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Away with the Scales

Friday, February 15, 2013

In the past the scales was my number one enemy. I have never had anyone or any situation that could change my mood so quickly. When my hard work didn't show on the scales I was very depressed. I think this was a big reason I just gave up on my journey. I have decided that I will just weigh at my doctors office. With my medical condition I am suppose to weigh and watch for fluid retention but I check myself for increased edema and I am really watching my sodium intake. I am on diurectics twice a day but have not had any medication changes in several years. Usually if I have edema I can look back and see the I had pizza one day and leftovers for breakfast (yes I do like cold pizza for breakfast). I am doing most of my own cooking so I know how salt is being added. Anyway my congested heart failure has been stable for a long time. I am always short of breath with any activities so that does not help me. I only worry when I feel SOB at rest or have lots of edema. For the time being, I think this is right for me. I have a doctors appointment in 10 days so I will discuss this with him; after all I do routinely see him every 3 months for labs and such. I am in the office more than that just to check my PT/INR (on coumadin) so if I feel like it I can hop on the scales. I just don't want to depend on them for my happiness! I can already tell with my clothes that they are not quite as tight as before and I have only been back 5 days with my new journey. For today this is how I feel.

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    Thanks everyone for the encouragement emoticon

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MJLUVSANIMALS 2/15/2013 1:03PM

    Good for u! I gave up the scales long ago, and in between Dr's visits I lost 13 lbs.
I actually wasn't aware of the number, just the fact my clothes were fitting looser. So I guess it wasn't about the number. I used to get on the scale, get discouraged if I didn't lose or only 1 or 2 lbs and I felt defeated and of course led to a binge.
I lose my weight by eating clean, and I knock out a lot of dairy and meats. I have my day when I do eat something NOT clean. But less frequent than I used to, I never partake of drive through fast food, and I cut out sugar except maybe a cookie or two once in a while, and definitely no salt. And I stay away from any packaging that has the word "hydrogenated" in the ingredients. I learned this many years ago, when Dr. Andrew Weil said to stay away from that word, it is a death toll to people.
My Dr's visits are every 6 months, to renew Blood pressure pills. I was taking and still am taking beta blockers as well. But with this last visit, with the loss of weight, and an almost normal BP reading 132/82, he decided to lower the dosage of my beta blockers, and hopefully remove me from them. I usually read high, and this was a surprise to both him and I.
So toss out the scale, and be surprised when u weigh in with the Dr.

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BARBARASDIET 2/15/2013 12:44PM

    Mine made me very unhappy this morning....

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LAWANDMUSIC 2/15/2013 12:34PM

    Sounds like a good plan.

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DESERTDREAMERS 2/15/2013 12:13PM

    NSV can be some of the best indicators of real gains & losses. Good luck with the CHF

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EBURGITE 2/15/2013 12:09PM

    sounds wise. the scale can be a horrible thing! best to you on your journey.

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