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Took my Spark Friends Advice.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Well, on the advice of my Spark friends I have taken the batteries out of my scale. I will not weigh in again until after my race on March 9th. I think the idea of focusing on my life style with daily goals, how I feel, and NSV is a good change. And I know I need a change.

I’m a bit nervous about this decision. I’m very goal/challenge orientated. I also like numbers and facts - things that don’t need to be interpreted. However, I have to admit that those old friends are not working for me right now. What used to bring comfort and understanding is not bringing frustrating. Add that to fighting my depression and my true hatred of cold/winter, I’ve not been in a good place.

I plan to run tonight as it is not supposed to be TOO cold (hey we are up in the 30’s – woo hoo). Maybe I can get in some ST too.

Anyway the only NSV I can think of was over the weekend. We had to get new wedding rings. Mine was so big it was actually falling off my hand. I went from a 9 to a 6 on my ring. We just bought plan silver bands but it was cool to see how small my hands were. We bless them ourselves yesterday and put them on last night. So I have a new ring today.

I need a challenge I can do today but not too easy. I really don’t know – hmmm. Suggestions?

**EDIT** At CaseySauer's & LeslieLenore's suggestions - I'm in:

2 sets (15 reps) wall push-ups
2 sets (15 reps) bicep curls
105 jumping jacks
105 squats
2 sets (15 reps) shoulder shrugs
2 sets (15 reps) triceps dips
20 crunches
2 sets (15 reps) lateral shoulder raises
2 sets (15 reps) calf raises

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    1804 days ago
    Hey change is good. Sometimes it is just what you need to get you back on track. Suggestions for the challange how about 50 burpees.
    1831 days ago
  • 3G1RLS4ME
    Good luck on the race, I downsides my ring also my original ring has to get fixed so until then I use my birthday ring as my wedding ring. Hehe march 9 is a ways off best of luck friend
    1831 days ago
    So glad to hear that you are ditching the scale!

    1831 days ago
    Awww! Love that you guys got new rings!

    Winter is tough on the emotions. For me, it's the gloom and the not wanting to go outside. Then, when you add the coat and gloves, I look like a polar bear or something. I'm not one to wear a coat tho...unless I'm at the farm. But I hate being bundled up. It's so uncomfortable.

    Spring is coming! Frank is starting to shed....that's a wonderful sigh that it's almost over. Come on spring!!!!!!
    1831 days ago
    emoticon on the new wedding rings. That's an amazing NSV. I have large hands and wear a size 9 ring so I know what that looks like. Going to a size 6 is incredible. emoticon .
    What a fabulous idea to take the batteries out of the scale. I can understand your fears though. I am one too who relates to the numbers in my fitness and nutrition. I think it's different for everyone. I know it takes conscious effort to not let the numbers dictate the mood for the day.
    1832 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    One of my non-scale goals is actually to be able to wear my rings again so your NSV is extra motivating to me.

    I think you'll be fine without the scale. You like to have specific goals, but that doesn't necessarily mean scale numbers - your listed challenge sounds like it's got some pretty specific numbers to motivate you.

    Here I'm wishing for snow, and you're wishing for the weather we actually have.
    1832 days ago
    I always have to laugh when I start reading SP articles. Some say weigh every day, some say step away from the scale! I'm in challenges that ask us to weigh once a week, so I am a slave to that darn scale and yes, it does affect my mood! So, I think your friends' advice is sound at this point in your journey. Congrats on the ring! That is quite a diffeence in sizes! Not too cold in the 30s? I'm glad I'm a Southerner! I am cold at 58! You go Girl!
    1832 days ago
    emoticon on the wedding rings! I'd say that the rings are BIG NSV's!

    I like the challenges for today. Don't push yourself too hard though and hurt yourself!
    1832 days ago
    YAY for the new ring! That is quite a jump from 9 to 6!!! Hope you start feeling sparky soon.........I know the cold weather is a huge hurdle for all of us to overcome. emoticon
    1832 days ago
  • CIPHER1971
    Loving NSV's and there are going to be loads more before your race emoticon
    1832 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    I so agree - it's a balance between learning when the scale helps and when it hurts! Cheering you on as you train for your race!! How exciting!!

    1832 days ago
    sounds like a good plan. Don't hurt yourself. I know how you like to push yourself to the limits.

    1832 days ago
    That's awesome! Congrats! :) Chris is wearing his band on his middle finger right now it's so big; mine is spinny but my knuckles are bigger so they keep them on.
    1832 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    1832 days ago
  • LANA2520
    i am the same way i went to VS to buy a bra because the one that i had was big i told my self that i did not lose weight but it does have to be wight we are loseing it inch that we are loseing because befor i was a 38D now i am a 34C wow big number i was so i dont care if i step on the scale and see the number not going down my clothes geting big.but i think that you are doing a good job you just need to keep it up. emoticon
    1832 days ago
    know what you mean I HATE winter!
    1832 days ago

    It has been cold where I live too. I can't wait for it to warm up.

    Get some running in... emoticon
    1832 days ago
    lol , I'm the opposite I need to weigh-in every day. but I'm ignoring the number usually , sometimes I can retain water even 10 pounds in a day. call that frustrating! not weighing for a while sounds like a good idea . try it and see what happens.
    1832 days ago
    Yep, time to change things up. Good luck!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1832 days ago
    My scale really keeps me accountable, but I weight once or twice during the week. It's a good thing that you are trying something different!

    1832 days ago
    Ok, you're giving up the scale but you have:

    how your clothes are looking and feeling

    your measurements

    your energy level

    your stamina

    Fill in the blank with what works for you for NSV's. Ok, going from a size 9 to size 6 ring . . . that's HUGE! GOOD going and how romantic that you both put new rings on that you blessed yourselves. AWWWW!!!!! That's a beautiful NSV, my dear.

    And it's not like you're dissing goals and challenges. It's just that the scle isn't one of 'em.

    Good luck, hun. You can do this and wishing you good luck with your run.
    1832 days ago
    I am going to do 105 jumping jacks and 105 squats. Want to join me?
    1832 days ago
    Good luck!
    1832 days ago
    Good luck with this! I go through crazy times with my scale.
    1832 days ago
    Too often I am tempted to chuck my scale out the window. Need a challenge? Check out my blog and see if you can't do all the daily challenges, or at least a few of them. emoticon
    1832 days ago
    Ooooh. The scale thing is so totally scary sounding. I give you big time kudos for having the guts to do such a thing. I think my heart rate just went up thinking about it. Yikes! But yes, I think it is the best thing you could do. Relax with the numbers and focus on the health. Great job.

    Not sure of a challenge though. I'm sure you are at work so there are limitations. Okay, drawing a blank. Wish I had something but I am sure you will think of something.

    Have an amazing day.

    1832 days ago
  • SAMMI4444
    I know you shouldn't weight yourself too often, but I weigh myself every morning. I feel like it just puts hte number back into my head and keeps me accountable.

    Kudos to you for taking out the battery!
    1832 days ago
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