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The Scale should not rule

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The question was asked today on SPARK, "How often do you weigh?"

For countless years, through countless ‘diets’, I have lived by the number on the scale. If it was up, I was a failure and not worthy. If it was down, then I could celebrate. Usually with food (go figure). But always, always the scale ruled. No matter how I felt before I stepped on the scale, it was the determining factor as to how I would feel about myself after. That number on the scale meant I was a success or a failure. I let the scale determine my self worth.

However, I have come to realize that it is not ONLY the scale that measures my success. It is how my clothes fit. It is the inches I have lost. It is walking 2 miles a day and not having to come home and ice my knees. It is the fact that I can enjoy my life and still lose weight because of a program that is teaching me a better way to manage food.

It is all those factors that determine how I feel about this journey now. Of course, I want to see the numbers on my scale move down. Who doesn’t? But the scale is no longer my reason for being. I will lose this weight. If I keep the SPARK, it will work and I will reach goal.

I weigh in once a week and, I feel good…because I now know that the scale should not rule.

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    Thanks for this post! I just started back to the gym last week and did 40+ minutes of strength and/or cardio everyday. Last Sunday I weighed 296. This Sunday I weighed 300. I was sad when I saw that number - 4 pounds gained! However, after reading your post I decided to focus on how much better I felt on Friday after going to the gym 5 days in a row. Thank you for showing me I needed to change my focus onto the good things of this past week and not on the scale.

    983 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2014 3:24:04 PM
    987 days ago
    Well said!!
    988 days ago

    Thanks for the reminder.
    988 days ago
    I agree! I still weigh myself everyday but if my clothes fit and I feel energetic then I don't care that much about the numbers. I do try to stay within a few pounds of my goal weight though. If I go over my goal weight I watch my intake and exercise closer. But I'm usually under my goal weight by 2-5 pounds.
    988 days ago
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