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I was the fat girl in high school and I weighed myself on an old Montgomery Ward scale. It was green and had big numbers every 10 pounds, little numbers on the 5 pounds, then little lines for each pound. I used to weep on that thing. If it just showed me the right number I'd be happy in school. You know the drill. Earlier this year I had to move my mother to a continuing care facility, so she had to do some serious downsizing. And believe it or not, there was that scale all these many decades later. Montgomery Ward is long gone, but Mom still had that scale.

After a moment of anguished nostalgia, I threw it out.

Nell

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Scary no, but if does affect my mood more than I'd like it to!!

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YOJULEZ - We have the exact same attitude toward the scale. Because I’ve never been afraid of my scale, I was surprised when I first realized the strong feelings it provokes. I was also surprised that my use of it made people assume there was something wrong with me.

I believe we all use what works best for us. Some people take their measurements regularly. I don’t think I can find a tape measure in the house.

I don't think you can assume any one method of measurement and its frequency of use is good or bad if it's working for the person physically, mentally and emotionally. That's something we must each determine for ourselves.

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The scale has never been "scary" for me, I also just use it as a tool, I weigh daily.

I'm realizing the tracker is scary for me... I literally get obsessed over it. I ate over my calories on Saturday and Sunday, and when I saw it coming on Sunday afternoon, I was in a very foul mood. I don't like the power that food has over me like that. It never did until I started tracking. I didn't join SP until July, when I was only about 15lbs from goal (after losing 23 since the beginning of the year) ... before that I tracked most days on a piece of paper but when I had a "bad day" I just didn't bother, and I kind of wish I could get back to that, instead of obsessing over every little bite.

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Being raised where my mom put in, kept and managed a one acre garden yearly, life has definitely changed a lot. My mom could outwalk, outride all of us when she was 80 yrs old but she never sat, was always busy. It is very hard for me to do "organized" exercise, yet I love fun physical activities. I did work hard with my husband most of my life - general contractors and I along with dd,ds can roof,etc. as well as lift and build railroad tie walls. Lifting weights seems so strange to dh and I...we lifted physical items. However, my mom told me lots to not be like her, doing "man's work" and that I would pay in old age. Well, into "old age" and perhaps she was right - maybe should have saved that back a bit.

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Nell, I think our lifestyles are just so different now, that formal exercise is needed for many of us. Unlike you, I have been known to sit like a bump on a log watching TV for a couple of hours and I sit all day at work. No wonder cardio feels so good to me. My grandparents grew and raised their own food and worked hard all day and into the night. They didn't put on weight until they were older. Or as they would have said, they became "husky" a state they viewed positively, given that they were immigrant peasants who knew what hard, hard times were. Grandpa lived to 92. Grandma died young at 77 from a heart attack but both had excellent quality of life right to the end.

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10/8/12 12:45 P

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I have found it necessary to weigh every day (when I don't I start to gain), but the only time it scares me is when I have over-eaten the day before.

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I'm with you, Mellow. I have maintained my weight loss for over 40 years without strength training, or any formal exercise at all. I am active, always in motion (I am one of those people who simply cannot sit still, not even for a half hour tv show) but have never done "exercise". It wasn't even mentioned as part of a weight loss program back in the 60s and 70s.

I gained about 35 pounds during my first pregnancy and was humiliated in front of everyone. After WW I learned my lesson and only gained 15 pounds during each of my next two pregnancies. That was '72 and '75 so the 20 pound limit wasn't that long ago.

I'm not sure about the emphasis on formal exercise. I have seen photos of my grandparents' and great grandparents' families and none of them were overweight. And you can be sure they didn't do "cardio" or "weight training", just hard work. There was no processed food and there were no restaurants, and I eat like that. And I have kept my weight off for coming up on 42 years.

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10/8/12 10:12 A

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Brewmasterbill (sorry I called you brewmeister), very interesting blog. I know I need to do weights. Now is just not the time for me. I can only focus on so much. Some day that focus will include strength training and not drinking diet pop. I was even more appalling in my habits during my early days of weight loss where the only thing I focused on was eating less. I believe in setting achievable goals for myself. When I feel strength training is something I will be able to do consistently without too much effort on my part, I will get right on it. I have a sort of slacker approach to weight loss and maintenance, LOL.

In all seriousness, I haven't found cardio to be detrimental to my previous maintenance efforts. Not understanding the calorie range I needed to stay in and the expenditure of energy I needed to continue were what did in my previous maintenance periods. Not only do I love cardio but it is crucial to my keeping weight off. I do not do strenuous exercise. I walk briskly every day for an hour, ride a stationary bike for 15 minutes several days of the week, and do a little step areobics, low impact aerobics or Zumba. My muscles are very strong in my legs at least! :-) I really do think there are a variety of approaches to weight loss and maintenance that work for different people.

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Well, there is a difference between using the scale and being anxious, scared, or whatever when stepping on it. To me it's like a carpenter getting nervous when he takes out his tape measure.

Also, not doing weights is a mistake, especially in maintenance. I learned this the hard way, but I've not been able to successfully convey to most how important a solid weight training program is. Way more important than cardio. If you care to know how I formed this opinion, I discussed it here.

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Brewmeister, my emotional issues with the scale are minimal these days but short of extensive desensitization (which would involve high calorie treats and thus defeat the purpose), there is a lot of history of anguish over the scale that lurks in the back of my mind. To me the scale is an important way to monitor progress and now that I am in maintenance, staying where I need to. I know it does not always correspond to other measurements. My other main monitoring methods are how my clothes fit and my cardio performance. Well, also my low BP and heart rate too, I guess. Every so often I take measurements. At this time, I don't do weights.

Brooklyn Born, when my mom was pregnant with my brothers in the 50's, she was expected to keep her weight gain to 20 lbs and did so. Her doctor actually mocked one of her friends who put on too much weight as 200 lbs on the hoof. This was too my mom. Lord knows what he said to her friend. Nice. I loved your blog about the scale in the kitchen. Sweet story about your mom and sounds very effective for managing weight. I hope to some day get to daily weighing. Right now the unexplained (seeming capricious) fluctuations bother me too much, so I do weekly. :-)



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10/8/12 8:18 A

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NOt really scary but I hate a love / hate relationship with it

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I cannot stress enough how important it is to diminish emotional attachment to the scale. Particularly in maintenance, it's role is much less important than something like waist to hip ratio or body fat % (which is a little more difficult to get an accurate measurement of). While in maintenance, the focus is on favorable body composition. Something that should be of way more important mentally is the amount of weight you're putting on the bar. Focus on function and strength. You should be getting better at whatever it is that drives you.

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10/8/12 7:32 A

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Now the scale is my friend. It never lies to me. I understand weight fluctuates daily for a lot of reasons, but if the trend is up, up, up, it’s time to analyze what’s going on. My scale holds me accountable.
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Willowbrook: DH was in the army during my first pregnancy. Back in the day 20-25 lbs was the maximum weight gain suggested, no, demanded. It was the military, after all. The scale was in the waiting area as you describe. I always seemed to be next in line after some tiny, petite lady who scarcely broke 100 lbs. Very discouraging!


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10/8/12 3:20 A

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I'm transitioning to maintenance and I still actually breath in when I step on the scales!

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I weigh only 4 times a year. I have a set of habits I implement no matter what the scale says. The scale invites manipulation that I don't want to get involved in.

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I haven't been on a scale in two months..........I use my skinny jeans as a yardstick.

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It is not scary now, but I have decades of fear and loathing for the scale. When I was a teen with some extra weight, the nurse always weighed you right next to the waiting area and announced your weight very loudly for all to hear. And she was a charmer compared to the doctor, LOL.

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It can induce trepidation but for me is not truly scary. I usually know what to expect! So the scale just tells me what I already know - whether or not I have eaten healthily or not, or done my regular exercise.

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I weigh daily but I don't get hung up on the numbers. I expect a 1-3 pound fluctuation across the day. My main concern is that my early morning weigh in is consistent if I have been eating at home. I expect my weight to go up whenever I eat food I have not prepared because I don't use much salt in my cooking and a restaurant meal will easily increase my weight 2-5 pounds for a few days.

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No, I can honestly say I don't care much what it says. I do care if my percentage of body fat goes up or down a lot. I only have that measured once a month which helps to not worry about it daily.
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Although I don't view the scale as scary anymore because I use it as a tool like some of the others have mentioned, I probably use it a bit more than I need to at this point. I've got my diet and exercise plan pretty well worked out and know where I need to be to maintain, yet I still feel compelled to jump on the scale daily. Maybe it's that I still can't believe that I've actually been able to maintain these past seven months. I probably could stand to scale back to weekly weigh ins but since I don't allow the number on the scale to dictate my mood for the day, I don't think there's much harm in it. It's just become part of my morning routine and is as natural a thing as brushing my teeth at this point.

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Yep, still intimidated by the scale. Hope it will get better as I get under my goal and remain there a while. I just know how it feels to have been there and lost it and right now I am a couple of pounds up, so I am especially nervous, which I know is not good for weight loss or maintenance. Trying to remain calm and trust that I can be disciplined enough to stay on track and keep up the fitness. I'd feel more comfortable if I have a few pounds of "buffer".

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To me my scale is a tool, more like a GPS. I am at goal so it pretty much just tells me what my day will look like. I have my food plan pre-prepared, but I adjust it a little based on what the scale says in the morning. No big deal, any more than seeing the coordinates of my location on my GPS. If I'm not where I want to be, I have the tools to find my way back. No angst, just directions for the day.

Public weighing is different. Back when I did WW they read out your losses to the group at the start of each meeting. I don't do that anymore, but at doctor's offices I am always waiting for the recognition that never comes. They just write it down then bring out the blood pressure cuff. I guess that's what "normal" is all about.

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I have a hate/love relationship with my scale. I need it to help me know what is, is not working as I can fit into the same clothes over a great weight variance. Tracking tells me how many calories but it does not tell me weight change as my weight also varies greatly as to what type calories - empty" carbs add weight even when undereating. I cannot tell by the mirror - my perception always seems to be wrong. I just wish the scale was truly only a tool and I would not let it be a "voice" with a lot of emotional power. Really envy those who see it truly as only a tool.

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It's less that the scale frightens me than that it still holds the power to crush or elate me. I've gone through phases of weighing only once a week, of considering instead how I look and feel, but I can really only manage my weight effectively by weighing daily. So the scale is still, unfortunately, my main measure of how I'm doing on this journey.

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Even after maintaining my weight for a number of years, I found the scale can still be scary. I "documented" the event in a blog post. motoringforward.posterous.com/164324
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How do you all deal with scale anxiety? What other mental adjustments have you had to make to move beyond simply "maintaining" your weight?

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