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Week One, No Scale

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I put it away. I knew in the first 24 hours that I would hop on it at some point this week if I saw it every morning. I feel comfortable pulling it back out today. =D

I want to start this out by saying this has been a very positive experience so far.

I know the lack of a scale makes some people nervous, and I admit I was a little apprehensive at first. Here is the truth – the scale has NOTHING to do with your progress. It is a measuring device – which your workout/diet is not effected by. It can be used as a guide – but I am now four full months into a successful weight loss program. I know what works for my body – I know what has been effective. If I gain weight, I will know why. If I lose weight, I will know why. I will be able to reasonably predict my weight loss/gain this month just by keeping track of myself. That’s it for me. That is the Ahha! moment. I finally know my body (at 27 years old).

I thought this was a valuable thing to share – as I find that I have received more than a couple passively negative comments about removing the scale. It’s OK if it doesn’t work for you. My recommendation is that if you’ve been successful for several months with a program – and you are near your goal, take on the challenge. If these things are not true of you, or you really do not know your body’s behavior – don’t try it. You can do a lot of damage in a month when you don’t know your body and you remove the only measure you use for success (this is a hint by the way – grab the tape measure and a camera).

Anyways – it’s weigh in free weigh in day! I still need to get 2 runs in this week – so I guess I’ll be running in the rain today. =)
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  • FISCHY19702
    I'm glad but also sad that I'm not the only one who has had the "negative comments" experience when trying to avoid the scale. Why do people have to project their own insecurities/needs onto others? Just because I'm not getting on the scale doesn't mean I'm judging you for doing it... so why do you need to judge me for NOT doing it? Ugh... anyway, I agree with your motivation and reasons behind this challenge and am glad I am doing my own this month!
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