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Ditch the Scale

As the unofficial queen of plateaus, I can tell you this: Ditch the Scale. Put it outside in the garage and leave it there for a few weeks. Switch up your routine somewhat. Do more weights, do less cardio or vice versa. Eat breakfast for dinner. Just do something different.

- Submitted by TERIANA 10/7/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 1 Comment
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Measuring Food

I recently bought a food scale because I was having a hard time knowing what is considered a reasonable portion. I use it pretty much every day! I have found it very helpful because often times, we may think that we're eating the "right" amount of food but are usually over indulging. I use the scale to measure my nuts, fruits, rice/quinoa before eating.

- Submitted by DIKKA5 7/9/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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See a "new you" once a week!

Take a front, side & back picture once a week. Try & stay in the same pose & place but change your clothes around! Name each photo with week & weight.

Save pictures in a folder on your desktop, upload to Spark People or you can even use a picture editor to combine all three pictures side by side & set the current picture as your profile picture on Spark People or set as desktop wallpaper!

The pictures allow you to see your progress in toning & weight loss instead of relying on the scale!

- Submitted by SWANATOPIA 4/23/2012 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Inches vs Pounds

In the beginning the scale may not move but you are probably losing inches. Losing inches are visible to everyone around and seeing the scale move is motivating! emoticon

- Submitted by TOTALPACKAGE12 1/4/2012 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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I weigh myself everyday

Although most experts say to weigh yourself once a week, I weigh myself everyday. it keeps me on track and I can by tracking my food intake on Sparkpeople, I can analyze what works and what doesn't. How the food and calories affect my weight on a day to day basis.

- Submitted by GETHEALTHY135 12/21/2011 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Obsession

I stopped using my scale... Seems in my head I always want it and expect it to be more weight loss then it is. I had to stop weighing in so often. Now instead I see my pants getting smaller and it keeps me from being so hard on myself or giving up when it's not what I wanted to see...

- Submitted by KANDIGREGORY 10/6/2011 in Staying Positive | 1 Comment
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Weights and Measures!

Weigh and measure everything that you cook and eat! Most of us suffer from proportion distortion and underestimate what we eat.
When you take the time to measure liquids and weigh solids, you will come to learn just how much you're eating!

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 7/14/2011 in Cooking | 0 Comments
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Don't believe everything you read - including the scale!

I've found that relying solely on the scale is not the best way to know if you're losing weight. That's why I say that it's all in the jeans! Yup! I'm happier now knowing that a pair of tight jeans are now fitting me loosely than what the numbers on the scale read!

I hope this helps you to feel the Spark!

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- Submitted by WALKING_WONDER 6/30/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Weigh in Monday Mornings

If you need extra help being accountable over the weekend, schedule your weekly weigh-in for Monday morning. Knowing that you'll step on the scale at the start of the week can help you to stay accountable and be more aware of your weekend choices.

- Submitted by TWOBOYS3503 6/16/2011 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments
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Weigh yourself

I have always had a problem weighing myself daily. I know it isn't healthy but I have finally found the solution. I put a sticky note on the dial that has my goal weight on it. Every morning I get on the scale and I always weigh my goal weight. I celebrate reaching my weight loss goal and notice the changes in my body that I might not notice if I paid attention to my actual weight. Then once a week I peel back the sticky note and weigh myself for noting my progress on SP.

- Submitted by CARMELLANICOLE 5/31/2011 in Motivation | 1 Comment
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Scale LOCATION consistency.

If you're tracking your weight with a small "stand on it and look down at the numbered dial"-style scale, put that scale in the exact same spot on the floor each time you weigh yourself, because the scale's reading can CHANGE based on how flat, even, textured or tilted the ground underneath it is.

- Submitted by PUFFPASTRY 5/26/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Weigh yourself at the same time everyday!

A lot of people I've talked to say that the best time to weigh yourself is in the morning after you've used the bathroom. If you weigh yourself then, you won't have the added weight of food and water weight. You'll also have a better idea of your real weight loss if you weigh yourself at the same time every day since your weight does fluctuate throughout the day!

- Submitted by GLITTERTHINGS 5/4/2011 in Weight Loss | 3 Comments
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Rebuke the Scale

Weighing ourselves is important on the the weightloss journey. Often times, the scale takes control of our life and we lose focus of why we are trying to lose weight. Losing weight is more than seeing a certain a certain number on the scale or wearing a certain size. Losing wieght is about being the best you that you can be.

- Submitted by LANISMOM01 5/1/2011 in Staying Positive | 0 Comments
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Photo of scale

Take a photo of your scale each time you weigh in.

I have been doing this for a while and it is really motivating to have so many photos of scales all going down, plus with the date stamp on, it doubles as a log of your journey.

Each time you snap the photo feels like a reward to have earned a photo of the scale.

- Submitted by PURESTILLWATER 4/27/2011 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Put the scale away

I put the scale away and only use it on Saturdays, that way i wont give up when my numbers are not going down daily

- Submitted by SABERLILLY 2/23/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Put Away Your Scale

If you find yourself relying too much on what the scale says (and weighing yourself too often), put it away in a closet and get it out only once a week. This will give you time to think twice before weighing in.

- Submitted by THEATREKATE 2/16/2011 in Staying Positive | 2 Comments
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Honor Your Body - Don't let the scale rule your life

Keep your reason for being on SP in focus. Are you here to become healthier or skinnier? Contrary to popular belief not everything skinny is healthy.
When your goal is to become healthier you become invested in providing health for both your body and mind. You take pride in the things you are training your body to do and your mind to understand, both will become stronger.
Honor your body and the good things you are providing. Become your body's best friend. The scale won't rule your life.

- Submitted by HAPPYWRITER7 1/16/2011 in Getting Started | 3 Comments
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Don't Panic

When the numbers don't say what you want them to say, (scale, monitors), don't panic. Take a deep breath and remember you can start over at any time. emoticon
Any day and any time can be day 1.

- Submitted by WRITEROFWORDS 11/28/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 2 Comments
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Using food scale in an efficient way!

I used to get so frustrated measuring messy foods like peanut butter in measuring spoons to be sure I didn't overeat. Now, I put the jar on the food scale and zero (tare) it out. As I take PB out of the jar, the scale shows a negative number of grams or ounces that gets larger as I take more out of the jar. Result? I can take a precise serving right out of the jar and put it directly on my bread without the use of measuring spoons. I get every gram I'm entitled to! (click title for more)

- Submitted by JEDEVIENS 11/20/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Don't weigh in every single day.

I used to do this to "keep myself in check", but it really isn't necessary. Weigh once a week or even once a month or not at all. You can just go by how your pants feel. The number on the scale really stresses me out, so it is best for me not to dwell on it too much. Lately, I can see my stomach getting smaller. I don't need to be validated by the scale.

- Submitted by NERDYGAL 11/13/2010 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Daily Weigh-ins

Surprisingly, weighing myself every day has made me less stressed about the ups and downs of weight loss. Seeing how weight fluctuates day-to-day lets me see long-term trends rather than putting all my hard work (and self-worth!) to the test in only one weekly weigh-in.

- Submitted by PERIDRAGON 7/22/2010 in Weight Loss | 6 Comments
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Scale Tricks

Want to weigh less on weigh-in? First, eat at a reasonable time at night like 5-6PM, especially a low cal dinner like a piece of fish or meat & a small salad, & don't eat after that. Take an evening walk or do your exercising after dinner. In the morning, weigh yourself as soon as you get up, & naked.

- Submitted by MOIRADOON 6/25/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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I Weigh Myself Every Day!

I know this goes against what everyone says, but I wake up in the morning, use the bathroom, then weigh myself. I know the number is going to fluctuate, but it keeps me accountable!

- Submitted by DAWN374 5/28/2010 in Motivation | 6 Comments
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Use Something Other than the Scale

When the scale isn't moving, but you are doing everything right, think of how you have changed, inside and out, by measuring your progress using something other than the scale - body definition, clothes sizes, attitude, playfulness, fitness, whatever works for you!

- Submitted by KATYUNLEASHED 5/21/2010 in Motivation | 2 Comments
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Your Smile, Warmth, Kindness, Humor, & Confidence Are The REAL Attractions!

While health is important, remember to not base your self worth on that number the scale reflects. You can be beautiful but ugly on the inside. Real beauty comes from within and radiates out. Sometimes it takes a second look, but those who aren't willing aren't people you want around you anyways!

- Submitted by SAVANNAHJESSICA 5/19/2010 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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