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Almost A Binge

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Friday, May 23, 2014




I bought a scale last weekend, and had my first weekly weigh in on Monday.

I'd resisted getting a scale for a LONG time. In 2012, I got myself on track with eating and exercising, and I did it without a scale. In 6 months I went from a size 3X t shirt to size XL. I had a ton of non scale victories. I was doing great, and I didn't NEED a scale!



Well, times change. After 6 months of doing great, I found my motivation fading. My progress stalled. I wasn't going down in clothing sizes anymore. Plateaus are normal, though, so I told myself to just keep going. But....I didn't keep going. I started to binge from time to time. I started skipping workouts. I would go for a couple of weeks being really off track, and then I'd be able to tell I'd gained weight. My clothes would be tight and I'd have to go back up a size. Then I'd try to get back on track, and I'd do okay for a little while, but before long I'd once again be over eating and not working out.

I started to think that maybe it was time for me to get a scale. Perhaps the accountability of a weekly weigh in would help me stay on track. But I put off buying a scale for a long time. Finally, last week, I had to admit...its time for me to start regularly weighing myself. Not having a scale DID work for me at the beginning of my journey. But times change, and sometimes we need to change too. I had to admit that going scale free was just not working for me anymore.




And as it turns out, having a scale now is a good thing, because it helped me to avoid a binge last night! I've been having a good week....my eating is on point, and I have not missed a workout. I'm seeing and feeling some great little NSV's, and I'm looking forward to my next weigh in on Monday. But for some reason, after dinner last night I started having cravings. I guess it didn't help that I could hear the ice cream truck on our street! I tried to ignore it, but it sure wasn't easy. Finally, the ice cream truck left. Instead of feeling proud of myself for not buying anything, I was kind of upset that the truck was gone and I hadn't gotten my ice cream fix! Before I knew it, I was going through the cabinets and refrigerator, looking for junk food. But then I came to my senses. I remembered the scale! I have a weigh in on Monday, and I don't want to hinder my results just because I had a craving and wanted to binge! So I put all that junk food back in the cabinets and refrigerator. (It wasn't stuff that I really like, anyway.) And after I put it all away, I went into the living room and got out one of my 10 Minute Solutions DVD's, and I did a quick workout, even though I'd already done my regular workouts for the day. It felt so good to have made the healthy choice, and I really focused on my workout. And when I was done, I didn't have the desire to binge anymore.



I don't know what the scale will tell me when I weigh in on Monday, but no matter what number I get, I can still feel proud of myself because I can honestly say that I've been doing my best this week. And thanks to the accountability of the scale, I avoided a binge!






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SUPERSYLPH 6/15/2014 11:37PM

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FOXY-NESS 6/11/2014 10:07AM

    I find myself doing the same things! emoticon on staying strong!!

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TAFODIL24 6/2/2014 11:23PM

    You ARE amazing! emoticon

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FREESIA15 6/1/2014 1:28PM

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LALALOVELY76 5/30/2014 10:06AM

    That's Awesome!! It always feels good when we deny our fleshly desires and do the right thing! I'm proud of you!! Keep up the good work and you'll be where you want to be in NO time!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LEESA-B 5/30/2014 9:58AM

  Awesome point of view!

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2BDYNAMIC 5/29/2014 5:04PM

    I am SO glad for you .... I have followed many of your blogs ...... so this is terrific and Hey ............ emoticon on this well deserved POPULAR blog!! ........ good feeling huh? ......... Keep up the terrific work! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 5/29/2014 4:53PM

    emoticon Stopping a binge is quite a VICTORY!! emoticon


P.S. Throw away the junk food emoticon

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HYATTI1 5/28/2014 8:47AM

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LISAN0415 5/28/2014 4:51AM

    Kirstie Alley mentioned the importance of a scale in weight loss and in maintenence.

She said after she initially reached her weight loss goal, she stopped weighing herself weekly.

She said she still fit in most of her clothes, so she didnt think it was a problem...

When she finally did weigh herself months later, she had gained half her weight back, and she felt defeated. If she would have caught it early on, say when she had only gained 6 lbs or so, it would have been easy to get that back under control, it probably would have only taken 3 weeks, but now 35-40 lbs later, it was harder to see her goal.

and she was so defeated she stopped weighing again..

A lot of successful weight loss programs, and nutritionists recommend weekly weigh ins. This way if someone sees weight fluctuations, it can be evaluated and dealt with right away.

You are right, at the beginning of your journey, you did well without weighing. But now it gets a little more difficult and you need different tools to get the results you want.

I wishyou the best of luck! You can do it!

Great work on not binging! when I want something that is not good for my healthy lifestyle, I say to myself "I am choosing something better..."
-Lisa
-Lisa

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 5/27/2014 6:36PM

    Rock on!!! Nice job

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GRANDMABABA 5/26/2014 9:47PM

    You are an inspiration as always. Thanks

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FORTYPLUS56 5/26/2014 7:17PM

    emoticon emoticon for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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JOYFUL452003 5/26/2014 6:59PM

    Good job sparkfriend! You are always such an encouragement to me. We all struggle and it is really continuing on the journey!
Blessings to you my friend.
Muriel

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LIVELYLULU37 5/26/2014 5:24PM

    WOW!!! Congratulations on your binge prevention workout!! Simply amazing!! Keep pushing!! You're doing beautifully!!!

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QTEALADY20031 5/26/2014 4:36PM

    Pixie, I was glad to read this blog as you always seem to know what you need to do for yourself and when it is time to make a change. Give yourself a big emoticon for not giving in to the temptation and for doing extra exercises.
You know that I admire and respect you as you are very honest with yourself and your Spark friends. Congrats on making such good choices Pixie. emoticon

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 5/26/2014 4:23PM

  Good for you:)

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CICELY360 5/26/2014 12:26PM

  good for you

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FRABBIT 5/26/2014 11:00AM

  Way to go!

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ANNASGOALS 5/26/2014 8:56AM

    Great job avoiding the binge Pixie! You will do great! Rock on my friend!


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CARRIELYN56 5/26/2014 7:06AM

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MOMGETSSPARK 5/26/2014 2:54AM

    emoticon my warrior emoticon

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JULIEABIGAIL 5/26/2014 2:47AM

  what a wonderful irony that such an awesome, impressive, inspiring, amazing nsv (kudos to you!) will likely translate into a scale victory! emoticon

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MLC721 5/25/2014 8:00PM

    I know from experience how difficult it is to fight a binge, so I know the strength and determination it took for you to overcome the urge. Congratulations on your success. The blog was very encouraging. Thank you.

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MLAFLEN 5/25/2014 7:21PM

  I know sometimes that it is not easy for us to voice our struggles, thank you for sharing. You are an inspiration and you should be extremely proud of yourself!!! Keep up the good work!!! emoticon

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LIFENPROGRESS 5/25/2014 7:06PM

    emoticon for staying on track! emoticon because I know that YOU are emoticon

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BOLEBRON 5/25/2014 6:31PM

    Good choice getting the scale and resisting the ice cream. I have been there many times. Sometimes I had made the right choice, I had given up and indulged myself. You are doing great.

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SNOWYOGA 5/25/2014 5:02PM

    emoticon Thank you for your blog! I want to do a scale like this emoticon

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DAISYPETAL 5/25/2014 2:16PM

    Pixie, I adore you and your up front honesty. I am SOOOO glad you got that scale. It is the sweet little angel you need to help along the way. I do mine Mon.Wed.Fri. and to me it works as I need to see what I am doing. Sometimes I hate the scale but only because it is not doing the work that I am and it still tells me I am not there yet. I want those jeans and high heels even at my age. To me life is whatever we feel we want it to be. I hope this gets you back on track. I have missed a lot of your blogs as life sometimes throws curves that take our life back a step or two. But spring is finally here in Michigan and lots of calories to use in the gardens. Hugs to you and hope I get time to see how you are doing. Bestest! Jude

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ECCOVISION1 5/25/2014 1:19PM

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I am so proud of you!!
What helps me most is TOTAL ABSTENTION from sugar and other junk food. I then lose all cravings for those awful foods.

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MARIANNMC 5/25/2014 1:10PM

    Great story! Thanks for your honesty. I used to weigh myself daily -- and I watched the number go up and up and up. The weekly weigh in of sparkpeople helps me. The number doesn't define me -- but the accountability helps me to make good decisions. Keep up the good work!

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MARIANNMC 5/25/2014 1:10PM

    Great story! Thanks for your honesty. I used to weigh myself daily -- and I watched the number go up and up and up. The weekly weigh in of sparkpeople helps me. The number doesn't define me -- but the accountability helps me to make good decisions. Keep up the good work!

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PENOWOK 5/25/2014 1:03PM

    Good for you, Pixie!! Accountability does make a difference!!

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AMYSYOKO 5/25/2014 12:13PM

  good for you Pixie, you are so worth it...staying strong

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DAWNDMOORE40 5/25/2014 12:05PM

    emoticon on resisting the ice cream! That is a big temptation for me too! You are doing a emoticon job! continue to believe you can, and you will continue to have success! emoticon for sharing with us! Have a great Memorial Day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANET552 5/25/2014 11:56AM

    Love that last quote!! Congratulations on working through the loss of motivation and finding it once again. Who knew the scale could be your ally? Well, I suppose I do but it is so fickle!! Keep pushing!! You deserve no less.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/25/2014 11:24AM

    Good Job, Pix! I knew you could do it!
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MILLIE5522 5/25/2014 8:00AM

    emoticon You have described exactly the kind of struggles I have been going through for the last 6 months. However, I do have a scale emoticon I think the only thing that is going to keep me on track for the next few weeks is Sparkpeople. As long as I log in and read a few blogs like yours then I know I can keep going! So a big emoticon emoticon

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SUBMOM2 5/25/2014 2:42AM

    Good for you for staying the course. NSV for sure!!

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CLAUDEM1 5/25/2014 1:55AM

    Hey girl,
I am so proud of you for choosing not to indulge in food to quiet some inner cravings. I think there is a fine balance between using the scale to measure success and using NSV to measure success. But in my opinion, they both have a place. Good for you for deciding to purchase a scale to keep yourself motivated.
Claude xo

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