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Bye, Bye Scale!

Monday, March 12, 2012

So, I joined Sparkpeople to help me with my New Year's resolution to get healthy for my wedding this coming October. Nine weeks later, I have more energy, better mood, daily exercise as part of my routine, and my clothes are fitting differently. I saw a bikini at the store last week and thought, "Honeymoon!" rather that "BLAUGHHHHHH, I'm too fat!" This, I believe, is progress...

Problem is, I'm weighing myself every week. At other times in my life, when I've focused on exercising , I've always lost weight. This is the first time I've ever done strength training, and I've gained weight- over 10 pounds to be exact- since early January.

Now, I've posted on this topic before. Others, including Sparkpeople experts, have encouraged me to throw away the scale. My body is changing in healthy ways, and what's a number on a machine, eh? I'll be tracking my process in some other way besides my weight. Minutes exercised, perhaps?

So bye, bye scale, and hello bikini! emoticon emoticon
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RASHEDAPOE 3/15/2012 9:07AM

    Congrats on making the changes... I can't wait to say Hello Bikini" (probably summer of 2013)

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LOSINGLINNDY 3/12/2012 2:04PM

    Love your positive attitude. Hello bikini!!!

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RACHEALTHACKER 3/12/2012 1:06PM

    I need to do that. Toss the scale out of the window. I have been weighing myself daily when I should be weigh in weekly. Im so obsess with the numbers its unreal. My hubby needs to hide it from me.
Great attitude on the Bikini focus on that. Lord knows I need to

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ANDARUS 3/12/2012 11:29AM

    Congratulations on the new you. :) And on the weeding. I suppose that is pretty important as well, lol.

It is probably better to track minutes of exercise. At least of cardio. Watching your weight is fine if you are not increasing muscle mass. But building muscle throws that right out the window. I use a blue highlighter; I put a mark on my calendar for each day that I do at least 30 minutes of cardio. It provides a colorful measurement of my progress. Plus, at the end of the month it clearly shows what days I skipped (and if there are any negative trends I need to address).

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