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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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MUSOLF6 12/23/2012 5:34AM

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BRENDA_G50 12/23/2012 3:33AM

    emoticon as usual!!!

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BLUEJEAN99 12/23/2012 1:56AM

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/23/2012 12:33AM

  Your doing well!!! I got a note from a relative worrying my sis wa sick becase she lost weight.

Gee- draned if you do, darned if you don't....

I's good to ave humor.

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PCASEY7 12/22/2012 11:36PM

    Another great blog with great insight into why you don't weigh yourself. You've gotta do what works for you and this obviously does!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/22/2012 9:09PM

    Definitely do what works for you! emoticon emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/22/2012 8:30PM

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LIONESS822 12/22/2012 8:23PM

    You always encourage me & seem to know exactly what to say when I need to hear it! I love that about you! You are FABULOUS! emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 12/22/2012 8:21PM

    emoticon emoticon blog! emoticon
You're doing fantastic with the streak!!

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JULESJET 12/22/2012 8:09PM

    That's Awesome! YOU are Awesome!
Great advice and lots of motivation!
Thanks for sharing!

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MARYJEANSL 12/22/2012 8:03PM

  I always appreciate your motivational quotes - and I don't like to weigh every day, either! I enjoyed the blog, so thank you for posting.

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JIBBIE49 12/22/2012 6:42PM

    Great to see your blog featured again in the Spark Mail.

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INGBADEN 12/22/2012 5:14PM

    Thanks for this. 2013 is going to be a great year.

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WALLINMW 12/22/2012 5:07PM

  Have a wonderful Christmas!

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KARRENLYNN 12/22/2012 4:42PM

    Do what works for you! Congratulations on your weight loss and all the NSV's that you've had. You are doing great!

Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

Karen emoticon

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MANDELOVICH 12/22/2012 4:03PM

    You are doing so great!

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ROCKYCPA 12/22/2012 3:46PM

    Wow what an accomplishment - you are an inspiration!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/22/2012 12:34PM

  Hi Pixie.........
What a wonderful blog!!!!! I am a scale-worshipper too and am going to try your method of leaving it alone and looking for more NSVs. My health is what is most important to me and I will look for improvements in that rather than numbers on my scale. emoticon for your daily encouragement. I appreciate it.
Merry Christmas.......... emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 12/22/2012 11:32AM

    some of my best streaks (ok, my most recent, of about 3.5 months) were non-scaled for the most part. it was incredibly helpful. I am going to weigh myself tomorrow, and then the 27th, and then assess what happened, and then no more!

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CICELY360 12/22/2012 11:11AM

  Love the quotes

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/22/2012 10:23AM

    emoticon I am back to day one. I ate 2 ice cream cones last night. They were skinny cow but 2 I was bad.

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MOMMY445 12/22/2012 10:19AM

    what a wonderful blog! merry christmas!

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FARIS71 12/22/2012 10:19AM

    That is so awesome. Might give it a whirl.

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FARIS71 12/22/2012 10:14AM

    That is so awesome. Might give it a whirl.

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GARDENCHRIS 12/22/2012 10:10AM

    keep on keeping on ..... AND MERRY CHRISTMAS! emoticon

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NCSUE0514 12/22/2012 10:01AM

    Good luck on getting a record-breaking streak~
Love the clipart you included with your post, too!

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SHOAPIE 12/22/2012 9:40AM

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TAFODIL24 12/22/2012 9:20AM

    What an inspiration you are ~ thank you for sharing your beautiful story. emoticon

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LIFETIMER54 12/22/2012 8:59AM

  emoticon blog. Merry Christmas to you and yours.... emoticon

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DIANER2014 12/22/2012 8:50AM

    Great blog Pixie! There is so much truth in it! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 12/22/2012 8:26AM

    Keep up the great work!! emoticon

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SUNNYLIFE72 12/22/2012 7:04AM

  Love the scale pics!

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BECKYANNE1 12/22/2012 7:01AM

    Way to Go! I find I need to get on the scale to make sure I don't get myself in trouble. I hope maybe someday I will know enough to not have to do this all of the time.

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CVRONEK 12/22/2012 6:59AM

    emoticon Wonderful job and blog! emoticon

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BESSHAILE 12/22/2012 6:18AM

    You are SUCH an inspiration to me. Thank you Thank you thank you!!!! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 12/22/2012 6:15AM

    great blog... i am on day 4 of my streak...

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SANDYCRANE 12/22/2012 5:49AM

    Another great blog Pixie. The scale has too much power. If we do what is right we will regain our health. I am still thinking about those DPD DVD's. Happy Holidays.



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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/22/2012 3:56AM

    well i am not quite there yet of not weighing myself but i am planning in the new year to only weigh once a month.when blc 21 starts agin i am going to write a half pound weight loss except on my weigh day andthen put the true number from the monthly weigh in minus the half lbs i have put each week so we will see how it goes.i am glad you found what works for you.keep on keeping on you will definately get to wear you want to be. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TREYONE 12/22/2012 2:30AM

  Great blog! My goal when I found the Sparks website was to find all the information
I could to help me rebuild my health. Reading blogs like yours is encouraging tome because of the positive attitude and shared belief that living healthy is so important!! Thank You!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 12/21/2012 10:44PM

    I thought I had already posted a comment on your post but can't seem to find it. So if I did, please accept my apology for the 2nd. But I just need to be certain that I do say that what you have said here is so true. You have to strive for good health without it we can't live. My plan has been from the beginning to get healthy and if I loose weight along the way, then I get a bonus.

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HEALTHY4ME 12/21/2012 8:35PM

    I am thinking on that too and love the pics. I don't weigh all the time but worry that if I wasn't to weigh that long I may gain a lot. But then, in reality I would know that by what I am eating, if I wasn't exercising and my clothes so yea. duh lol
As another said you are so motivating and I read every blog too.
HUGS and going to share a pic you put on here Sure it will help me too. Thanks

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SLIMMINJENN 12/21/2012 8:18PM

    great blog, i am trying to find my niche on what works

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FITGRL124 12/21/2012 8:18PM

    Every time you post a blog, I read it. I read it because you're stamina and attitude inspire me. Thank you!

I think in 2013 - I am going to do something similar and stay off the scale for a while. I shall see if I can do that. emoticon

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