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Day 1: I rule the scale

Sunday, March 17, 2013

This morning, I got on the scale and it read 167.6. I can't remember the last time I was below 168 pounds. It feels terrific!

At the same time, seeing this reading on the scale did not astound or amaze me the way it might have in the past. I've been tracking everything I eat and exercising consistently (not every day, either, but at least 3 times per week). And so, instead of stepping on the scale with dread, as if weight loss were some sort of carnival game where the odds are never in my favor, I now feel an abiding confidence in my ability to take charge of my health and my weight. The scale does not move itself: I move the scale. Huge shift in thinking.

I'll tell you what DID amaze me: How long I've kept my weight below 170. I had such a struggle breaking the 170 plateau. It literally took me months. I honestly came to believe I would never be able to do it. And when I finally did break through (barely, at 169.9), I had no confidence this downward trend would last.

And it didn't.

The very next day, my weight was back up over 170. But then something amazing happened. A few days later, the needle dipped below 170 again. And then it dipped a little lower. And then came back up a bit before dipping lower yet again. I learned the scale needle doesn't plummet downward in a straight line but rather floats like a butterfly in search of a flower: Up a tick, then down a tick, until gently gliding in to land at the goal.

Today, I can express my confidence that I may never see 170 again. I've been below that mark for 14 days, and my weight continues to decline. I feel confident now. The scale no longer rules me. I rule the scale.
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  • v NEEDTOLOOSE1
    Congrats It's so nice when the scale makes those dips emoticon emoticon Pat
    1220 days ago
  • v GEORGE815
    Keep up the good work.
    1224 days ago
  • v BARBANNA
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    1225 days ago
  • v CATHEMARIE
    Yes, so true! Great description of the butterfly. This is what is happening with me. A drop then up ~ then sometimes about a week later it holds. I'm doing like you are ~ counting all food and exercise. Sooner or later the butterfly will light.

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    1225 days ago
  • v NANCYPAT1
    Congratulations !! That is amazing - every time I hit one of those bouncy places on the scale where I go up and down - I visualize the balance scale and recall that just because it bounces, doesn't mean it is broken - it means I am ready to STAY down below that bouncy number soon.
    1225 days ago
  • v MBEHNKEN
    Good for you, keep it up!
    1226 days ago
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