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The Scale: My Fair-Weather Friend


Thursday, February 03, 2011

I loved the scale in January. It seems every few days I would lose another half pound! I ended up dropping 4.5 pounds in a little over 3 weeks, which is the fastest I've ever lost! And, the more the scale moved, the more dedicated I was to eat healthily, track my food, and drink my water!

But then I hit my goal weight (136) and I thought I deserved a break. Just a short one! I decided I should still probably lose another 10 pounds. I did OK for a few days.

On Monday of this week, I went to a new gym to participate in a bootcamp. She has everyone weigh in on Mondays. I hadn't weighed in that morning, but I knew I'd be around 136/137. I took off my shoes and weighed... 141! What!!! It must be her scales! What liars! I didn't want her to write down that number, but she did.

That afternoon, I went to the dentist. They weigh me at the dentist (which is kind of strange, but they are thorough!). I decided not to bother taking my boots off. The scale weighed 144!!! LIAR! I was so disappointed. I've worked so hard to get in the 130's... and I'm determined NEVER to get back in the 140's. But, twice in one day I saw those dreaded numbers.

I've been reading on SP about some people who are giving up the scale for February. But, I weigh every day! I can't give it up! But, on the other hand, I've been really struggling with eating correctly the past few days. And, I wasn't sure why! Now, I think I know... at least in part, it's that dreaded old SCALE!

So, I'm giving up the scale for February. It can NOT rule my life! It can NOT make me have good days or bad days. I am getting fitter & working hard every week. I am eating well, most of the time, and I can continue to do that without checking the scale every morning to see if it's working. The number on the scale IS NOT my ultimate goal! Being healthy & fit are my goals!!!

If someone would give me a link to the 'no scale in February' challenge, I'll be happy to join! I put a piece of masking tape over my scale this morning and will not weigh myself again until March 1st. I'm feeling better already!

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AMOHAME2 2/3/2011 2:40PM

    I'm addicted to the scale too. I had to put mine into the back of the bathroom cupboard, behind boxes and bottles, before I stopped using it 2, 3, 4 times a day!
I think DARACOX started a scale-free February, but I don't know if she created an actual challenge page or not.

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PARTICLEGIRL22 2/3/2011 2:26PM

    Good idea. Because of Weight Watchers I can't give mine up, but I REFUSE to let it make me crazy!

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KARVY09 2/3/2011 2:23PM

    Good call. And congrats on meeting your goal!

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FUNFROG79 2/3/2011 11:38AM

    I think that is a fantasitc idea! Scales sucks!

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LLBEAN75 2/3/2011 11:36AM

    Good luck giving it up! Just don't build yourself up all month to see a good number on the scale, because if you don't see the number you have been praying for all month - you may go into a deep depression in March!

The best thing that I can say about your weight, from a medical standpoint, is that is the number is a measure of body statistics at ONE point in time. Just like your pulse, blood pressure and temperature. It fluctuates all day, for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes thinking of weight that way will really help me when the scale bums me out!

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ALI_CAT 2/3/2011 10:11AM

    This is actually kinda funny because I "live for the scale" as well. Somehow seeing the numbers every day helps me stay on track - but boy is it frustrating when the numbers aren't what you want.

You had your boots on, don't stress about it. The key is to use the same scale for YOUR benchmark and dismiss the rest. You were doing amazing in Jan and that's what matters.

Personally I think giving up the scale is beyond hard. I am switching from a daily weigh-in to a Monday weigh-in. Once a week will be easier than once a month. Just a thought.

130's is awesome. I am so jealous. :-)

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