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Better Scale-a-tude!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Felt like I needed a mid-week boost so I jumped on the scale...and three more pounds bite the dust! Beginning to feel my clothes loosen a bit, too.

Yes, I know I won't always have that sort of pay-off, but here's a pay-off I'm planning to hold onto: using the scale as another friend in my journey!

Alongside with hunger, self-support (as opposed to self-bashing) & numbers my scale sidles up to join the powerhouse pack!

I used to play lots of games with the scale and weigh-ins...such as after a weekly weigh-in (yes, a sneaky under-handed method to sticking with only weekly weigh-ins!) I would relax my vigilance and look at the first few days of the week as my "coasting" days where I could "afford" to relax on my food choices. Now THAT'S how to keep the scale the ENEMY!

No longer!

I've been having some nervous thoughts about shifting my approach as the weight slows down but with the wisdom, knowledge and support of the At Goal & Maintenance team I know I'll come up with something that works a whole lot better than what I've done before.

Now: off to a BUSY Saturday of ST, Spinning and moving a ton of pellets for our stove!

Keep the SPARK!

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    Enjoying reading about your 2014 success with the reset! I always find that the scale is my friend-it is honest with me whether I like it or not and helps guide me and encourage me in making consistent choices.
    2553 days ago
    Way to go. Keep moving in the right direction.
    2554 days ago
    Congratulations, Don. Keep up the great work. You'll find what works best for you. Good cycling weather ail be here soon.

    I've played those scale "games" too. I changed my weigh in day from Mondays to Wednesdays so I could recover from the weekends. Now I try to weigh myself Friday morning and Monday morning. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn't. But at least I'm not scheduling my weigh-in to "buy" myself some time.

    2555 days ago
    In spite of all the advice to weigh only once a week, I find that I do best with a daily weigh in. I still play games with Monday morning which is what I call my official weigh-in.
    2555 days ago
    Ah. Scale games. I've played them too. Mostly I would skip eating all day until I weighed in at my TOPS meeting at night, rush home and eat all the meals for the day in too short an order. Then I came to my senses one week and realized that if I eat about the same thing each weigh-in day, my weight should be no more or less affected by eating during the day. It's so much more peaceful to not have to run home and binge because I deprived myself.

    I'm glad to hear the scales are no longer the enemy! You've reached the goal I would like to get to. I'm still working on that. I'm still trying to get the thing convinced that it should head in the downward direction number wise. Then it will be my friend. emoticon emoticon
    2555 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    2556 days ago
    I, too, have been guilty of relaxing my vigilance for a day or two (or three) after a weigh-in - especially when the weigh-in was great. I basically would undo all my hard work. No more of that!
    2556 days ago
    Don, you are doing GREAT!! It's wonderful to feel your confidence and joy of accomplishment!
    2556 days ago
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    Wow! Great weight loss!
    Maybe that's my problem too -how you described weekly weigh ins, which I am a fan of. That coasting until you get closer to it. Very interesting. Some calorie free food for thought!
    Enjoy a healthy weekend!
    2556 days ago
    You are an inspiration, for sure!
    2556 days ago
    Great job on losing those three pounds. I know you will figure out a way to make the scale your friend and a tool for maintenance. I am a daily weigher but am no longer scared of the results. I use them to keep me on track.

    You are doing a great job of staying on track.

    2556 days ago
  • no profile photo RIDLEYRIDER
    2556 days ago
    Somebody here on Spark referred to the scale as "like a GPS"... it's not your judge, it's just another tool to tell you where you are. I have adopted that point of view with my scale, and it stops the emotional cycle of either relaxation OR judgment. emoticon

    Good job!
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  • no profile photo CD12521021
    great job
    2556 days ago
  • no profile photo ELRIDDICK
    Thanks for sharing
    2556 days ago
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