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A New Approach

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Well once again I have been away, but am happy to say that this time I didn't backslide so badly. I only regained about 5 pounds before getting my tail back here!

I have decided to try a new approach. I am a self-professed scale-hopper, or at least I am when I am trying to eat right/exercise, etc...when I am "off track" I don't go near that thing! LOL! But when I am "on track" I get on the scale every morning, and often get on it more than once a day, and I know that can be detrimental but I do it anyway. I plan to weigh once a week, and find myself on the scale daily.

Well now my plan is to get on the scale on the 1st of every month at least for now. I weighed this morning, and do not plan to weigh again until December 1st, and then again on January 1st. At that time I will decide if this is working for me or if I should go back to weekly weigh-ins. I will also take monthly measurements, and I got a new tape measure for a new start!

The reason I think this might be helpful is that over an entire month, as long as I'm actually doing the work, I should always have a loss when I weigh in. It may not always be as much as I expect, but sometimes it might be more, and as long as the scale is moving in the right direction, then what I am doing is working, right?

Also this will make me more aware of OTHER changes that come with living a healthy lifestyle. If I am not only focusing on what is happening on the scale, I am more likely to notice improved endurance, better sleep, more energy, improved mood, stronger muscles, and yes, changes in how my clothes fit! In all reality that is what we are really working for, right? It's not actually ABOUT the scale, so why put so much focus on that little contraption?

I think I might actually have to put the scale somewhere that I can't easily get to it so I am not tempted. lol Wish me luck!
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