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Saturday, August 27, 2011



I have decided not to weigh myself regularly. We don't even have a scale, so the temptation won't be terribly difficult.

In the past, I've gotten hung up on numbers. I'd be feeling great, looking good, CONVINCED that I lost a few pounds a week, and then get on the scale to see a .25 pound decrease, or worse...an INCREASE. Very difficult psychologically to bear, and I have ALWAYS become discouraged over this....if I'm going to gain weight anyway, I might as well have a few candy bars and sit on ass every day. It's easy to TELL myself that weight fluctuations occur, and blah blah blah, but I think you all hear me.

Now I know this will prevent me from getting frequent nifty rewards and badges through sparkpeople, but I honestly believe that by weighing myself once a month or once every other month will keep me on track because I will be FEELING good...my clothes fitting better, looking better in the mirror....and I'm hoping that this tactic will keep me going vs religiously tracking the numbers.

Thoughts? Anyone tried this? Success/failure/somewhere in between? What is a better motivator for you...watching the numbers go down or feeling your clothes get looser? I know everyone is different...would love to hear from those that love the scale, and those that hate the numbers game! :)
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  • MEA6785
    I too, get hung up on the numbers game. I'm weighing myself once a week, or every other week.

    My mom has always been fit and she never weighs herself. She has always told me that her jeans are her "scale." If they're getting snug, she works out more and eats a little less.

    Do what feels right for you! emoticon
    3378 days ago
  • MARZIPAN22
    It's like I wrote your blog ! I only want to weigh when I have to (at the doctor's office,usual visits every three months) and that gives me time to "psych" myself up in advance so I don't have a adverse reaction, so to speak, to the numbers. (I've even asked the nurse not to tell me what the numbers are !) I'd just as soon not know since I am tracking faithfully and doing my fitness...what else (positive) could I do ? It is what it is.
    Thursday of this week I had to go to the doctor unexpectedly, however, and had only a short while beforehand to prepare. I wrote an email to a fellow Sparkie and committed that I would not take the all-or-nothing approach and drown my disappointment in food or become giddily exhilarated at a monumental loss and do the same. As it turned out I had lost what I at first considered a meager amount until I started counting my blessings and realized that it turned out to be somewhere around a pound a week. I am working at being active much harder than anytime in the past two years and am sure to be gaining muscle so although I was disappointed I didn't go off the deep end which has been my past record.
    What I decided was that I will weigh weekly from now on. The drama is just too wearing for me...I am looking for emotional balance and I just can't let the numbers mean so much to me. I know for sure that we are eating so much better than before I started following the Tracker, I'm much more disciplined on my fitness and my husband notices and even mentioned to someone how I am trying to take great care of both of us. I just won't let go of those benefits because of my expectations and reactions.
    I'll be watching your blogs to see how things go for you and what you decide. I see I am the first post on this blog, but I dare say I won't be the last, by far. I'm sure we're not alone in our feelings on this matter ! emoticon emoticon
    3380 days ago
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