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Down with the scale!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On the TV show, "The Talk" today, they were discussing whether they were slaves to the scale. I liked what one viewer tweeted (paraphrased closely): "I won't be a slave to the scale; I know I'm overweight--I don't need a reminder."


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COLUMBINE2 2/22/2013 2:11PM

    When the scale went up & I was exercising my brains out, I just couldn't deal with it. So.....for the first time ever, I've stopped weighing in daily. In fact, I'm not weighing at all. Watching for non-scale victories & I'm starting to see them!

My current plan:
I'm eating better than ever. Have given up(again!) the really bad "old" habits that caused me to regain so much last summer/fall, doing ST frequently & increasing weights steadily and exercise of some kind at least 30 min. every day with 1 day of rest/week.

So if I saw the scale go up (even water retention) while I'm working this diligently...I'd probably shoot the scale (or whomever was standing nearby). The only thing I'm not doing (which I read is ineffective anyway) is excessive cardio.

I wish there was ONE truth for everyone about the effectiveness of mega-cardio for weight loss. But there are dozens of theories. Guess we just have to find what works for us, personally. emoticon

Of course, I'd prefer a "simple", clearly-define way to lose weight! Silly me! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/13/2013 7:01PM

    I have a love/hate relationship with the scale. I think NSV may actually be a more accurate barometer of how you are doing.

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WILSONWR 2/13/2013 4:27PM

    The scale can be a good thing -- it can gauge the progress you're making. It can be a bad thing, though, if that's the only thing you look at!

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MERRYMARY42 2/13/2013 4:24PM

    I am almost a slave to the scale, I seem to have to weigh myself 3 or 4 times a week, silly I know, and seldom is there a change, but I keep hoping emoticon

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ADRIENALINE 2/13/2013 3:59PM

    Everybody has their own personal needs for weighing or not. The main point is not whether or not you weigh, it's about how it affects you when your weight goes up or down. I weigh every day. It's a habit I got into years ago. But I only count what I weigh on Tuesday, after yoga class while I'm still in my yoga clothes. Weighing helps to warn me that I'm going off my eating or fitness plan and tells me I have to ratchet up how much I'm paying attention, but the only thing that would scare me is if my favorite jeans become uncomfortable.

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ANDYINBC 2/13/2013 2:42PM

    Because the NSV aren't always apparent I like to use the scale to help keep me pointed in the right direction.

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SNP_27 2/13/2013 2:33PM

    Well I like weighing myself and now it has become a habit...
I weigh myself now just to make sure i'm still on the right track
As long as you know how to use it, you won't be a slave to the scale emoticon

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