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Use Measurements Besides the Scale
What's So Motivating About Numbers Anyway?
3/10/2013 6:24:54 AM
Agree, the scales is a very addictive item! Fat percentage and size loss is a much greater indication of whether you are losing weight safely and not losing muscle/ fat/ bone even organ density in those with severe weight loss!
What a good way to view progress. Instead of beating down my scale, I can choose to see my progress in other areas.
3/16/2012 8:14:44 PM
I was glad to see this article under the "motivation" section. I myself have lost my lack of motivation due to the fact that the scale has not moved. However, people continue to tell me, "Wow! You look smaller, your clothes are so loose on you. etc." From today on I will reset my goals and concentrate on inches and exercise endurance.
Just what I needed today! My scale has not budged in ages, and while I know my eating is not perfect, I do know how much and how hard I work out and overall eat healthy. My fiance said to me the other night "you need to stop worrying about the scale and start focusing on how healthy and strong you have become, because you are WOW! I guess I need to listen you both of you!! Thanks for the good thoughts!!
I was just thinking this recently. My goal weight that I set when I started this journey is 10 lbs from where I am now. I've been holding steady where I am now because I WANT to be where I am now. I'm not "stuck here." I want to be here because I feel good; I look good; I am good. :)
I've even changed the goal date for those 10 lbs to early next spring so I will look a bit better for that swim suit, but for now I'm happy where I am and eating a little more than weight loss mode.
Weight measurement (done on the same scale, all the time) is an objective measure of our healthy lifestyle.
I have read more than once that the 5% (or sometimes 3%, depends on the source) who keep the weight off weigh themselves, as often as every day.
I am well aware about daily fluctuations, and take them into consideration.
I have lost about 102 pounds and have kept it off since September 2010. I am a binge eater. Talk about hard work!
I enter my weekly weight into SP.
I weigh myself daily, on the same scale at the same time in my morning routine. This weigh in provides feedback for me about how I should eat in the upcoming day. This is nothing more than a feedback loop, which can be used for a continuous improvement cycle of health management. I work in quality assurance, so daily weigh ins make sense to me. I do realize that they may drive other folks crazy!
I have also learned a lot about my maintenance range. A certain weight above my goal, I feel sliuggish and bloated. A certain weight below it, I feel weak and trembly. So I try to stay at the sweet spot, and daily weigh ints guide me in this.
This was an EXCELLENT article. I am too am a victim of the scale and its crazy because I am SO much healthier today then I was a month or two ago but if the scale isn;t saying I dont feel it and that to me is sad. I vow to break free from the bondage of the scale and use the tips in this article to do so because health is so much more than weight! I think I just got my motivation back!
10/13/2011 10:45:42 AM
Great article at the perfect time for me! The scale has not been my friend for the past couple of months, but I'm working out every day and increasing my weights and cardio. I am fitting into clothes I never imagined a year ago and everyone I see says I'm looking awesome. I think I'll give the scale a rest for a few weeks.
This is great and good advice for me. The scale is not my friend right now. Yes I've gained a few pounds but I need to foucus on the positive still. I am still down 40 lbs and still get compliments. But I will still focus on exercise again and good eating habits to get back to my size 12!
Great article to read for me right now...I seem to be "hooked" on having the scale validate my progress! In actual fact my whole body feels less "wobbly", I am exercising longer and harder than I did 3 weeks ago, and next week I'll check those body measurements!
Great article and great timing for me. I have not considered that I'm on a diet and I thought I easily accepted this as a lifestyle change... However I am watching the numbers and I get a little concerned when they don't change as I expected. I knew that is not the healthiest behavior and this article reminds me why I need to shift my self-talk.
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