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My relationship with the dreaded Scale

Friday, May 30, 2014

Last blog in this series and I end with THE DREADED SCALE.

Personally I need to weigh myself every day to make sure I am staying in a range. Even if I am not tracking anything else, I write down my weight each morning. I mark it on a graph so I can see if I am up, down or the same. On the 12 day vacation this Spring there was no access to a scale, I gained 3 pounds. Last summer I took my scale with me (yes I actually packed it!) and I managed to hold steady. There is something about seeing the number that helps me make better choices.

The number does go up and down sometimes for no apparent reason, but it usually stays within the 5 pound maintenance range. I do not let the number bother me and on a few days I have missed weighting in.

So I am meeting up with family for a week over July 4th and the scale is going with me. Tracking food on vacation is really difficult because the meals are not regular or sometimes the choices are not healthy (tasty but not healthy). So the scale really helps me to be aware of my choices and the amount I eat.

Having made it to maintenance I am watching what is helping me to keep my weight steady. What I have found that I need to do to keep the weight from coming back is:

1. A permanent commitment to making healthy choices at every meal every day, there are no vacation days for a healthy weight.
2. Writing down what I did that day either in a post or a journal, or filling out the Nutrition tracker
3. Exercise, Exercise, Exercise (Did I mention exercise!). It doesn’t have to be really intense just 60 minutes 5 or 6 times a week.
4. Weighing myself

I know how to gain weight and I know how to lose weight. Right now I am really learning how to keep at a healthy weight.
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    I take my scale on vacation too. I created a favorite I named WHOA!!!@ and it has 100 calories. I have been calorie conscious for so long, I can estimate my calories each time I eat. If I have access to the internet I can record calorie total on Spark as one item, ie. 15 WHOA!!!@ which means 1,500 calories for the day. Sometimes I take pictures of the plate of food and estimate the calories later.

    Good that you are calorie conscious and mindful even on vacation.
    1390 days ago
    Having lost 130 pounds years ago, keeping it off for 2 years, and gaining it all back and more, I totally get the importance of learning to maintain.

    The one thing I know from that experience, is that while I was losing weight at that time, I was still totally obsessed with food. It was not a matter of making good food choices, or changing of my lifestyle, but of holding on for dear life to all of the "diet" philosophy, and deprivation until I just broke and gave up once again.

    Now, having gone through such a period of falling back into those old habits, I am working to get myself back where I was for the three years after I began this journey, lost 70 pounds and kept it off for roughly 3 years.

    Today is a new day.

    Enjoy it, I intend too.

    Good luck my friend.

    1391 days ago
    Sounds like an excellent plan to keep the weight off!
    1392 days ago
    I weigh every day, too, although I can't take my scale when I travel. It just won't fit on the motorcycle.
    1393 days ago
    I also weigh everyday. emoticon Even when the scale doesn't show a loss, I need to see if my weight is up or down as a reminder to make good choices and to drink my water. And yes, I take my scale with me when we travel……even when we go tent camping! emoticon I am well aware how much quicker weight goes up then it comes down. Your plan to keep with in your maintenance weight range is both smart and inspirational, emoticon for sharing.
    1393 days ago
    Great blog! It's great that you have found a system that works for you!! Have a good weekend!
    1393 days ago
    "There are no vacation days for a healthy weight" Love it!
    You have worked out your plan for success and are doing ONE GREAT JOB!
    1393 days ago
    So awesome that you are learning how to maintain!!! I hope to be there with you someday.
    1393 days ago
    You have done so well with everything. I applaud you for everything you have done.
    1393 days ago
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