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Chapter 1 - What’s wrong with my scale? ( x3 )
Continuing to go through these lessons helps me stay on a healthy life path.
As my life changes, the days pass and what becomes habit is more important than ever.
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The only thing wrong with my scale is me.
I still weigh every morning and the numbers are recorded on “start your diet” chart. I still judge my day green, yellow, red and it continues to be important in my life.


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There is nothing wrong with my scale!

After working through this book a few times, I am now a committed daily weigher and have a decent pair of digital scales. They are the only ones I use. I am no longer tempted by other scales I come across (I used to step on every scale I saw - in other people's bathrooms for example!).

I hope any of you doing this book for the first time are inspired. The scale really IS my friend now. I step on, I step off, I record my weight, I reflect on it, I move on.

The scale does not have the power to ruin my day - but if I see a larger number that I was expecting (a) I know there is probably a really good reason for it, (b) I know it temporary and (c) I have the information I need to know how to plan my day

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I am a daily weigher most of time sometimes knowing the scale is not gonna say what I want it too I don't get on, but working on feeling good about weighing even on those days

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When I took the test, I was able to keep my scale. BUT, I know that if I am "good" for a couple of days and step on the scale and I don't get a good reading I tend to go off the rails. I do find that I do better if I don't weigh every day.

I didn't know that about airplanes, either.

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I weigh every day. 99% of the time I write it down. I want to know the reality of the number. Luckily and blessedly, I’m past self-disgust and chagrin at a number, past distress when trying on clothes, past a lot of self-defeating feelings around food and weight. So why do I smile wryly when Ch. 1 mentions positive feedback and increasing motivation from the scale? I think, “Yeah, when it goes down!” Ok, maybe I should ride along for awhile!

I do know that when I don’t sleep well, the morning scale reflects it.



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Interesting Babs......never thought about eating popcorn at night......will keep that in mind.

I weigh myself as soon as I get out of bed......every day. Because I’m in that habit I will continue to do that, but it is frustrating when you try to be healthy and make wise choices and the scale is up the next day. I know that salt and not drinking enough water can change the number. However, I did not know about flying. I always gain on vacation......I guess it’s like having a license to cheat.

Hopefully, when we end this book the scale will be my friend emoticon

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I do not and cannot weigh daily. I get frustrated because my weight definitely fluctuates. So I limit my weigh ins to weekly. It's best for me.

I didn't know flying (not on a broom but an airplane!) can effect your weight. What a surprise.

Humidity definitely effects my weight. I also find that I cannot eat popcorn the night before a weigh in. Now that seems odd to me but it's something I've discovered.

After disliking the scale for so many years, I finally - Finally! - learned to focus on everything else - NSVs are fantastic. It's great when a shirt fits looser, or my capris aren't tight any longer, or I skipped a donut and just had coffee when I was out with friends. It's all about 'me' and what I'm doing to help 'me' get healthier.

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1. Heat, humidity and hormones can affect my weight. The Diabetes Code explains insulin hormone resistance. With hypothyroidism, I need to balance my stress hormones bit.ly/2pmyIqO

2. I gain when I don't follow my routine --- 5Ws of Wellness:
1) Weigh-in daily
2) Water count 8+
3) Watching what I eat (Whole foods, LC/MP/HF)
4) Waking outdoors (improves meditation & sleep)
5) Work-out daily - combo: muscle strengthening, cardio & functional activity

3. Lately I'm distracted by work and leisure activities (thriller books, Netflix, etc.). Staying up late watching TV and reading affects number on my scale!

To reactivate motivation, I'm researching and reading healthcare books:
~The Obesity and Diabetes Code by Jason Fung
~Eat Rich, Live Long by Ivor Cummins and Jeffry Gerber
~Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry

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FWTS - Chapter 1 - What's wrong with my scales?

List 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

The scales can be affected by time of month, if you have been on holiday, humidity ....

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

Sadly the scales can affect my day ... if the number is good I 'may' treat myself! If it is not so good I am miserable all day! Weigh In day spoils my whole day ;-( even tho I know it shouldn't!

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

Try harder not to 'react' to the number!

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I didn't realize that being a passenger on an airplane, or humidity can affect my weight on the scale.

Susan, who was the example in the chapter, sometimes went for a long time without weighing.....and then when she did -- let it ruin her whole day. I went through a period in my late 20's (many years ago!) where I heard some advice about how one could lose weight by not focusing on the scale so much. So I went from weighing every day to not weighing at all for about half a year. I knew I was gaining, but told myself that I would weigh "in a week" after severely limiting my intake. In that way I can relate to Susan.

It was no surprise that when I finally got my courage up to step on the scale, I had gained significantly...as I already knew but had been afraid to face up to.

I'm not sure I'll do anything differently as a result of reading this chapter. At this point, I weigh daily -- first thing in the morning -- and have done so for years. I know this doesn't work for everyone -- but it's the best way for me.

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Day #1 What's Wrong With My Scale?

Linda seems to always be able to start each lesson out with a statement that describes me almost to a tee!

"Each morning I cautiously step on the scale hoping for good news". The good news that I am frequently looking for is that I got away with my "cheating eating"!

I know there are many factors that can cause my weight to fluctuate, but the salt & water retention caused by eating and drinking too much of the wrong foods is my nightmare.

I think that looking to the scale to tell me I got away with another episode of poor choices can be a form of negative reinforcement. I want to change it into a positive reinforcer.


emoticon THE SCALE IS A REWARD FOR MY GOOD CHOICES! emoticon


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In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
Other things can affect the number on the scale

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
I can let it affect my mood and my eating pattern

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
Realize the scale can aid you or ruin your day or week


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I've posted the book-club questions here so you can cut-and-paste if you need to. I'll post my answers in the space below.

emoticon Discussion questions:

emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?


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emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1) that things like travelling can cause a temporary rise in weight - I do forget that, because it doesn't seem logical, but must be to do with cortisol and stuff I guess

2) using the number on the scale as information -------- helpful information!

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

I didn't relate to Susan's story this time around, because I've been weighing once a day for a few years' now. I'd feel pretty vulnerable if I was away from my own scale for too long!

I can relate, however, to the utter misery that can accompany a higher reading on the scale than I was expecting - and, of course, the elation when it is unexpectedly lower!

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

Nothing - I will keep on weighing once a day, first thing in the morning. I will keep practising being as detached as possible from the number on the scale, but treat it as helpful information.


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FRIENDS WITH THE SCALE.....CHAPTER 1....WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY SCALE?

List 2 or 3 things I learned from reading chapter 1..
1]Don't give up on my goals because of a number on the scales. Instead just listen to
what the scale is trying to tell me about my body. I am going to really have to take this
and hold onto it as I do want to give up too easily.

2] Sometimes getting on my scale ..causes me to go off my diet AND makes me angry.
WHY??? I know why. Because I have always used my scale as the only measure of
success. It has only been through Sparkpeople that I have learned about NSV ...
Non Scale Victories.


I know exactly how Susan feels describing her struggles with her scale.I feel that that was me talking instead of her. emoticon






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emoticon Not sure if I love my Scale yet but I’m a lot closer than the last time through these chapters!
I have a nice Chart now (like Maribeth below) and can see what, in general, affects my weight.
Besides eating too much of course!

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List 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
1. I really have to focus on 'more' than the scale. What I see on the scale may be effected by fluids, salt intake, etc. There's more to it.
2. I need to work harder to become friends with my scale. I haven't reached that point yet.


What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
It can make me 'cocky' and I might eat more than I should if it's down. If higher, I can get the same attitude - sort of like 'what's the use!?' But again I need to stop focusing only on the scale.


What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
I will continue to read the book, and read the book again. It's so helpful and reading it again and again makes me see new things each time.

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I am still happy with what I posted last time:-

It's so great to take the time to work through this little book. I really have changed my relationship with my scale by applying these lessons. For me, now, the scale is simply a reality check each morning. It still does affect my mood a little - but it doesn't ruin my day like it used to!

I love my scale! I hope you will grow to love and appreciate your scale too!
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Gill

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emoticon List 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1. Sometimes the scale tells you things that you have no control over - i.e. humidity and hormone changes

2. The scale can help you get miraculous results with any weight loss plan if you know what works (and what doesn’t) when making the scale a significant part of your total program.

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

Sometimes I let the number on the scale affect my mood and motivation.

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

Weigh myself daily, even if suspect my weight is up and just show curiosity by any daily fluctuations I see. Don't let the scale affect my mood! emoticon


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Scale is valuable data : WI daily & recording is very informative... I can evaluate what I ate the previous day with the dot calendar. startyourdiet.com/
"If I lived every day the same as this one, I would likely...: Consistency Counts for more Green days emoticon maintain emoticon or gain emoticon Started October, 2016... keeps me accountable and tracking my progress. Journaling difficult days to make corrections and good ones to repeat behaviors. Measuring fluctuations in fluid retention for elimination diet. I can't export data anymore, only have first year Oct. 2016-17
emoticon high 190 low 159
I reached 159 on 6.17.17 then gained Summer of '17
emoticon Today 2.7.18 emoticon 159 again emoticon
1995 - wedding planner 40lbs gain
1996 - 06 Joined Tops down 40 to goal 150, kept-off 10 years!
2006 -14 gain 60-80 (not active with Sparks or Tops)
2014 down 40+ (Spark teams & WW meetings)
2015 kept 40 off till winter holidays then re-gain 40
2016 down 80+ Sparks, Tops & WW
2017 Maintained & work on muscles (Sparks is my #1 health plan)
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2018 Maintaining 160.5 +/-3% (165-156)

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List 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
1. The scale can tell you about some things that you don’t have any control over.
2. Your scale can help you get results from your diet plan.


What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
Sometimes the scale can affect my mood.


What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
Read the rest of this book!


Hope--AL--Central time

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These daily "To do's" are things I've thought of, I bet you all have thought of, but writing them down and re-reading them makes a big difference. At least for for me there are times they are keeping me aware and on track.

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new BEST FRIEND for life!

I learned that my weight can fluctuate due to travel on an airplane or due to rain and humidity. I learned that the scale is just a tool to gauge how well I am doing with healthy living choices (did I exercise, did I remain within my daily calorie limit, drink water, sleep, etc.). But even though I do all things as I should, there are things beyond my control that can affect my weight.

I can get excited about a loss and feel sad or angry with myself if I see a gain. But I need to make sure I get on good or bad.

. I will not give it the power . It is meant to keep me focused.






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FWTS Day 1 What's wrong with my scale.

In the past my routine was to wake up, use the bathroom and then step on the scale. Every morning. I'd be upset if it was even the slightest bit up and delighted if it was down.

After going through the book the first time, I broke that weigh in addiction. I can tell my program is working by my green dot calendar, and by how I am feeling in general, and have a weekly or bi-weekly weigh in to track overall progress.

Right now I have a cold and can feel my ring tight on my finger, which usually spins. I've eaten on plan the past week and know that puffiness and water retention are from being sick, despite drinking plenty of fluids. Thus, I am not worried about it. It's temporary and I will continue to eat on plan to encourage my body to heal.

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DAY 1 ... I believe (now) that a person should brush their teeth and step on the scale each day. Avoiding either of those habits may not end well.
For me the scale is an inanimate object like the thermometer or the blood presser cuff. It simply provides information. I am 75 and rarely surprised by the scale. The problem or problems were the decisions made 24 hours before stepping on the scale. It simply gives a heads up for the day. On the right track or need to reexamine the plan for the day. Or reexamine why I have a good plan, but give myself conscience permission to ignore the plan.

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Things that I learned from this chapter.
1. The scale can reflect a variety of variables in my life
2. The scale can become my best weight-loss tool if I know how to use it that way

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
The number on the scale can affect my attitude that day, it's up to me to learn to deal with this.

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
I will keep on reading the book and participate in this book study!


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In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
1. I did not know that humidity could affect weight
2. That the scale can be a "friend"

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
nothing at this time

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
pay more attention to outside signals that may influence what the scale sends.

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emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
1. The scale at the moment is reflecting my eating habits which I'm working on changing
Before when I looked at the number I would feel "Oh what's the use".
2. Chapter 1 is helping me learn that the scale can be a good weight loss tool if used
properly.

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
The number on the scale would sabotage my daily outlook

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
I am hoping this book will give me the motivation I need.


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I joined the team today and read the first chapter of FWTS this afternoon. I had not really thought about the effects of flying or humidity on my weight. I am looking forward to reading more & learning more. I usually weigh once per week in order to keep from allowing my scale the power to become my "god". When I give the scale too much power, it leads me in dangerous directions of wanting to over exercise or crash diet and that leads me closer to feeling like a failure. By weighing once a week at the same time each time.. at least I feel like it's a safe & true weight. I'm open to learning new ways to become friends with the scale. I look forward to finding some success moving down the scale and towards a healthier me. Thanks for being here.

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I don't get freaked out anymore by my scale, but in reflecting how much I appreciate the 100 Days book, think I will probably learn something!



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I am still boggling at the 'rain and humidity' fact....and wondering if standing in the damp more often might have a positive effect on my wrinkles emoticon

I'm afraid I am locked in to quite a few of the negatives associated with my scales.

I am the yo-yo weight/eater.
I won't weigh myself if I've eaten or not pooped.
I know exactly where my scales give the lowest reading.
I am occasionally guilty of leaning more weight on my left leg to see if it makes a difference.
(It doesn't!)
I log my weight in a little book most days with a little arrow for 'up, down, stays the same'.
I get grumpy with myself if there's an 'up' arrow.
My range has been across the same 3lbs for an age, which frustrates me instead of me seeing any positives in that.

I am a person for whom this book has been written, because there is no wisdom in my current relationship with my nemesis. emoticon emoticon

So, let the journey begin.......



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FWTS What's Wrong With My Scale
Weighing in daily and recording for 1 year. Very informative... I can evaluate what I ate the previous day with the dot calender.
emoticon All the posts are inspiring emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I read the first five chapters last night so I could be prepared for today! Like everyone else here I used to give a lot of power to that inanimate object that I would stand on. I have run the gamut from weighing multiple times per day (actually not that long ago) to weighing once a day. I had an even more daunting scenario when my old and faithful WW digital scales (which I have had for 6 years ceased working---it was bringing up numbers all over the map) so I bought a new one about 3 weeks ago. It was somewhat problematic because I was involved in posting my weekly weight with two team challenges that I had begun in December and so my weight was reflective of my old scales. I also had begun another new team challenge where weighing in is part of the challenge and of course the weight from my new scales was different (I am assuming more accurate) so I had a dilemma on my hands.

Since I knew that my eating as well as my activity level had not appreciably changed during that time I have had to rely on the weight loss (for another 3 weeks is all) for the older challenges and then for the new challenge use the actual weight on my new scales. It was not the best of time for this to happen but things happen.

I think I have managed to keep a cool head about this and just continue on. A perfect example of how it is just a number and it does reflect a lot of things including going from an older more broke in scales to a brand new one.

I took the quiz and it says I can keep my scales. LOL. Considering that participating in these team challenges does require that a person weigh in I am glad of that. LOL.

However, I will have a lot more to comment on some of the next days.

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I ordered the book yesterday and read Chapter 1 on my kindle last night. I love it. I'm not a lover of my scale 'yet.' I think I can learn how to feel much kinder towards it and learn what's going on with my body in the process. I had no idea!! Thanks for this challenge.

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Over the last six months my relationship with the scale has changed. I no longer dread getting on it, it has become a habit like brushing my teeth. For me it is a good indicator of when I have let too much salt creep into my diet.



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Chapter #1
What I learned--travel, weather and hormones cause fluctuations on the scale.
The Scale is only a tool to be used to keep track of averages in gain or loss.

I used to use the Scale as a green light to binge. If the number was up I would eat whatever I wanted in frustration and if it was down I would reward myself by having a treat.
Is it any wonder that I've spent many years starting over?

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It's so great to take the time to work through this little book. I really have changed my relationship with my scale by applying these lessons. For me, now, the scale is simply a reality check each morning. It still does affect my mood a little - but it doesn't ruin my day like it used to!

I love my scale! I hope you will grow to love and appreciate your scale too!
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Charged up my Kindle today with this book and after reading your posts decided that I could weigh daily or at least more often than once a week. Right now I faithfully weigh and write down once weekly.This habit has been a HUGE help and improvement towards maintenance. I no longer hate weighing but can't say I love it either. This will be even more beneficial with a vacation coming and then the holidays. THANK you Maribeth and Gill!! emoticon

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Weighing in daily for 7 months has been informative. I can evaluate what I ate the previous day.

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If you go to the beginning of this thread, you will see that Susan (FOCUSONME57) has set it up nicely with discussion suggestions and a link to Chapter 2.

From this chapter I learned that I can still have an emotional reaction to seeing the number on the scale, and I accept that. If I use the scale to support my goals, then it can help me.

I did not relate to 'Susan's story exactly, but I could relate to letting a 'slight increase' cast a shadow over my whole day. I can't step on the scale, see an increase, and forget it!

What I do differently now is that I weigh first thing every morning and only step on the scale once. I write the number down. That's it.

I am pleased if the number goes down, or stays the same - I am less pleased if it goes up. But I don't blame the scale!

I have a goal for my weight loss - drawn as a line on a graph. If my weight is over the line, I eat more carefully. If my weight is on the line I eat as planned. If my weight is under the line, I can eat a little extra. (This was a system I got from a book by Morehouse & Cross)

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List 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1) That after vacation one should wait for a few days to get on the scale
2) If raining out could impact weight


What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

I've always let the scale ruin my day or make it a good day. In the past if I saw the scale go up I would just eat and eat because I was frustrated.


What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

Try not to let the number define me.

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I've taken the "scale test" too and, thankfully, I have found that I can keep it. I do weigh daily but I am no longer letting the number affect my mood. Apart from an occasional "DRAT", I am able to just write it down and walk away.

It took me a long, long time to just look at the scale as a tool and not a personal enemy. I'm not sure I will ever consider it a friend but I do find that it is a helpful tool helps me to stay on track. I think I worry about getting so far off track that I undo everything I have worked at for years on Spark.

The scale may go up and down but if it goes up over a period of days, I know that I need to take a close look at my eating and exercise over those days and that adjustments may need to be made. Basically that is my lifetime scale plan - weigh daily...no gains over 3 lbs. I know that if I were younger I would have to consider the time of month because I used to have a real water retention problem. Now I probably just wouldn't weigh for a few days.

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In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
-I learned that is OK to keep my scale- did the interactive test.
- Use averages for weight, since there is a fluctuation from day to day. This is tough when you are in a challenge, but everything evens out.
- Keep tracking. I choose to use the SP reports, print the monthly report.

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
- Before I became frenemies with my scale, every pound gain was a punishment, now it is just a marker.
- Although I weigh what I did when I started Sparking 210 days ago, I haven't gained!
-I realize the my progress is in proportion to the efforts I have expended.

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
I printed the Power Keys and am posting them on my vision board, then I will finish the Lifetime Scale Plan this week.



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I read ahead (about to start chapter 5) so I will just make some quick notes for now.

My scale is just a tool. It does not know if I ate a healthy balanced diet. It just shows a number. I am working hard on not letting it dictate my mood.

I weight once a day in the morning before getting ready for the day.

I am using Linda Spangle's 5 day averages chart to track what the scale says.

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emoticon I learned I can keep my scale and it is a diagnostic tool.
I used the scale daily and was losing, 40 pounds in about one year, than lost sight of my goals during a stressful times last year, stopped weighing in daily. Next 6 months I gained all weight back. emoticon

2016 committed to my goals, weighing in daily again I have lost 30 pounds so far.

Differently? I need to weigh in ONE time/day..
.I step on several times a day with many fluctuations

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Discussion questions:

In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
I learned that my weight can fluctuate due to travel on an airplane or due to rain and humidity. I learned that the scale is just a tool to gauge how well I am doing with healthy living choices (did I exercise, did I remain within my daily calorie limit, drink water, sleep, etc.). But even though I do all things as I should, there are things beyond my control that can affect my weight.

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
I tend to let the numbers on the scale influence my mood for the day to a degree. I can get excited about a loss and feel sad or angry with myself if I see a gain.

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
I will use the scale as a tool the way it was designed. I will not give it the power to influence my mood.

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I try not to weigh myself too often as I know the scale can REALLY affect my feelings about myself and my day.

I am realistic and know if I have eaten a lot one day the scales are likely to be heavier.

I am trying to be a maintainer and will always weigh myself before my Slimming World club weigh in day, luckily their scales are the same or a little lighter than mine. Weigh in day is USUALLY horrible though! I dislike Tuesdays intensely.

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When I did this book the first time, I bought my current scales; they are very simple, weight-only, digital scales - no memory or anything.

Every morning I step on ONCE, step off, record the weight. Done.

I accept the number and take the information it gives me with a pinch of salt! I know my weight fluctuates about 2-3lbs during the week - but I also know the overall trend is downwards - very, very gradually. I'm almost a 'maintainer' really - my weight is in the healthy range - so I'm not desperate to lose weight, but I am keen not to re-gain weight!

What I DO know is that I am a very poor judge of my own weight without the scale. If I relied on my clothes to tell me, I'd be 10lbs up before I acknowledged the gain. So, for that reason, I love to weigh daily.

If my weight is down a little, I do feel good about myself - so, yes, the number does affect me. If my weight is up a little, I tend to be more careful about what I eat - so, yes, the number does affect me. But I hope I am making it work FOR me.

I'd feel very insecure if my scales broke........I'd want to replace them pretty quickly.
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Chapter #1 - What's Wrong With My Scale ?
Things I learned:
I learned I can safely keep my scale by taking the quiz listed at the beginning of the book.
I learned that the scale I have covers my needs.
I learned airplane trips, weather and hormones change the outcome on the scale.

Relating to the story:
Having a weight gain after a week of working hard to have a loss does make me want to quit.
The scale can set my mood all day, good or bad.

What I will do differently:
I will remember that a gain is temporary because of a temporary situation and I don't need to make it permanent by giving up.
I will remember that our scale is in an obvious spot so my husband can monitor any "rapid gain" because of his heart condition.
In the same way, I should treat the scale as a way to monitor what is going on not an excuse to let it ruin my day!



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In an upcoming chapter Linda tells us a way to get out of weighing on the docs` scale. I had a 5:45 p/m docs appt. and thought I would try her advice.

I weighed this a/m and was brave enough to weigh again before the docs appt. Surprisingly...I was only up 1/2 # and I have eaten what I should for the day (so no games played) I just don`t like to weigh on anyone elses` scale.

Anyway....when I was called in...I said" What if I don`t want to weigh on that scale"?
I was so surprised by the response..."He said, "I`m Ok with that. Do you know what you weigh"? Then we got into a discussion of how weird I am and he said "you aren`t alone." He doesn`t care if I never weigh on the scale as long as I have the weight for him.

I really didn`t have to give any more excuses...he was emoticon about it. emoticon

Susan.....I have not found that out but I usually pick Friday. #1 because it helps me to do well over the weekend and #2. If I know there is an event coming up over the weekend then it gives me several days to get back on track.

Right now.....(other than today) I have chosen the last Friday of each month. I will see more progress if I don`t weigh often.

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I was weighing myself daily for a couple of months and found that for some reason I always weighed less on Wednesdays and Thursdays, so I decided to make Thursday my weigh in day.

I also know that I am following my narrow path and exercising, the dot calendar has more green than red/yellow so I may reach a point that I am comfortable with weighing monthly.

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Things I learned: emoticon
- Your scale can show increases after an airplane trip emoticon , rain/humidity emoticon
-You can turn your scale in to a friend emoticon emoticon

How I related to the clent
Scale emoticon Motivation emoticon

What will you do differently?
Use the scale as a weight loss "tool"....... just one of many tools
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Hi Callie - yes, I got rid of my scales because I used to get on and off them hoping for different results, always checking and double-checking. What I've found is that, for me, weighing say weekly can show up a gain of say 2 or 3lbs which I then feel awful about. But what I've found weighing every morning is that my weight sometimes goes up slightly, sometimes goes down - but actually remains about the same. So now I know that, my weight goes up and down about 2lbs in the week - but that if I want to lose weight I'm going to have to cut down on calories and increase my exercise to see a difference. I have them in the bathroom and step on them first thing before getting dressed.

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Gill....you gave up your scales at one point...now you have them again. Is this working for you, this time?

I have set aside certain times of the month that I will weigh. I can`t weigh every day and most times, not even once a week.

But because I am doing the 100 days challenge ...I have set certain times...one time a month. That way, I can see the difference in my weight, even if it is only down by one pound.



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Thank you CALLIECURTIS5, we're going thru this journey together and we learn from each other. emoticon

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Friends with the Scale Chapter 1 - What's Wrong With My Scale?

1) The scale can give me good feedback on my weight loss goals. Weight fluctuations are normal.

2) I got rid of my scales a few years' ago because I'd stand on them once a week and it would make me feel anxious and temporarily destroy my self-esteem. Even a small gain would leave me feeling 'fat'!

3) For the past two weeks, since I got my scales, I've been weighing myself every morning; and I've found that my weight fluctuates a maximum of 2lbs up and down on my current diet. I am going to continue to weigh daily and be interested in the fluctuations.

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Martha.......You have done wonderful by recognizing your NSV......love all that you have accomplished.

Barbara, Pat & Susan...this is going to be a great study

Linda..& Susan..... emoticon for being the author and leader of this study

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I agree with what everyone said and SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB mirrored my answers to the questions. Below are my thoughts after reading the chapter :

I used to let the number scale on the scale sabotage my weight loss efforts. After recommitting to SP and committing to getting healthy in Oct 2013 , I have changed my focus from the number on the scale each day to did I follow my food plan by staying w/i my calorie range, log all my food in, weigh and measure my food, , did I exercise at least 30 mins for the day, did I drink my 8 glasses of water. If I did all these things, no matter what the scale says it was a good day and I keep going. I haven't given up because I've only lost on average of 2 lbs a month since recommitting because my goal is to get healthy and if I do that the lbs will come off. I also look at my non scale victories like inches lost getting off of medications, better readings for my blood pressure and cholesterol and celebrate those.


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emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1) the scale is not always a predictor of your weight because of other things such as: travel, humidity, rain, hormones, etc.

2) the scale can be your friend...holy moley! lol

3) the scale can "give you positive feeback on your efforts, increase your motivation instead of crushing it, and prevent the weight-in panic that sends you to the refrigerator."

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

I can relate to the client Susan because if you change her name to Barbara,you have me exactly!

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

I will keep reading to get to use the scale as my friend and realize the scale doesn't always tell the truth!

cheers
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emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
1. The scale can reflect a variety of variables in my life
2. The scale can become my best weight-loss tool if I know how to use it that way


 emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
The number on the scale can affect my attitude that day - and, even if not for the whole day, at least for the first couple of hours!

 emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
I will keep on reading the book and participate in this book study! emoticon

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Susan....this will be my 2nd time reading this book. I soooooo relate to so much. I am sure that all of us will.

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Chapter 1 - What's Wrong With My Scale

In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
* the scale shouldn`t have so much power over how I feel. It is just a number...not who I am.
* If I am consistant with my goals...a change will occur in due time...do not let the scale dictate my day.

What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
* I have had some VERY upsetting moments when facing that number showing a gain when I had been so faithful with diet and exercise.
* yes...that stupid scale ruins my self esteem and this has gone on for days at a time. Stupid hunk of metal!!!!!

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
*I will work on changing my attitude about "the number" if it doesn`t show what I think it should. I need to embrace that I am going forward on making myself healthier through diet and exercise and not worry about the scale number.



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As it is probably Wednesday morning in England, I am posting the October 15th lesson today. We will do Chapter Two Thursday night/Friday morning and then have the weekend off.

Going forward 3 chapters a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Remember to come back the next day and join in the conversation as other members post their replies!

Onward & Downward!


Chapter 1 - What's Wrong With My Scale

emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

1. The scale should not measure my self worth.
2. Riding in an airplane can account for three pounds of weight overnight. --wonder how that affects the pilot?


emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

In the past a bad number on the scale could affect my mood in a very negative way for days or weeks.

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

Embrace the data the scale is providing, and let go of the drama as it truly is just a hunk of metal.


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emoticon Discussion questions:

emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?

emoticon Link to Chapter Two
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