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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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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SVELTEWARRIOR 4/1/2012 11:56PM

    I intend to focus more on my emotional reasons for eating this challenge. I know that I have to focus more on the nsv because if I focus to much on the scale I will get depressed. Thank you for reminding me

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LYNMEINDERS 4/1/2012 6:08PM

    Thankyou so much for this....exactly what i needed to read today....thankyou

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KAILYNSTAR 3/30/2012 6:26PM

    Yes the scale can discourage a person quickly!

Thanks for sharing.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/29/2012 12:08AM

    I don't allow the scale the power too many people give it. While this is easier said than done, we must have other ways we can measure the non-scale victories. I expect to be up a few pounds this week and unless I do this for at least two more weeks, I do not foresee a reason for alarm.

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 3/27/2012 11:01AM

    Thanks for the that blog, it was a really good reminder. I too let the number on the scale dictate m y day so this time around I'm weighing once a week on weigh in day and it's much better for. I'm also concetrating on NSV like you said. Great blog!

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MISSY455 3/27/2012 2:41AM

    So true! I have said many times that the emoticon is not our friend. Consistency is the key, and as long as we don't quit, we will get there!

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YIWEN39 3/26/2012 7:40PM

    Very well said :-) And I agree with you, yes I do want to see the number go down, but I won't do anything crazy for that or let it ruin my day or week ;-)

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LINDAKAY228 3/26/2012 2:30PM

    I totally agree with you!

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IMIN2GENES 3/26/2012 1:53PM

    Good advice! I agree 100%!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/26/2012 1:25PM

    You are so right! I haven't lost weight on the scale in about 12 weeks, but I won't let that get to me. Almost all of my monthly goals that I set are non-scale related. Goals like finish weeks 5-8 of my workout plan, loose 2 inches, cook 4 meals a month from the spark cook book. I figure if I focus on these NSV's, the scale will change some time. A number does not define me!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/26/2012 10:15AM

    I couldn't agree more!!

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SHRINK71 3/26/2012 9:58AM

    I could not agree more with your sentiment!!! Kudos!

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