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The scale isn't the only measure of success!!!

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

So the last two weeks have been difficult, busy, and really dissapointing on the exercise front. A dear friend of mine passed away and things seem to keep creaping up on my zumba days and I haven't been as motivated to go, I'm sad to say. But it is a temporary thing!

It can be so easy sometimes to get knocked off your schedule or lose motivation but remember a set-back isn't a reason to quit! The good news is that I was able to still lose a pound during those two weeks that I wasn't able to make 100% effort.

The scales (which all say something different *sigh*) can be a frustrating measure of how well or poorly I'm doing. So I've relied on other means to measure my success!!!!

~ People commenting on how much happier I seem
~ My friends noticing how I'm visibly looking thinner
~ My pants fitting looser
~ My energy levels are higher!
~ I'm sleeping better!
~ I'm eating better!
~ My 9 year old son telling me I look thinner and he can almost reach around my waist :)
~ I'm starting to love myself!
~Healthier looking hair and nails! (nails are such a big indication of your overall nutritional health!)
~Better skin!
~Improved moods!
~I can climb stairs with greater ease!!!
~improved breathing = improved singing!
~Able to close a robe and tie it when before I couldn't even get it closed.

And looking at all of those benefits... how can I really be discouraged that the scale isn't reflecting what I expected in weight? I am improving on so many levels- and becoming a better me!

Back to the gym tonight for zumba and a swim with my son - This year, I am determined to make my health a priority!

***Thank you for all the comments and condolences. They are appreciated***

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KIMBOLEAN 12/6/2012 12:05PM


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JIBBIE49 11/11/2012 5:31PM

    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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MOVEITMARY 11/10/2012 8:26PM

    You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing this.

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KARRENLYNN 11/9/2012 7:28PM

    some days the NSV's are what keep me motivated. Because really, you're improving all of you, not just reducing your number on the scale. And that's a seriously great list of benes you've listed! Keep Going!

Karen emoticon emoticon

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GOSPARK45 11/9/2012 11:11AM

    Yes we love the scale because it's so specific. But the other rewards are actually much better, such as feeling better and liking ourselves more. On weeks when the scale doesn't move I still am amazed at all the other improvements that are happening. Spark on!


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METAMORPHUS11 11/9/2012 8:30AM

    accept my sypathy
yay you on the motivation!
i didnt loose any pound this week i was sooo like soooooooooo pissed but i had to remind myself of my goals and other things i have achieved so far with healthy living!
awesome blog

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KLONG8 11/8/2012 11:40PM

    As the GPS says "recalculating"!

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MARYJEANSL 11/8/2012 11:21PM

  Congratulations on your many, many successes! Look at the successes and be very proud.

I am very sorry for your loss.

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NAOLEE 11/8/2012 6:25PM

    Sorry about your friend.

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FARIS71 11/8/2012 5:58PM

    So true. The scale was unkind last week and I had to remind myself (a LOT) that it's just one indicator!

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 11/8/2012 5:08PM

    Numbers seem to define so many things, including ourselves. Thank you for the important reminder not to overlook the other indicators that many positive things are occurring in our lives. emoticon emoticon

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BARBANNA 11/8/2012 3:46PM

    We are all in this together and thanks for spelling out the true benefits of lossing weight! Keep it up!

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SRBSRB26 11/8/2012 2:55PM

    My condolences to you.

I certainly need to learn that the scale is not the only measure of success.

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IFEOMA4 11/8/2012 1:47PM

  Nice blog

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POLSKARENIA 11/8/2012 12:24PM

    Great blog! Keep up with the positive attitude - it's all worth it!

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BRASKIN 11/8/2012 12:18PM

  wishing you well... life will resume.. emoticon

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SNOOKYBELLROSE2 11/8/2012 11:49AM

  I am truly sorry for your loss.....but so happy for your getting back to the old regime...good for you,,,,it is so hard sometimes to stay on track...lets hope some of your positive vibe is getting to me....good luck on your journey to better health....

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/8/2012 10:59AM

    What an inspiration. I'm making my own "here's how I know I'm making progress" list!

Thank you for sharing during what is, obviously, a difficult time.


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NASFKAB 11/8/2012 9:30AM

  sorry for your loss but you have written a great blog none the less

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/8/2012 9:05AM

    I'm so sorry about your friend. I'm amazed that you've been able to keep posting losses at a time like this. What strength, and what an inspiration you are. Congratulations on those fantastic non-scale victories!

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WALLINMW 11/8/2012 8:52AM

  Congrats! Stay motivated!

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ANDEE2222 11/8/2012 8:40AM

  So agree. But it is easy to forget and also easy to revert to that habit of MAJOR SELF-CRITIQUING. From your post, I will look at things from at least two sides and try to allow myself to feel good about the positive even if I haven't met ALL my goals by today. Thanks

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NEWSTARTNANA 11/8/2012 8:04AM

    Great blog! I know exactly what you mean, but you said it SO well. Before Spark, I would have thrown in the towel when the scale didn't budge for weeks. Like you I was able to refocus on NSVs and stay motivated. You have a great list of things that REALLY matter.

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ANNE007 11/8/2012 7:16AM

    Your commitment is excellent, despite your setbacks. Life happens and we have to roll with it and take care of ourselves! You'll get back into it wen you can. Until then, do what you can.

Good luck! You can do it!

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JGRAY76 11/8/2012 6:03AM

    Your list has great reminders for all of us who are too attached to the scale.

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THEIS58 11/8/2012 5:56AM

    You will keep moving & making progress in spite of life's obstacles .

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SHAZG321 11/7/2012 10:54PM


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REENIE131 11/7/2012 10:40PM

    Great blog. Thanks!

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LIBBYL1 11/7/2012 10:37PM


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COCHRANE0511 11/7/2012 9:16PM

    I completely agree with your comment about scales and will use your ideas to judge my own success with weight loss.

"The scales (which all say something different *sigh*) can be a frustrating measure of how well or poorly I'm doing. So I've relied on other means to measure my success!!!! " emoticon

Comment edited on: 11/7/2012 9:16:46 PM

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DAWNESS0404 11/7/2012 8:58PM

    Sorry for your loss.
I like your list of all your other measures of success though. It helps me to think of some of my own!

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TUBJUMPER 11/7/2012 8:47PM

    WTG! Keep up the good work!

Sorry for your loss.

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BOBOBOBBI 11/7/2012 8:45PM

    great reminder-- thanks for sharing!!

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KATRINAKRAUT 11/7/2012 8:19PM

    What a list of "home" improvements!! (after all we do have to live in our bodies!). I heard my first, "Have you lost weight?" This morning while walking the dog. I have only lost a few pounds but maybe I am holding myself differently? Hmmm... This is encouragement I can use.

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KELLIEBEAN 11/7/2012 8:16PM

    Excellent measures of success! I'm very sorry about your friend!

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GIVENTHANKS 11/7/2012 5:32PM

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.
I liked your blog about all the NSV's and I am starting to have some of those as well. Congrats on how well you are doing! Keep up the great work!


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SHOAPIE 11/7/2012 5:21PM


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GRATTECIELLA 11/7/2012 4:44PM

    Great reminders that there are many ways to measure our successes and triumphs. Thank you for this.

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GIRLSTIMES 11/7/2012 4:05PM

    Great post! I need to read this today.. i didn't reach the goal this week despite the starving and the daily treadmill ! thank you and Enjoy the Zumba!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/7/2012 3:06PM

    Awesome blog! One of my non-scale victories was that I can now wear my favorite ring on my middle finger (where it was originally supposed to fit, but I was too fat when I ordered it). It's the little things that I've noticed that get me even more excited than the scale. Not that I don't get excited when I see those numbers go down, down, down...

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EENLIGHTENING 11/7/2012 3:05PM

    Hi, Ladykrisp,

I am new here to spark people. Sorry there is no picture of me yet. My pic wouldn't load and I haven't found that original page yet, since it dumped me. (sigh)

Congratulations for not getting off track during a stressful time. I tend to eat when stressed and my mom passed away a month a go and it took a couple of weeks to be motivated to work out, but I still lost 6 pounds during that time, which was no small feat.
I don't really like the scales that much because I prefer to focus on how my clothes fit and how I feel. This past week I haven't lost any weight and my jeans are fitting better than a week ago and I feel more trim.

What a great example you are to look at the good and to praise yourself for what is right in your life.

You will be in my thoughts!

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JIALEXTEN 11/7/2012 1:49PM

  I needed to read this today!! Great BLog!

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URGETTINTHIN 11/7/2012 1:26PM

    Now you got it! This is my mantra! emoticon

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MOMMY445 11/7/2012 1:25PM

    sorry to hear about your friend. sending lots of hugs your way! you have a wonderful attitude! you can do this! you are worth it!

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ANTOF9 11/7/2012 12:12PM

    Wow, I'm so sorry for your loss. And what a great and motivational entry you've written around it. Good for you for not giving up, and for being able to see how well you're doing. I've been calling those things non-milestone milestones on my blog :)

Seriously, way to go!

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HHB4181 11/7/2012 10:15AM

    So sorry to hear about your friend.... emoticon

Keep up the good work! sometimes NSV are better than the scale!

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JACKIE542 11/7/2012 10:08AM

    Great blog, very sorry about your friend.
You are right the scale is not everything, you have a nice long list to prove otherwise. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BASKETLADY13 11/7/2012 9:57AM

    Condolences on the loss of your friend. I love your list. It frustrates me to work out 5-6 days a week for an hour and not see the scale move, but when people tell me they see I've lost weight it erases the scale from my mind (for a short time, until I step on it again). LOL. Great job.

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ROBINBIRD1014 11/7/2012 9:29AM

  Remember that your friend would want you to suceed! Stay motivated for both of you!!

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ISATSAM 11/7/2012 8:42AM

    Nice Blog! Keep in there, slow and steady seems to be what is working for me, I wish you all the same also.. If I can do it I know you can!

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