Who cares about the number on the box? Breaking free of the scale!

Friday, March 01, 2013

A few days ago I wrote a blog about competing for weight loss, with others, yourself and with the weight itself. I received several of fantastic comments, but one stood out, in fact, I stole my title from her:

"I quit weighing myself other than about once a year when I go to the doctor -- since I started running 2 years ago I have lost less than 4 pounds total but I am down 5 clothing sizes... who cares about that number on the box... I would rather see the number on the tag in my jeans ." - MOM23JS

That comment really got me thinking. Sure weight loss is the ultimate goal, but the reason for that goal is to be healthier and look better in our clothes, perhaps even smaller clothes. If that is the case, why not worry about just that? Why not focus on getting healthy and trimming the waste line and not worry about that number on the scale?

The scale has been a source of stress for me. I stay in my calorie range and I exercise and it refuses to move. I get frustrated. My pants fit better, that really should be enough. I KNOW I am doing good. I should be proud, not worried about a number.

So I decided to put my scale away for awhile. It is only one tool for measuring success, and a very poor one at that. I weighed this morning, down 1.2 (finally- go me) and I will not weigh again until April 1st. This is going to be a challenge because I am one pound from One-derland and I have been working for over two months just to get there. I expect that I will surpass that this month and be pleasantly surprised.

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  • MOM23JS
    So glad that my thoughts were able to help you and I am truly humbled by your sharing :)
    2652 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I should pull the battery out of my scale.
    2653 days ago
    Sounds great.
    2653 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9543726
    Good for you! I don't think I could do it myself. But I admire people who can!
    2654 days ago
    How often you weigh-in can be a difficult decision to make. For me, if I don't weigh-in every day.... I tend to cheat. So for me, I must have the accountability of a daily weigh-in to keep on track.
    2654 days ago
    That takes some serious willpower! I am always checking the box. Of course I am not real sure how accurate it is! LOL!!!
    2654 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7059546
    Good for you. I can't get away from the number on the box myself.
    2654 days ago
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