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Focusing On Healthy Habits & Not Numbers...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

emoticon Disclaimer: I am in no way shape or form saying there is ANYTHING wrong with daily weighing. I know many people that do it and are awesome and amazing and it is a great accountability tool, so I am not snubbing anyone who is a daily weigher. emoticon

When I started this journey in March 2012 at 262, I just wanted to lose weight. I can't lie to you, I wanted smaller cuter clothes, and to stop feeling like a beached whale when I'd roll over in bed. emoticon Being healthier was the least of my worries, exercising was the least of my worries, because as we all know, "diet" is 80ish% of weight loss, depending on who you ask, so who cares about exercise?

Was that the wrong mentality? Absolutely! But when you are 262 pounds, that number on the scale seems like the most important thing in the world, and as long as it's going down, who cares about anything else?

Now that I am well over a year into my journey and 60 pounds down, I am learning to focus more on the healthy part of this lifestyle. I want to go for my physical and have good blood work, I want to continue to NOT have any flare ups of arthritis in my knees. I WANT to eat better, and pay more attention to the kinds of foods I'm eating and make better choices. emoticon

And here is the biggest shocker, I want to exercise! emoticon emoticon

Walking Sparky is still counting as fitness minutes for me, tracked by my fitbit. We've been hitting 2 miles regularly and it feels great, but I am learning that I have more energy and can afford to add in something more than walking on my days off. I am working back to incorporate strength training and other forms of exercise. I have even changed my ticker to reflect fitness minutes instead of weight loss. That isn't a permanent thing, but the things I can control are my food and exercise, so I am focused on that. I will put my weigh ins for BLC on the side of my page though, no secrets here. emoticon

After losing 4 pounds last week, the scale didn't look like it was budging and I found myself getting discouraged. Not only was I a daily weigher, I was a twice a day weigher. I'd weigh before bed and when I woke up. I could basically guess my "morning weight" from my "night time weight". Needless to say I was obsessed. Most of the time it didn't bother me, I'd take the number, whatever it was and move on with my day. Lately it is making me crazy! emoticon So I put it in the closet and I am going to learn to break myself of this habit. I will weigh in June 5th for the start of BLC and will weigh each Wednesday after that. I can't lie and say I will NEVER step on the scale in between, but I am working on breaking this habit.

Here are some fun things the scale doesn't know:
emoticon: I can walk 2 miles with Sparky without feeling like I'm going to die or can't make it. I also don't get sore from walking anymore.

emoticon: I have been making AWESOME food choices that have included more veggies, less carbs, and much less starchy carbs.

emoticon: I have more energy than I ever had eating my processed diet food stuff.

emoticon: I sleep so much better, except when Sparky is outside trying to bark at Alvin. emoticon (The squirrel, but this was the closest thing LOL)

emoticon: Had to start wearing my belt at work again, because my pants are too dang big. Yes, I'm supposed to wear the belt, it's part of my uniform, but when I was 262 pounds I physically couldn't wear it, it was too small and it hurt.

emoticon: I'm happy! I've kicked to the curb some stupid boys, and now kicking the scale to the curb, I just feel happy, and free and like myself again, and that is a reward the scale could never give me. emoticon

I still mark the scale as a FORM of success, but I am learning it isn't the end all be all. If I do what I need to do this weight will come off, I will get to Onederland and I will get to my goal, and that in itself is super exciting! emoticon
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Congratulations! You are accomplishing that rare fete of getting smaller while you are growing. You are showing some amazing growth there, girl. emoticon
    1815 days ago
  • BYKRYD62
    Like always your the best!!!
    1821 days ago
    You are so amazing. This was so uplifting to read. i just think you are freaking fantabulous in a bajillion different ways.
    1823 days ago
    Love this and you are so will happen!!!
    1825 days ago
    1825 days ago
    Yes, another great blog, touching my heart as well.. I'm not committed to exercise yet [so, very motivational]; my exercise is on and off, ..and I also could relate to feeling like a whale when trying to roll over, ONLY FOR ME, MAKE IT A BEACHED WHALE as there IS no rolling over, not without sitting up and flopping over first! emoticon It's not easy at this weight.. and then I have my hubby who thinks I'm a rock to crawl under.. emoticon But, seriously, WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS!!! aLL THE WAY TO THE END!!! BY, THE WAY, DID i SAY, You really do inspire me??? emoticon TY
    1826 days ago
  • MRSP90X
    I am mostly a daily weigher and at one point I really wanted to throw it out as I was getting obsessed with it. But, like BEANIES_MOM, I leanred that I slip to quick especially since I have a lot of weight to lose.

    This ia an excellent blog!! Love the don't want to feel like a whale turning over in bed, lol. Awesome attitude AND job on the food choices! I am eating less starches and more fruits instead to help with inflammation.
    1826 days ago
    Great blog, thanks for sharing!!! I'm cheering for you!
    1826 days ago
  • JUDY106
    I am so glad you are at this point in your healthier lifestyle. I was forced to this point because of my age and health. Good for you to get to it sooner than I did. emoticon emoticon
    1826 days ago
    I love this blog. And you sound like you truly are happier and that is so great! I have cut back on carbs myself and I always feel better when I do. It's def about health for me as I get you on that. And that kitty pic was too dang cute and funny. I laughed out loud. :)
    1826 days ago
    1827 days ago
    Do whatever feels better for you! I'm a weekly weighter and it works like a charm!

    Find your own way to handle your weight and keep in mind that you are gonna probably need to act this way for the rest of your life if you want to maintain the weight-loss.

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    1827 days ago
    Good choice. The scale isn't the best indicator, especially if you're starting to gain muscle mass!

    1827 days ago
    Yea I'm a daily weigher, but I have come to terms with it not going my way lately. I am trying to focus more on how much more I can do physically then what the scale says, but if I don't weigh daily I slip very quick. I am happy to see that you are getting back to you. emoticon
    1827 days ago
  • EILEEN828
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  • KATYDID412
    I'm with you! I am not weighing in until BLC starts. In fact I'm a little worried about starting that weekly weigh-in thing again with BLC 22 just because for me the scale does hold a crazy amount of power when I allow it to. So ... I guess that means I should try to lessen its power.

    I've been noticing fun things my scale doesn't know, too, like:

    I have been waking up feeling -- awake! -- not tired and dragging.
    I've been looking forward to exercise.
    Unprovoked, someone at work told me I am noticeably smaller.

    1827 days ago
    Yay! I'm totally with you on not obsessing about the number on the scale and I'm going to join youl, I won't weight in again until we start BLC either :) I"m so excited about that! I totally need to talk to you about this low carb thing too, I find even if I am staying with in my calorie range but my carbs are really high and I could use some pointers emoticon blog as always!
    1827 days ago
    Way to go! Way to get rid of things that are more of a hindrance than a help!

    I'm glad you're also reaping the rewards of eating cleaner and I'm glad you weren't disappointed with the outcome.

    I'm really, really, REALLY excited for you to weigh in on June 5! No pressure. :)
    1827 days ago
    Well said! I am a daily weigher (unless I'm being lazy), and I weigh on the Wii fit. If it's not looking good, I might take a few days off to get my mind right. It's really not about the numbers!
    1827 days ago
  • AKALEI349
    I found this post very encouraging and uplifting. I also see a lot of truth in this post that I can apply to my own life. Thank you for sharing.
    1827 days ago
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