I guess I do rely on the scale a lot. I just wish I had weighed myself more 100 lbs ago. I didn't even own one then. I do agree feeling and looking good is a better indicator and need to remember that on my bad days. Thanks for the reminder.
current weight: 248.0
Fitness Minutes: (80) Posts: 11 7/13/13 11:40 A
Funny you should mention that....not weighing every day. Today's program video in Spark Coach was about using other measures of success besides the scale. For example, how much easier it is to do things, or breathe easier, or your clothes fit better or you are getting compliments, or your blood pressure is down etc. Eventually the scale becomes a dreaded foe, and I give it too much power. It tends to determine my mood for the day even though I get on it feeling motivated. Our bodies weight more at given times of the day or month.
I have made a decision to not weigh for now. Weight loss is definitely a desired outcome but more desirable for me right now is to feel better, move more easily, breathe without huffing and puffing, and stop sweating so darn much. Those are going to be my measures of success. I would really like to not get weighed for a year but I will see how long I last. Perhaps it's time to put my scale in the upper shelf in our garage.....where I can't reach it.
I would love some feedback. Do you rely on the scale to determine your success and if you are not satisfied with what it shows does it leave you less motivated?
Thanks to everyone that responded. It really helps to know I'm not the only one. I have found a lot of help with Calorie King. It is pretty good at fast food. I really love Spark People. Even though I went to my water aerobics and worked in the garden and stayed under my allowed calories, I still gained 2 pounds. Before I would have quit. Why try? But after reading other posts I know it should level off. I need to weigh once a week not every day.
current weight: 248.0
Fitness Minutes: (410) Posts: 19 7/12/13 8:28 P
Nice to meet you. I'm new to SP too, 2 weeks. I agree with you about eating out, that you never know what you are getting. I eat a veggie burger at Burger King thought it would be low calorie....460 calories! I could have eaten a whopper, jr it only has 360 calories. LOL
Edited by: MYNUMBER1DREAM at: 7/12/2013 (20:28)
One minute, hour and day at a time.
Pounds lost: 6.6
Fitness Minutes: (80) Posts: 11 7/12/13 4:50 P
New to this team and to spark as I joined this website 5 days ago. I just signed up for SparkCoach and it seems to be an incentive for me to follow their lead each day.
Eating out is a challenge for most people I think. Mostly because we really don't know what is hidden in the food. So even when we think we are eating healthy we aren't. I also don't like the expense of eating out. I find it much cheaper to eat from my own kitchen.
The struggle I am having now is with limited mobility. Mainly I use my recumbent bike for exercise, only 10 minutes at a time. I know with perseverance this will improve.
I'm happy to be a member of this team and seek to offer support to others and gain support as well. Although I am new to Spark I am a veteran at dieting....not very successfully!
Every decision counts!
Fitness Minutes: (410) Posts: 19 7/12/13 2:16 A
I have the same problem, I would start a diet and in a few weeks would give up. This time with all the help from SP I'm very motivated. I hope you are too. Eating out is a problem for me too. At my work one person goes to a fast food place and picks up everyone's lunch. It's hard finding healthy food at a fast food restaurant. I'm eating a lot of salads! But eating out can be done, maybe we don't get to pick that fattening meal we want and have to go for something healthier.....but think how happy we will be when we step on the scales! A healthier diet has definitely helped my energy level and mood. I hope you are enjoying that benefit too. I'm here to support you anyway I can.
Thank you. It is good to know there is someone to talk to when I loose momentum. I am doing fine now because I am just starting but I always give up. My biggest problem comes from eating out. Even that is easy to track on Spark. The articles help too. Thanks again.
Welcome! Glad to have you here. There is a wealth of information, support, and information here at spark people. I really think there is something here for everyone. I will be happy to support you in any way I can.
Tammyand Co-leader 17 Day Diet Team
"For where your treasure is there will your heart be also." Matthew 6:21 My favorite Bible verse
I am 72 with a lot of weight to loose. I think I can do it with this program. With all of the trackers and support SP offers I should be able to make it. I would appreciate a buddy to hold me accountable.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.