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I weigh-in on Wednesdays, usually just after breakfast, though sometimes I remember to do it before. My main goal is to have more energy and be more productive, so I don't stress over the scale as long as I am not gaining over each month.

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From MAZZYR: "Dr Beck also says "It's important for you to start using the scale as an information tool that provides data you can use to guide your eating."

I think I will make up a card to read before I get on the scale to help keep my expections realistic."

Preparing for weigh in tomorrow and just made myself a card as MAZZYR suggested: thanks for the idea!!


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Amazing! Just reading the chapter helped me tremendously. My weight went up a little the last 2 days despite sticking 100% to the food plan, and now I'm over my happy weight by 1.2 pounds. Before I would have been disappointed for sure. Now I just realize that the scale is telling me it is not yet time to add those maintenance calories.

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I finished this lesson today. I look at my scale in another light now! Use it as a tool to see how you are doing and gauge your meals using it. I used to say that the scale and me have a love hate relationship. I hated to get on it. At my dr. office I call their scale the electric chair emoticon . I can't say its my favorite. but maybe Beck can help me change in mind about it. I will make cards for this tomorrow. I will need them. I changed the graph scale of fit my needs the negative and positive thingy I did not get it. So I drew my own scale using
actual pounds. That makes better understand what I have lost and gained. I never thought that I would die if I gained but I just did not like to weigh. I must admit when I weighted in the past I would get disappointed if the numbers went up. I'll have to retrain my mind.

I copied this post: Still working on my mind set about the scale. For some reason I am stayed on this day activity. I still call the scale at the dr the ELECTRIC CHAIR even in front the nurses. I absolutely can not weight daily!!! My weight day is friday. I might start weighing Mondays too. Keep going no matter what.

Don't mention menopause she does not play fair. I heard the belly pooch comes after that. I believe I am nearing/ approaching it.

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I weigh in twice a week: Saturday and Wednesday. I found it too frustrating to weigh in every day. One day I'd be down a pound and the next day, I'd be up 5 pounds. Since I've already been through menopause, I think the weight fluctuations are a side effect of what I eat.... something salty, something with soy. I never, never, never weigh myself after eating Japanese or Chinese food. The soy and miso really make me retain water.

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The weigh ins have gone well. I am not losing fast and know that I cannot lose fast given the amount I am eating. My weight is slowly going down but my weigh-ins are a jagged line. I do weigh in daily. What is helping me the most is Oh Well. I don't always like what the scale says but the only thing I can do is keep eating on plan, keep exercising, and give it time.

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I weigh in every day or so, and enter my weight on sparkpeople. Since I've been losing recently, I don't have a problem with the scale. It's good to read though that it's ok if I don't lose some week or even gain.

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Fridays are my weigh in day. I am a little nervous-I havent hit the cardio as hard this week and I tonight I had some unplanned eating. I am trying to get that back on track.

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I do not have a scale in my house. I banished scales when the last one died over 10 years ago. I did not like what the scale had to say.
After reading the book I now have the mindset that what the scale says is neither good or bad, it is just a guideline and a tool for me to use to help me with my healthy lifestyle.
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The number on the scale is just a reference point. I talked to an elderly gentleman who lost weight about the same time I had lost my weight. He was telling me that he weighs himself daily and if he is at the lower part of his range he can eat whatever he wants that day. If he is at the top of the range he has to be careful and doesn't get any treats.
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I feel like going out to eat today and eating like there is no tomorrow, but I won't. I think those feelings are very normal.

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When I get lost driving, I get mad at myself for missing the exit or whatever. That's not healthy.

Any of my mistakes or the number on the scale is a point of reference and a reminder to redirect myself.

Thank you for this great image R2R!!

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Beck... Great post. Thanks for the reminder that the number on the scale is simply a point of reference. I needed to hear this today as I was dreading getting on the scale. Today I see the sense in "getting ready to weigh in."

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I'm putting together a class for those just getting started with weight loss. And I've been thinking about how much value we tie to the number on the scale. I mean, we dread it, we get emotional - excited, disappointed, guilty - when all the while, actually stepping on the scale and whatever that number is doesn't actually change a thing about our bodies.

Whatever amount of muscle, bone, fat and water is poured into our jeans remains the same. The scale just gives us a point of reference. Like looking at a map when we're traveling - we take note on the map of which town we just passed so we know how far we've come and how far we have to go.... hhmmmmm, just pondering....

and now day 21 is done - and i'm halfway done with my Thanksgiving to Valentine Day goal of going through all the Beck steps again -- and boy oh boy have i needed it!!!!
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I have been hovering +/- 5 pounds for the last 7 months. I know that I must be consistent with my exercising and not binge eat.

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Scales are fickle. I always figure if I'm eating well and exercising I'll lose weight. Good Job!

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I printed out the chart to track my loss weekly & was so proud to take up half the page drawing a line to 4 lbs. I am shooting for at least a pound a week, so this was a defenite celebration!

I have a good relationship with my scale - I weigh in every morning just before breakfast & I don't get disappointed if it is up a bit. As long as it goes down at the end of the week - that's all I care about!

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Very Kool!!

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Sandy - you put it perfectly -- I do feel "freed"! Going through these steps have been amazing...

Thanks!

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You sound so freed! Way to go!

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After all the tools so far, weighing in is much less an emotional/hopeful/desparate moment for me. Now it's just a tool to see if I need to tweak my planned eating and my exercise.

Another simple, calm, moment on this journey... (WHEW!)

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It gets frustrating because our bodies change so much on their own that our weight fluctuates constantly. We have to learn to gauge ourselves by things we can control like how well we're doing; not that number! Good luck!

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I finished this lesson today. I look at my scale in another light now! Use it as a tool to see how you are doing and gauge your meals using it. I used to say that the scale and me have a love hate relationship. I hated to get on it. At my dr. office I call their scale the electric chair emoticon . I can't say its my favorite. but maybe Beck can help me change in mind about it. I will make cards for this tomorrow. I will need them. I changed the graph scale of fit my needs the negative and positive thingy I did not get it. So I drew my own scale using
actual pounds. That makes better understand what I have lost and gained. I never thought that I would die if I gained but I just did not like to weigh. I must admit when I weighted in the past I would get disappointed if the numbers went up. I'll have to retrain my mind.

Edited by: GODZDESIGN95 at: 6/25/2008 (00:32)
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WHEREFORE, SEEING WE ALSO ARE CARE COMPASSED ABOUT WITH SO GREAT A CLOUD OF WITNESSES, LET US LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT, AND SIN WHICH DOES SO EASILY BESET US, AND LET US RUN WITH PATIENCE THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US.

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I think learning how to get ready to weigh in is a positive way to prepare me for the information I receive from the scale. I don't like giving a scale the power to make me feel bad so it seems to make sense to prepare myself for the event... LOL.

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I love your sideline notations!

You're right. The scale can be our best friend or our worst enemy -- but what it should be is a piece of information.

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emoticon emoticon Beck Fest of Champions "the Beck Diet Solution" Day 21 "Get Ready to Weigh in"

comments from today (see last week's below) ~ illustrates to me how the scale can yank my mood!!!


emoticon emoticon emoticon well, i did this again today (actually weighed) and i have to say the scale lied to me! How dare it!!!

lol ~ ok, so I have been over-eating rather non-stop since the holiday so the scale should have boinged up.

Still disappointing huh!!!

U betcha your tukus it is!

and in the past i would have just still been eating... and kept going.

time to get a grip and climb up off the floor. my appetite is in full tilt boogey from the eating, but I know what to do... time to get back on my "go to" meal plan and start walking the walk again. And in a week or so, the scale should be in downward motion again!!!

emoticon Comments from a week ago on the 18th when the scale was headed downward and I was not over-eating/bingeing...

my thoughts on the scale ~ sometimes we have to do what works for us. If I start getting too attached and emotionally upset to what it is showing, then I need to detach and step away.

I try to remind myself that the scale is just a way to measure ourselves and it is a helpful tool just like when we weigh and measure food. It's meant to help us but not hurt us, and it helps us to know if we are getting the results we want.

the results will come when we are following the steps and processes we need to do to reach those results... like eating well, exercising, making the time available to sleep enough, to shop for groceries, to have the right kinds of snacks on hand, make our food, etc....

sometimes the scale doesn't tell the whole story either because of water weight retention related to salt and hormones/ladies' cycle, or when we are increasing our muscles (muscles takes less space but burns more cals!!! ;) so our pants could be baggy even though the scale hasn't budged! How exciting is that?

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Helpful excerpts from Beck...

Quoting Dr. Beck (snagged from Mazzy):

"On any given day, the number on the scale is exactly what it should be, given what you ate, how much energy you expended in the past few days, the amount of fluid your body is retaining, and other biological influences."

"Don't expect your weight to go down every week... it won't."

"Once I learn to use the number on the scale as information, dieting will be easier."

Each week (or daily) before I step on the scale I remind myself what I weighed last week (or yesterday), and remind myself that today, I should probably weigh somewhere between 1/2 to 2 pounds more or less that that. It is essential for me to always keep my expectations realistic when I go near a scale.

emoticon Can I weight myself more often than once a week?

A. Yes, and some find that weighting themselves helps desensitize them to the scale. (hops up & down in fuzzy pink slippers ;)

emoticon Do not, however, weigh yourself more than once a day. Doing so is a sure sign that you're obsessing about dieting and not keeping a healthy perspective about other important parts of your life.

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Quoting Dr. Beck:

"On any given day, the number on the scale is exactly what it should be, given what you ate, how much energy you expended in the past few days, the amount of fluid your body is retaining, and other biological influences."

"Don't expect your weight to go down every week... it won't."

"Once I learn to use the number on the scale as information, dieting will be easier."

Each week (or daily) before I step on the scale I remind myself what I weighed last week (or yesterday), and remind myself that today, I should probably weigh somewhere between 1/2 to 2 pounds more or less that that. It is essential for me to always keep my expectations realistic when I go near a scale.



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Good Job! Good luck tomorrow and remember that whatever the number is, you worked hard on yourself this week!!

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This step sure came at the right time... tomorrow is my weigh in date, but of course I got on the scale today too... well I did lose, but not as much as I anticipated. I thought about the scale card I made up and reminded myself to use the number on the scale as a point of information.

I need to read this card before getting on the scale... I can understand how easy it is to sabotage my efforts. I'm pleased that I was able to talk myself down. Funny... I was never aware of the self sabotaging dialogue going on in my head. LOL.

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Good Idea! That's what Dr. Beck is trying to get us to do -- Think Ahead and Be Prepared!! Good Job!

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I read through the posts on this thread and have found them very helpful.

I agree with what the therapist told Momof2 about not attaching a moral judgment to the number on the scale... to use the number as a point of information.

LOL... I am an admitted scaleaholic... so it is very important for me to learn to use the number on the scale as a point of information. However, I'm also aware that for me the scale triggered sabotaging thoughts.

Dr Beck also says "It's important for you to start using the scale as an information tool that provides data you can use to guide your eating."

I think I will make up a card to read before I get on the scale to help keep my expections realistic.

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Dawn,
If you can weigh yourself alot and have it not bother you, that's great. I need to stay away from the scale; I'm pretty set with my eating.

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I do find that I am a scaleaholic. When I'm really into weight loss, I weigh in every day, but I find I can get obsessive about it, and weigh in more than once a day.

If I don't weigh in for a while, I get afraid to weigh in, and my weight just spirals up and away... because I ignore the scale, and so I ignore what I eat, and so I ignore the scale, and ignore what I eat.... and on and on and on...

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Mary,
Very Good!! Give yourself credit for keeping your head on straight!!

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Hi Sandy,
I'm telling myself just keep at it, your eating good and exercising so the weight will have to come off sooner or later. Check each week and see what the scale says and try to figure out why it is. If I see something I can change then I'll work on that and if not I'm just keeping on. What have I got to lose, only weight.
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thanks Mom2Two that is very good advice. I have been doing something right because not losing for 2 weeks would normally end my dieting and it hasn't.
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Mary,
What things are you going to tell yourself before you weigh-in? Did you read Mom2Two's post about not assigning too much value to a number? Good Advice! I think that sometimes our bodies really want to know we're serious before it lets us lose weight.

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Hi,
I'm afraid of the scale. It gets me upset when I don't lose. I do exactly what the book says you shouldn't do. Before I get on I say in my head that I expect to see a certain weight loss and if I don't see it I get upset. I have not lost weight the last 2 weeks and it has been hard. I finally did what the book suggested and decided to try and see why I didn't lose. I believe I need to watch my volume of food not just calories. So I am working on that. I hope the 3rd week is a charm.
I weigh on Fridays.
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It's ok to weigh if it doesn't affect you mentally. I just couldn't handle it. I'm an un-scaleaholic! I can be afraid to weigh myself sometimes. I'm getting better at that.

I like what Mom2two's therapist said, too. It shouldn't matter that much to us.

Good stuff!!

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Raising my hand acknowledging being a scaleaholic. *grin*

When I'm really working the program, I weigh every morning.

Mom2Two, I found the advice from the therapist relating to attaching a moral judgment to the number to be excellent food for thought.

Just last week a person made the comment "you've lost weight". Sadly, any weight loss is in other parts of my body. Although the scale is the meter used by Doctors and friends, my goal is actually to lose inches through the waist. My body is apple shaped.

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9/16/07 9:28 A

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This has been a trigger for me in the past, until I had a therapist tell me to stop attaching a moral judgment to the number. To simply look at the number as a point of information, thats it. That has helped me a lot because I too would either be bummed out if it was higher than I wanted or celebrate (w/food) if it was low;which would sabotage the success. I can feel when I have lost weight. Once a week is plenty of times to weigh myself for me now. I used to totally obsess about it though and weigh myself more than once a day.

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9/16/07 7:22 A

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Today we talk about preparing our minds for weigh-in. This is one place where I would frequently get hung-up in the past. If I feel really skinny and then weigh myself and I haven't lost any (or as much as I thought I should've) I'd get really bummed out and sometimes go off my diet. That sounds really silly now but I did. Even now I don't like to weigh too much. I'm on 2 other Spark Teams which are having challenges and one require that I weigh on Sunday, the other on Wednesday. It's a little too often for me. I'd rather go by how I feel and how I know I've been eating. Body weight fluctuates tooo much.

How about you? Any scaleaholics out there?

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Feeling healthy is much better than ANY food tastes!!!

STG - Have a 4 week streak!


 current weight: 212.6 
 
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9/8/07 8:46 A

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Tomorrow is the official weigh-in day. Anyone having any sabotaging thoughts?

Feeling healthy is much better than ANY food tastes!!!

STG - Have a 4 week streak!


 current weight: 212.6 
 
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