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NSV - failed experiment

Monday, September 08, 2014

Well it has been a week since my last weigh-in and DH has put the scales back in the bathroom. To check they are accurate he has weighed himself. He never varies, not even an ounce.

Feeling quite good, tummy seems flatter and I got into my white jeans on Friday I rush through and get on the scales. Oh no. I have gained half a pound. Okay, that is not much but you should see my food and exercise record. I have been super good with food even thinking about that extra slice of bread with Sunday brunch - didn't have it. Exercised every day for a minimum of 35 mins plus I have been doing 10 mins of yoga stretches.

I tried on the white jeans again to find I couldn't fasten them so I took all my measurements and they were pretty stable but with a couple of increases. If I use non scale motivators like the jeans or my measurements they will become my new obsession and I will be checking them every day.

I have learnt something from this little experiment. I am not the sort of person who jumps on the scales, loses half a pound and thinks I can have an extra something to eat. Also, I am not the sort of person who jumps on the scales, sees a small gain and thinks, to hell with it, I might as well eat. I am diabetic so my diet is part of my life not a fad that I can chop and change. The scales are there to serve me not to become an obsession. So I have decided to keep the scales in view so I can keep close track.

For me the scales are highly motivating. If I have lost a little it spurs me on, if I have gained a little it makes me even more determined. It does not affect my mood for the day and does not put me off track. So the scales are here to stay.

xx Denise

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JENSTRESS 9/8/2014 11:05AM

    That is great! I wish I had that attitude! I know when I'm closer to my goal I will be there, but until then, it will be too hard!

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NHES220 9/8/2014 10:29AM

    I weigh myself daily just to keep on track. I know that there are daily fluctuations and I do not obsess about them. Did I have saltier food yesterday and that beer? Yes, so the scale is up. More water today and it will be back to normal tomorrow. As long as you use it as a checkpoint to keep yourself on track, you're fine with daily weighing. It really is a personal choice and preference. I've been stuck around the same weight for quite a while now and that is OK. I'll have to figure out something to break this plateau or go to maintenance as I am about 7 lbs from goal now.

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LJOYCE55 9/8/2014 10:26AM

  What a healthy attitude. Congrats.

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Non scales motivation

Friday, September 05, 2014

I still wake up and think about getting weighed and then have to snap into my new routine. Toilet, wash hands, take blood glucose test, pour juice/water and take medication. How boring, but it has to be done, but I am getting used to not jumping on the scales.

I promised myself a non scales motivator before the weekend and temptations. I got out my new white jeans. If you remember I bought them when I was only about 2 / 3 lbs lighter but the extra 2 / 3lbs mean't I couldn't do up the zip. Well, today I fastened the zip. I don't think I could sit around in them for too long and I certainly couldn't manage to eat a meal and stay in them but hopefully that will come next week.

I will be getting weighed on Monday morning and feel confident that the scales will be my friend, but just for one day.

Keep on keeping on folks and never give up.

Denise xx

Want to clarify why scales would be my friend for only one day, because they will be going back to wherever my DH has hidden them from me.


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NHES220 9/5/2014 11:02AM

    Congrats - great NSV (non-scale victory)! Keep up the great work and glad your DH is helping you!

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LJOYCE55 9/5/2014 10:21AM

  Sounds like DH is helping you reach your goals - great idea to get him involved.

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Ahggggg no scales today

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Help, it is like a drug. I lay in bed this morning thinking about getting up and my first thought was 'I wonder how much I weigh'. I stuck rigidly to the diet yesterday, did 10 mins of yoga stretches, walked slowly around the shops for 20 minutes and had a 30 minute swim. Good day all round. Having a feel around thought my stomach feels a bit flatter, the midriff is not so pronounced. Let's get up and see what I weigh. Oh non, the scales have gone. Just as I promised, I have asked DH to hide them away somewhere.

Now, I don't know about you but I am a creature of habit. I have diabetes and have to follow certain routines. Get up, go to the loo, bathroom to jump on the scales, wash hands to do blood test, do blood test and record in notebook. Then I pour half a glass of water, tip in my soluble aspirin and top up with cranberry juice before I sit down in front of the TV news and take all my tablets. Well, all that went to pot this morning. I don't have any scales. Amazing how one little thing can change your whole routine. I didn't want to go into the bathroom so I washed my hands in the small toilet sink. Then forgot to take my blood and was half way through drinking my juice before I realised, no worries, situation rescued.

Day one and I miss my scales. So, I have started to think of other ways to check my weight without weighing, so no jumping on the Wii Fit either. I bought a pair of white jeans a few weeks ago before the grandchildren came out (see Back to Real Life blog) and I was about 4 lbs lighter and they fit me perfect. Tried them on Sunday to go out and they fit but I couldn't do up the zip comfortably. So that is my new benchmark. I am not going to try them on every day - that would be as bad as weighing myself every day. I will try them on at the end of the week.

Wish me luck, and I am sure I will get over the loss of my scales.

xxx Denise

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KESTRYLL 9/2/2014 8:20AM

    Good luck!

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HMBROWN1 9/2/2014 8:14AM

    Have a great day!

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non-scales challenge

Monday, September 01, 2014

I have been weighed this morning and I have asked my DH to hide the scales until Sunday night. Fed up of jumping on and off every morning. I am diabetic so I do have to know how much I weigh to control my insulin but honestly, not down to the daily fluctuations of .2 or .3 of a kilo. I even weigh myself after I have been to the toilet and the madness has to stop.

The disadvantages of weighing daily far outweigh (no pun intended) the advantages. For example, if I have lost half a kilo in 2 days it makes it so much easier to say yes to an extra treat and that half a kilo might have just been some fluid loss or other fluke.

Anyway, it is a new challenge and I will report back on whether it has any effect of my weight loss.

xxxx Denise

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 9/2/2014 11:22AM

    I agree ! You are so right ! I used to weigh ONCE per week and I was doing great. Then I started weighing every day when I got a new scale - and it is driving me crazy, too. I'm going back to once (or maybe twice) per week. The little daily fluctuations are actually insignificant.

Thanks for a good blog !


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OJMARIE 9/1/2014 3:49PM

    I've been weighing every day for over 2 years! I guess it would be better if I just weighed once a week and forget about all that little up and down the scales show. Mine weigh day will be every Monday morning from now on. Thank You for your insight. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 9/1/2014 1:47PM

    Some people really swear by weighing every single day bit I'm with you- too much of an emotional roller coaster.
I weigh on Saturday and Sunday and use the best one for my official weigh in.

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144AUTUMN 9/1/2014 12:45PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Back to Real Life

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We have had our young grandsons staying with us in France for the past 3 weeks and any thoughts of dieting have gone completely out of the window.

We have enjoyed ourselves going out and about. We visited a monkey colony where the monkeys are free to leap from tree to tree above our heads. We went an historic battle re-enactment evening - the French won against the English in 1453. We went to a scarecrow festival and played ancient games as well as archery and pony riding. We went canoeing on the river Dordogne marvelling at the chateaux on the passing hills. And so much more. We ate burgers, pizzas and lots of ice cream but also got plenty of exercise. We have a pool in our garden and I taught the youngest to swim (age 6), I had taught the other one to swim the year before (age 7), a little older as he was a bit more timid. So this year I taught the older one (now 8) to swim a full pool length (10 metres) under water to make his mommy proud.

Now they have gone back home to their parents and we are feeling quite down and sad but so glad we have been able to give them a wonderful experience. The ferry tickets have already been booked for next year. We will see them again in October when we visit England.

Anyway, back to the diet. With all that food and all that exercise I have managed to just about maintain my weight of 158. I have now set a new goal for 20th October to lose 8lbs and see that magic 150 on the scales. Back to real life and the real world without my boys but so much more enhanced for the experience.

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SUNSHINE-GIRL 8/21/2014 6:24AM

    It is hard to tell which are the monkeys and that is my DH in the pool with the boys

I will post more photos on my page when I have had a chance to go through the mountain of them we have

Comment edited on: 8/21/2014 6:26:26 AM

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 8/20/2014 11:54PM

    You must be SO PROUD of your grandsons ! And what terrific grandparents you are !
It sounds like a really busy summer !

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LJOYCE55 8/20/2014 1:53PM

  your grandchildren are adorable.

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ALICE_TENNIS 8/20/2014 10:10AM

    Maintenance is great. emoticon

Thanks for sharing your photos & stories of family fun with us. You gave an amazing gift to your grandsons!

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MEADSBAY 8/20/2014 9:57AM

    We can learn so much about living a busy fun-filled energetic active life by hanging out with children!
Now, back to real life.

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