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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.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GAILSMAILS 12/21/2012 8:04PM

    Great blog Pixie! I've been a follower of your blogs for a while and it was good to hear how you started and the struggles with the scale.

Thanks so much for sharing!!


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123ELAINE456 12/21/2012 6:55PM

  Awesome Blog. Find and do what works for You. That is what counts. Getting to Your Goals You Have set for Yourself. You are doing Excellent in Your Program. Keep It Up. God Bless You and Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thanks for sharing.

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PILLYWIGGIN 12/21/2012 6:19PM

    Great blog Pixie. Your NSV's are worth so much more than a number on the scale.
I want to feel good about myself the way you do... I am going to take myself in hand AGAIN, start over AGAIN, weigh myself tomorrow morning and see how long I can streak living more healthily and staying off the scale as I too console, celebrate, commiserate with FOOD. You are my guiding light!
Have a lovely Christmas!

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SUNSHINEGB 12/21/2012 5:43PM

    Great blog Pixie, finding what works for you is what's important.
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KTISFOCUSED 12/21/2012 4:21PM

    Excellent blog, Pixie. So much truth in what you wrote and the attitude I am going to need to take. Weighing and seeing no loss makes me cheat every time. Thanks for sharing.

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 12/21/2012 4:09PM

    You're doing awesome, Pixie!!! I used to think that I needed to weigh myself once a week. Then I would get stressed. So, now I weigh myself once a month. Keep up the great work!!!



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KATHYJO56 12/21/2012 3:12PM

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 12/21/2012 2:09PM

    emoticon Finding what works for you is key. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/21/2012 1:05PM

    Good for you! There are other ways to measure your progress.

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_BABE_ 12/21/2012 12:50PM

    When you dont have the scale to validate you one way or another you just keep plugging away...and isn't that the formula for a successful life? emoticon

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KLWALDON 12/21/2012 12:49PM

    You have inspired me to stay off the scale more. I have found that it has helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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GODWILLING723 12/21/2012 12:26PM

    i think ita a great idea...i think i will do that myself too!! Honestly the scale helps me but mostly hurts im going to try this and see how it benefits me..

and this is why i need to try something new

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BARBARAROSE54 12/21/2012 12:22PM

    Pixie I was the same way, turned to food if the scale was bad or good, so had to learn to stay off of it, only on weigh-in days do I get weighed. I was a multiple times a day person.

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FREETOWANDER 12/21/2012 12:10PM

    I honestly believe that the reason I had my latest binge was BECAUSE I got on the scale! The curiosity was killing me to see how much I'd gained but then when I saw that I'd stayed steady through two weeks of horrid eating and hardly any exercise, I rewarded myself with food thinking that it was okay to eat what I wanted seeing that I hadn't gained. Stupid brain! Thanks for this blog. It reminds me that there are SO MANY OTHER WAYS to measure our successes :) I'm anxious to get back to work where I will be nowhere near my scale for 4 months! emoticon

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4RASCALS 12/21/2012 12:04PM

    Pixie, you show us that if we stick to our program, we all will succeed.
I'm so happy that you have achieved so much in a short time. The key is consistency.
We need to do it every day, with no exceptions.

I'm planning to make 2013 my healthiest year.

Thank you for sharing your journey with us.

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/21/2012 11:51AM

    I have decidd to hold on weighing myself for a while also. Just like you I tend to us it for a reason to overeat at times.

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KARENCRANER 12/21/2012 11:39AM

    Thanks,again, for an excellent blog, Sparksister!

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RAINBOWMF 12/21/2012 11:35AM

    emoticon blog
You speak the truth.

emoticon keep bloging, you help so many.

Hugs Mary

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SEATTLE58ANEW 12/21/2012 11:34AM

    I love all your blogs! Thanks for telling us how you do it! Keep doing it and we'll keep doing it too, with rooting for each other all along the way! emoticon to you my dear friend! Size 14!! You've come a looong way!

Love ya girl!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 12/21/2012 11:18AM

    What a wonderful success story! Focusing on being healthy has worked for you. I am so proud of you for putting the scale away and basing your achievements on how you feel instead of that number. Good for you! You are an inspiration!
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DALID414 12/21/2012 11:10AM

    I love all the notes on the scales.

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POINDEXTRA 12/21/2012 10:54AM

    What an amazing story - Congratulations!

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WACFIT 12/21/2012 10:54AM

    Great blog. Some good advice-the scale is not who we are. There are so many other ways to measure our health. Good for you!

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MSPATOOTY 12/21/2012 10:50AM

    Excellent post, Pixie! I totally agree about focusing on being healthy. Our bodies know how to get to their appropriate size if we simply focus on providing them with good nutrition and exercise. emoticon

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GARDENSFORLIFE 12/21/2012 10:48AM

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Merry Christmas!


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MICKEYH 12/21/2012 10:33AM

    Thank you for sharing another great blog. As always, I am so proud of your determinations and your success. Congratulation.

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JANESLOSS 12/21/2012 10:21AM

    Great blog Pixie!!

The scale has been given way too much power for to long. Good for you for taking back the power and living a healthy lifestyle!

Have a blessed and healthy weekend.

Big Hugs,

Jane emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 12/21/2012 10:19AM

    Bless you Pixie. You're such a motivation. Thank you.

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BELTONWALKER67 12/21/2012 10:11AM

    I totally agree! emoticon emoticon

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ELLIE381 12/21/2012 9:55AM

    Great blog Pixie! Way to go! emoticon

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    You aer right on. The scale is probably the most inaccurate barometer we have to measure our progress.

Make Today a Great Day!

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