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Chapter 4 - to weigh or not to weigh

Monday, October 20, 2014

emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

Spangle instructs us that there is not a right or wrong answer about keeping the scale or not keeping it; about stepping on it every day, once a week, or never.

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

I can relate to Cindy who realized the scale was just a tool and the information was just a number. She said, "That helped me respond calmly and keep trusting myself and my new approach....regardless of what the scale says, I will continue to follow my healthy eating and exercise plan and stay focused on my program."

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

Although I took the test in the chapter and my results indicate I can go ahead and keep my scale, I am still debating about that.

I will realize the scale is "just a number that most likely will be different" [later].

I like that Spangle says the scale "...says noting about your future or your ability to reach and maintain a healthy weight in the years ahead."

cheers,

barbara

Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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Day 2 - the scale is my enemy

Friday, October 17, 2014

emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1) Stop using the scale to confirm my failures. Don't let the scale win but letting it ruin my day or cause me to eat.

2) Not to treat the scale "like an authoritarian parent does not result in wieght-loss success. It only confirms your negative thoughts about yourself."

3) Break the pattern by detaching myself from it.

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

I did not identify with the lady who went on vacation and was miserable because she couldn't weight herself. Sheesh, when I am on a vacation, that's the last thing I think of. I did not identify with the lady who threw her scale against the bathroom wall. I would blame myself, but hate the scale anyway...haha

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

The only one client I can relate to in a small way might be the woman who would have a list of positive words, pull out one and say it to herself while on the scale. It might be something I could do.

Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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BETRHO48 10/18/2014 10:24PM

    emoticon I see the scale pretty much as a tool (but not the only tool!) to help with managing my eating and exercise programs.
~Beth

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BABYBARNEY 10/18/2014 7:29AM

    I am also a daily weighing gal. I have been able to decrease & maintain consistency this way. I agree with all being said that it is "just a tool."

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SPEDED2 10/17/2014 11:28PM

    I agree with Aunt Alice...the scale is just a tool. Not owning a scale let to the extra weight I am now working so hard to remove. I weight everyday and use the scale as another way to hold myself accountable for the food choices, both good and poor, that I make.
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DSJB9999 10/17/2014 7:34PM

    Great thinking Barbara! We do allow the scales to be far too important but they don't have to spoil our mood unless we let them. I also wouldn't throw them against the wall - sounds like a tantrum to me :-)

Keep on moving my dear.
Donna x

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AUNTALICE2 10/17/2014 6:55PM

    I weigh myself daily. The scale is a tool. By daily weigh-in I am able to stop any gains right now. Instead of letting it get a good hold! The scale does not make me happy or sad. emoticon

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KEKEIKO 10/17/2014 6:50PM

    I look at the scale as a friend so if I couldn't weigh daily I may not be a happy camper. It's just a number but it's also a deterrent for misbehaving. The next morning you don't want to see a higher number than the day before.

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Day 1 - what's wrong with my scale

Friday, October 17, 2014

emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1) the scale is not always a predictor of your weight because of other things such as: travel, humidity, rain, hormones, etc.

2) the scale can be your friend...holy moley! lol

3) the scale can "give you positive feeback on your efforts, increase your motivation instead of crushing it, and prevent the weight-in panic that sends you to the refrigerator."

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
I can relate to the client Susan because if you change her name to Barbara,you have me exactly!

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

I will keep reading to get to use the scale as my friend and realize the scale doesn't always tell the truth!

cheers,
barbara

Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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KEKEIKO 10/17/2014 6:48PM

    The scale holds one accountable for their actions. Obviously if you have to weigh in daily you may not partake in certain foods. That's not to say you can't enjoy a bite or two.

The scale is just numbers. It's not really a good indicator of health as muscle weighs more than fat. So a person who is eating right and exercising may get on the scale and find they weigh more than expected.

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Another learning lesson

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I finally had to admit the truth. Toward the end of my 100 days weight loss effort, I took a pause. As a result I gained 2.2 pounds. I believed that the chronic anxiety of my ill health finally caught up with me. I have been so worried since no antibiotic was working after 6 weeks and they couldn't find what was wrong. Still I kept up the good fight until I just didn't anymore.

Now, I have new meds and hopefully they will help. But it would really help if I ate "right". By "right", I mean healthy for me. I cannot have sauces and still I made some of my Italian-taught spaghetti sauce in a crock pot. I ate enough of the meat and sauce until I am paying the price today. I need to get back to the bland, soft foods.

I read an amazing article by Dean Anderson, but unfortunately 'lost track of it' and I wanted to re-read it for morale support. It talked about these kinds of times and basically said it has nothing to do with our weight but our emotional feeling about ourselves. At least that is what I got out of it. This is so true for me.

I know now because of Spangle's book, one just has to keep going and being consistent with their program and they will succeed. Unfortunately, I seem to always sabotage mine - as if I am not worth succeeding. Sounds terrible, I know, but I am being honest. That is why I finally admitted on my page and the weight goal that I went up - in hopes that it will stir me to get back the motivation I had for at least 70 of the 100 days.

cheers
barbara

  
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BETRHO48 10/13/2014 11:37PM

    2.2 pounds is not worth beating yourself up about!
I like what SPEDED2 wrote, " There is no shame in falling...the shame is refusing to get up again." It is never too late to keep working on pursuing better health. This is what we are all here to do and we can get it together together. Maybe we won't accomplish our goals all at the same time, but as long as we keep after them, we will someday get where we want to go.
90% of the battle must take place in our minds - once we have it conquered there, it will be a piece of cake (no pun intended)!
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AUNTALICE2 10/12/2014 10:52PM

    Barbara- Please do not let 2 lbs beat you up! :( You have so much more to offer than weight loss! You have been on path of uncertainty about your health and it is wearing you down. A slip like 2 lbs will not make or break you! Please know how valued you are as a friend! Be good to yourself. :) emoticon

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KEKEIKO 10/12/2014 9:25PM

    Taking a pause is okay. Beating yourself up about is not okay. You are doing wonderfully. Health issues got you down and that couldn't be helped. I have to be careful with sauces as well. I can eat tomatoes and they don't bother me however sauces wreak havoc on my system.

The fact that you are here and still working on yourself is not sabotage. You realize you're worth fighting for and I believe that too.
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SPEDED2 10/12/2014 6:01PM

    There is no shame in falling...the shame is refusing to get up again.
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PATTYCAKE17 10/12/2014 5:11PM

    If you have a problem with red sauce, and probably the beef as well, you might be a Type A blood type, and should avoid tomato products, night shade vegies, and all processed meats and wheat. Get the book EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE, Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, if you know your blood type. (Or go to the website) It works for me, maybe it can help you, too. In the meantime, God bless, and emoticon emoticon emoticon

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APONI_KB 10/12/2014 4:57PM

    hang in there
you are stronger than you think

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RAWCOOKIE 10/12/2014 4:30PM

    Dear Barbara - you've done amazingly well to stick with the 100 days despite your mega health challenge. 2.2lb is NOTHING! I hope you're going to do the Friend with the Scale with us? I bought scales last week, and have weighed myself every morning for the past 10 days. My weight goes up and down by 2lbs. Please don't beat yourself up about 2.2lbs xxx emoticon

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Day 100 - this is how I live

Saturday, October 11, 2014

I have finished the 100 Days and it has been a v. rewarding, life changing book. Unfortunately I got sick half into it and the last few weeks I have not been doing as good as I had been, but I really believe because of her book I can get back to it.

Well once again, Linda Spangle hit it on the head. I always say "I know what to do, I just don't do it!" when I go off my weight loss plan. Now I am at the end of the 100 days and, after all that we have learned, day by day, I have ended up saying, "I forgot what I know".

So Spangle advises us to take the top 10 lessons we liked, write them down, and live by them. Then put up a sign that says, "This is how I live." The lessons can be changed.

Challenge

decide what methods to use to remember the lessons
journal a top 10 list to use the methods you will use forever
create a plan for how you will keep these ideas in front of you forever

cheers
barbara

100 Days of Weight Loss and Friends with the Scale by Linda Spangle

  
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IOWAGRAMMA 10/12/2014 8:21PM

    We can't remember everything, but I bet the more important ones are stuck in your brain. And, you still have her book, so away you go!! This sounds like a great plan, Barbara. Proud of you for your great achievement! emoticon

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    Fabulous accomplishment...great work on getting to day 100!

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SPEDED2 10/11/2014 9:11PM

    What a wonderful journey! Even with the best of road maps, we occasionally lose our way. It sounds like you found the highway again. Thanks for sharing your journey!
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KEKEIKO 10/11/2014 7:22PM

    emoticon 100 days completed! emoticon

I'm going to miss these daily blog lessons. I've learned much and have applied some to my eating plan.

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100 days completed!!!!!

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