Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Scale….friend or foe?

When I first started my life style change I weighed in once a month. I really truly liked that. I didn’t check it in-between and took whatever it said on the 2nd of each month. Then someone said I should go to twice a month just to see what things were like and now on Allan’s Phase 5 Challenge I have to weigh in weekly. Sometimes the scale is nice, other times I think it should be at the bottom of the lake. I know that some weeks I poop more then others, I know that some days I can pee quarts and quarts and other days it just stays inside. I know that some days no matter what I’ve eaten I feel like a lead balloon and other days just like a balloon. I was reading Sheri's blog the other day and she had an amazing posting with a couple really cool sites to go read and check out. First here is the post I’m talking about Losing a Confidant. Please take the time to go there because if you are hating the scale but really are seeing changes and feeling so much better this will help a lot. Allan talks about a lot of this too, how some weeks it all comes out and other weeks it’s just plain stuck, in the end the scale does move but it can be so disheartening when it doesn’t.

I have been on my life style change journey now for 14 full months. I have lost a little over 50 lbs and I am very happy with my results. Oh yes I would of liked to have lost it all in less then a year, yes I would like to be on maintenance now instead of still weight loss but no matter how many blogs I read, how many doctor papers, how many information sheets it all says slow and steady is best and I guess that is just what I’m doing. It sure won’t help me win Allan’s challenge though and oh I would so love to take this northern girl and her son to NY and explore but I know in my heart it’s not going to happen but you know that isn’t stopping me from trying anyways.

So please take the time to read Sheri's post and the articles she sites. You will feel a bit better understanding the scale.

Now take care and eat well, exercise as much as you can and have a blessed day.

11 comments:

Caution said...

It is interesting how the scale can be a friend or foe. I don't even own one now. That's how much of a foe it is!

birchgirl said...

I love the scale and weigh every day. It is Friend, even when I don't like the number.

Karen Butler Ogle said...

I weigh every day too. I'm no comfortable skipping days because I feel the need to know what is going on from day to day. I like being in the know. :)

gracies tough journey said...

I hate the scale right now, but I still weigh every day. I too, like to be in the know :) God Bless

JW said...

The scale is a tool, nothing more, nothing less. WE are our only friends or foes. "I am my own wort enemy." If we focus on our actions, the results will follow. Create a great day!!!

E. Jane said...

I have found that I need to weigh daily. If I don't, I will allow myself more food until it's time for the monthly or weekly weigh in. When I was on vacation, I actually bought a scale at Target to keep in the condo, and it shaped up my eating right away.

We're all different--so we have the ability to do what is best for ourselves. If that means daily weigh ins, that's OK, as long as we understand that there is a range for normal fluctuations.

JW is right--focusing on our actions, will bring results, no matter how often we weigh.

EmptyNester said...

Julie- I love that you share your ups and downs, struggles and achievements...everything you write is an inspiration! You are SO RIGHT about the scale. I lost 8 pounds last week but now it says I've gained a couple...WTH? I don't feel those pounds back, I still feel like I've lost and my clothes tell me I'm still going down...but that number on the scale is the thing that haunts me.

The Ninja said...

Thanks for sharing that article. It's quite enlightening. Recently I've been looking in the mirror and liking what I'm seeing; that's one of the important things.

I do weigh everyday, but for me it's less about the number as it is about the reminder to make good choices.

Noelle said...

I don't use a scale...

I don't like how the scale can control how we feel about ourselves.

YOU though, inspire me. Just so you know.

Shawn Becker said...

I agree with Noelle, the scale can determine my mood for the day....I should say used to determine my mood.
I had an addiction to the scale and would weigh myself at least 3-4 times a day.
If I was down a pound, life was good. If I gained.....I focused on the weight all day. I was depressed, felt worthless..oh yes, it was awful.
Something finally woke me up, I stll weigh 3-5 times a week but the scale does not determine my mood. In fact, in the last year I have gained about 8# but it does not bother me. I feel good and that is what matters to me!
Blessings
Shawn

E. Jane said...

Thanks for the sweet words on my blog! You are so kind and encouraging.