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The Power of .2 on Your Scale!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon We are tearing out our hair! Why is it that a loss of .2 on your scale, especially if it gets you from one level to another can have such an effect on your emotions?

If you move from 139.8 to 140.0 or if you move from 140.0 to 139.8 it is still just .2 either way! So how does such a small number have the power to change your attitude from depressed to elated or vice versa? It's the small amount of gain or loss.

I know some of you are probably shaking your head and thinking "that's the reason I don't weigh myself each and every day." And yes, I suppose that could help. But on the other hand, if I were faced with a 5 POUND gain when I get upset with .2 -- well, how would I react???

Everyone has certain little "triggers" -- for some it is getting into a certain pair of pants you have hanging in your closet, for others it is a certain number on your scale. For some it may be whatever is stuck in their mind; guilt for not exercising, or shame for binging. The only reason we react differently to various things is the importance we place on it. The more important it is to YOU individually, the more you react. Think about it.
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  • DALID414
    This is why I refuse to see the numbers after the decimal point emoticon AND I weigh in weekly, for my own sanity.
    1847 days ago
    It's hard to ignore the numbers, particularly when they go up rather than down and you know you have done everything right. I had this yesterday when I thought my scales had jumped 5 lbs up but when I stood on them again they had gone down by 0.2 lb. Strange the numbers are the same as yours. I was devastated, and I am not pleased with such a small loss. We just have to hold on to the knowledge that the numbers will go down in the end. emoticon emoticon
    1847 days ago
    It's funny how a number can plan with our minds. Isn't it. I do weigh myself every morning but not to see how much I lost or gained. I just want to make sure I am not gaining a little every day without realizing it. Nice Blog Eve. Thanks for the thoughts.
    1847 days ago
  • LIS193
    The number on the scale is data! If you have done everything right, water intake and calories, then a loss means the foods you ate agree with you and a gain means something you ate caused inflammation (=weight gain) and that particular ingredient doesn't agree with your body and should be limited or avoided. Wheat is my culprit :( Even a small cracker (15-20 cals ) can cause half a pound gain - ridiculous as it is only 15-20 cals but the chemical reaction is causes is huge.

    1847 days ago
  • PSMITH3841
    Although I hop on the scale every AM (except for the weekends [unless I've been bad]) seeing a .2 is just a .2 one way of the other. Now, if it was a full pound, the reaction might be completely different, dependent on whether that pound was up or down. Especially if I experienced some guilty pleasures (and not of the exercise variety!). emoticon
    1847 days ago
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