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Never Tie Your Emotions to a Number on the Scale !

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Because there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

I've seen so many posts from members who are distraught that the scale isn't moving when they've been so good. They want to know what they are doing wrong. Well, they really aren't doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time. Because our weight is not a static number and fluctuates for many different reasons, a person should find other ways to measure their success. Which is what I did when I decided I wanted to lose weight and become healthier all those years ago.

When I decided I needed to make a change, I didn't use the scale to measure my success. Instead, I used a pair of pants that I wanted to fit. I did this because in past, I knew I was very obsessive about what the scale said. Not so long ago, I used to weigh myself every day basing my day on what the scale said. One pound up, bad day. One pound down, good day. That wasn't healthy and I can't tell you how long I spent yo-yo dieting because I was too concerned about my weight and not my health.

To begin, I weighed myself once for my starting weight and said that I would NOT weigh myself again until I fit those pants. When I tried on the pants, I couldn't even hike them above my hips. that was pretty embarrassing. I knew I would be losing weight if I could put them on.

So, for the first about 4 months, I watched what I ate, I exercised and each week I put on the pants to see how I was doing. Slowly but surely they started inching up my hips. Before long I could button them. I couldn't breathe, but I could button them ! Eventually, I could comfortably wear those pants.

That's when I decided to get on the scale. I'd lost 37 pounds and was thrilled ! I couldn't believe it. So, you don't need the scale to know if you're making a difference or not. I let those pants be my guide to whether or not I was making a change. That was over seven years ago and I did go on to lose more weight.

Today, I refuse to weigh myself because I don't want to be judged by my weight. There really is more to my good health than what the scale says. I am fitter today than I was over 20 years ago, but I'm also heavier. You know what ? That doesn't matter. I may have been thin back then, but I wasn't fit. Today, I am fit. My health and fitness is more important than what the scale says.

This is why I want to tell all the members who feel bad about what the scale says to not worry !! Find other ways to gauge your success as you lose. Remember, the scale can't tell you how many push ups you can do. The scale can't tell you how fast you can run or walk a mile. The scale can't tell you if you have more endurance. The scale can't tell you if you can bench over 100 pounds. the scale can't tell you your blood pressure. All the scale tells you is what your bones, muscles, blood, intestines, flesh, breakfast, lunch, water, waste, etc... all weigh on any given morning. So, don't let the scale determine how your day will be !!!

Yes, it is important to maintain a healthy weight. But know this, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

Don't be afraid to ditch the scale and weigh yourself less often. As you can see by my own results, you don't need the scale to know if you're making a difference.

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  • HELLODANAE
    thank you for sharing this and for your comment it is really helpful!!!!
    2480 days ago
  • SMASH637
    Loved this blog, Archimedes! I'm up 4 lbs. since I started strength training 3 times per week, but you know what? I can feel myself getting stronger, so that's more important than the scale in my book! :)
    2523 days ago
  • JUFOME
    This is fantastic. I have several pairs of pants that can be my guide on the "weigh" down. Thanks for the great advice.
    2537 days ago
  • FARAWAY01
    I have a pair of pants like that too! I actually have several items of clothing I try on periodically. Things are definitely moving in the right direction.

    I weigh myself daily but don't allow it to rule me in any way. It's just habit. If I start obsessing I'll stop weighing daily, though. For me (right now) its' a tool I use to help me keep on track on a daily basis, nothing more.
    2537 days ago
  • MIJAMAGS
    Great blog! I am going to stop stressing over the scale! emoticon
    2541 days ago
  • ESBELL
    Beautiful Blog!!! I love your attitude, I could use a dose of that self love. Thank you for sharing your experience.
    2569 days ago
  • SM-ARTGIRL
    I just read your blog, and I want say I agree totally with NSMANN-this blog should be posted on every thread related to women's weight-loss. The detail of information you have compiled here is comprehensive and clearly laid out.
    Thank you for this, I have lost patience with the scale.
    2570 days ago
  • WILDFIREKRISTIN
    You are so right! I was doing this same thing. I weight myself once a week and that is better for me, but when I get on the scale during the middle of the week I am always disappointed and it makes me sad all day because I never lose. Drives me insane so I stopped doing that.

    Great blog!

    Kristin
    2580 days ago
  • YAZZY010
    I got on the scale this morning and hated what I saw. Instantly I started feeling bad about myself and negative thinking started settling in. I so needed to read this blog today, you have no idea! Thank you so much for giving me some perspective. I am not going back on the scale for at least a week!
    2583 days ago
  • NSMANN
    "Remember, the scale can't tell you how many push ups you can do. The scale can't tell you how fast you can run or walk a mile. The scale can't tell you if you have more endurance. The scale can't tell you if you can bench over 100 pounds. the scale can't tell you your blood pressure. All the scale tells you is what your bones, muscles, blood, intestines, flesh, breakfast, lunch, water, waste, etc... all weigh on any given morning. So, don't let the scale determine how your day will be !!! "

    This is another classic piece of writing that needs to be saved and resposted on multiple threads over on fitness forum every time this issue comes up.

    I personally really needed to hear these words right now too because I have been doing everything right for some time now without losing a pound.
    2596 days ago
  • SUECHRIS50
    I have those pants!!!
    2596 days ago
  • MUSICTEX
    Great point. I do need to step on a scale weekly to hold myself accountable about my choices, but it is good to measure your success in many ways (or weighs lol).

    2597 days ago
  • RAGIONERE
    Sage advice! Thank you for taking the time to post it.
    2602 days ago
  • SHORTY470374
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    2603 days ago
  • ANDEENNATE
    I am so thankful that you took the time to share about your pants emoticon I have not lost any weight in many many months, but I am in a smaller clothing size, I am stronger, my muscles have more definition, and I am enjoying running again. I am trying very very hard not to let the numbers bring me down, but they do, this is why I no longer have a scale. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2603 days ago
  • KRAEG3
    Thank you for the insightful blog. I weigh myself about 1 time a week. Do I need to...no because I know that if I'm not eating healthy my weight goes up and if I'm eating healthy my weight stays the same or goes down. It is more of an in your face reality check for me when I get on the scale. I am heavier then some of my thin friends but I know it is because I have more muscle. This took me a while to get over. Maybe I will try for a month using no scale. At 42, the weight is not so easy to keep off and from what I here it does not get easier. emoticon
    2603 days ago
  • IMIN2GENES
    Thanks for an important reminder! Congratulations on your success!
    Chris
    2604 days ago
  • THAIBEAUKITTY
    Very true. I do the pant strategy as well.
    2604 days ago
  • MAGGIE805
    Awwww, the pant-o-meter. I love this way to gauge my progress. I found when I was tied to the scale during the Winter Challenge my anxiety went up. I didn't like that feeling. Great blog.
    2604 days ago
  • VHALKYRIE
    Thanks for sharing your story, Karen! It's so important for people to know there are other ways to gauge success other than the scale! A pair of pants (or a swimsuit!) are a great, tangible way to work towards a goal!

    You've motivated me to get off my butt and get to the gym!

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    2604 days ago
  • MELOSPARKLE
    Very true! It's hard not to be upset when you weigh yourself weekly and there is no CHANGE!! Even though you worked so hard that week. Very frustrating! Maybe I'll go buy a smaller pair of pants and try your way!! emoticon
    2604 days ago
  • UPSWIFE
    Hear! Hear!

    So many words of wisdom in this blog. My favorite? "The scale can't tell you how many push-ups you can do." LOL! Oh, yeah. I rock push-ups, LOL!
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    2604 days ago
  • SKYWATCHERRS
    Amen, Karen!
    2604 days ago
  • CALENSARIEL
    Everything you say is so true. So why the heck is it so hard to hold onto that mindset when you need to? Like Deeann, I usually let my weight determine how my day is going to go. Guess I'm going to have to print this off and keep it on my mirror or something. Great blog, Karen! Hugs, Calen~

    2604 days ago
  • DEEANN8
    That is so true. When I was doing well and losing, I remember noting that there often seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the numbers on the scale. I could have a good week and see no movement or have a bad week and see a loss. It moves when it wants to.

    I did notice, however, as I was re-reading my CK blogs starting from the beginning.... that there was a definite hint of bipolar in my blogs based on how I did with my eating and exercise each day. Same thing --- good = happy, bad = sad/frustrated.

    You've done amazing! I hope to achieve that level of balance too.
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    2604 days ago
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