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Please... Just stop it...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hello to anyone who bothers to read this... emoticon

I came back onto SP because my friend asked me too - and of course, I thought it might be cool to get back on board in the hopes of losing a few pounds for the summer!

Something has been bothering me though... every day I log on, I see this whole feed of people's statuses and posts. What I find disturbing are statements like, "I gained a pound and was so upset that I didn't go to work", or "I gained weight so I stuffed myself and cried the entire time". I get it, I really do - I know how hard it is and how powerful that number on the scale can be. I remember weighing myself before going out one weekend, and it ruined my entire weekend - several days I'll never get back!!

*Please*... find a way to stop doing this to yourselves!! If a number can do this to you, then losing weight will not make you truly happy. Love yourself now - lose weight gently, enjoy life - we only have one!!

Last year I decided not to weigh myself anymore. I've always worked out, and I hate exercise, so I started doing walking workouts along with little 10-minutes strength workouts in a closet at work (on my breaks). I became mindful of what I was eating, but I certainly didn't go on a diet. I just started eating better quality foods and saying "no" to (most of) the treats that always seem to end up on my desk. What I did do, is take my measurements.

Saturday was the first time I weighed myself. I wanted a starting point for recommitting to SP. I took a deep breath and was determined not to let it get to me.... I got on... and I weighed the SAME! I was soooo frickin' happy!!! :) Not only did I weigh the same, but my measurements are about a 1/2 inch smaller than last year. I maintained my weight just by common sense and listening to my body. So now that I know how to maintain, I plan on doing a few very small changes in the hopes of losing weight... very slowly - because I don't want to be hungry. lol

Weight loss has become nearly impossible for me now that I'm in my mid-40s - that and the fact that I simply do not want to follow a sugar-, wine-, carb-free diet. I'll eat as well as I can, with what I can afford, but that's about it.

I'll probably not weigh myself for another few months.

Anyway, I really hope that all you folks out there, putting your life on hold or hating yourself over a pound, will find a way to overcome such a dreadful burden. It's just not worth it. If you are eating well and getting daily exercise in, you're already doing amazing things for yourself. Let the rest follow and enjoy the day!! xo

**For those of you that hate exercise like I do - start with walking workouts. Leslie Sansone and JessicaSmithTV have a ton on YouTube. They are easy to face and better than doing nothing. Do 10 minutes, 3 times a day if you really hate doing it for any length of time.

PSS: If you do want to weigh yourself, make sure you take your measurements too! It's the measurements that tell the true story, not the scale xo
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    1022 days ago
    OMG!!!! How did I miss this. Welcome, welcome!! So glad you're back Val.
    Some great advice there hun. Although I'm still a scale addict I did start to measure but when I reset my goals I lost my starting number. However, my mindset is different this time around. I older and wiser I guess ha ha!!
    I didn't see those posts but it breaks my heart to think that someone would miss a days works because of weight gain.
    Congrats on your lifestyle change. Glad you found what works for you. I look forward to picking up where we left of and sharing this journey again emoticon
    1031 days ago
    Sooooooooooooooo true Val-Gal....

    I know the scale and I really don't get along...and if I go just by a scale that I can be very discouraged and disappointed..this has been an ongoing battle for me for the last 25 yrs or so.

    I agree - lifestyle changes and day by day !! I LOVE the 10 Min Exercise Video ideas..break it up and it all add up !!!

    You ROCK girl..and SOoooooooooooooooo Glad WE are back !!
    xoxo hugs
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    1031 days ago
    GANNY46 - To be honest, I would just go by your measurements - but if you do want to weigh yourself monthly, remember that your measurements tell the true story - not the number on the scale xo
    1031 days ago
    I would get on the scale once a week and I have been disappointed by the results. I have decided to weigh myself once a month, is that a good idea?
    1031 days ago
    Can't love this enough! I have avoided my scale for a month now & have been doing the listening that you speak of. I've lost inches. I feel a pain deep in my heart when I read the sadness from others over a 1.0 or 0.6 gain. Life is bigger than that!
    1031 days ago
    Absolutely! I've been gone since December, back again today . . . one day at a time--it's a lifestyle, not a diet. emoticon
    1031 days ago
    Beauty isn't worth thinking about: what's important is your MIND. You don't want a fifty dollar haircut on a 50cent head
    1031 days ago
    Thanks ladies!!! emoticon
    1031 days ago
    Yessssss. I love this. If I fall off I jus start over. Great blog post hun
    1031 days ago
    Solid advice!
    1032 days ago
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