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10/25/12 5:52 P

For a number, how about a pants size, or inches? Personally, the scale can make you sound fatter than you really are, when you're athletic. But don't let it bother you- you're amazing, and losing 98 pounds is a big feat. You can totally lose the last 13, or drop another size or two. And look at the big picture- how do you look? How do you feel energy and self-confidence wise? These matter much more than the numbers. You can doooo it.

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 58,918
10/25/12 5:44 P

I agree with Coach Tanya - loving yourself is the MOST important thing you can do for yourself. Instead of letting a number on a scale to make you feel awful, you need to look at the things you are doing, what might need tweaking, and then create a plan to help you make better choices in the future. The fact you have lost so much weight tells me that YOU know how to do this and also what things need a little tweaking - attitude really matters in the "keeping it off" category probably even more than in the LOSING it category. Realizing this is a lifestyle change and that you do not "RUIN EVERYTHING" by eating a single candy bar and you don't need to worry about a small weight gain occasionally as long as it doesn't become a pattern.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
10/25/12 11:38 A

Sounds like part of your plan might need to include learning to love and appreciate the new body you have achieved and allowing other things to define you and your day. Here are a couple articles that might help push you in that direction while continuing to work toward your goals.

Break Free from the Scale!
How to Stop the Scale from Determining Your Self-Worth

5 Ways to Love Your Body

Boost Your Body Image
Self-Love and Acceptance at Any Size

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10/25/12 9:44 A

Hi all!! I need some help!!
I am struggling with motivation and with keeping my head in the game lately. I have lost a total of 97 pounds, and want to lose about 13 more. Most of my fat that's left is in my mid section. My trainer and I have set a goal to get a flat, lean stomach. But with having weight still to lose, I still weigh bi-monthly. However, if the number is "bad" it REALLY affects my mood and attitude. I'd like to shift my focus away from the number on the scale and more on getting a leaner, fitter, tighter body, but I'm really struggling. My workouts are fine. I like working out and I keep them rotated enough that I don't get bored, and I've added Strength Training days. But I'm bored with the nutrition/diet part. I've been logging my food on SP for almost 3 years now and it has worked. But recently I've started a second part time job and have a lot going on and my stress level has really sky rocketed.
Anyone have any ideas/suggestions on regaining focus and refreshing my plan so I can reach my goals? Has anyone out there stopped tracking their food and were still successful? Has anyone stopped weighing themselves? I'm afraid if I stop weighing, I will gain weight back and lose even more focus. I'd like to stop tracking for a while, but afraid that will also cause me to gain weight.
I know that I need to not pay attention to the number on the scale. I know that I'm totally healthy and feel good most of the time and enjoy all the weight that I've lost and the clothes I can wear now. But for 3 years, I've tracked my food and weighed myself, and my goal is a number. I've worked so hard for so long for a number that I don't know how to re-shift my focus and transition into a different type of goal/path. Any suggestions?

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