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S.C.A.L.E. - It's just a number!

Friday, October 24, 2008

S -adly
C -alculates
A - chieving
L - ifestyle
E - ndeavors.

The scale - friend, foe or something in between?

As with most things in life the use of the scale requires moderation, yes it can indicate progress or lack thereof regarding weight. Yes it can tell you if you need to be more diligent regarding calories or exercise. But does it tell you the whole story?

NO - I'm a firm believer it doesn't! You can be a flabby size 8 at 120 lbs or a lean mean 140 lbs wearing a size 4 why, because muscle takes up less space than fat. Remember the more information you have at your disposal, the better choices you can make regarding the direction you wish to take.

Measurements/body fat% -Building muscle. Muscle is a little compact calorie burning machine so the more you have the more calories you burn a day, even at rest. I read somewhere once that a woman's body is incredibly good at stabilizing after a cardio routine (the calorie burn even one hour after is not as great as a mans is), but will continue to burn calories after doing a strength training session, interesting thought.

Or by just plain old feeling better, are you breathing easier climbing the stairs, can you run, jump and play with your children, can your family take hikes, bike, ski, rollerblade or do some other activity together....well this is progress.

Are you becoming heart healthy? Are your cholesterol levels or blood pressure dropping. What possibly could be a better measurement of progress towards a healthy lifestyle!

Remember, progress can be measured in more ways than one!

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    Great blog Tracy!
    4581 days ago
    Good reminder, thanks for posting this.
    4581 days ago
    I'm feelin' this one. I exercised so much this week, and the scale was viturally th same. But, I feel my pants fitting better, and DH has noticed the dif. So, I guess I need to stop obsessing.

    4581 days ago
    I can't depend only on the scale. I use measure tape and an article of clothing!
    4582 days ago
    You are right! How I feel physically, emotionally, spiritually are all better measures of how life is going!!
    Thanks for the reminder
    4582 days ago
    I have been forgetting to weigh myself. I go by my clothes now, I guess, and the fact that I do still track what I am eating.
    4582 days ago
    I like it!!! I also agree!!!
    4582 days ago
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    I totally agree. We love seeing the scale go down, but it is not the only indicator of good healthy. I remember hearing Jane Fonda (when she had her exercise videos) she was heavier, then when she didn't exercise but she had more muscle and was in better shape. How we feel is so important, and I know I feel so much better than I did almost 2 years ago.

    So lets go girl!!! emoticon
    4583 days ago
    I love this. I admit to having become scale obsessed since I've started this. I really need to tone it down and focus on other 'signs' that I'm on the right path for the time when my weight loss slows down.

    4583 days ago
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