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Dec 28 is the anniversary of my joining SparkPeople so although I usually weigh daily I have decided not to weigh until the 28th!


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Great, Julee - I saw your message in the Xmas check-in thread - see you there my friend!


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Gill - I would like to join you. I usually weigh in every day but I would like to see how it feels. I don't have a problem when we go camping or when we used to travel but it has been awhile.

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Great, Babs - I'll check in with you to help me stick to my plan with this!
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I do not weigh every day - I weigh weekly. BUT I think I'll do what you/Gill mentioned in your email - weigh Christmas morning and then do not weigh for 3 days. Maybe that will help me. It's definitely worth a try.

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I get your point - I think the main thing is that she's suggesting ways we can avoid being thrown off-course by a temporary increase in numbers, ie, the emotional aspects of it. I prefer to weigh every day myself. When I did try the experiment of not weighing for 3 days after travelling, it stayed the same as if I'd weighed every day - but perhaps it spared me the disappointment of seeing higher numbers for a couple of days.

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Hmmm ... this lesson confuses me.

If we don't "gain" weight over night ... why not continue to weigh daily???

I have issues with water retention ... feet swell almost to my knees and rings will pinch my fingers. I still weigh daily during these times.

So ... I guess I will continue to weigh daily.
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I'm still working on when and how often to weigh looking for the balance that works best for me.

I pretty much ignored this info the first time through because it was so challenging and different from what I thought was working okay. I soon admitted that not weighing regularly was Not working well for me and led to dread of the scale and eventual weight creep. Not that weighing regularly stops weight creep it just brings it to my attention sooner making managing it a little bit more doable.
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Right now I try to weigh 2 to 3 times per week. I usually do what Linda suggests and wait for a few days when I have been sick or return home from a trip.

Big weight fluctuations still throw me because if I weigh really low I think I can indulge and too high when I have been making good choices can lead to discouragement. Thse big fluctuations along with working on weight creep and the 5 % challenge is why I have changed my pattern of weighing just 1 time per week.



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Chapter 14 - When to Stay off the Scale



This chapter made me pause and reflect and think about whether it would work for me.

The three day rule - These are the situations Linda wrote about where we should wait 3 days until we weigh ourselves:

-Vacations
-Holidays and celebrations
-Travel
-After you’ve been sick
-When you feel vulnerable

After these events, our bodies tend to retain fluid and the number on the scale is not a true reflection of fat weight but temporary fluid weight. I can understand the theory behind not weighing after these events and giving our bodies time to get back to its normal balance and true weight.

Maybe this would work for others, but not for me at this point in my life. When I think about not weighing myself for 3+ days, it feels risky and also like a piece of my puzzle would be missing. I wouldn’t have a necessary piece of information that keeps me on track to manage my weight. Be it a high or low number on the scale, I would rather know that number and need the truthful facts and not avoidance and not knowing for several days.

I live with a fear of regaining the weight I have lost and don’t want to lose control and have 10+ pounds suddenly appear when I would finally weigh myself.

The only times I don’t weigh myself are when I am away from home and have no scale. But, when I return home, I get back to my first thing in the morning weigh in.

Maybe the scale has become my friend that I always meet first thing in the morning every day and it has become a habit for me that I don’t want to change.

Power Key 5: Wait 3 days to weigh myself after travel or holidays.



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FWTS - Chapter 14 - When to Stay off the Scale

"Linda advises us to stay off the scale for three days after:

Vacations
Holidays and celebrations
Travel
After you've been sick
When you feel vulnerable

These seem very sensible to me and I always try to avoid them 3 days after these times/events. After those 3 days though I get back on as i would rather know the
damage if there has been any from holidays/celebrations! Once I know I can
step up the plans to address any changes there may have been and get (if I
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Stay on scale to gather information during :
vacations, holidays, travel, illness or when I feel vulnerable

I felt vulnerable most of 2020!
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I take a.break from the scale when I have had a binge day. I don't want to see how high it has gone other than that I weigh every day but if I had one of the reasons mentioned in the book I would stay off.

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Great timing for me! Just back from hubby's business trip. Mostly, I did ok, until the last day. I did yoga some days. I didn't keep up with water very well. I'm taking the 3 day break from weighing until Monday. Really happy to have a break from the heat which means I can get some walking in. Getting back to the plan now.

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Lesson 14- When to Stay Off the Scales
Vacation; Holidays & celebrations; Travel; After you’ve been sick; When you feel vulnerable
* The three day rule
Power Key 5: Wait three days to weigh myself after travel or holidays.
emoticon If you are just beginning to follow this book it is a good idea to stay off the scales sometimes.
Because I’ve been weighing each morning for quite a while now, it is no longer necessary for me to worry so much about the daily fluctuations.
What is necessary is to adjust my eating and exercise when the weekly trend is going up.


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I've written quite a lot about this chapter already......... and re-reading it was interesting.

Linda advises us to stay off the scale for three days after:

Vacations
Holidays and celebrations
Travel
After you've been sick
When you feel vulnerable

Which is all well-and-good, but I think there would be so many days when I didn't weigh myself that it would damage my habit of weigh, record, track and watch the trend.

For me, right now, I think the habit of daily weighing is more helpful for me than playing with that habit.

Yes, I'm scared. You know, if I stayed off the scale because I had a cold for 10 days, then waited another three days - that could be a fortnight of not weighing.

I'm not fully-friended with the scale yet - I'd rather step on the scale and see the number go up - then think "it's because I was travelling" or "oh, it's because it's Xmas"

I'd still rather know the number.

I think it's OK because the scale going up doesn't upset me if I know why it's gone up - and I usually do!

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Well, I have been unwilling to leave the scales for 3 days, because I'd rather know what I weigh.

However, this time I had the opportunity to try it again - leaving it for 3 days after coming home from a vacation/travel.

This time, I put a sticky note on my scales reminding me that I could not step on them until Friday (I got home on Monday night).

NOT weighing daily was hard, but I took to heart what Linda wrote: "If you insist on weighing yourself during these specific times, you are still a long way from being friends with the scale." Which made me think........... how healthy is it for me to be so scared of NOT weighing that I can't stay off the scale for 3 days.

Here are the facts as I see them:-
When I did weigh in on Friday, it was a normal number for me. My numbers only go up and down a couple of pounds. The number I saw was within that range.

If I had of weighed on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - I suspect the numbers would have been pretty much in the same range.

However, I did also find that staying off the scale made me feel a bit like I had an extension of my holiday - and I kind of carried on partying with food!

And, maybe if I HAD weighed on Tuesday morning and seen a larger number that would have depressed me and had a negative effect on my eating behaviour. Who knows?

I think I would prefer to weigh every day and know the numbers.

But I'd also like to be free of needing to weigh every day, and be able to trust that my eating habits will always keep me on track and that any temporary fluctuations caused by fluid retention are not worth knowing about.

I'm happy to stand on the scale and see a larger number and then think "it was the wedding banquet I went to" or "it must have been because of the anaesthetic I had at the dentist".

Maybe it's different for me because I'm not on a weight-loss path, but a weight maintenance programme.

I think I am now much more knowledgeable and honest about my eating, and I KNOW what will cause a gain.

So - power key? wait three days to weigh myself after travel or holidays. Well, if I don't think it makes a difference, then conversely it doesn't matter if I don't weigh for three days.

Have I twisted myself in a total loop? I think I will practise the 3-day rule for travelling and holidays/celebrations because I DO want to be friends with my scale.

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My son is visiting this weekend, so Mom had to make comfort food and I made bacon crack. This weekend I ate foods I normally don’t eat, and my weight did not change! I was really surprised.

But I know that was just a fluke, so I will return to healthy eating and drink more water. This was a good chapter to know about the four things that can affect your weight.

I will continue to weigh everyday.

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Day #14 When To Stay Off The Scale

This lesson has come at the perfect time for me. I have seen weighing daily ever since Linda recommended that 3-day test back on Day #5. It has shown me exactly what I already knew - that my weight fluctuates a great deal based on what I have eaten.

Yesterday I ate many things that were not on my plan and many of them were unhealthy foods. I knew my weight would be up this morning due to fluid retention, but I was not expecting it to be up as much as it was emoticon

Even though I knew what was coming on the scale I was still upset. This has led me to finally make a decision that I think has been brewing in the back of my mind ever since the 3-day test started. I am a weekly weigher and I am comfortable with that.

Since my weight is up so much I will be drinking extra water and making sure I eat very healthy until Wednesday when I will implement another of Linda's suggestions to make a weekly weigh-in on a Wednesday or Thursday instead of a Friday of Monday.


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I've done it both ways and I'm sticking with daily weights.
Sometimes I record the number on paper then after a week I take an average and transfer to online graphs. Making a note in case I want to look back.

I discovered my weight is seasonal. I'm excited in autumn with cooler weather and beautiful colors. Easily get off track. I can turn it around - enjoy outdoors as a distraction from eating.

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I'm conflicted about the advice to avoid weighing in for 3 days as well. The way my mind works ---- knowing that I was going to have a 3 day grace period might only encourage me to overeat until the day before weighing in. I know there are daily fluctuations, and I'm quite used to them. I know that on a vacation I can't weigh, but find it counter-intuitive to get back home and then avoid the scale for 3 days.

Recently before I had my surgery I was concerned that the forced inactivity for 3 weeks following would cause me to gain weight -- so I purposely lost about 5 pounds lower than goal ahead of time. If I had not weighed myself daily after surgery I wouldn't have realized that the pain meds and difficulty of chewing were causing the scale to drop daily rather than go up. I know this was not fat loss, but it alerted me of the need to put together some protein and nutrient dense smoothies to pull me through and nurture my healing till I could get back on my regular food plan. So...just saying...monitoring the scale had some benefit for me in this case.

I do need to open my mind to the concept that at certain times in the future it might be just the right action for me to apply the 3 day rule. At this point, though, I have the feeling that if something is working....why try to fix it?


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I stay off the scale more than I should. The scale is in the dark when I wake up in the morning and I don't want to turn the light on to see what it has to say.

That is one MAJOR excuse!

There is enough light to step on and slide the weight indicator until I can see the beam is balanced. I just can't read the number it is on and don't want to leave it until daylight to see the number or chance Tom seeing it. My number if rather private and I'd like to keep it that way. Not that he would play scale police.

The problem is all in my own head.

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I agree with Amy and Phyllis, I don't stay off the scale for 3 days either - I am aware of what causes the scale to go up and down, but if I skipped weighing for three days every time one of those 'stressors' popped up, well, I'd never weigh myself!

I think being aware of those subtle reasons for the scale going up sometimes is helpful though.

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I'm not sure if I agree with this chapter about staying off the scale for a few days after traveling. I have done that in the past, and it has caused me to take longer to get back to my normal eating routine. We are leaving on Wednesday for a trip to Pennsylvania (from Florida) for a friend's wedding and will be back Monday afternoon (the 30th) We are driving, will be going out for all meals, and won't get as much exercise. I plan on continuing eating moderately, but I will expect the scale to be higher when I get home. If I expect that, I don't think I will be upset. It will be hard enough to be off the scale for five days, since I have started this weighing and recording routine. I don't want to lose the habit by staying off extra days.

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FWTS - Chapter 14 - When to Stay Off the Scale
If you are just beginning to follow this book it is a good idea to stay off the scales sometimes.
emoticon Because I’ve been weighing each morning for quite a while now, it is no longer necessary for me to worry so much about the daily fluctuations.
What is necessary is to adjust my eating and exercise when the weekly trend is going up.

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Lesson 14: When to Stay Off the Scale
Even if you are totally comfortable with your scale, there are times you should not get on it, under any circumstances. If you insist on weighing yourself during these specific times, you are still a long way from being friends with your scale.
Five Times to Never Weigh Yourself
1. Vacations
Right after a vacation, you'll nearly always see a false jump in your weight. In an effort to manage the challenges of travel, stress, and your mother-in-law, your body attempts to gather extra resources. This typically results in fluid retention, which increases your scale reading. But the higher number reflects the shift in fluid levels, not a true weight gain from added fat stores.
Even simple changes to your routine can affect your scale numbers. Eating new or different types of foods as well altering your exercise levels and sleep patterns can all cause fluid retention.
2. Holidays and celebrations
Whether you're enjoying a holiday season or a small celebration for Easter or Memorial Day, special event meals will challenge your body's internal balance. Even if you don't think you ate much at your mother's birthday dinner, be sure to allow your body a few days to get back to its normal balance. The same thing applies after holiday meals such as Thanksgiving. The "day after" is not the time to see how much you weigh.
3. Travel
Any time you travel, you will probably retain water for a few days. This is especially true for airline travel, but it can also happen when you've spent long hours in a car or bus.
If you travel frequently because of your job or for family visits, remember that even short trips of a few hours can cause you to retain fluids. Add in restaurant meals or snacks on the drive, and the next morning your scale number will probably bounce up a couple pounds.
4. After you've been sick
Sometimes dieters get so desperate to see the number on the scale drop that they lose common sense. They are convinced that throwing up for three days will result in losing some fat stores.
First of all, having the flu does not help you lose weight. In fact, the opposite is usually true. When you're sick, your body worries that it might need extra help to recover from the illness. Instead of giving up weight, it holds on tightly to all of its resources, including fat content.
Most people become dehydrated when they have the flu or some other illness. So again, what you see on the scale is mostly a shift in your body's fluid levels.
Having surgery can result in even more drastic changes. Anesthesia, IV fluids, and pain medications can cause huge fluctuations in scale readings, sometimes showing an increase of even five to ten pounds.
Diagnostic procedures such as a colonoscopy can have a similar effect on your body. So unless you are taking diuretics or other medications that require close monitoring of your weight, stay far away from the scale for at least a week after any surgery or diagnostic tests.
5. When you feel vulnerable
When you go through a crisis or a major loss, your confidence and self-esteem can disappear. Whether it's the death of someone close to you or the loss of your job, you need time to adjust and recover. Traumatic events such as the breakup of a relationship can leave you feeling empty and vulnerable for some time.
Even having a bad day that includes extra food or alcohol can increase your weight temporarily. Don't punish yourself for diet slip-ups by jumping on the scale.
Any time you feel weak or vulnerable, postpone weighing yourself for at least a day or two. Instead of fretting about your weight, focus on healing and recovery. Stay off the scale until you get back into a healthy balance, both physically and emotionally.
The Three-Day Rule
Whenever you have a major shift in fluid levels, it takes your body a minimum of two to three days to regain its internal balance. Weighing yourself too soon will only tell you something about your fluid levels, not your true weight.
After a vacation, holiday, or illness, always wait at least 48 to 72 hours before you get on the scale. This gives your body time to settle down, rebalance fluid levels, and get back to a more normal status.
Although it's tempting to weigh yourself the morning after travel or holidays, getting on the scale will usually leave you upset. So build up your courage, and skip at least two or three days before checking your weight.
Follow the same guideline for special occasion meals that are out of your normal pattern. Even one birthday or anniversary meal can contain enough salt to make you retain fluids. After any unusual events, postpone your daily scale ritual for a couple of days.
In the same way, always give yourself a few days to fully recover from a bad cold or the flu before jumping on the scale. If you have an injury or surgery, you may want to wait as long as a week or 10 days. By that time, your scale reading will show a far more accurate number than if you weigh yourself too soon.
Power Key 5: Wait three days to weigh myself after travel or holidays
Not sure if I can do this one but it is great to know why the numbers don't agree with what you do.
Stay on Scale everyday to gather information --- weigh-in, record and dot calender.
Repeat green days Careful after yellow days
Red days make a note to work on consistency in healthy habits
If I'm sick or eating out on special days I can still evaluate behaviors.
Stay on Scale everyday to gather information --- weigh-in, record and dot calendar.
I will continue to use the scale as a tool to keep me focus and on plan. some days it is up some days down but it don't affect my attitude it just keeps me or gives me a kick in right direction

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POWER KEY 5: Wait three days to weigh myself after travel or holidays

I like the idea of giving myself permission to stay OFF the scale. I can relate to the woman from vacation punishing herself with the scale. So many times in the past I have done exactly that. I'm grateful to know that it is OK to just let it go. I'm feeling more and more comfortable with myself and my scale. Thanks for being here for me.

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I have recently weathered being sick as well as having a celebratory meal while still weighing myself every day. I am pleased to say that I am getting closer to being friends with the scales. I noticed the weight but I didn't allow it to change my overall long term goals nor to obsess whether I would meet them because I believe that I will.

I said, "This too shall pass" and I walked away.


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emoticon Happy Heart Day!
I love everything stated here. I am learning to just weigh, record and check the averages each week when the weigh-in is for the 5% challenge.
There haven't been any days lately (vacation, sickness, etc) that I have needed to worry about.


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STAY OFF THE SCALE?!? But...but..... emoticon

Today's gems:
"Some dieters love punishment.

...allow your body a few days to get back to its normal balance.

When you feel vulnerable. When you go through a crisis or a major loss, your confidence and self-esteem can disappear."

On punishment: totally agree. Been there, done that. Sometimes still do. Dumb

On normal balance: sometimes we don't think our bodies have any balance. Balance seems like a good thing. If we can't respect ourselves, we should at least respect our bodies.

On feeling vulnerable: Linda is actually reassuring us that f-e-e-l-i-n-g out of sorts doesn't mean we ARE out of sorts!






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Another excellent chapter. I returned Sunday from 3 days away. I did not weigh myself. I weighed before I left for the 5% Challenge. I doubt the scale would have been my friend. Didn't drink enough water. Didn't get enough 'exercise', etc. But this chapter helped me feel "OK" about that.

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I'm with this chapter physically and mentally. Currently in Singapore/Malaysia. My food choices have been very healthy but all the food has been prepared by others and there is no way of knowing sodium and fat content in the preparation. Pointless following my usual weigh-ins until I've been home a few days and have the long-haul effect out of my system.

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Maribeth - great graphics!

Not sure I agree with this as the scale number is still just information. I also do best when I make some things habits and habits work best when I am consistent with them.

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Stay on Scale gather information --- daily weigh-in, record and dot calendar.
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emoticon emoticon Red days make a note to work on consistency in healthy habits
If I'm sick or eating out on special days I can still evaluate behaviors.


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Well, it's Saturday morning, and I'm home after being away for three days. I had to weigh myself for the 5% Fall Challenge - and, guess what? I'm EXACTLY the same weight as I was on Wednesday morning.
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Enjoy your Holidays Gill and Maria emoticon I'll keep posting cause I'm on a roll emoticon
We don't go on long trips anymore because Buddy gets car sick. It's okay he is a lot of fun everyday getting us together for walks and meeting people. The metabolism boosters really work, I figure I have to eat when I'm hungry and it might as well be food that burns fat. I weigh-in on Wednesdays so it's coffee all day for me. Cheers Gill emoticon

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Ah, the coffee! I wonder whether that was why I just HAD to go into the shop and get a fresh bag of coffee (even though it's out of next weeks shopping budget!) - I saw that poster that Maribeth shared this morning before I went out! Hmm........ well, it IS nice!

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Gill, I agree this is a hard lesson to follow. I pretty much ignored this info the first time through because it was so challenging and different from what was working fairly well for me emoticon My healthy & fit journey for a very long time has been read, evaluate and modify slowly. I knew Not weighing was Not working well and led to weight creep.
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Now that I am mostly weighing everyday, I CAN'T as I will be on the road for a week. Then Linda says I should wait for a few days when I get home. emoticon But Linda as usual is Right On because big weight fluctuations can upset me and throw me off!

I just need to find a balance that works for me. I had not planned on weighing while away and I will try to follow what Linda suggests but will do what works for me when I get home.

Maribeth, GREAT post with lots of Great info! Love that coffee is on there!

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I've just sat and re-read all the comments on this thread (including my own from 2014 and in April 2016) and am still quite conflicted about this Power Key.

On the one hand Linda is saying 'it's just a number' and teaching us that 'the scale goes up' and 'the scale goes down' and to detach ourselves from any emotional reactions to the number. On the other hand, she now says - don't risk standing on the scale because it might discourage you.

I am just about to go away for three days and won't be able to weigh. I will be travelling for hours on a coach, eating differently, sleeping differently - I expect those things will cause my scale to go up. But that doesn't discourage me (I don't think!) - it's like a reality check. It's evidence that things like travel, change, stress (even good stress) can cause the body to react in a way that makes me temporarily heavier.

Seems to me that if I stop weighing every-time I do any of the things on the list - I could be not weighing quite a lot!

Also, I've just joined the 5% Fall Challenge and must post my weight on Saturday. That would mean weighing on Saturday morning, straight after I get back from my trip. If Linda is right, the scale will be up - which will give a 'false' starting weight for the Challenge really.

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It ain't a perfect world. I'm talking about a few pounds. In the grand scale of things...... this is not important!

I will be weighing on the morning after my trip - and posting that number to the 5% Challenge.

So - good to be aware of what can affect the scale, but I'm not staying off it for 3 days after my trip. I could stay off the scale for 3 days after I've posted that weight. But I think, for me, weighing every morning on my own scale is a good habit to maintain. To be a successful habit, it needs to be done every day.

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FWTS - Chapter 14 - When to Stay Off the Scale
I'm weighing-in daily, its a learning experience... Friday went to Coyote Moon buffet, steak, fish and chicken with lots of vegetables. Dessert was popovers that melt in your mouth. We had dinner early... home by 5:30 and walked for a couple of hours sipping water (Beautiful Fall Weather emoticon ). The scale was all over the place 4 days then went back to where I started last Wed. weigh-in. Coyote Moon is our favorite place, we will have our anniversary dinner Nov. 3rd. I wanted to have a trial run to have fun eating knowing my body will recover. emoticon To reduce impact of salty & fatty foods drank hot lemon & ate metabolism boosters. Hungry for Change cocktail of Cilantro, Parsley, Chia seeds, Vegan Smart protein powder instead of dairy whey

Update: Eliminating processed powders for more whole foods.

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When to stay off scale.
Three day rule-
wait three days after vacations, holidays and being sick

I can relate to taking a vacation and throwing all thoughts of staying on program to the wind. Then praying the scale is "kind:.

I used to let the scale set my mood, now I just record the number and move on. I had a card party yesterday and ate a lot of salty snacks. Although I did weigh today, it didn't point its finger and say bad girl! It was just a reference point and I averaged it into the weeks weight.

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I was going to say that my comments on this chapter are the same as they were in 2014 - but they're not quite: now, I'm more likely to carry on weighing every day that I'm at home, and not worry about the numbers going up - because I know they will go down again in a couple of days. So, I no longer use the THREE DAY RULE - but it's good to be reminded of it, in case I ever need it.

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I do remember being sick last winter for an entire week and thinking I had probably lost lots of weight only to be disappointed that I was the same when I weighed.

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I'm pretty good about not weighing myself right after we get back from trips or after being ill. I know that I retain water especially after road trips and I wait a few days before weighing. Because I am a TOPS member, I often have a weigh-in right after a trip, I just remind myself that the weight will likely be up and it will be back under control by the next weekend.

Has anyone but me ever had the flu for a week and found out that even though you thought you just didn't eat anything........you gained anyway! Well that is your body just doing its thing.....don't weigh right after, or while, you are ill; it is not a kind thing to do.



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Great thinking everyone, I undersand more the reasons the scales cannot be 'believed' all the time or that they shouldn't spoil or make our day!!!

I am REALLY grateful to have been involved with this team! I try my best not to get on the scales apart from the day of my WI and maybe the day before.

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Great May for you too Fisker! I am grateful for these lessons that will help me enjoy my life but keep me from that "all or nothing" attitude I used to have.
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Chapter #14 When to Stay off the Scale emoticon
Perfect timing for this chapter! In the month of May: 1. Vacation, 2. Holiday and celebrations, and 3. Travel will apply to my life.
For sure I want to skip 4. Sickness and 5. Vulnerable times.

My birthday celebration went from a day to a week when I retired.
Then at age 70 the celebration turned into "birthday month" so in May I will celebrate Mother's Day; the wedding of my youngest son in Atlanta; my 75th birthday; the birthday of a childhood friend/classmate and a "girl's" weekend with my daughter, daughters-in-law and granddaughters!
On Memorial Day weekend all the kids and their families come home for a camp out with lots of fun activities. (29 in all)

Good thing I plan to redo the 100 Days of Weight Loss in June! In the meantime I plan to have an awesome May but continue eating healthy just not monitor the ups and downs of the scale.
Power Key 5: Wait three days to weigh myself after travel or holidays.


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In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
The 5 times never to weigh yourself and the 3 day rule

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

What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter? I will try the 3 day rule but sometimes I weigh myself after get togethers and annotate it but with the realization that's it's not accurate and should be back to normal w/i 3 days.


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emoticon In your notebook, list 2 or 3 things that you learned from this chapter.
1. Five times never to weigh myself, including right after vacations, holidays, travel, illness or when I feel vulnerable.
2. The 3-Day Rule: after the above, wait 3 days for your body to resume its internal equilibrium.

emoticon What are some ways you can relate to the clients or examples in this chapter?
Not applicable in this chapter

emoticon What will you do differently as a result of reading this chapter?
1. Be more aware of the 3-day rule after travel, etc.
2. Be more aware of when I may feel vulnerable, and just stay off the scale then for a few days.


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I learned about the three day rule for staying off the scale:
-after vacation
-after Holidays and celebrations
-after traveling
-after being sick (reminded me of the flu reference a few chapters ago)
-after a major crisis or major loss

This is one of the "power keys" and WOW we have learned five of them so far!

Happy half way day folks! We are making great progress through the book!



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Friends with the Scale Chapter 14 - When to Stay Off the Scale

Ha! Just when I thought I was doing quite well - this lesson appears, and is very challenging! I've become a daily weigher - and not weighing does feel a bit scary. It's like I'm afraid to take my eyes off the ball in case it goes way off-course! So - rather a lot of learning in this one, for me. I have to say that I trust Linda Spangle - everything she's recommended so far has been helpful; so, Linda, I AM listening to you!

1) There are times when I should NOT get on the scale:
- right after a vacation (very timely, as I'm about to do just this!)
- after holidays or celebrations
- after travel
- after periods of sickness/surgery
- when I feel vulnerable

2) n/a in this chapter

3) I shall apply the THREE DAY RULE! ''build up your courage, and skip at least two or three days before checking your weight'' (Linda Spangle)

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We are halfway through! Great job everyone!

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



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