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Monday, November 11, 2013

I'm realizing that my goals and weigh-ins (I'll admit that I've been an every day weigh-er for years) are hindering rather than helping me. They are making everything about the numbers, and that isn't how I want to live life. While I set up goals to be motivational, they instead feel like burdens (the idea of not being able to do something until I hit the right number). So today I removed the scale from the bathroom and placed it on a shelf in the laundry room. I'm going to do my best to only weigh once a month. And instead of goals connected to weight, I'm going to simply do all I can to live a full life. No worries, I'm not leaving spark. My intent is still to track calories and exercise . . .

But I want to be the person who is okay with photos NOW. I'm tired of hiding or feeling embarrassed because I don't look like how I want. I know I need to learn to enjoy who I am now -- while still taking steps to improve. I think hiding the scale will help with that, as I will no longer get frustrated during a week when the scale doesn't seem to budge -- which sometimes leads me to feel down and want to overeat.

I want to get to the point where I am okay with little changes in the right direction. If I lose 1 pound in a month -- that's still a pound down (and given the upcoming holidays, that might be a realistic expectation!) and a step closer to my goal. If I'm able to do more in a workout than I could before -- THAT is something to celebrate.

I'll admit that I am nervous -- but I need to take the pressure off myself and instead allow myself to live into who I want to be.

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    I know what you mean. It's hard to focus on enjoying the present. Give yourself time, and be gentle with yourself! emoticon
    1624 days ago
    Non scale victories for you my dear! I am a scale-aholic too. I am trying to shift my focus to weigh-ins once a week and focus more on things like 'do my jeans fit when they come out of the dryer?' and 'can a normal sized bath towel wrap around me?' or 'do i breathe hard when coming up the stairs?' or 'can i drink 10 glasses of water?' and 'can i convince my husband to do/eat something healthy with me?' Numbers are GREAT but so are non numbered things.
    1624 days ago
    I wish you the best! I have tried this in the past too. It gets exhausting to keep up all the pressure on ourselves. Enjoy your life ! I love the one quote that goes, "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." emoticon
    1626 days ago
    I understand what you mean about the photos. It's hard to be happy with yourself when you are unhappy with your weight. I think being happy with ourselves really is THE key TO being successful which makes this a bit of a conundrum. When we are confident in ourselves, we encourage ourselves and say lots of positive things that can really get us up and moving....when we're disappointed in ourselves....well in my experience the opposite happens.

    Own your weight today knowing that it will change tomorrow! Good job on putting that scale away for chunks of time. I don't think you need the downer it brings.
    1627 days ago
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