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Scale-phobia

Friday, March 14, 2014

So a while back I wrote a blog about getting real with myself. Truth is, however, that until I took the step of getting on the scale it really wasn't possible to "get real".
I hate the scale. I can remember back in grade school and being weighed and the teacher yelling the weight out and even though I was only 90 pounds and I was in 6th grade, I can still remember the horror of hearing it out loud. emoticon

Then there were the monthly and even weekly weigh-ins when I was pregnant. I was once told by an OB I had to see in case mine wasn't available that I was gaining too much weight and I needed to limit my calories to 1400. I was so appalled I told my OB I would never see his partner again.

Anyway, when you are in your 20's and early 30's and you are pregnant you see numbers on the scale that you never thought you would see. Looking back, I realize that it wasn't that much but it was to me.

Fast forward and I now have scale-phobia. I have relied on how my clothes fit, what others say or even how I feel to judge the success of my eating and fitness plan. However, the truth is that while all of those are good measures of success, the scale is essential if I am going to actually reach my goals.

I have read so many brave and courageous blogs where people have faced their fears head on and even shared them with the SP community and I have been inspired by their bravery and it pushed me to jump on the scale. It wasn't as bad as I thought or as good as I had hoped. I have lost about 9 pounds total....not great, but at least it wasn't a gain. I also know that I have gained muscle weight but I'm not going to fool myself into thinking that it is anything more than what it is.

I am committing to a weekly weigh in on Thursday's from this point forward and I believe that the accountability of the scale will propel me to be more vigilant about tracking EVERY bit of food that goes in my mouth. I have increased the duration and intensity of my workouts and along with SP Coach's Plateau Busting Program, I am committed to significant weight loss over the next few weeks.

I know it won't be easy but for the first time in a very long time, I truly think I can do it.

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MSOLEDAD521 3/14/2014 10:23PM

    I am right there with you! I hate the scale, but mainly because I hate the way I have been behaving with my eating. I too have to face my fear and get on that scale so I can use that information to make better choices. Will also do the weekly weigh-in knowing I'm not alone on this!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 3/14/2014 4:46PM

    Thing is when you become addicted to weighing yourself everyday twice a day. It can get out of hand but I think once a week is good it tells you where you are of course. I see the dilemma I think when my waist looks decent in a pair of pants & not overhanging when I am standing is a good rule of thumb for me but I need to get better.

God bless,

Dee

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BAMAJAM2 3/14/2014 4:32PM

  Oh I hate the scale and I want to argue with it each time I look at the number!
If I could just revert to the days when I was a skinny teen and hated food...Ha.
I really enjoy your blogs, and I feel as you do--- about becoming aware of strengths rather than flaws. Sparkpeople give so much support and so much encouragement in our journey toward fitness and health. And we can share stories of cheer and humor--- I remember as a teen with big feet, that I hated wearing those bowling shoes that had the SIZE TEN-- on the back of the shoe, just above the heel. UGH. (for the whole world to know my size) ha.
Keep on Sparkin'--- WooHoo!

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JUNE1435 3/14/2014 4:15PM

    Good Job!

While I think getting on the scale from time to time is a good thing and a good indicator of whether or not your plan is working, I also think that you had some great non-scale habits in place already, such as monitoring how your clothes fit. Weigh your self, but keep celebrating non-scale victories as well because they are really important too!

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