogged that I was divorcing my scale. Guess I meant business because yesterday I smiled to see it is a bit dusty from lack of use.

Long story short, up until the time when I started this healthier lifestyle (October 08), I never even owned a scale. I never had a weight problem, so I just went by how my clothes fit.

A few years ago, hormonal changes, heavy work schedule (less exercising), stress, and eating like I always had (since I didn't gain weight, I was spoiled and ate anything in any amount) startled me into the discomfort of a body that had packed on extra pounds.

When I first bought the scale in 08, I hated the fact that I had to break my track record of never weighing myself. But I realized that I needed to track progress. Then things went the other weigh (pun intended -smiling). The weekly weigh-ins became daily and then the numbers on the scale became the focus.

I have put the scale on hiatus for awhile and I think it's time to find out how I've done this month. Been going by measurements and how clothes fit. I'll probably go back to weekly weigh-ins, but why bother? Since I've been on this forever plateau, and nothing moves, it seems futile. Can't help but be curious though.

I still stick to doing all the good stuff (despite no further loss) to stay healthy. I'm also in the process of re-evaluating my program to give myself a new push.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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FLMOMX2 2/11/2010 7:55AM

    Scales are an awful part of our lives. I love the idea of divorcing the scale.

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1NICUBABE 2/11/2010 4:28AM

    I hear ya! I have been on a plateau with the same 2-3 pounds gained and lost so many times I can't even count. I too decided to give the scale a break. I will weigh in and measure every 2 weeks now ( trying to wean myself from the daily obsession). I changed up my exercise routine and am hoping that will break this plateau. Unfortunately I got sick right after I started the new routine and am now just getting back to feeling better so we'll see how it goes in 2 weeks. Hang in there. You are doing the right things, the scale just doesn't want to admit it!

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SUEJENN 2/11/2010 12:14AM

    Sometimes those scales become that nasty little creature sitting on your shoulder whispering horrible things into your ear. I have gained 15 lbs. in that last 18 weeks on chemo and they tell me it doesn't just drop off. I do believe I will use your plan. See how my clothes fit and how easily I can bend over and tie up my shoes or not. Good luck.

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SKYEFYR 2/10/2010 8:01PM

  So you said you had a fantastic birthday, but what did you actually do?

I'm ready to toss my scale out the window. Friday is my official weigh in. I stepped on the other day and was thrilled, and now every day I'm less thrilled as it creeps back up to where it started. I"m ready to start playing the lottery cause if I win I'll be able to afford liposuction!

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JCORYCMA 2/10/2010 5:57PM

    You know how my break up went with the scale! Lol! Hang in there and keep trying different things with your calories and your exercise. You'll hit a combo that busts through the plateau!
Hang in there!
Joanne

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RICH530 2/10/2010 5:08PM

    I hear ya!!! You sound just like I am listening to myself!!! I, however, did not put my scale away. Maybe I should have. I have been on this plateau forever it seems and just keep bouncing the same 2-3 pounds up and down!! If you figure out what we are doing that is not working maybe you could share it with me. I promise to do the same!!! Good luck to you!!
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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/10/2010 1:48PM

    I'm thinking about a separation for a while it's been almost a year with the same 3-5 pounds...and sparkfriends applauding the same pound lost LOL...I've upped the calories and upped the cardio intensity shorter durations the hour walk just not cutting it anymore..so we will see..stay positive , make a change I already feel better that's why the separation cause if it doesn't tell me something nice..well you know how that goes...need to court the tape measure now. LOL Hugs

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THEADMIRAL 2/10/2010 1:39PM

    I used to hate my scale. I now have a speaking relationship with it, but it's still not a warm friendship. emoticon But I accept its role in my life that it looks at me and tells me how faithful I've been to my nutrition and exercise goals. Not everyone's scale will do that, but my mine does.
I hope your curious mind will be pleased by what your dusty scale says. I KNOW you're doing good things for yourself. emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 2/10/2010 1:09PM

  A spark friend told me..scales are for fishes! LOL Honestly...it really does seem that when I give myself a rest from that darn scale...I tend to lose. I think it's because I don't see that drop in my weight and relax my program. Know what I mean? Keep going in the right direction...watch what you eat, how much you eat and exercise regularly...and it will go down. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/10/2010 12:50PM

    Its actually good to not make yourself a slave to the scale. How you feel should be most important, followed by fitting into your normal clothes. On my maintenance I plan to weigh myself once a week and not sweat the small stuff. Weight fluctuates too much to do a day to day thing. Good luck revamping your program. Maybe something new will perk you up!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/10/2010 12:12PM

    I have one of those new fangled scales that even measures bodyfat composition , I became a bit obsessed with it ,like you prior to my accident I never had to worry I was the long tall woman in the black dress and measured my weight by how clothes fit .Sadly NSAIDS (anti-inflammatories) combined with the drugs that regulate the nerve damage caused me to emulate a balloon .So my scales and I became close really close , now I am trying to distance myself but still keep am eye on the numbers !

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LISANANCY 2/10/2010 12:01PM

    Ah, that's the trick to give yourself another push. considered yourself pushed, there. keep going. That demon number on the scale IS NOT YOU. You are getting healthy with your program. emoticon

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PAMNANGEL 2/10/2010 12:00PM

    Good luck to you and your scale. I'm sure you can make the relationship work out.

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DEMULLOY 2/10/2010 11:55AM

  It sounds like befriending the scale is good for you. I sincerely hope you succeed!

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Thanks to All Who Helped Make Yesterday's Birthday Special

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Just letting you know how much I appreciated your good wishes. Thank you, sparkfriends.

Have a wonderful day.

  
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RICH530 2/10/2010 5:11PM

    OMG!! I am so sorry that I missed your birthday!!!

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!!

I hope it was super!!

emoticon Lee

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AMYMLE 2/9/2010 11:49PM

    I didn't check in with SP yesterday. Sorry I missed your birthday. Happy Belated!
Amy

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/9/2010 10:15PM

    So glad you enjoyed your day I am just washing that gray right out of my hair and I will be back to visit LOL!

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JCORYCMA 2/9/2010 8:40PM

    You know what they say about birthdays - it sure beats the alternative! I'm glad you had a nice day with all those richly deserved well wishes!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/9/2010 7:54PM

    A happy belated birthday to you!!! Sorry I was so late.
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I also want to thank you for always stopping by my blogs and encouraging and supporting me. I really appreciate it.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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CICI510 2/9/2010 6:19PM

    Happy belated birthday!! :)

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Happy Birthday to Me and Grandma

Monday, February 08, 2010

I was born on my dear grandmother's birthday and named after her. My grandparents raised me for the first five years of my inhabiting this planet, and I miss them sooooo much. Today I'll be celebrating in peaceful, happy ways for us both. And thankful to have had such wonderful, warm people in my life who gave me so much love.

I'm going to give myself the day off the computer, but wishing all my friends a wonderful day.

  
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JHADZHIA 2/10/2010 12:56PM

    Wishing a belated birthday to you and your grandmother! I too, was raised by my grandmother in my early years. She was a special person to come in from her beloved north country to spend time in the hated city to look after us.
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/9/2010 6:44PM

    Happy Belated Birthday to you and your grandmother,
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Grandparents are very special people and I am glad you had yours from the beginning. Your great memories are wonderful also!!! Thank you for sharing.
Blessings and hugs,
Helen

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LINDA25427 2/8/2010 11:13AM

    Happy Birthday to you both !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 2/8/2010 10:20AM

    emoticon emoticon Enjoy your shared birthday and all the fond memories!

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LISANANCY 2/8/2010 9:00AM

    Happy Birthday. Good for you. Taking the day off for yourself emoticon

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JCORYCMA 2/8/2010 8:18AM

    Happy Birthday!!
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Joanne

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KALATHIA 2/8/2010 8:04AM

    Happy birthday!

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MUSIC66 2/8/2010 6:15AM

    happy birthday to you andyour grandma.

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/8/2010 5:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonhappy birthday my grandma was my best friend also. emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/8/2010 4:32AM

    Happy Birthday to You and Gramma~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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What I Usually Do, Well, Today I Didn't

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I usually allow plenty of time when I'm going out to allow for traffic or whatever. Today I did not as I headed out for the symphony event.

I usually know exactly where the venues are located. For example, I knew where this concert was going to be.

Got there, and guess what? Nope it wasn't on that part of the campus. The symphony was playing at a local campus in one of their halls. I'd been familiar at one time, but I guess not now.

So I found someone who gave me the directions of how to get into the different part of the campus, and steered my vehicle headed in the right direction. I usually mapquest ahead of time. I usually know the roadways since I've lived here a million years. But I was in the wrong lane and did not get to the correct turnoff. Yup, there it is, as I drove by.

With just 15 minutes to go, sure, I could've made a U-turn, but didn't. Just came back home. All dressed up with nowhere to go. Some days are just like this. I could've sworn that I was operating with maximum clarity and efficiency today. (smiling)

Had a wonderful sunshine walk early this morning. Will go easy on the pizza during the little football gathering this afternoon. I usually don't watch the Superbowl, but you know the rest. Today is different. (smiling)

Wishing all a fun Sunday.

  
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JCORYCMA 2/7/2010 5:50PM

    Dang! Sorry to hear that you missed the concert. We've all had those "senior moments"! Good for you to plan to take it easy on the pizza. I'm afraid my frustration would have just made me more likely to be naughty! My dear hubby had to go out of town on business so there went my football guide! He's very patient to explain why little white flags are getting thrown around and such! I think I'll cuddle up with a book instead...
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THEADMIRAL 2/7/2010 5:40PM

    Boy, I thought I was the only one that got into situations like that! Then I get so mad at myself! emoticon I like your style and admire it! emoticon Have a fun evening and celebrate life! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/7/2010 5:33PM

    Ah well you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men!I guess it just wasn't meant to be.Enjoy the football gathering I am going to read a book for a while and recuperate from guests and be back when I regroup my forces!

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LISANANCY 2/7/2010 5:33PM

    Have a great time. You will keep things under control, right? emoticon

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Walking in the Rain

Saturday, February 06, 2010

There's nothing like walking in the rain. Maybe because San Diego gets so little, but to me, it feels and sounds magical. The negative ions feed my soul. And walking is the best stress reliever I know. It's my fix for everything. Just got in and doing it again later today.

My Prince Harry is better today. Not 100 percent, but better is good. Thanks to all who sent their best wishes. Very much appreciated.

Got a free ticket to the symphony tomorrow. Hooray, hooray for me. (smiling) Love all kinds of music.

Wishing everyone a fun, happy weekend.

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 2/7/2010 9:07AM

    have a great time at the concert glad you cat is doing better. i love to walk my troubles away too. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/7/2010 1:26AM

    Rain ah what a magical dream here it is bloody well snowing again .....Of course you know rain is my natural habitat it brings to mind a 1972 song by Love Unlimited "walking in the Rain with the One I love" Of course most rain walking I do know is done with the dog as my husband doesn't believe he is drip dry or he whines that he gets enough rain when he is on manoeuvres so the dog being a spaniel at least likes the water!
Enjoy the symphony !So glad Prince Harry is on the mend!

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SKYEFYR 2/6/2010 7:41PM

  Glad Harry is continuing to improve!

Rain? Geeze, we got over a foot of snow here. (I think it was 18 inches as the final total. Sure you don't miss NJ???)

Enjoy the rain, enjoy your walk, and enjoy the symphony tomorrow! Happy early birthday!!!

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JCORYCMA 2/6/2010 6:13PM

    I'm so glad your kitty is on the mend! My Max gets a little eye trouble now and then but he is such a stinker about the eyedrops! Enjoy the symphony!
Joanne emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 2/6/2010 4:37PM

    Tap dancing in the gutters??

Glad to hear your good news!

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THEADMIRAL 2/6/2010 4:01PM

    I'm so glad to read that Prince Harry is better! I used to completely stress out when my kitty cats were ill (my friends thought I was a little weird, but they were my babies!). Hopefully you'll be able to fully enjoy your Annual Natal Celebration on Monday now that he's on the mend.

How cool to have a free ticket to the symphony! Awesome! Enjoy the experience! emoticon

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JERSEYGIRL1950 2/6/2010 2:37PM

    I hope you were singing too! emoticon Enjoy your musicfest tomorrow..Hugs

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JLITT62 2/6/2010 1:50PM

    I don't mind walking in the rain, but the dogs really loathe it. They're better about walking in the snow, as long as it isn't slushy on the ground. Picky little guys.

Enjoy your concert!

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LISANANCY 2/6/2010 1:48PM

    Don't you just love a happy ending. Glad little Prince Harry is doing better emoticon

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KALATHIA 2/6/2010 1:44PM

    Sounds like you're having the perfect day! Hooray!!!

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