The Scale

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So I've decided I'm no longer scared of the scale. I still haven't gotten on one, I don't think it matters really. I know some people use the scale weekly or even daily to monitor their weight but I don't find it that useful. For me, it's about looking and feeling good.

I am feeling great! I can keep up in my jazzercise classes and my clothes are fitting better. I even rode my bike for the first time in years last night. I went up and down hills and never had to stand up to pump the pedals or walk it up a hill. That was a huge triumph! I wasn't even dying to breathe, you know that feeling, when you're breathing so hard that it feels like your throat itches.

So I'm thinking that almighty scale isn't so important. It's just a tool after all. For people that use it daily, how is it effective? I mean if you've eaten a big meal, or if you're retaining water or bloated, or if you haven't had a good poop lately it's not really going to be that accurate.

My instructor does this class, kind of a bootcamp class, she doesn't use a scale but a tape measure. She told me she had one girl who didn't want to get measured. She was very depressed, she had been weighing herself constantly and knew she hadn't lost any weight. Well, to look at her you could tell she looked better. When she finally had her measurements taken she had lost the most inches of the group!

So, don't be tied to the scale. It's all about how you feel.
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    good advice but most of us me included like to see numbers on a scle. I am just weighing in once a week and measuring myslef once a week. after not measuring it was sticker shock.
    3138 days ago
    Oh, I needed this as much as Cassie did! I was bummed out yesterday because I'd only lost a half pound all week, even though I know that my clothes are much looser. I didn't use a scale for years, because I know that I get obsessive about it, but I started again in August. It was motivating at first. . . Next week I'll check my measurements--I'm sure that will be more positive for me.
    Thanks for posting this! Not sure I'm going to dump the scale, but I'm going to worry a lot less if it's not telling me what I want to hear. I feel good, some of my clothes are too big now, so that's what counts!
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    3140 days ago
    This is really what I need to hear. I am so caught up with the numbers on the scale. I am not anti-scale, but I do let it make me feel badly if it goes up. There are so many other wonder things happening as you described. I love the descroption of your bike ride. Like you I can be more physical without that burning feeling in my throat from breating so hard. I keep up in my dance classes and my clothes fit better. I am actually wearing 2-3 sizes smaller depending an the pants. And I have decreased my blood pressure medice 2/3 of the way...what is better than that!

    So thanks for reminding me to be happy and rejoice in all the positive changes!

    Cassie emoticon
    3140 days ago
  • BETRME100
    Like you said, it's one tool among many. Congrats on the bike ride...where did you go riding? Plenty of hills around here...
    3140 days ago
    Mine's broken anyway, it's stuck on 280 & won't budge. I'm not buying a new one, it'll just get stuck, too.

    Just my take on things.

    Ralph the happy Draftsman
    3141 days ago
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