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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.

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