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Scale Again ($#%%&) and Running Again : )

Monday, July 21, 2014

MAINTENANCE - Changing attitude about the scale:
I am up one pound from yesterday. Still solidly in my goal weight range. I ate excellently yesterday. It is a fluctuation. It is okay. Everybody knows this; even me. But I still have to remind myself. I am committed to using the scale regularly as a tool and to benefit from the feedback it gives me. I am changing my attitude. Changing attitude takes some work. I'll get there.

Part of me thinks it is absolutely ridiculous to be having this inner dialog, and even sillier putting it out there. Isn't it obvious how I should think? But I suspect there are people besides me struggling with this simple truth: weight fluctuates. The scale gives you incomplete data, sometimes confusing, especially in the short run. In the long run, the trends scales measure are extremely valuable as a weight management tool.

RUNNING
Going to run the high school track this evening with a group of fast runners and a knowledgeable volunteer coach. I'm expecting one or more of my Saturday Galloway runners to join me, so there will be at least one other person running about my pace. If there is lightning or the speed intervals total less than 2.25 miles, I'll go to the Y to complete the workout.

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy day!!

  
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_LINDA 7/21/2014 11:51PM

    Just remind yourself. The scale is a tool. Its just another method of tracking over time to ensure there is no noticeable upward trend in weight. Consider it just an early warning tool. It will alert you to anything needing attention, but it isn't accurate because our bodies aren't accurate and fluctuate at all times of the day. The scale has no power over me as it will behave over time if I am behaving over time. Its just one of many tools to measure how well you are doing.
I hope your running works out the way you want it to!

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FROSTY99 7/21/2014 10:13PM

    Ah, it is still consuming you isn't it. You need to make friends with Mr. Scale and tell him to be friendly!!

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SANDICANE 7/21/2014 9:56PM

    I had to have a change in "scaling" at my house too. I used to get on every day, but found I was getting soooooooooooooooooooooooo anxious that I made the decision to only get on once a week. Of course, any change is hard...so that's hard too.

Onward we go doing what works for us as we fine-tune what works for us!!!

Cheers

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MEXGAL1 7/21/2014 9:46PM

    Gee, I could have written this. I too am struggling a bit with my mind and the scale. I keep telling myself that I am only using it as a tool to keep myself in check. Especially now that I am feeling healthy and my appetite is huge! I am still eating a clean diet but I could eat all day. The good news is that I crave good food.
We can do this. Let's not let the almighty scale rule us!
Sallie

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AQUAGIRL08 7/21/2014 8:02PM

    I have a similar inner dialogue so of course I don't think yours is ridiculous! I am impressed by how self aware you are too. I know that you will continue to be successful!

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GABY1948 7/21/2014 7:13PM

    I am right there with you, Marsha! I don't believe on this earth I will EVER be friends with any scale....but that's okay I guess....I just won't pal around with it very often!

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/21/2014 1:48PM

    In her book Friends with the Scale, Linda Spangle recommends looking at the five day average or ten day average of your weight if you are a daily weigher. This might be helpful to you if you have excel, or if not I guess you would just add the last ten days together and then divide by ten to get your average.

I have similar scale anxiety sometimes, and then have to look and see that I have been on plan, it's just my body reacting to the universe at large.

WOO HOO on the running!

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MSLZZY 7/21/2014 10:08AM

    Happy running and keep a positive attitude!

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LAFEMMEDELALUNE 7/21/2014 9:48AM

    Thanks for this blog.
I think one harmful sentence that people sometimes cling to is, "The scale doesn't lie." It actually does lie. Well, it sometimes gives is information about things we have no information about or control over, anyway. Call it "misleading". :P
I, too, go by the long term numbers rather than week-to-week. It is really other people's comments/opinions that creep into my mind when I start worrying about short term ups and downs on the scale.
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ONEKIDSMOM 7/21/2014 9:28AM

    I find even when I am TRYING to gain, seeing a gain can be disconcerting... so many years we desired LOSING! But it is just ONE positional indicator, and trends are more telling than a single reading. We know this, but it takes time to get to the "it's OK" being automatic.

Attitudes may change slowly, but they *do* change!

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NATPLUMMER 7/21/2014 9:25AM

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/21/2014 9:24AM

    I like to weigh in. I am so curious about the fluctuations which I usually expect and recognize. Sometimes I recognize them for what they are. Sometimes I feel panicky because I just don't get why. So now I weigh in each day and I track it on TrendWeight.com. That gives me a little more perspective because I can look at the trends over time. I see that my weight usually trends in a very tight range. And that makes me very happy! I also find that I weigh more on Friday and I weigh less on Monday...go figure!

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IDEBORAH 7/21/2014 9:20AM

    At first glance I thought: OMG if Slenderalla is struggling with the scale there is no hope for me. But reading this blog is hopeful. It is a reminder and reinforcement that I needed about exactly how a scale is useful and that my thought processes are not so far from the norm. After a lifetime of food/weight struggles the inner dialogues are not going to be roses and puppies!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. And for pointing the way forward.
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SPINNINGJW 7/21/2014 9:00AM

    I have been fluctuating lately(although more in the creep upward trend), but I attribute it to crappy eating. Have been as much as 7 lbs above my low weight the middle of last month. It is frustrating. For me, the hardest part is trying to figure out WHY I am indulging in emotional eating.

I read somewhere once that women can fluctuate by 5 lbs in a DAY. So, keep using that scale as a mere tool, one measure in your toolbox to tell you where you are at RIGHT NOW. emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 7/21/2014 8:54AM

    Simple truths are not simple to live by. I have thought to myself, how many times can I blog about having to accept that I am losing weight very slowly. We all do share that struggle and it does help to put it out there!

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MILLEDGE2 7/21/2014 8:54AM

    Yes! Even when I brace myself before stepping on the scale and remind myself that I may be retaining fluid precisely because I increased my exercise the previous day (a good thing!) and that I didn't over eat the previous day, the inner critic still wants to be disappointed if there is a .5 higher number on the readout. Yes, I know to tell it to shut up and I know to start telling myself a lot of affirmative things about my healthy lifestyle.

Still, you would think I wouldn't have to go through this conversation with myself at this point. But we all do!

I guess if that's the biggest issue I have to deal with today, I should just be grateful and move on!

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Tried Some New Recipes

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My husband does the grocery shopping and he keeps buying those taco kits. I've told him repeatedly that I can make taco seasoning cheaper and healthier, but he hasn't wanted to try. So, last eve I fixed him his tacos out of the package and I fixed mine.

Mine had ground turkey, 1% fat. Yes, it cost $7.19 for 20 ounces, and his 20% fat ground beef cost less for the same amount, but I sure drained a lot of his away. I added 2 tablespoons of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of cumin, and 2 teaspoons of dried red pepper to mine per SparkRecipes. Mine had absolutely no salt, but didn't need it. It needed less water than his because it didn't have thickener in it. I suspect if I wanted it thicker, I could add corn starch. I grilled some bell peppers of various colors with onion and served low fat "refried" black beans with it. The whole meal was delicious. I should have taken a picture.

I did take a picture of another recipe I've been meaning to try for some time and finally did. It's banana "ice cream", pureed frozen banana. I know you can buy a special machine to make this recipe, and it might be a little better, but I thought it was plenty good just using my trusty blender. Ooops. I saw that picture yesterday. Now where is it? Gotta run now; grandkids are on their way. Perhaps I'll add it later.

  
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SPINNINGJW 7/21/2014 9:11AM

    I too, want to know if your DH tried your version? I buy taco seasoning at Sam's club - it comes in the big "spice" container and on the back it says how much to use for how much "meat." For a long time when vegetarian DD was at home, I would put it on the Morningstar Farms recipe crumbles for our "taco" nights.

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MILLEDGE2 7/21/2014 8:35AM

    Frozen bananas. Frozen [red grapes]. Great snacks available year round. How lucky are we????

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_LINDA 7/21/2014 12:50AM

    I just saw the banana 'ice cream' recipe in a Spark article on how to make your desserts healthier.
That is great you can still do healthier versions of food for yourself in spite of your husband's purchases!
Keep up the great work!!

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FROSTY99 7/20/2014 10:41PM

    emoticon I am with you-have used the kits and like my homemade version much better.

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AQUAGIRL08 7/20/2014 9:19PM

    Good for you!

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MEXGAL1 7/20/2014 7:50PM

    your tacos sounded better to me than your DHs. That banana ice cream sounds good as well...I will have to try that.
Have a great evening.
Sallie

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GABY1948 7/20/2014 6:19PM

    I have heard of the banana pureed ice cream...hope you do post the pic!

Funny, how when we eat so much healthier we really would rather have that even if it means more $$$

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HOLLYM48 7/20/2014 6:04PM

    Sounds very tasty! Way to go!

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NATPLUMMER 7/20/2014 5:49PM

    Yum!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/20/2014 5:48PM

    I am so sorry your husband doesn't enjoy your evolution in cooking. Mine does, and it makes him QUITE the TREASURE!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/20/2014 4:43PM

    It's fun to find new healthy recipes! Lucky for me my hubs and his Dad get enough deer meat to last me all year. I haven't bought ground beef in years! The difference in amount of fat even in lean ground beef is amazing. I cooked ground beef at a friends house and it was sickening to see all that yellow fat. I want to try frozen banana ice cream.

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/20/2014 1:31PM

    Sounds positively delicious! And so much better for you!

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MANDELOVICH 7/20/2014 11:59AM

    Did he taste yours? I bet it was excellent!

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WATERMELLEN 7/20/2014 11:42AM

    Healthier version so often tastes way better too!!!

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TIFFFIT 7/20/2014 10:20AM

    Pureed banana "ice cream"??? Yes, please!!!

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Bonus Blog: Runners Socializing

Saturday, July 19, 2014



That's me, first on the right, socializing after our run this morning. Ally, my niece, is to my left at the end of the table. Great time!

  
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_LINDA 7/21/2014 12:37AM

    Great photo! But you'd need a megaphone to talk to someone at the end of that long table! emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 7/20/2014 9:06PM

    Looks like fun!

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2014 8:37PM

    Nice!! A secondary benefit -- a big one!!

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FROSTY99 7/19/2014 8:02PM

    Lookin good and it appears everyone is having a great time

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MEXGAL1 7/19/2014 4:45PM

    Fun photo. thanks for sharing.
Sallie

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/19/2014 3:03PM

    Looks like fun times!

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GABY1948 7/19/2014 1:53PM

    GREAT pic and yes, you ALL look happy!

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ELRIDDICK 7/19/2014 1:30PM

  Thanks for sharing

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/19/2014 1:29PM

    Runners always look happy! emoticon

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UMBILICAL 7/19/2014 1:28PM

  LOL

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Hey, Look, SparkGuy Put a Comment on My Page!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

No kidding. SparkGuy. Put a comment. On MY page. I feel like a celebrity. OK, that's getting carried away. He's the celebrity, but I feel like I've been rubbing elbows with the famous!! He even quoted me in his blog edit. WOW!

This morning it was a 5 mile group run with my Galloway group at about 12 minute per mile pace. It seemed really slow and only a bit challenging at the hills. However, Galloway recommends a 13:27 long run pace for someone running my 8:50 miracle mile, in order to achieve a fast recovery. So if anything I really pushed the pace a little too much. I was running the front of the pack while the pace leader was running at the back with someone who was struggling. And I had the loudest interval timer so lots of people were looking to me. But I guess since we only went 5 miles it is okay. Next Saturday is Watermelon Series #3 and I'll miss my group run, but hope to do even better than #1 and #2.

After our run, I socialized with my group and my nephew/niece's group at Starbucks. Think I may have successfully talked several people into joining the Lakeland Runners Club Monday eve track workout. It would be great to have some other people who run my pace, since I'm now the slowest person out there. Then I left for the showers at the Y and on to Weight Watchers. When I saw I was early, I checked in and then headed out for a walk. Might as well use my time. I got over a mile in. Then my nephew showed up and we had a good talk about our week and dealing with the scale. He was up this week, but probably because he over-hydrated after the run. He seems to handle the scale pretty easily; he doesn't even take his shoes off to weigh. He knows he's lost 55 pounds and is feeling very positive. I really am working on not letting the scale discourage me.

We had a substitute at WW and usually I'm disappointed, but not today. Our sub was powerful. She told us that knowledge is power (in regard to learning nutrition facts about food) and that power is freedom. She told of going out to eat where she researched, had a small sirloin, tossed salad with balsamic vinegar and touch of olive oil, and sweet potato, while her dining companions had a lettuce wedge. They looked it up. Hers was 17 points (about 680 calories) while theirs were 16 points (about 640 calories). Guess who was better satisfied!!

Really enjoyed Gwen's swim presentation after her week at Jellyfish Camp yesterday. I do have pictures to download. She got done in time enough to see part of Natalie's gymnastic presentation. I'm so proud of Natalie. She can now do a hand stand to back bend to walk over with no help at all!! I never could do that. Her dancing and floor exercise has plenty of attitude, too. It is so much fun being a grandmother!!

And, of course, being a grandmother is better when you can keep up with the grandkids. And I just love running faster than the young 'uns!!

  
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_LINDA 7/21/2014 12:56AM

    I saw that Sparkguy gave you honorable mention -no surprise there- you were, after all, picked as a success story to be featured on the Daily Spark Blog (so you are a celebrity -forever captured in print)
Sounds like a great day all around! Watching the grandkids in sporting activities must be a thrill! I loved watching my nephews in their games and my niece in her cheerleading.


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AQUAGIRL08 7/20/2014 9:05PM

    Sounds wonderful!

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TIFFFIT 7/20/2014 10:23AM

    Love your positivity! I am looking forward to running but health conditions prevent it right now; hopefully later in the year I'll be training for a 5K.
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FRAN0426 7/20/2014 12:16AM

    I have started weight watchers and do both sparks and weight watchers --seems to be working for me so far.

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2014 8:39PM

    Wow, terrific all around!! Love that "celebrities recognizing each other"!! And making those grandgirls chase after YOU!!

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/19/2014 6:57PM

    So cool!

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GLORIAMAJDI 7/19/2014 3:09PM

    Sounds like a great day! I am really glad you told about the WW substitute's story about the dinner...just shows that researching ahead of time really pays off!

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WIZKEY 7/19/2014 1:57PM

    Congratulations!!

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GABY1948 7/19/2014 1:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I had seen the quote on Spark Guy's blog...I know PICKIE98 too! So glad for you! And proud of you!

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B-NANA 7/19/2014 1:54PM

    You're a celebrity to LOTS of people. Family First, SparkFriends second.

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ALICIA214 7/19/2014 1:09PM

 

I am a member of WW and I think it blends very well with SP.

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SANDICANE 7/19/2014 1:05PM

    You go to WW eh? Well, well. It's too rich for my pocketbook, so I tried TOPS. Well, first group, no one was losing weight but me. 2nd group, hardly anyone was losing weight but me, especially the leader. 3rd group was losing weight but they couldn't take any new members and they weren't allowed to take any more transfers.

So, it's me and my SparkFriends!

You really are an inspiration!!! You rock!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/19/2014 12:57PM

    To a life well lived... yours! emoticon

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Rethinking the Scale

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The problem is not the scale and the feedback it gives me; the problem is my attitude. When I feel bad all day because the number is bigger than I thought I deserved, the problem is not the scale, but my attitude. All those times I got discouraged and gave up over the years because of what the scale told me, the problem was not the scale, but my attitude. I can change my attitude.

  
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TERI-RIFIC 7/19/2014 6:30AM

    That's what I like about Judith Beck. She has pre planned responses to sabotaging thoughts. Then after you say them to yourself, after awhile, you actually believe them.

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2BDYNAMIC 7/18/2014 12:32PM

    I do agree and I wrote a blog on the very subject ......... a week or so ago .......... so many other things we can look at that are trophy deserving besides the scales! .......... Keep going; you area Champion!

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FROSTY99 7/17/2014 8:44PM

    Mindset is everything. Amazing what tricks our brain can play on us

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_LINDA 7/17/2014 5:47PM

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Yes attitude is everything! Affects us as to how we look at every little thing in our life.
I just got another kick in the teeth realizing how much longer I have to wait for my surgery :( But I am determined to try enjoy all my festivals this summer and going on the trip with my sister, even with one useless, very painful right arm.
How about we beat this thing together?
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LEWILL1982 7/17/2014 10:51AM

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MEXGAL1 7/17/2014 10:23AM

    Yes, you can work on the attitude. I do as well. This morning I was up because I did an experiment to see how bacon effected me. The meaning for me on the scale is different as I am "testing" foods to see how reactive I am to them for inflammation. I found that bacon is not my friend. So I will only have it occasionally.
I know you have heard this before but muscle does weigh more than fat and I am sure you are creating so much more muscle with your running. So do not fret!
If you feel great, go with that! I am sure with moderation the weight will go down again. We always go up and down.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie


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GLORIAMAJDI 7/17/2014 9:35AM

    Wow, this is kind of a light bulb moment for me. It IS about attitude. I don't get too terribly upset about the small gains/losses because I know how it is but ultimately something in my mind is telling me that I was bad or did something wrong if it does go up. It is irrational since I know and understand this all but I think that part of it for me is this illogical fear that I will gain ALL of the weight back.

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MSLZZY 7/17/2014 9:18AM

    Yes, you can change your attitude. Hoping for a great day! HUGS!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/17/2014 8:38AM

    Absolutely! NOBODY notices that extra pound (or three) anyway. Nobody says, "Geez, I bet she weighs 134 instead of 132! HORROR! It's all in your attitude, just as you say!

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B-NANA 7/17/2014 8:37AM

    Better to give up the scale, than to give up healthy living.

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/17/2014 8:20AM

    It's hard but try to focus on the non scale victories

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CAROLCRC 7/17/2014 8:16AM

    Very Zen... it's not what happens to us, but how we react to it.

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NELLJONES 7/17/2014 7:58AM

    We all think that the sensation of "effort" should show us as an immediate result that we want. We don't eat one cookie, and it was so hard to say No that we jump on the scale expecting a 10 pound loss to compensate for that effort. It sounds silly in words, yet that is what we all expect, and are disappointed when it doesn't happen. It takes time for all those non-scale victories to add up to a scale victory.

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GABY1948 7/17/2014 7:55AM

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WATERMELLEN 7/17/2014 7:50AM

    Yup. It all begins between the ears. Not so much what happens to us but how we choose (and this is the ONLY choice we really have) to think about it.

And like you I have to remind myself about this. Every. Single. Day.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/17/2014 7:24AM

    You are absolutely right! Thanks for the reminder emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/17/2014 7:17AM

    Absolutely right! Regardless of our "obsession" it's our attitude, our mindset, our reaction that needs fixing.

I just read an excellent comment by RenataRuns on one of those "scale" articles.
http://www.sparkpeople
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You can obsess about your waist measurement, your percentage of body fat or the balance in your checkbook. The number isn't the problem, it's your reaction to the number and how you go about fixing it.



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ONEKIDSMOM 7/17/2014 7:12AM

    emoticon emoticon Absolute truth in those words. The thing we can ALWAYS change is our attitude! emoticon

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