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Weighing fears after a months long absence...

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Finally got back on the scale earlier this week after not having been on for almost three months. It is one of the Mary Lou Retton scales that measures your weight relatively... compared with where you were last time, and in 10 pound increments. This sort of approach is necessary for me, as I get upset if the scales say a number I don't like.

This said, I still wasn't able to get myself to use the same "setting" on it. I set myself up as another person with a fresh starting point. At least I will have something to measure against now.

Maybe weight numbers don't bother other people, but they really set me off. Interestingly, since having weighed myself on Tuesday, I have been able to focus better on planning to eat healthfully, and doing it. In certain respects, it is a relief to have weighed myself. One of the keys is to KEEP weighing myself regularly.

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DDOORN 4/15/2011 9:02AM

    Couldn't agree more...scale numbers are a BIGTIME anxiety producer for me...and MORESO when I "stray" from the scale...!


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SKINNYMINNY814 1/9/2011 10:33AM

    I too have not weighed myself in over 6 months!! I am going to the gym today to finally bite the bullet. I have been working so hard this week to count calories and watch what I eat I figure I should use the numbers on the scale as motivtion. I am like you where I probably won't like what they tell me, BUT, with any luck it will fuel me to work harder! Good luck on your weight loss!

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Health blood pressure returns ... 106 / 82!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

A few weeks ago I had my blood pressure taken at my doctor's office, and it has returned to a healthy number! 106/82! YAHOO! Just taking off ~10 pounds made the difference!

Until a few years ago my blood pressure was always a great number... 105 / 60 to 110/75 was typical, even when I was overweight. It was probably low due to the many many years of bicycling several thousand miles a year, and I was the only person in my family without high blood pressure.

As soon as I hit 50, my blood pressure crept up... it was usually 130/85 to 155/90, and my physician was watching it. She said that even taking 5 pounds off might return it to a healthy range.

She was right!



More thoughts on weighing...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Been trying to continue weighing myself every week on the Mary Lou Retton scale - the one that only records the change in your weight from an initial weighing.

A few rambling thoughts about weighing weekly...

+ It decreases my anxiety about my weight because I know for SURE what direction it is going in ... it had been several years since I had allowed myself to be weighed, and I knew I had gained, but not how much - and was very anxious

+ It helps me focus more on the quality and quantity of my food because I know I will be weighing myself regularly... as evidenced by the 7 pounds I have lost to date

+ It has not set off "whacky" dieting mentality... WOW.

+ Not seeing the actual amount I weigh is a good thing for now... at some point, maybe when I hit my 35 pound weigh loss goal, I will step on a physicians scale and see where I am, then decide with my physician whether I really need to lose any more weight

Not necessarily a minus... the second time I weighed myself - when it actually registered a weight difference from the original number - it brought back all the weighing trauma from my teen years. Feeling unattractive, anxious. Then the "crowd roared" and Mary Lou congratulated me and said something like "say well done!". The whole thing was so overwhelming to me that I started crying. Relieved actually. And I have tried to get on it once a week since.

This is a good thing I think.... to be able to periodically monitor my "vitals" just like I do my blood pressure, and to be able to use it as a measure of my progress towards a healthier weight without getting crazy about it.


Finally weighed myself...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Finally weighed myself this morning... this week's "homework" from Kerri, my counselor. Got one of the Mary Lou Retton scales that registers your initial weight and keeps it to itself, then shows how you are doing relative to it.

Went fine. Noticed right away today with my eating that I am more aware of cause-and-effect, knowing that the plan is for me to get on it every week.

Seems like a good way to approach this, as it's been at least 5 years since I got weighed, and it was something I stopped doing because the numbers on the scale are such a "loaded" issue, making or breaking my day, week, and month.

However, it is important to have some sort of meaure of progress I am (or am not) making. How my clothes fit isn't good enough ... I dress for comfort in unitards and Weekender clothing, and it isn't readily apparent for quite some time which direction my weight is going in.

I hope not to get crazy about getting weighed in, and to just view it "matter of fact"... like when I see my blood pressure numbers.

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ANGELASTREIT 5/19/2010 2:06PM

    Thats awesome! Keep up the good work!

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