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A "weighty" issue

Monday, March 26, 2012

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So we're into week #2 of the Spring 5% Challenge. Some are happy with their results and others are bummed by that number on the scale.

Isn't it amazing how a number can absolutely ruin a perfectly wonderful day if we let it? Others go so far as to throw up their hands and actually give up, quit, throw in the towel!! Over a number. It has that much power. Or rather, we GIVE it that much power!

I've been on many weight loss journeys through the years both on my own or at WW. This time I decided to do SP and, with the help of a drink called Slim, I've lost a LOT of weight. But this time I decided NOT to give the scale any power. This time I decided that I would keep going EVEN IF THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE WENT UP! This meant that I was in it for the long run, for the long haul, til the end!

Many times the scale doesn't reflect our hard work. We start eating right and working out and the number goes up! What????? That's not supposed to happen. But it does. Muscles can retain water, did you know that? I'm sure you know that eating too much sodium will have the same effect as well as TOM for us ladies. Sometimes the number is up for no reason at all.

That is why it is absolutely CRUCIAL to find other ways to chart your progress instead of having everything rest on that scale. The Teddies have and will hear from me ad nauseum, about concentrating on your NSVs (non-scale victories) because we're more than our number! How about the sizes you've lost? the inches you've lost? how much stronger you are? the medications you no longer have to take? Don't those things matter as much, IF NOT MORE, than the number?

Lastly, I always get nervous when I see someone setting a goal of losing 2 lbs a week or losing a certain amount of weight by a certain date because how much we lose and how fast we lose it is OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL! That's right. The body will drop the pounds when it wants to drop the pounds. Sometimes you'll lose 2 lbs, sometimes 0.2! You've tracked your food, you've done your exercise and you're puzzled. But that's just the way it is.

I STRONGLY urge you, implore you, beg you, set other goals not involving the scale. Don't set a "lose x amount of pounds by x date" goal. Because the scale won't cooperate. I would hate it if you quit like I've seen some of my closest friends here on SP do, because of a number.

And I've gained about 10 lbs but I'm just more determined to get back to my lowest weight, however long it takes! As long as you don't quit, you will reach your goals!

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