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Breaking the barrier

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Oh yes....as silly as it may seem, I was ecstatic to see the "2" on my scale today....even though it was followed by a ".9" right after it. emoticon

It's crazy to have the scale dictate our moods as it does...and I am not saying that it does all that much anymore, but when you have struggled with weight for a loooooooong long time, psychologically, it really does matter.

Yeah, yeah, yeah...It shouldn't - but for a lot of us... it does.

And here we go.... time to chime in with the "it's not about a number" and how "non-scale victories" are more important... and I am NOT saying that these things are not important - oh they are very much so... BUT when you are NOT in uber-exercise mode; when you are NOT in tracking/diet mode; when life hits you with a ton of bricks; when things are just not going well; when you are out of your acceptable range; when your pants are juuuust a little too tight and your shirts are juuuust getting snug the way you DON'T want them to fit...well, the scale number does mean something once again.

What does it mean....well, it means you need to do something about it. So do it. Do what you know what needs to be done.

But I don't care who you are or where you are in this journey... that elusive number (and for me it was just getting into the middle of my maintenance range again)... when you see that glimpse of a number... it really is nice and yes, even joyful to see.

Suuuuure, tomorrow that one tenth of an ounce will be back on and chances are high that the elusive "2" will be gone once again. Probably is gone right now since I have had coffee.. but it's that little moment of "yes!" that comes about to visually affirm that you are doing AOK in the battle.

Does it meant that I should start eating and drinking like a free woman once again? Nope, it just means that I'm back in "the game" and I should just keep doing what I'm doing to feel good (that's very important to me) and to maintain instead of gain.... because let's face it, I was gaining.

By the way....my husband is maintaining as well...and while we live together, we each follow our separate plans when it comes to "the scale creep"... but the basic things we both do: we both go back to how we started losing our weight (for me it was Spark's Fast Break) - we move our bodies more, even if it's household projects to be done (it also keeps us out of the kitchen to eat out of boredom) - we cut back on the favorite snacks and drinks for a bit - and we drink more water....OK, not him as much, but I sure do! LOL emoticon

And after all that...the non-scale victory of it all was this: My shorts are now fitting the way I want them to...once again. It was a touch and go there for a bit! LOL The shirts however, are another story entirely...that requires some exercise to firm stuff up... as for that.. in due time...
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  • JESSICABOOTY
    Let's give a big cheer for the shorts!!!
    1251 days ago
  • DWEXCEL
    Yes, your timing is perfect for me too! With the holiday, Iet myself eat and drink what I wanted to, and now it's time to pull in the reins and take control before I let myself loose it!

    You really have a way of explaining in and breaking it down......I love how you analyze and speak your brain!!!!

    I'm soooo glad I stopped by and visted your blogs today:)

    You Go "little Sis"!!!!

    Love ya!
    Donna
    1251 days ago
  • SUSANNAH31
    I agree that it is so good to see the scale moving in the direction you want.
    Congratulations.
    1251 days ago
  • DALID414
    My shorts fit in the waist, but have extra room in thighs! It's ummm... weird!
    Happy National Fried Chicken Day emoticon
    1252 days ago
  • KANOE10
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    I know how important that little victory is. It is the glow of accomplishment that your efforts are working. You have done a great job of cutting back and fine tuning your life again.

    How fun your shorts are fitting better.

    What a great success!
    1252 days ago
  • REBECCATKD
    Annie, thanks for a well-timed post! I have been splurging lately on a near-daily basis, and today's weigh-in confirmed that I need to step it up. Break the barrier! Fast break, Spark Solution, whatever it is, we need to get it done.
    1252 days ago
  • SANDICANE
    It's nice to do it together...isn't it!

    Have a great day,
    Sandi
    1252 days ago
  • NELLJONES
    My goal is always my Day. And I write it down. The scale is merely confirmation. One of the interesting things about keeping a food journal is that I can page back through the years and see what I ate 20 years ago. If only I could eat like that now! The non-scale victories and the scale victories always seem to track together.
    1252 days ago
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