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Project ME!! Day 33: Finding my way is long and slow. But that's okay.

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Monday, July 05, 2010

Even though my weight tracker has stayed stuck for many months, my actual weight has moved: it's just that it's gone up and down, and down and up, and has never gone below the tracker weight. So decided to leave it as is, until I see a real change at some point.

And I am seeing changes, but not anything that I can physically track. My food choices are coming along, slowly but surely. Almost never indulge in emotional eating anymore, which to me is a miracle in itself. Even if I never lose another pound, I'd consider my journey a success just for that! Food is no longer my best friend one day, my enemy the next. It is No more, no less. And the more nourishing choices I can make, the better for me and for my body and my mind.

With the better food choices have come more emotional stability (not as many drastic highs and lows), more energy (I need fewer naps, even if I haven't given them up completely!), and less illness (I haven't been sick since my last bout with bronchitis back in February). Of course, some of this may be because of the arrival of summer, with its higher temperatures, and bluer sky, but I am convinced my better treatment of my body is paying off. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!!

As for exercise, while there always seems to be some excuse or another why I can't do something (recently a very sore shoulder is hindering my rediscovered love of swimming), I have to remind myself that I can always do SOMETHING. Most days, it's been walking...the great weather, and the sea always give a kick to my mood, which is always welcome. And on the occasional day when I need to give the knees a break, a good round of stretching feels wonderful!

So until I feel a difference, I'm staying off the scale. I'll know when things have started heading downward by my clothes anyway, and I'm not going to derail my very real progress by becoming depressed about the number on the scale.

Feeling good is hard to measure on a tracker, but is so worth it!
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  • SENIOR62
    What a great message. It gives a person alot of food for thought. Thanks
    2519 days ago
  • RNNAC1
    I'm on day 4 so one day at a time is my motto right now because that's about all I can focus on. Hopefully I will get to day 30 .. 60 .. 90 and be able to post my success like all of you.
    2629 days ago
    Good for you I'm also considering giving my scale a rest. All the best. emoticon
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    2814 days ago
    Vivian, I am having that very same trouble with the scale, though I am drinking more water than ever and making good food choices. I am very conscious of how healthy the food is that I am eating, the thought of any fast food (greasy and fried) nearly turns my stomach. My clothes, too, are fitting better, though the scale shows no change I know that changes are being made. What I have learned from Spark People (success is not measured by the scale alone) has kept me from throwing the whole thing down the drain! Can't get any exercise now, cause I had knee surgery, but at least, I am not gaining! emoticon emoticon
    2854 days ago
    Oh, I can so relate to how you feel about the scale. It's the same with me. I've given up weighing myself for the most part. I measure how I feel, how my clothes feel and my measurement to see how I'm doing. I'm certainly glad I'm not the only one with this problem with the scale.

    I'm glad I came across your Day 33 blog. You've given me an even better outlook. I look forward to reading the rest until the present.

    Keep moving forward,

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    2868 days ago
    Wonderful Blog! I congratulate you for the changes in your life that the scale can't show you. I am so glad that you know changes are happening in your body no matter what that scale reads. We should never trust the scale all the time because the scale does lie and often. God bless you and give you strength to do more so that your body will come in line with what you see inside. Happy healthy and fit life!
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    Comment edited on: 7/17/2010 6:18:42 AM
    Great job!
    2872 days ago
    I am into year 3, and I feel just as you do, the fact that I do not eat obsessively or compulsively is my miracle.

    I have worked hard to like myself more, to rid my mind of the negative messages that seem to have been with me for my entire life, and I am so much more comfortable with food.

    I just had a weekend away and found that I ate, when everyone else ate, and in reasonable quanities and made better choices that I ever would have 3 years ago.

    In the past, in this period of time, I would have lost maybe 100 pounds, and by now, I would have gained it all back again.

    Taking my life, one day at a time, one change at a time, and learning to accept my own worth has gone a long way in making me into a happier, healthier,less stressed individual. I have found exercise that I enjoy doing, so it is easier to get myslef to do it.

    Love the SP way, and the members and the support from SP have been invaluable on my journey!

    Loved your blog
    2872 days ago
    I am on day 30 and I also notice that I am not indulging in emotional food battles anymore! I love that the most!
    2872 days ago
    Great job!! Every little bit helps!!
    2873 days ago
    What a good blog. Just the reminders that I need. Have gone up and down for many months too. Just keeping tracker where it it until a significant change.
    Weaning oneself off emotional eating is a biggee! Also when we are used to eating the correct foods for our nutritional needs they contribute to a sense of well being. There are several studies on this. emoticon
    2873 days ago
    hi great attitude, i havent weighed in on spark as late as my weight has gone up and downalso but not below my last logged weight so i refuse to change it, its a pity that it doesnt chart the complete journey as i think most peoples ticker would go up adown and alla over the place, sounds like you are doing well, this is the healthiest eating i have done for the longest time, no more restrictive diets! good luck
    2873 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog. The weigh-in page does have a tracker to reflect stress and well-being. No reason you couldn't "scale" that in and just skip the weigh-in potion.

    I am currently trying to get BACK to my last and only documented weight loss SP measurement. Just joined a goal thread to try and make me work just a little harder--perhaps accountability is what I am lacking. It seems too easy to disappoint myself.

    Enjoy your walks and the positive lifestyle changes you have made. emoticon
    2873 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    To see the good in all things is such a great attitude to have and you are the poster child! Continue to be encouraged and if that scale is a hindrance, to what you need to do! It helps me to measure myself as muscle weighs more than fat and we put too much emphasizes on that scale. You've admitted that you feel, sleep and look better so all that counts! Keep up the good work as the light is at the end of the tunnel. Who said it would be easy, that's half the battle is knowing that you can and will! emoticon
    2873 days ago
    You have to have the clouds and rain so that you can enjoy the rainbows! I, too, seem to have difficulty staying on the straight and narrow as consistently as I would like and it's puzzling as I love to be motivated. At least our thoughts have to remain positive and the rest will follow with a dose of patience!
    2874 days ago
    Your message is so reasuring to me. I often struggle thinking I am weak and not doing enouugh to make the weight go down. I am now going to adopt this philosophy. Thank you
    2874 days ago
    I can relate, I lost 10 pounds and a few weeks later some of the weight came back and brought a few more friends (being extra pounds) with it. I do better when I don't weigh as often as every week. When the scales said I lost I find myself straying from my food plans. (notice I did not say DIET!) I know what I should be doing I don't need that thing with numbers to control my mind. With my bad knees I am restricted to walking for exercise. It has been hot and humid but this morning the humidity was down and I grabbed my cane and went for a walk. Keeping on the path and it isn't to the refrigerator.
    2874 days ago
    I am in the same state and have drawn same conclusion. The fun part is scales started to move when I started to ignore it. Have a great journey ahead!
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  • DOUGZ69
    I think you are definitely on track. We need to focus on the goals which might be healthy eating or more energy or whatever. The scale is just ONE measurement and really has little to do with what should be THE REAL goals. Keep it goin!
    2874 days ago
  • DWYER1952
    Know the feeling. Just had a week's vacation and feel like I am right back where I started. Well back to work emoticon
    2874 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    2874 days ago
    I've been stuck for months! However, making the small changes will make a difference, even if the scale doesn't say so. Good for you for making the changes.
    2874 days ago
    I'm experiencing the same thing, but alls well that ends well!
    2874 days ago
  • MASE72
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    2874 days ago
    Yep, I'm in the same place!
    2875 days ago
    nice blog!!i am new on sp but i can totally relate! and i am loving it!!
    2875 days ago
    i'm with you on the whole scale issue. I have put mine in the cabinet and have not plans of pulling it out until I can see a real difference in my clothes. I feel a bit relieved not having to see the scale all the time. Way to hang in there and not give up!!
    2875 days ago
    It is good to remember that there are so many ways to measure success without the scale. I'm sorry about your shoulder and hope it feels better soon. But good for you that you do something--anything forward moving --and not give up!
    2875 days ago
    2875 days ago
    Sounds like me! I have lost 20 pounds but it has taken 2 years to do it! I feel great and that is what counts too.
    2875 days ago
  • JOYCE561
    We can all benefit from the slow, steady, sure path.
    2875 days ago
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  • KARENE10
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    2875 days ago
    Good for you!!
    I do think they have a tracker for mood or stress level or both, by the way!

    Keep up the good work... That's the magic of th SPARK!!!

    This is So "do-for-the-rest-of-your-life-able"
    2875 days ago
    Very well said.
    2875 days ago
    I think the way you've adjusted your thinking is the most difficult thing to overcome in this journey. Tackling the consistent exercise and routines will be a piece of cake now!
    2875 days ago
  • CBLANK20091
    You're doing an awesome job. The scale is just a number - the way you feel inside is priceless.
    2875 days ago
    Moving slowly along the path doesn't matter if it's the right path, I find!
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  • LEXIE63
    Been there, still there and likely to continue to be there for a while! I enjoyed reading this.
    Thankyou for sharing.
    Lex xxx
    2875 days ago
  • CAM2438
    I found this to be so interesting. Thank-you.
    2875 days ago
    A big warm "THANK YOU" to all the Sparkies who have posted comments or liked this post! I've tried to thank as many as I can individually, but I think I lost track somewhere...the response to my thoughts is gratifying and humbling, but gives me so much motivation to continue on with what I'm doing.

    Thank you again!
    2875 days ago
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  • XENA1956
    You are doing great and that right thing too. Keep away from the scale and you will know when you start to loose again because your clothes will start to be too big on you. Good luck on your journey.
    2876 days ago
  • SDJ098
    I am almost done with week one, I have your attitude now, I just hope i keep it up as long as you have. I also feel better.

    keep up the good attitude and keep posting the positive. Im right behind you.
    2876 days ago
  • BGOOCH56
    The statement you made below is key. I had an ah ha moment when I read that. thank you

    It is No more, no less. And the more nourishing choices I can make, the better for me and for my body and my mind.
    2876 days ago
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