How many times have I been on a "diet" over the past 30 years? Too many to count. I can remember the first time I decided to go on a diet. My 2nd child was around 6 years old, and I had gone from my size 10 to a size 12, and the scale had gone up 4 or 5 pounds. HA!!!! I had no idea what being overweight was all about. I would try some kind of "gimmick" diet like the peanut butter diet, the banana diet, the "Lose 10 in 10" diet, etc. etc. All of us girls in the office would go on some kind of diet that promised a miracle in 5 days. My, how times have changed. I now need to lose 40-50 pounds, have not seen that size 12 in a long time, have a grandchild older than my 2nd child was when I first started the "diet scene", and I am much more informed, thanks to wonderful programs like SparkPeople. With all that said, there still was the problem of the scale. I found out about Sparkpeople a year or two ago, read the book, started the program and lost weight, but I fell off the wagon. I became discouraged when the scale stopped moving, and I quit before ever reaching my goal weight. I was weighing everyday, sometimes several times a day, and I don't know what I expected, but I do know when the scale did not change I became very discouraged. After being in the hospital with diverticulitis several times, having no energy, spending too much time on the sofa, having every joint in my body ache to the point I walked like Frankenstein the first 10 minutes after being in bed or in a seated position for any length of time, I decided I had to do something or I was going to spend the rest of my life acting and feeling like I was 25 years old than I am-----I also decided not to even weigh, mainly at the time because I did not want to know how much I had gained back of what I originally lost. Well, that was the best thing I ever did as far as my weightloss/getting healthier journey is concerned. I have been going strong since the first part of January 2012 with exercise and a healthy eating plan and I have not been on the scale one single time. I can already tell a major difference in my clothes, my husband compliments me daily and says things like "you are looking good", "I can tell you are losing weight", "your butt has gotten smaller", etc. Those words from the hubby, getting into a dress that had gotten too tight, moving better, feeling better, and having more energy tells me much more than the scale could have ever told me. I am working out 2 to 3 times a week with a personal trainer and trying to get cardio in everyday. I have not strayed from my healthy eating plan and the number of calories I am supposed to consume, not even one day, and it is paying off. I don't know how many pounds I have lost, but I know I have lost inches, the knees are working better, the old back is feeling much better, I have more energy, I don't stay hungry all the time, and I am starting to feel better about how I look. My 40th class reunion is coming up this year, and I am determined not to be the former cheerleader everyone talks about after the reunion that has gotten so fat and looks 20 years older than she is. HA!!! And admit it, you know people do it!!!! They always look to see what the former cheerleaders and football players look like. But the most important thing is that I am feeling better, have less aches and pains, and that I am taking better care of my body, all without the help of that discouraging scale. I am not saying you should not weigh. Do what works for you. But if you feel like the scale is causing you to become discouraged, put it away. As for me, I am going to pick a date in the future that I will weigh, a weight I hope to be, a reward I will give myself if I have reached the weight, and use the scale as part of a goal plan. It is working for me, and it just might work for you, too.