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3/12/10 4:35 P

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GLAD you found us! WELCOME!

The scale is only one tool... and not a great one for motivation (usually). Once a week, at the same time of day and in the same outfit (underwear?) is more than enough.

The reason the scale is a rather poor tool to rely on, it the entire muscle versus fat issue. You can be a muscular and healthier person in a year, all the numbers going down (high blood pressure, triglycerides, blood sugar...) but the scale could go up. As long as you are not posting your weight on your forehead, nobody knows you are "up" or "down"... just that you are more fit.

Lots of newbies destroy themselves due to the scale.

More muscle will burn up more calories, so that is where you could shift your focus. Move some soup cans, dance to the radio, park further away and walk more. Your clothes will start to get loose and you will KNOW!

Great intro, by the way!


There ain't much fun in medicine, but there's a heck of a lot of medicine in fun.

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AMANN139 Posts: 4
3/12/10 1:25 P

Hi! I've been on SparkPeople for one week today and have really enjoyed using the nutrition tracker, fitness tracker and reading the message boards.

I decided to join after a visit to my doctor last week and talking with her about the ridiculous weight I am at right now. That wasn't the actual reason for my visit, but I was SO mad when I got on that scale there.

A little about myself: my husband and I have been married for 8 years and we have a wonderful 6 year old son. We are in the process of adopting another child and are anxious and ready to have this child (or children!!) join our family. I am a school teacher and Spring Break is next week--woohoo! I have had rheumatoid arthritis for 14 years, usually it's under control, but I can have some pretty nasty flare-ups.

I usually have been pretty active, but got into a rut and am working my way out of if and I have 60 pounds to lose. Which leads to my disappointement--I weigh about every 3 days so on Monday I was down 4 pounds, on Wednesday was down another 3 pounds. Friday is my weigh-in day, so this morning I was SO VERY down when my weight had gone up 3 pounds. Made a total loss for this week of 4 pounds. It just makes me feel SO defeated when the scale goes up.

I decided to just eat whatever today b/c I was mad (sensible, right?!). I didn't get too off track before reading the message boards here and have decided to get back to my healthy eating and stick with it.

Thanks for the encouragement!

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