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25 days without the scale and 75 Days Until Summer!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

I have ditched the scale for 25 days.

I've focused on the things that I can control with (mostly) laser like focus: Tracking my food, drinking my water and upping my fitness.

It has not all been roses. It has not been all thorns. It has not been perfect.

But.... I'm going to declare it 25 days of "mostly perfect."

Take away whatever you want from that statement!

It has been 25 days of mostly relaxed disinterest about food and, dare I say has grown a little boring.

Tracking my food, drinking my water and getting in some sort of extra, intentional movement and fitness everyday; day in and day out. Can I do this for the rest of my life?

It must be noted that gaining weight, feeling crappy about myself and then losing weight and feeling great about myself has been a large part of my identity for most of my life.

You know what I'm talking about. The "joy" of finding a "new" diet. The adrenaline and exhilaration in the altering of your life "for the better". The anticipation of the "big payoff" for all the "hard work." The "sharing" with others on that particular bandwagon. Dieting has part and parcel of my persona for a very long time!!

What happens in 75 days when summer comes and the scale and I reunite?

Will I be able to look at the results of this 99 days before summer and be satisfied? And then continue on....plod, plod, plod....

Am I ready to commit and be faithful for a lifetime to this boring, safe and (hopefully) effective routine?

Whence summer comes....will I be able to "fit into the dress" and say....

I, Michelle, take you food, water and fitness, to be my partner in life from this day forward; to have and to track just the right amount of food, to drink my water faithfully and to add some intentional, extra amount of movement and fitness from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.

I'm not sure what part the scale will play in this little drama. Maybe it will grab me around my (hopefully) more slender waist and say, "Please, come back to me baby. Don't you miss me? Don't you miss our love/hate thing?"

It seems like a silly question. But what will I say in reply?

Will I, as VHALKYRIE suggests, grasp my scale tenderly and say, "Baby, it was up and down between us. I've spent these past few months wondering what you would say when we met again. But I never knew what you were really saying. Was I gaining (or losing) fat, or was it water? I could never tell with you. I think it best we see other fitness tools."

(I just had to edit that in!!!) emoticon

Stay tuned. I don't even know what the answer will be... but all will be revealed eventually!

This week will be killer busy for me and then I'm out of town next weekend, so not much Sparking will be happening at the computer. Plenty will be happening off the computer!

25 days of track, water, fitness...check, check, check!

Overall Attitude: emoticon

75 Days until summer.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MESEATURTLE 4/10/2013 7:31AM

    love love love !!!!!

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MICHELLEPHANT 4/10/2013 6:23AM

    Yer "Mostly fabulous"...oh, ok...yer ALL fabulous! Keep up tha fabu work and thanks for sharing!

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68ANNE 4/9/2013 7:22PM

    Oh yes you are so worth it!!!!!

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ALICIALYNNE 4/9/2013 11:35AM

    I want to high-five this blog. Just, BOOM, high-five it.

Screw scales. emoticon You already know I threw that bad boy out over a year ago, and haven't looked back.

Hope you are able to get to the answers you seek for your own life journey, and are able to get into a place that feels right for you.

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BOOKWORM27S 4/9/2013 7:42AM

    Excellent blog! Wishing you the best!

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ELENICARITS86 4/8/2013 6:11PM

    Great idea with the scale, sometimes we become way to dependent with the number rather than our overall progress.

Can't wait for summer!

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MOSTMOM1 4/8/2013 3:29PM

    You got this, baby!

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TATTER3 4/8/2013 8:59AM

    This is a killer blog!!! Me all over...but I'm still attached at the foot to the scales...and I weigh on every one I see....obsessed to the max!!How self abusive!!! Gotta find me a new way!!! Keep Sparkin'!!

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LYNMEINDERS 4/8/2013 4:19AM

    Woohoo...go you....
Look forward to ensuing updates....

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BEECHNUT13 4/7/2013 10:13PM

    The new diet feeling... the exhilaration... I know it too. I've done a lot with it. I hope this new thing I'm trying is different. It's the most differentest thing I've ever done ever. And it feels much more natural on me than running did.

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    I am currently not seeing my scale. We parted ways long ago, I am seeing my Dr's scale only. I too will not weigh until June 20, which will be 90 days from now, when I revisit my Dr. I like that myself. Can't wait to see the results. Will add you as a friend to watch when you see your scale again. emoticon
Oops better add I am already 18 days into it.

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DOVESEYES 4/7/2013 7:38PM

    Down under we are moving into winter ---finally--

All the best on your journey of discovery.

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FIREFLY4407 4/7/2013 7:21PM

    75 days until summer? Ok - I'm jumping on board too! I was so busy complaining about "where the heck is spring", that now that it's here I am starting to panic a little - I want to be ready!!! Thanks for sharing your journey - very motivational!!

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BOBINVA 4/7/2013 4:30PM

    I am so ready for summer!!!

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SUEINTHEPARK 4/7/2013 4:27PM

    Wow! Love the blog and love what you are doing for yourself! You must feel so liberated, not letting the approval or lack-thereof from the scale shape your outlook on the day. Keep us posted!

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MANDELOVICH 4/7/2013 4:15PM

    The fact that you've ditched the scale and are instead focusing on the much more important behaviors of eating well, exercising, changing your attitude - I think it's fabulous and I'm sure it's making all the difference in why these days have been so successful. I love and admire your detachment and the ease with which you are doing this! Go Michelle go!!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 4/7/2013 4:02PM

    emoticon You know you are worth it! And you'll succeed! emoticon

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PRETTYPITHY 4/7/2013 3:46PM

    emoticon love your vows! Can I repurpose that for my sparkpage -- with proper attribution, of course!

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    I'm in awe of your commitment to taking the scale out of the equation. It can be so mood altering. My whole day is colored by what my friend at WW used to call the "tin man."

You can do this. emoticon

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VHALKYRIE 4/7/2013 3:36PM

    You grasp your scale tenderly and say, "Baby, it was up and down between us. I've spent these past few months wondering what you would say when we met again. But I never knew what you were really saying. Was I gaining fat, or was it water? I could never tell with you. I think it best we see other fitness tools."


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LADY_MARIANA 4/7/2013 3:30PM

    "Mostly perfect" is a wonderful description. If everything were mostly perfect, it would all be stunning. I am delighted to read your blogs. They are always filled with enthusiasm and you can make boredom sound delightful! emoticon

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