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A new experiment

Friday, January 31, 2014

I've been feeling down this week because I have been gaining weight even with doing all the "right" things, eating in range, water, exercise. With my perfectionist mentality I've been thinking, why bother with all of this dieting stuff if I'm only going to gain weight not lose. I put it out there on a few of my team board threads and have been really taking to heart all the good points that everyone mentioned. I used this week to look through Spark for answers and inspiration. I've come to some revelations. The scale is not my friend emoticon . I have allowed those few pounds of increase on the scale to send me into a tailspin where I was ready to throw in the towel. I didn't see the good in the almost 20 pounds I did lose over the last three months. I wasn't losing it on the schedule I had planned out so I felt I was slipping behind and time was being wasted. In reality when I did the math, 20 lbs. divided by 13 weeks, I lost an average of 1.5 lbs per week. Not bad. In 10 months that would be 60 lbs.I have also been weighing myself every day to keep on track, but I think the fluctuations in the scale have not been good for my motivation. So having thought about this I am going to try and an experiment WAY against my comfort zone and not weigh myself all month. Since tomorrow is Feb 1, I won't look at the scale till March 1. and see what happens. I feel like I need to give myself this emotional break from the scale to keep going with this long journey of losing 130 pounds. Hopefully I can avoid the temptation of the scale calling my name emoticon
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    I totally support the idea of not weighing yourself on that scale for the month of February. I'll do the same. I won't weigh myself 'til March 1st.

    Great job on the 20 pound weight loss!

    Here's to both of us not being tempted to weigh ourselves 'til March comes along.

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    1540 days ago
    Sounds like a wise decision. It will be hard but if it lets you off the emotional yo-yo then it's totally worth it. Good luck!
    1540 days ago
    I did the same thing last fall, October I think it was. Didn't quite make it the whole month but definitely broke mt addiction of weighing every day. emoticon
    1540 days ago
    Sounds like a plan....keep doing the "right" thing for YOU...enjoy the feeling of feeling good!

    The scale, as I am told, is just a reminder of how our battle against gravity is going.

    So too, that number on the scale, tho we all know it does in our minds, is not the be all and end all of who and what we are...

    We are multi faceted multi layer multi talented wonders of nature!

    Keep doing it all for I am trying to get into my head on my journey, if I am happy inside...then the rest will fall into place.
    1541 days ago
    I wish you good luck with your experiment. The scale has never been my friend. I don't respond well to sad news.
    Loose clothing is as satisfying as a 5 lb. loss and the realization that somewhere along the journey my knees stopped hurting was amazing.

    1541 days ago
    Life is a series of experiments. It's worth seeing if it will help!
    1541 days ago
  • DNJEN471
    Every person out there is different. When I used to weigh myself every day, I too would drive myself crazy. I found that I would be so consumed by the scale that my emotions would fluctuate with it. I'd be happy one day and sad the next. I soon realized it was an unhealthy addiction. I now only weigh myself twice a month.

    To keep myself motivated, I really look at myself each and every day. I look for small diffferences in the mirror or in the way my clothes fit. For me, I appreciate my progress more this way, then on the number on the scale. If I'm not happy with the way I look, it's the motivation I need to keep on moving and not give up.

    Bottom line, you need to determine what will work best for you and what will be healthiest for you. Best of luck to you! And hey, if you have to give your scale to someone else to hold onto (like I had to)- then do it. emoticon
    1541 days ago
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