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Breaking up with the emotions of my scale

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Today, I got on the scale and was HAPPY (thrilled) with the #. Lowest I have seen in long time. It totally set the mood for my day. Yesterday, the scale was upsetting. I know my weight is going to fluctuate throughout the day/week/month and I am struggling with the state of emotion it puts me in. Of course, today being a natural high from a great # has me walking on sunshine, but yesterday was the polar opposite. I need to learn to stop letting the # on the scale dictate my mood. I know I am working hard to eat right and exercise daily- I have to let my actions that I can control dictate my mood- not some water weight, etc. Do you let your scale make you emotional? What do you do to change that? :) emoticon
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CAMETHYSTE 4/18/2013 1:17PM

    I try to weigh daily but I really don't let it bother me. It's more something I use to give myself a little push to keep on going. emoticon

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RX_2_RV 4/18/2013 11:47AM

    Oh yeah! The scale has had waaaaaaay too much control over my mood! emoticon
A couple of things I have done to combat this:

1) Take my measurements monthly and record them on spark people...I can look at the graph when I am feeling discouraged by the number on the scale.


2) Realize that the scale is only ONE way to measure my progress AND that it is NOT the reason I am here...it's all the non-scale victories that make it worth it...the clothes that fit better, the fact that I don't mind having my picture taken now, climbing the stairs with ease, improving my health (resting heart rate decreased by at least 10 beats per min since I started using my FitBit and committing to fitness), having more energy....I list these in a blog entry so I can look back at them when I am feeling discouraged.

What are your non-scale victories?

Jane

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/18/2013 10:21AM

    The scale frustrates me occasionally, then I get off it and go on my day. I won't let it dictate my food choices for the day, I know I'm doing the right thing every day (or at least 90% of the time).

I also measure myself once a month or so. A good measuring tape can help, sometimes you're gaining muscle and losing fat, which does not show on the scale.

Pants falling off is also a good sign.

The number on the scale just needs to slide off your back and it helps to not measure daily. I know I was a daily weigher for the first year, but now I'm every few days or so, even just one a week. When I decided I didn't need to know every day, it made it much easier. I know I'm doing the right thing, so it will show up somewhere and not always the scale.

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