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I know I shouldn't care about the scale

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Way back before I joined Spark I thought the end all and be all of weight loss was the number on the scale. I have belonged to Weight Watchers for a long time. When I reached my goal, they made me a lifetime member which means I can use the tools online and go to as many meetings as I want for free. I have to stay within 2 pounds of my goal weight to remain a lifetime member. I wanted something that would help me keep my weight inline so I decided that when I retire from my job as an engineer I'll become a weight watcher leader. The leaders that I have had have always encouraged me towards this goal.

Originally, you had to be a Lifetime member to work for Weight Watchers. Now you just have to be in the healthy BMI range since WW is finally coming around slowly to the concept that the numbers on the scale aren't that important. I did such a great job of tying my health to the number on the scale that now since I gained a couple of lbs I'm freaking out. I plan to retire next year sometime. I go to a weight watcher meeting to weigh in every couple of weeks. My goal is 127 pounds. My weight on

6/22 was 127.8
7/1 was 127.4
8/10 was 128.2
8/17 was 128
8/24 was 127.8

Back in 2012 when I reached my goal I was 128 and then got down around 122 with help from Spark. I'm not worried about getting down that low anymore but it would be nice to be 125 again.

But I know I shouldn't care about the scale.
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    1691 days ago
    I too can be scale obsessed. Especially after a 3 week vacation of LOTS of stress eating and favorite eats from our home state of Ia. I really worked myself into a frenzy...but when I finally worked up the nerve to step on the scale...amazingly...I was only up 2 pounds so I did all of that 'crazy' for basically nothing.

    Now the problem...is that that 2 pounds gain...while modest after a vacation is still WAY to high for the goal I'm working towards...so all in all I guess the scale does keep us in line. emoticon If I stray too far from it I have miles to go... emoticon
    1694 days ago
    You are right. Go by how your clothes feel not what the scale says.
    1697 days ago
    I've started using my clothing size as a measure of how I'm doing. Not that that is consistent, and there has been size creep among manufacturers. But if my slim-fit jeans get snug, I know it's time to lose a bit.

    And that number on the scale can be helpful, but we need to NOT be defined by it.
    1698 days ago
    Now, just what would be so much nicer about 125 rather than 127, really? You know barometric pressure can cause your scale to go up or down a couple of pounds with no help from you. You know how much I admire your consistent weight-- I think whatever you're doing is WORKING! emoticon
    1699 days ago
    I think it's smart to keep an eye on the scale, but only to confirm that the trend isn't continuously up, up up.
    That's how all those massive regains happen - ignoring the scale.

    As long as you continue to fluctuate a bit in either direction, you are fine. Focus on the healthy habits and living your life.
    1699 days ago
    If you got any lower than 125 you'd be be more than 2 lbs above/below your 127 lb goal, right? And could no longer be a lifetime member? It sounds like you are maintaining nicely...
    1699 days ago
    It's a hard habit to break... that magic number on the scale! I have to work hard at being thankful that I hit all of my healthy habits every day and not worry about the number.

    You have made great things happen for yourself. Keep making those healthy decisions!

    1699 days ago
    It is hard to stay away from the scale when we have been tied to it for so long. I try to only weigh once a week and not get too bent out of shape if the scale is off by a pound or two, but I agree, it is difficult.
    1699 days ago
    I have stopped worrying about that number on the scale.....I just want to feel good and lower blood sugar and pressure.
    1699 days ago
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