Forget the scale

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The scale was up again yesterday for my Winter 5% weigh in (sorry Teddies, I thought I had posted it but was mistaken). Actually up .7 above my start weight for this challenge. I've been focusing on strength training now as my goal is to be firm and fit without any jiggles!

Noticed that lots of Teddies have weight that is either staying the same (plateau) or up a bit and I DON'T WANT YOU TO GET DISCOURAGED!! It's not the number on the scale that is the only measure of the progress we've made and continue to make! Take your measurements each month to chart inches lost. Notice how much easier it is to do that 40 minutes on the treadmill. Congratulate yourself when you eat more freggies or try a new healthy food.

JAZZEJR shared this blog with me and with some of you and I think it's really worth passing it along again. This shows that it's NOT the scale that matters. I'm about 135 lbs but have gotten to a size 4/6. Being in shape is more important to me than weighing 128 (which is my dream weight.) After a year on SP, I just don't care about that number anymore!

I encourage you all to look at the pictures from the blog that I have included in a link. That tells the important story. Don't give up if the scale isn't moving; keep going and you'll see results!!
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    I agree!

    2654 days ago
  • LINDAJ0621
    emoticon I agree!!! My clothing sizes keep dropping, but the scale does not want to move much anymore!

    2655 days ago
    Good thought process!
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  • SHRINK71
    Thanks for sharing that blog! It was just what I needed this morning!!!
    2655 days ago
  • MISSY455
    You are so right about using other measurements, such as inches lost, for the emoticon is seldom our friend. With the strength training, you are gaining muscle which is leaner than fat, and burning more calories, you will see some movement on the scale...consistency is the most important.
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    2656 days ago
    Oh, I am so one of those scale-not-movin' folks! LOL! I'm not letting it get me down. I think it's time to measure again soon! My boots and my new cold gear are telling a different story. Thanks for sharing a timely reminder!

    2656 days ago
    Thanks for the link... Amazing how a body can change so much without the scale moving. Such a great reminder that our NSV's and measurements are just as important.
    2656 days ago
    I constantly say screw the scale. It is hard, but I say it. I hide it under the bed in a different room, and it comes out maybe once a month so I can track. But sometimes, I just let it sit under the bed, b/c really......does it matter all that much?
    2656 days ago
    I needed this reminder...the scale is not in charge of how I look or feel and does not seem to show all the work we put in to our health...I feel good about all the healthy changes I have made and find that I need to place more value on my effort and exercise minutes as the weight loss has slowed of late. Thanks for the blog! Hugs Barb
    2656 days ago
  • REYVE01
    I love that blog... I agree, the scale can be such a downer.
    2656 days ago
    If I just went by the scale I would have quit a long time ago!!! I feel stronger and I feel healthier....these are more important than the number on the scale. Thank you for sharing
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  • MAGGIE805
    For me, the scale is not my only measure of my success. I use smaller clothes sizes and how I feel on the inside out. Yes, it can be discouraging at times. I just have to remind just how far you have come to get to where I am today and keep on keeping on. That ususally picks me up after the scale doesn't move or goes in the wrong direction.
    2656 days ago
  • DANLIN60
    Never really thought about it this way before but you are right and this makes it so much more encouraging Thanks for the info
    2656 days ago
    You're right . . . there's so much more than that number on the scale. And yet, we often give it way too much power. I've learned to keep that power in check (but it took a long time to let go of that power) . . . but give me three weeks in a row of being up, and I'll be taking some action to determine what action might need to be changed.
    2656 days ago
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