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Me vs the Scale

Thursday, June 26, 2014

I have battled with my weight from as early as I can remember and have had the same battle with the scale. I went years without weighing myself because I just couldn't face it. That has not changed even when I reached my goal back in 2010, as well as my many other attempts at weight loss prior to joining Spark. As soon as I lost the weight, I stopped stepping on the scale. I thought I could manage my weight without it, I have tried to tell my self many, many times, that the number does not matter, and there is a lot of truth to that. However, the number is important to accountability and the very fact that when you are taking care of yourself, you need to use the tools that assist you in doing so, the scale being one of them. Also, for me personally, given all the times I have lost and regained the weight, I need to the scale to keep me accountable.

So, are you shaking your head yes, or do you think I am still stuck in a line of thinking that a number can provide me with what I need in my life, which is self love. I am shaking my head yes to the latter, because I know I avoid the scale because I think the number means so much more then it should to me. That is why I decided to do the following:

Reset set my goals and fully commit to getting back to my goal weight and maintaining it once I am there.

Got back on the scale Monday morning even though I knew I was not going to like what I saw (I didn't) because a lot of times when I reset my goals I use a weight I think I am and then I am not being honest

Wrote my blog about digging deep and setting my intentions to fully commit

Used this idea that I read on a fellow Spark members blog, Lotusflower, to remind myself that the scale is not my enemy

Commit to getting on the scale once a week (in the past I only weighed myself once a month) because I want to win this battle, fully commit and be more honest with myself because I AM more then a number!
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    I'm obsessed with the scale too. I have gone from not weighing in for months to weighing myself every single day. This blog reminds me it's time to stop weighing so often. Once a week for me, from now on. Thanks for the dreaded scale topic.

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    1209 days ago
    There are few weightier subjects in health and fitness than weight. What does your weight actually tell you? Not a fat lot is the real answer. Weight only tells you what your relationship with gravity is, nothing else (unless you're getting into morbid obesity, but that's a whole other subject). It doesn't tell you what your body composition is, your fat:muscle ratio. Weight doesn't tell you how clever you are, it doesn't tell you how valued you are by your friends, it doesn't tell you if you're good at your job. Yet we set so much store in wright and set so much of our self worth by it. Weird.

    Ditch the scales, lose the lighter is better mentality.

    Instead, focus on how you feel, how your clothes fit, your accomplishments and just having fun!
    1209 days ago
    Oh, I am definitely a weigher. I am lucky because I don't obsess about it. I do get on it every day, but again I'm lucky because it almost also jives with how well/poorly I did the day before. Not always, like up to a week before and during my TOM. It gives me such a good idea of how I'm doing. I find that if I start skipping it it's because the number is going up and up and thing you know I'm skipping my workouts....ugh. I need my scale. Some people will disagree with us, but I feel like whatever works for you, scale or not. It definitely isn't healthy to obsess over, so as long as we can keep that from happening I think we're good to go! Great blog!

    YOU ROCK!!!
    1209 days ago
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