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The scale: the great deceiver

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I see alot of entires on spark people blogs about scale frustration. I think the scale must be the greatest stumblingblock that some of us have faced. Yes, I have been through that also. I would look at the number on the scale and let it be the judge of wether I had been good or bad. I would feel frustrated and even sometimes depressed. I would let it put a shadow on my entire outlook for the rest of that day. Alot of times I would allow it to influence my efforts for weeks afterward. I would say things like "what is the use, nothing works anyway."

Slowly I am learning that the number on that scale is just that. A number. My husband told me today that no matter what that scale says, you are looking alot different. I also have noticed that I am looking different. Some clothes are starting to fit different.

If I would only look to the scale for my measurement of success I would be deceived by the number it shows me. I know in time that the numbers will start to move downward. It is like any other journey in life. You have to start to finish. Being impatient and expecting perfection only slows you down.

I want to see the numbers start downward. Yes I do. But until that happens I am going to keep on doing what I am doing. My body has been through so many "diets" and lost so many lbs and regained them in my life time that it is probably confused and doesn't know what to do. LOL. I don't believe in dieting anymore. Changing lifestyle is the solution to the ongoing problem.

I am just going to relax and make this journey a pleasant one. I believe the attitude I continue on with will be alot of the measure of my success. I may have to reset some of my goals, but I will reach them. Just maybe not as soon as I would like to. I am going to be patient and learn as I go. That is part of the journey, to learn. I learned how to put the weight on and get unhealthy. Now I just have to reverse all of that. emoticon

In the meantime I will make friends with the scale and not allow it to frustrate, depress and affect my esteem anymore. emoticon
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    You're right....we love the scale and hate the scale. When the numbers don't budge, I take great solace in how my belt is tightened a few notches, how the clothes feel baggy, and how there's all sorts of good definition as muscle pushes it's way up through the fat!
    2208 days ago
    I agree! I use to get depressed if I didn't lose as much as I wanted. Now, I see the scale as one of many tools to help me track my progress. Weight is just a number, and you are way more important than the number you weigh! I think if you are working hard and eating right your body will love you for it. It is easier to focus on your overall health than a number. Good luck!
    2208 days ago
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