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Weigh In - Wrong #?

Saturday, July 03, 2010

This blog is for a thinking/writing challenge on my local team... here's the challenge...

Weigh In – Wrong #? –

Does seeing the wrong number on the scale make you crazy?
Many people find that a "bad" weigh-in ruins their mood and saps their motivation, making it difficult to keep doing what they know they need to do.

Things don't need to be this way.
You can learn to use the scale as a helpful tool, instead of giving it the power to dictate your feelings and your actions.

Many experts and experienced dieters will tell you that the only realistic way to take the stress out of your weigh-ins is to skip them altogether—or at least keep them to a bare minimum. After all, there are many other ways to measure your progress towards your health and fitness goals, especially since weight loss is rarely predictable or orderly.

Challenge question came from the “Take the Stress Out of Weighing In” article. Read the entire article before you do this challenge. www.sparkpeople.c

Here goes... let's see if I can do some justice for this one...

Does seeing the wrong number on the scale make you crazy?

In the past, when I would step on the scale and it'd be the "wrong #" showing, it'd frustrate me for some time... to the point I'd think I'd never lose any weight again...

But now, that attitude is diminishing, I rarely feel that way, after reading some articles here on SparkPeople and also getting support from family/friends and my sparkpeople friends, it has helped me to change that attitude to positive.

Now when I step on the scale and it's not the # I had hoped for, I say ok, so I've gained some or am still the same, I just gotta push harder, it's not the end of the world though! I also will take notice of my measurements, look at my photos and get encouraged, and also I'll take notice of the size of clothes I'm in now compared to when I first started. All these factors help to keep me focused and keep pushing on.

Yes there are still times that it bothers me a lot, but I don't let it keep bothering me. I find ways to overcome those negative thoughts... read articles here on SP, read motivating blogs, read devotionals & bible verses.

In fact, just recently while hubby was home, I had gained back 5 lbs of weight that I had lost, I let it frustrate me, I was upset with myself for allowing myself to give in to certain foods and not workout. But I didn't allow myself to stay there... I started paying attention to the foods I put into my mouth again, saying NO to foods I know I don't need... started working out "some" not alot. But, it's been enough to be finally getting back down to where I was when he came home! I'm on a couple of teams that are having challenges... 1 is Periwinkles BLC team, 2 is the 8 week battle #9, both of these teams have challenged me to push harder for what I want. It's my 2nd time around for both of these teams and their challenges. I love all the support I get from both of these teams along with my local team. I'm on these teams because I WANT to see some progress and if I WANT it so badly, then I need to WORK harder for it! No more wallowing in my self pity & laziness.

I like what it says in the article that this question came from...

"Above all, keep in mind that it is NOT a lower number on the scale that makes all the work you are putting into your weight loss efforts worthwhile. What makes it worthwhile is the increased happiness and other benefits that come with doing the best you can to eat a healthy diet, being as fit and active as you can, and doing all the other things that make you feel good about yourself. These benefits depend much more on your attitude and the quality of your efforts than on any number you see on a scale."
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    Amen Sista! I've been frustrated w/ the scale this past month, but continued on the healthy path anyway & have started losing inches in my waist. Went shopping for clothes during this past week & bought 2 pairs of shorts 2 sizes smaller than I was wearing in March! The scale no longer rules my world. emoticon
    3211 days ago
    The best way to break a bad habit is to drop it. ~Leo Aikman

    Declare your independence to day by dropping one bad habit!!!
    3211 days ago
  • GRITS46
    Thank you! Those numbers on the scale can drive me crazy, especially when they go the wrong way or don't move at all. You always bring such light to my day with your Scriptures, Holley's devotionals, and with such wisdom and encouragement as this. I appreciate you.
    3212 days ago
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