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Can I Pack the Scale Away?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Can I pack the scale away, even for a few weeks? This is what I've been asking myself. I want to try it, but my fear is that I won't buckle down on food and it will be an abysmal failure no matter how many fitness minutes I manage.

Tracking and good choices haven't been my strength...especially lately. Why is that? When I think about it, I hit a wall. I start feeling sorry for myself. How do others manage it? Nothing's wrong with me. I should be able to eat sensibly. Then why don't I? I think I don't want the ugly answer, whatever it is. Do I need to figure that out to be successful? Or do I just need to want it a little more? Ugh.


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CANDOK1260 12/30/2012 6:01AM

    Thank for sharing maybe you should pack the scale away for a little bit but not too long

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PHEBESS 12/26/2012 4:40PM

    We're travelling as a lifestyle, so no scale - but I look at myself in the mirror every day, check how my clothes are fitting, and make my food choices (and exercise) based on that.

And while I don't necessarily eat the healthiest options each time, I balance the lunch splurge with cold cereal and strawberries for dinner, or something like that. Because travel includes trying new foods - and if that means the occasional scone and cream, well, that's what it means.

So - you can do this. Eat less but enjoy what you eat. Exercise more, but make sure you enjoy the exercise you do so that you'll keep it up. (For me, that means long walks in new places, with lots of photos of interesting or funny things, and the occasional bathroom stop.)

Find what you enjoy, and focus on that.

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ROCKYCPA 12/26/2012 3:18PM

    Don't just rely on the scale - it can be hard to watch what you eat. Just try and watch what you eat and if it is something that you really like eat a smaller portion!

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MARIAJESTRADA 12/26/2012 2:45PM

    I weigh myself once a month. I agree with Archimedes. The scale is not a good measure of success. Besides, if it goes up or doesn't budge, it bums me out. I would rather work out, and I get elated when my pant sizes go down. I have only been on a diet once, which cut out a ton of foods, but this time, I decided to do things the hard way by working out and watching what I eat. I am horrid at portion control and very tracker dependent, but I know some day I will be able to rely on myself. You keep up your great work!

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/26/2012 2:00PM

    When I decided I needed to lose weight, I didn't use the scale to measure my progress. I used a pair of pants I really wanted to fit. I weighed myself once and didn't weigh myself again until I could fit the pants. When I started, I couldn't even inch the pants past my hips. However, every two weeks, I'd try on the pants to see how I was progressing. Each time, they'd get a little higher and higher. After about 5 or so months, I was able to button the pants and still breathe. That's when I weighed myself and discovered that I'd lost 35 pounds.

The scale is only one way to measure a person's health and it isn't always the best. If you're losing inches, that's a sign of success too.

a person's self worth should never be tied to a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. There really is more to good health than what we weigh. If you find yourself tying your emotions to the scale or wondering why it isn't moving, then maybe it is time to put it a way for a little while. Why not weigh yourself once every couple of weeks ?

When I was losing (without the scale), I knew I had to eat right to the best of my ability. You don't have to be perfect, but you do have to watch those portion sizes. I'm a big believer in moderation over deprivation. but if you really want to lose weight, you must learn portion control. That's the one thing that was different this time for me. In past, I was yo yo dieting because I wasn't really watching my portions. This time around, I did. If you can learn portion control, you'll never have to worry about your weight again.

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SEATTLE58ANEW 12/26/2012 11:33AM

    I know what you're feeling. I feel like I should pack away the scale too and judge by how my clothes feel, etc. I've hit a wall too for a couple of months. Errrr! Oh, I track everything, it's just that I go over a majority of each week! I know that I need to up my exercise too.

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ARUN4ONE 12/26/2012 11:31AM

    I like your comment MYLADY4. I think that's part of my problem, I do a lot of flirting with certain foods like cookies and candy, well, anything sweet. The truth is I have very little self control around them so they do me in more times than not. I think that is a great point!

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CHEETARA79 12/26/2012 11:19AM

    Oy. Tracking and food is keeping me from my goal too. I feel like I've hit the wall in terms of reducing my caloric intake.

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MYLADY4 12/26/2012 11:17AM

    Or check once a week? Everyday can be too stressfull. May have to come to the realization that one can never eat some foods again.

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