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Can we all just throw out our scales?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Scales are evil. emoticon

If we had someone in our life that treated us like the scale did, we would kick them to the curb. I know how evil the scale is. I have read and learned (I think) everything there is to know about how the scale can be distorted by other factors. But still, I hop on and look at the number to validate whatever self doubt I have in myself.

I have started exercising like I never have before. I am doing four exercise classes a week (20-20-20; UGI ball fitness & spin) and two gym sessions a week. My body is exhausted by the time I leave these, sweat is pouring down my face and showers have never felt so good.

I am finally eating things that make my body feel good. Do I still have pizza sometimes? Of course! But, I think I have finally gotten into the mind set of adding fruits & veggies, naturally eating smaller portions and choosing water over anything else!

Water! Don't let me forget how happy my little tummy is now that I have been hittin' the (water) bottle! I always have my trusty water bottler with me. I would say on average, I have about 96oz of water a day. My acne has cleared up (thanks PCOS), my tummy feels better and I feel full after taking some sips of this fantastic natural resource.

So then why am I letting myself get upset that yesterday morning, I stepped on the scale and weighed 0.8lbs less than I did today? It is silly and I know why it is. I went to 20-20-20 class last night and had an insanely hard workout. Today my muscles are sore and my body is doing what it is supposed to do. Hanging tight to fluids to repair all of that muscle soreness. This I know! But when I stepped on that scale this morning, I felt less than. I felt like all of the hard work, all of the good listed above wasn't worth it. Enough is enough!

Scale you are evil. But I'm going to pull up this post whenever you get me down and remember that what I am doing for myself is a lot better than what you are doing for me!
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    I know the best advice is to weigh in weekly or less... But I actually find daily works better for me. I seem to fluctuate in a 3-4lb range, so if I only weighed in on my 'official' weekly day, it might be an up day, or a down day, which could be demoralizing or falsely encouraging. By weighing daily I see that the day's number has little to do with what I did yesterday.. Rather the 3-4lb range is steadily sliding downward, week by week, which has a lot to do with what I am doing consistently, week after week.
    1876 days ago
    Like Jackie I can attest that you can change your reaction to the scale.
    Avoiding it is how I gained the weight in the first place.

    Using it as just a data point like the carbs, fats and protein numbers in the tracker, provides us with valuable information.

    Just as we learn to control our reaction to emotional triggers to eat, we can learn to use the scale intelligently also.

    Weight fluctuates, but fluctuate means UP and DOWN. If the trend is only up, all the time, we want to figure out why, before a few pounds turn into double digits.

    Do what helps you succeed and good luck on your journey.

    1877 days ago
    They are horrible, I don't know why we let ourselves feel so validated by the number on them all of the time. Keep doing what you are doing though, you are on the right track!
    1877 days ago
    I know you get over that scale. I had a hard time but I DID! Also remember with all that exercise you are building muscle, and muscle weighs more. I needed to remember that in the beginning. Very good to drink that water. So many pluses for you, eating right and feeling great can't beat that. Can you?
    Have a great day, you are emoticon
    1877 days ago
    First, you are doing so great! What you are describing is why I (right now) don't own a scale and only weigh myself once a month. I find that my emotional outlook if I don't lose what I feel like I should have gets VERY VERY down. I don't like that feeling, and I avoid it by not weighing myself often. I sometimes still get discouraged, sure, but what I know by not weighing myself is that I'm working hard and my clothes don't fit, which is a good thing. AWESOME. I figure when I get to my goal size/weight, I will buy a scale to keep on top of my maintenance.
    1877 days ago
    Just a number

    Go with how you feel

    1877 days ago
    Isn't water great? And I agree about the water!
    1877 days ago
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