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My First Monday Weigh In

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Monday, May 19, 2014



This morning, as soon as I woke up, I got out of bed and went into the guest bathroom to weigh myself on my new scale. This is probably a very ordinary sounding thing, but it was a pretty big event for me!

You see, a little over two years ago, I decided that I was going to do something about my obesity. I weighed 286 lbs and my every day life was a pain. I was in terrible shape! My knees and hips and ankles hurt when I walked. I got out of breath just standing at the kitchen sink to wash dishes. Even the slightest exertion would make my heart race.

I didn't exercise. I was addicted to food and a sedentary lifestyle. But I was so tired of living that way! So in March of 2012, I decided to make a change. I chose a phrase that motivated me;



Once I got started, "Be your own hero" was my daily mantra. I FELT heroic. Every day was a struggle to get through a workout or to avoid the junk food that I had gotten addicted to. It would have been easier to quit, but I forced myself to keep going. I was struggling, but I reminded myself that my struggles would make me stronger in the end.

In addition to working out and eating right, I also ditched the scale after getting my starting weight. Some of my Spark friends were shocked when I told them that I wasn't going to weigh myself anymore. But it was the right thing for me. I didn't want to have the scale hanging over my head. Instead, I was going to measure my success simply by NSV's. (Non-scale victories.)

This worked really great for me! Without weighing in, I was able to focus more on the changes that were happening over the next weeks and months. I had some amazing NSV's! My clothes got looser...I found that my endurance during workouts was increasing....I could feel muscles forming....I was getting stronger....more flexible during yoga...sleeping better...and the best one of all, the day when hubby was able to hug me and his arms went all the way around my waist!

Another NSV that made an impression on me happened one afternoon as I was doing yoga. I've converted our living room into my "warrior zone" (workout room, lol) but back in 2012, I did my workouts in a corner of the bedroom. It was JUST enough room for my yoga and cardio workouts. Well, this particular afternoon as I was doing yoga, I realized that something felt different. It seemed like I had more room to workout in. At first, I thought that perhaps my hubby had pushed the furniture back. But then it hit me...the furniture wasn't pushed back. The reason that I had more room to workout in was because there was less of me working out! I'd gotten smaller, so my workout area seemed bigger!

For me, a number on the scale could never compare to a cool NSV like that!



Anyway, for a long time, I've done great without owning a scale. Trashing the scale was the right choice for me when I made it. But times have changed. I've been plateauing and gaining.....plateauing and gaining. I can tell, because my clothes are much too tight. I've been stubbornly holding on to the things that worked for me back in 2012, even though those things aren't working for me anymore. I've gained weight.

So I got a scale. Not only that, but I've un-retired my food scale and measuring cups. I thought I could do well enough just filling my plate with what LOOKS like a proper serving size. But that isn't working. From now on, I'm going to be very vigilant about measuring my food. And I'm going to weigh myself every Monday.

I'm not going to get hung up in the numbers, though. NSV's are still the most important thing to me.




The last time I weighed myself (prior to this mornings weigh in) was back in February. I used my Wii Fit to do it and thats when I discovered that I'd re-gained 31 of the 71 lbs I'd lost.
When I got on the scale this morning, I saw that I am 5 lbs heavier than that. I've actually gained back 36 lbs, not 31. Maybe its just the difference in the two scales, but I'm not upset by it. I wrote the number down in my food journal, and then I worked out.

My mantra is still "Be Your Own Hero", and even though I've had some pretty big slip ups, I am STILL a hero because I am not ever going to give up on myself. I know what I'm capable of and I know that I'm worth my best effort. Now its time to prove it.




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SUPERSYLPH 6/11/2014 7:27PM

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LEANMEAN2 5/31/2014 6:30AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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RUDITUDI2000 5/30/2014 10:43PM

    Cheering you on Pixie! You got this! emoticon

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OSEGUEDA 5/30/2014 9:17PM

    That's right you can do it and you will and we are more then just a number on the scale!
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MRSRIGS1 5/26/2014 3:14PM

    You are such an inspiration and have a wonderful attitude! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BUSMOM27 5/26/2014 6:38AM

    emoticon I love your attitude!

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XENA1956 5/25/2014 3:26PM

    I love the mantra "Be your own hero". Whatever works, keep doing it. I too lost a lot of weight, but then after I lost it I stopped measuring and the weight came back on. I know we can both lose that weight again. Keep up the great workouts. emoticon emoticon emoticon Teri

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NASFKAB 5/25/2014 10:48AM

  you WILL do it



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MAYBER 5/24/2014 9:00PM

    Make friends with your new scale it I not the enemy
We all know what to do if we want to succeed
You are doing great one day at a time
Like to read your blogs get inspired and encouraged
love prayers peace
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NANFACEMIRE1 5/24/2014 6:54AM

    I know you can do it.

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SCRAPPY_RN 5/23/2014 8:59AM

    I had a very similar situation happen.
emoticon I KNOW we can do it!

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ENRGEE 5/23/2014 12:00AM

    You have a wonderful outlook and an awesome handle on what to do. emoticon

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NEWTINK 5/22/2014 5:09PM

    I think you will do just fine with the scale as a tool to get you back to where you want to be . emoticon

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ELSCO55 5/22/2014 4:06PM

    Thank you for the motivation. I needed it today.

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ROXYHON 5/22/2014 2:27PM

    I really related to everything you said in your blog - I have walked the same path! (Am walking the same path, actually) ...You have accomplished so much, and have such a great attitude and focus - be proud of yourself. You will lose those pounds you gained back, have faith. You can do it - you HAVE done it. You will do it again!
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HMBROWN1 5/22/2014 2:03PM

    Great blog! I avoid scales too. At first it was because I didn't want to focus on the numbers but to get healthy. Now I know it will just depress me. I totally understand everything you wrote. I have been there myself.

Best wishes! You have a great outlook so I am sure you will do well.

Heather

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BRKMYDRMS 5/22/2014 1:23PM

    Non scale victories are my favorite, but sometimes it is good to know where you are on the scale.

I know you can get back to where you want to be and I wish you the best of luck and look forward to watching your journey :)

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INGBADEN 5/22/2014 10:37AM

    Thank you thank you thank you. I have been struggling and this morning was really discouraged. Reading this made me remember I am not alone and that the NSV are so important

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GINA4EVER 5/22/2014 8:29AM

    Fantastic. I need to enjoy my NSV's more. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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WOMANWITHGRIT 5/22/2014 8:22AM

    You so have a wonderful attitude that will carry you for the long haul - the rest of your life!!! This is what we all need and thank goodness it comes in one day installments :-)
Different things work at different times this means we need to be flexible. emoticon emoticon

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BANNERMAN 5/22/2014 12:32AM

  Thanks for sharing.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 5/21/2014 4:55PM

    You got this. I am so proud of you. Sometimes we have to change up things we have to do things a bit differently. You can do this! You have some great friends I know that will be here every step up the way!

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KICKINGKILOS 5/21/2014 2:57PM

    Thanks for sych an awesome.post xoxo

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 5/21/2014 2:15PM

    You can do it, just don't give up.

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UNRAVELED13 5/21/2014 11:13AM

    Thanks for sharing this with us. We've all had moments like this and the important thing is to not let it get us down. It just fuels our determination to conquer it. emoticon

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MILPAM3 5/21/2014 9:34AM

  A bigger living room -- GREAT! I had to move to another house to get that. emoticon

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MONIBELLY 5/21/2014 8:54AM

    Oh Pixie... thank you. I am trying to let go of the fact that the scale is not moving and am having such a hard time. I keep having that old Bob Seger song running thru my head, " (I) Feel like a Number." This morning was no different. I am working on my Pixie attitude!!!

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BRENDA_G50 5/21/2014 8:17AM

    Great attitude, great blog, great friend. emoticon You've beat it before and you'll do it again!!! The scales are only a tool, nothing more. It does not define you!!! Looking forward to seeing you reach your goal!!! Good luck on your NSV!!! Just go for it!!! emoticon

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PINKBUNNY61 5/21/2014 8:13AM

    Love your blog. I have been struggle lately with my mood and attitude. Reading your blogs always inspire me. It got me thinking about my own NSV and the one that I noticed definitely cracked me up. The top of my underwear is riding higher than it used to. emoticon I'm talking like how old men wear their pants up by their chest. Don't get me wrong, they are not up to my chest yet but realizing that they are climbing up, and the image that produced, just struck me so funny... A whole new meaning to granny panties! Anyway thanks as always for the attitude adjustment.

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SCOUTFINCH18 5/21/2014 7:38AM

    I have found myself in a similar situation lately and, as many members have already said, maintaining is often harder than losing. Even the word "plateau" in the context of weight loss implies a steady state......not true. It is always work. Kind of like a good relationship. There is no rest. A marathon, not a sprint.
Measuring, whether it is your food or your weight (which I can only rarely do because it sets off the crazy in me), always challenging yourself with exercise, and setting those short term goals to keep you focused on a prize are constant, daily activities.
You caught it though, and you can fix it.....congratulate yourself on that. Now you know what the work is, so go for it!


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  Good going.

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JSEATTLE 5/20/2014 8:55PM

  Best of luck to you with your brand new scale. I'm dusting mine off too!

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  I KNOW that you can do this, Pixie!!!!! emoticon

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NONNAOF2 5/20/2014 8:24PM

  You are on your way to being in control once again. I'm glad that you checked in with your scale, sometimes we need a reality check, I know that I often do! :-)

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NEED2LOSEN2010 5/20/2014 7:59PM

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MIM731 5/20/2014 7:58PM

    Thank you for writing this. It means a great deal to me. I have failed at becoming healthy so many times.


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BAHAMAMARG 5/20/2014 7:36PM

    Well done on being brave enough to do something about it once you knew things were slipping. Last time I lost weight (and we all have MANY of 'last times' ) I just did not bother to check myself or do something about it when I KNEW I was gaining.

The hardest step surely is stopping and taking stock of where you are at now and then being able and smart enough to do something about it.

We all love your blogs - keep it up!

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