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Me and My Scale or Honesty Part Two

Friday, March 04, 2011

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MSSUNBUG 3/8/2011 8:01AM

    I've had a roller coaster relationship with the scale myself! You're right--it's a report card, but it's also a bit fickle. It takes so little to throw it off! I found that a month-to-month (rather than week-to-week) report was fine for me--and kept me "honest" for the month.

My "issue" with the scale is that my reliance on it interfered with my ability to tune in to my body and that inner voice which is WELL AWARE of how well or not well I'm doing with my eating and exercise. Using it as a tool, a teacher, as information is a good thing--but for me, not at the expense of honoring and HEARING that voice that knows you've done right (no matter whether the scale agrees or not).

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BRIGET66 3/7/2011 6:26PM

    Well John...I had to laugh when I listened to your blog because the same thing happened to me. I don't know how many times I (like you) thought I was doing Amazingly, eating well, exercising more days than I didn't only to hop on the scale and find out I'd GAINED 2 lbs. Or the opposite, I'd fall of the wagon so to speak, eat WAY over my calories "allowed", veg in front of the t.v. and LOSE 3 lbs! (And more than once I might add!) Since joining Spark People I've actually gained 6 lbs! I started off doing really really good, had that motivation...worked out, tried to keep under the calories allowed for the day. Then I kinda slacked for 3 days, ate too much and didn't get in any workouts. Right now, the scale is NOT my friend!! But it's okay...this time I'm not giving up, I'm just gonna accept that I'm gonna mess up once in a while. take it one day at a time and keep on reading all these wonderful posts.

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VICKI-N-FLA 3/6/2011 6:22PM

    I really liked what you had to say and I think I'm going to adopt the idea of treating the scale like a report card. Your blog really got me to thinking so thank you for that. emoticon

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LINDAJ0621 3/6/2011 2:58PM

    Well, that explains it! I was always an over-achiever in school..worked hard for those A's! Now, I know the scale is my report card, maybe that will motivate me to earn those A's again. Thanks!


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DOLLIE6 3/6/2011 12:27PM

    Thanks John for being there.

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SWEET-T 3/5/2011 2:55PM

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AKATUJE 3/5/2011 5:08AM

    emoticon for yet another great blog!!! My scale and i have had a love hate relationship, but of late i have realized that it really gives me feedback on what i am doing. It really is my report card on this journey!!! These days i treat it with respect, after all, it is only telling me whether what i have been up to is beneficial for my journey or not.

But i gatta say, i love the "last minute" results!!! And that is probably the reason i am not yet at goal.

Have a great weekend!!! emoticon

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BETHSTL 3/4/2011 9:38PM

    Hi John! Love the Bluegrass music :)

That's a great idea to think about your scale being your report card. Never thought of it that way. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us!

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    I LOVE banjos!...Blue Grass, hard to dance to, but, luv its energy.

You have a radio announcer/teacher voice; clear, rich, and easy to follow ...vlogging works on you!

Scale=Report Card...this works for me too.

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REJ7777 3/4/2011 7:23PM

    I find that my scale is a tool that gives me valuable feedback, just like my pedometer. emoticon

Have a great weekend!

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WOULDBESLIM 3/4/2011 6:07PM


Well thank you for your honesty in sharing this. When I get on my scales and notice what is happening, I have taken to using three questions which hopefully make a positive difference to my goals.

1. What did I do well ?
2. What could I have done better?
3. What is one small thing that next week I can do differently which will most help?

Keep on keeping on - the rest of us and with you in this

best wishes

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KELLY40222 3/4/2011 10:23AM

    Happy Friday John! I tend to think of my scale as more of a parole officer. If I slip up I make sure to get right back on track, since I have to report in to the officer!


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JUDIL62 3/4/2011 10:18AM

    Thank you John. I posted a blog response to your blog....check it out:


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EMTFF376 3/4/2011 9:14AM

    Hi John!

Thanks for the video blog.

I used to use the scale as a diagnostic tool, then decided to go to the "clothes fit" method once I got to my goal and was exercising on a very regular basis. I used to tell people, don't worry about the number. Well, at this stage in my game, that number matters. It is a good measuring stick, but it shouldn't rule your life. I have to remember that when I gain muscle, I gain weight and that's okay.

Have a great Friday and weekend!
Big hugs from your WV pal,

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