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the scale is not the only measure of success


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Saturday, November 24, 2012

I watched Spark Guy video this morning in which he talks about the scale not being the only measure of success. One of the main points of this good video, is that when we are doing all the right things: eating healthy and healthy portions, and exercising, and the scale does not move, then it is time to use other tools to measure our success:

Are we feeling more energetic?
Are we feeling enthusiastic about doing new things?
Are our clothes looking better?

ONE ADDITIONAL THOUGHT FROM ME: I think it is VERY important to weigh and measure our food, because if we do not, we may be eating more than we think we are and THAT may be the reason for the scale not going down.
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FABPERSON01 11/29/2012 5:37PM

    I have a good eye for measurments however since I'd like to make sure especially with ounces that I am eating what I say I am I will be making it a point to get another scale from wally world. Thank you for the post. It helped put a little fire under my but. lol

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JULIERAE41 11/27/2012 1:27AM

    My favorite part of using spark coach is the daily scale of 1-5 check-ins. If I can see my overall number is good and the scale isn't moving then I know I am still doing it right. Good reminder. Thanks!

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EMILYDOODLE 11/26/2012 10:52PM

  very true. the scale really discourages you. always going up and down. tell if your losing weight by the way your clothes feel.

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TIMDEB 11/26/2012 10:04PM

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/26/2012 7:54PM

    great advice

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WORKNPROGRESS49 11/26/2012 3:21PM

    So true!!!

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CAROLE999 11/26/2012 1:16PM

  While the scale may not be the ONLY tool, it has been a very important and helpful tool for me. I do my best when I weigh every day. I do take into account that sometimes I gain a couple pounds quickly from retained water, but then those pounds usually come off the next day.

When I do not weight daily or almost daily, the pounds creep on again. So for me, I find weighing often works best.

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/26/2012 1:12PM

    YAY NSVs!

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FURBY7207 11/26/2012 1:01PM

  this is so true,and thanks for the reminder,due to the fact that sometimes i find myself not measuring my food,thinkiing i can eyeball it,so thanks again for reminding me emoticon

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MYBABYGIRLS 11/26/2012 11:56AM

    good advice! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 11/26/2012 11:41AM

    I LOVE Non-Scale Victories. They are the best!

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BANDMOM2012 11/26/2012 11:35AM

    Guilty of portion distortion. I have to use the scale and the measuring cups!

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BOOKAPHILE 11/26/2012 11:00AM

    Oh yes. Portion creep subtly undermines progress. Thanks.

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ESME25 11/26/2012 10:47AM

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JAS9096 11/26/2012 10:29AM

    Good reminder, thank you!

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FARIS71 11/26/2012 10:11AM

    Ah yes that pesky scale. Great reminder!

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BRASKIN 11/26/2012 7:11AM

  You're 100% right. taking a line from carpentry....measure twice..."pour" once. emoticon

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YMWONG22 11/26/2012 6:07AM

  So true on the scale as the only measurement of success.
Feeling good about oneself is a good measure too. This plays a very important role in keeping me going towards my goal.
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LIFETIMER54 11/26/2012 5:00AM

  Thank you for the inspiration.... emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 11/25/2012 11:52PM

    I agree with you on both points. Hopefully this is the last time I will have to go through this weight loss journey. Some things are different this time. For instance I'm looking at this as a lifestyle change (long term) instead of a special project with an end date (short term). Another important change for me is making NSV's as important as the scale. Never considered them before and it helps especially when the scale and I are having a difference of opinion!

I have learned much about real portions and portion control thru SP and measuring an weighing keeps me honest and gives me a true idea of what I'm really consuming.

Have a great week,

Karen emoticon emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 11/25/2012 11:38PM

  So true.

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DABLUECAT 11/25/2012 9:17PM

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HENLADY11 11/25/2012 8:55PM

  You are SO right-the scale goes up and down, sometimes it just plain lies to you! I think I'm going to stop getting on it so much and use the mirror to motivate myself.

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AJB121299 11/25/2012 8:30PM

    Too true

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KARENLEIGH32 11/25/2012 7:48PM

    So so true, the scales may not be the only thing to check by for better health.

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THEIS58 11/25/2012 6:54PM

    Just great!

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ALIDOSHA 11/25/2012 5:03PM

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/25/2012 4:58PM

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THESUBY 11/25/2012 3:56PM

    My ultimate measuring tool is the waisband!

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KAKONOLADY 11/25/2012 3:37PM

    I have learned something this time around --not giving up when the scale stalls because eventually it starts back up in the right direction!! Mine does this down, down, up....stalls, than down, down, up stall....etc it works though!!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/25/2012 1:25PM

    Sometimes, using tools to measure other than the scale are the ONLY THING that get you through!!! It's so hard when that scale won't budge, so having something else to measure is SO helpful!! Thanks for sharing!

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SPAQUEEN2012 11/25/2012 12:50PM

    Amen! I went out of town and our room was a townhouse in the historic district. Really cool spiral staircase to the bedroom and bathroom!! I could actually walk up and down and up and down without problems. I was so thankful for that. And yes, proud of myself! emoticon

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HHB4181 11/25/2012 12:45PM

    So true!

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KIMBOLEAN 11/25/2012 12:42PM

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HAPPYDEM 11/25/2012 12:37PM

    You are so right!! That was my problem when I first started Spark back in March and April of 2011. I only measured success by the scale. I quickly learned from that mistake. (I quit Spark the first time in like October of 2011... just started back up again last week.) I DO like seeing that number on the scale drop, which it hasn't in a few days. But you're absolutely right. Feeling better, having more energy, eating healthier... all greater measures of success than what your scale says.
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MMCKIE 11/25/2012 11:50AM

    True...keep up the Spark!

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JACKIE542 11/25/2012 8:35AM

    Very true. emoticon emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 11/25/2012 5:16AM

    Exactly! Have a great week!

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CAT609 11/24/2012 9:11AM

    True about the food!

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