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Friday, December 21, 2012



Today is day 6 of my on track streak!

I originally started streaking on March 1st, and I managed to go for 290 days before breaking that streak. When that streak ended, I was disappointed, but not as much as I thought I would be. Mostly, I was just proud of myself for lasting so long...and I was especially proud of myself for starting over instead of giving up once it ended.

When I started my streak in March, I got a starting weigh in and then I stopped weighing myself. I stayed off the scale until the Rootin' for Ruby Labor Day Pound-a-thon challenge in August. This morning, I got a Sparkmail asking me how I managed to stay off the scale for so long, so I thought I would blog about that today.



Staying off the scale should have been difficult for me, because I have always been scale obsessed. Even when I wasn't actively trying to lose weight, I would weigh myself a LOT. At least once a day, and sometimes multiple times a day. If I was trying to lose weight, I would get on that scale and if I didn't like the number, it would ruin my day. I would console myself...with food! If I liked the number, I would be happy and I'd reward myself...with food! If I wasn't trying to lose weight, I'd still get on the scale and then beat myself up for how high the number would be. Then I'd go console myself...with food!

So when I started streaking in March, I decided to just forgo the scale as much as possible. Once I got my starting weight, I was done with weighing in all the time. Instead, I just decided to focus on my health. I challenged myself to make each day as healthy as I possibly could. This involved all the obvious things, such as drinking water, tracking my food, and working out. I also eliminated processed foods as much as possible.



At the beginning of my streak, I worked out for 15 minutes a day. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it was all I could do. I was working out with a video game for the Wii, called My Fitness Coach. I pushed myself hard during those workouts, and although I had to modify the moves a lot, at the end of those 15 minutes I would be drenched in sweat and completely worn out. I was actually shocked by how out of shape I really was. I had always told myself "For a fat girl, I'm in pretty good shape." Wow, what a lie! I had been living such a sedentary life, even just walking across the room would leave my breathless, but somehow I had convinced myself that I was "in pretty good shape." Now I was facing the reality....I was in terrible shape! I weighed 286 lbs and a 15 minute workout was exhausting to me! But I knew that if I kept working out every day, those 15 minutes would increase.



So every morning, I would get up and do my 15 minute workout. After a couple of weeks, I added a second 15 minute workout in the evening. I began to notice that my clothes were getting a little looser, and that the workouts weren't quite as exhausting to me. I increased my workout time to 30 minutes, twice a day. I was still working out with My Fitness Coach, but after about 6 weeks of that, I was getting a little bored. I knew I had to find another workout to do. I eventually discovered DDP Yoga, and I mentioned it to hubby. He surprised me by ordering it for me!

When I got the workouts, I was so excited, and so eager to try something new! But boy, when I first tried that workout, it was harder than I thought it would be. I had to modify the moves a LOT! And even with that, the workout was still so difficult for me. But I knew I had to keep pushing. I knew that if I kept at it, I would get better. So I stuck with it, and I did get better and better. As the weight came off, not only did I go down in clothing sizes, but I went UP in energy, strength and stamina. As the inches melted away, I was able to get deeper into the yoga poses, and my flexibility increased.My workouts increased from 15 minutes a day to 30 minutes a day to where I am now, at 90 minutes a day (broken up into three workouts.) What awesome non-scale victories!



When the Pound-a-thon challenge started on August 13, I was finally ready to weigh myself. To be honest, it was hard for me to step on that scale! But I did it, and I was so happy to see that I'd lost 65 lbs. And at the end of the challenge, on Labor Day, I weighed again and found that I'd lost 6 more lbs, for a total of 71 lbs lost since March first!

I haven't been on the scale since then, though. I find that it is easier for me to stay on track if I don't have to worry about weighing myself. For me, what works is focusing on being healthy, not on weight. I do feel that I am at a plateau, because my clothing size has not changed in a while. But I'm fine with that, because I STILL have NSV's all the time! I can do so many things now that I couldn't do when I started my streak. I have so much energy, and I feel so much younger! I feel HEALTHY. And I know that this plateau won't last forever. I know that I will eventually reach my goal, to be a size 8. Right now I'm a size 14, so I'm close!

Maybe staying off the scale isn't for everyone, but its what works for me.



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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/7/2013 11:40AM

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    Love this blog

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INSPIRADA814 1/1/2013 2:20PM

    Love this!!! I too struggle with the dreaded scale and am going to try this approach! Thank you for this blog! emoticon

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 12/30/2012 4:02AM

    Yay for NSVs... and for you!
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CM_GARDNER78 12/26/2012 11:58PM

    emoticon You are awesome!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog!!!

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MARYGOLD5 12/26/2012 8:22PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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KATIWONT 12/26/2012 12:33PM

    Very inspiring! Isn't it funny how if the scale is up we turn to food and if it's down, same thing. We sabatage ourselves. Congratulations on overcoming that hurdle!

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ADELE66 12/26/2012 5:41AM

    Great blog - I think your story is so helpful and inspiring to people.

Adele

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CHICCHANTAL 12/26/2012 2:52AM

    Staying off the scale works for me too - I find it much easier to concentrate on doing the right things if I'm not obsessed with my actual weight!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 12/25/2012 11:20PM

    I enjoyed your blog. I too have a hard time if my number on the scale is not what I like!!!!

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THOMS1 12/25/2012 1:03PM

    emoticon JOB! THANK YOU FOR THIS BLOG AND HOW YOU WENT ABOUT IT. I WEIGH ONCE A WEEK AND EVEN THAT SEEMS TOO MUCH . I MAY TRY THIS. THANKS AGAIN. emoticon

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JELLI-LEAN 12/25/2012 12:50PM

    Love this blog Pixie! We all have to find what works for each of us!
I am soooooo proud of all that you have accomplished this year!

{{Hugs}}

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SHARODJAY 12/25/2012 10:55AM

  Inspiring!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/25/2012 3:54AM

    Awesome blog! This is very encouraging! Thanks for sharing!

Also, congratulations on your weight loss, NSVs, & the streak!

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SNEAKY 12/24/2012 11:21PM

    Awesome blog. I have just challenged myself to 90 days of some small but smart changes and was just thinking about committing myself to stay off the scale until March 22. You have convinced me!

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TREE57 12/24/2012 10:58PM

    What willpower and determination you have!

Thank you for sharing your success story.

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ABRANNEWME2014 12/24/2012 7:45PM

    Amazing blog thanks for sharing

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SUSIEMT 12/24/2012 6:58PM

    Yea you!!! Thank you telling us how you did it! My sister is one that really needs to keep off the scale. I will have to make sure she reads how you did it. Again thank you!

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HOLLYBDR 12/24/2012 10:07AM

    So glad that you found what works for you. I think I am the opposite, if I stop checking up on the scale I tend to get off track. emoticon emoticon

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KATHIC2 12/24/2012 8:27AM

  Awesome attitude and accomplishments!!!!

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DRB13_1 12/24/2012 2:05AM

    You have become our wise guru, my dear!
Thanks as always, for sharing!!!!!!! (am I emphatic enough?)
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SLFGOLF 12/24/2012 1:03AM

    What a great job! Glad you found what works for you.

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SJKENT1 12/23/2012 11:27PM

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The streak is for you... you are on track to winning!!

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DIANNEMT 12/23/2012 10:06PM

    Congrats on the first streak AND on the beginning of the 2nd!! Wonderful!!

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SHADOWMAX2 12/23/2012 10:05PM

    Thanks for the great story - you are very motivating!!!!

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    Great blog! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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H20-LADY 12/23/2012 9:02PM

    You're an inspiration! great blog on why one does not have to step on the scale every day. I limit myself to once/week. Thank you

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MANDAROSE80 12/23/2012 8:55PM

    Congrats on your success! Thank you for sharing!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 12/23/2012 5:49PM

    Good job staring over and sharing it with us, you know you inspire me so much. Keep up the good work!!!!

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SAPHRAEL 12/23/2012 4:01PM

    Oh, I really love this. First of all, congrats on all the hard work. You had a good, manageable plan and it paid off. Awesome! Second, thanks for the inspiration. I think I might try shelving the scale for awhile and just focus on healthy. After all, weightloss is merely a bi-product of a healthy lifestyle, right?

Happy Holidays!
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AJB121299 12/23/2012 3:56PM

    nice

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Happy Holidays!

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KTYER3 12/23/2012 2:45PM

  Way to go!! Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

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FIRECOM 12/23/2012 12:42PM

    May God's blessings be upon you this Christmas. Thanks for a great blog.

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SPARTAGIRL123 12/23/2012 12:05PM

    Love your attitude!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/23/2012 9:37AM

    great post

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PENOWOK 12/23/2012 9:24AM

    Awesome job, Pixie!! Your nsv's are so much more powerful anyway!!!

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LELERS 12/23/2012 8:36AM

    Wow! You are very inspiring! I only work out in the afternoons and evenings right now, but it shows me how much you can get done even in the 15 minutes every morning. Thank you!

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Thank you for sharing your Inspirational journey!! I have a love hate relationship with my scale and have felt like kicking it down the hall many times. emoticon

I too have a Hard time not rewarding or soothing myself after weigh ins with food. I use the scale a Lot less now. I try to live a healthy lifestyle and make as many consistent , healthy choices as possible.

It is s l o w l y paying off. emoticon

This time of the year is SO challenging. I have found yoga to be one of my best tools in my journey. I am going to look up DDP yoga. emoticon

BRAVO on your Fantastic Streak!! I can never keep one going for very long but... Winning is Not quitting! Keep up the Good work! emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/23/2012 6:59AM

    I got off the scale 17 months ago, and my health, particularly my mental health, immediately began to improve. Thus far, I've dropped multiple dress sizes and regained a peace and joy I had forgotten rightfully belonged to me.

Thank you for your great blog on this subject. The quotes have gone into my motivation book.

Best of continued success to you!
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LRSILVER 12/23/2012 6:56AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing



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JSTETSER 12/23/2012 6:44AM

    Great blog. Read mine about Light!
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