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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Oh boy....I'm struggling with negative thoughts about my SUCCESS in the challenge I'm getting ready to embark on.

It all started yesterday when I stepped on the scale to begin the habit of weighing myself weekly (this is one of the rules of the challenge)
The scale has always been a negative force in my life. Because I've had so many ups and downs, I think I attached the failures to stepping on the scale. I hope that makes sense.

I have been working so hard to get ready for the challenge...I was so excited....and then...I stepped on the scale....and ......pow.... the negative emotions tore though my sail like a lion eating it's prey.

I don't know if anyone can relate, but this is pretty intense for me. I'm thinking about dropping out of the challenge. Today.....I don't think I can get past this. I'm crying as I try to write this blog.....It's just a scale for pete's sake.

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    I hope you didn't drop the challenge. We are all in the same boat. That's why we are here. I hated to post my beginning weight, but now it's rewarding to see the small losses happening. The scale is only one measure of our progress. Please don't let it beat you up.
    1366 days ago
    Hang in there!! emoticon emoticon
    1377 days ago
    The scale, like a hammer, is just a tool. An indicator not unlike a barometer. Can you build a house without a hammer? Can you tell the weather without a barometer? The answer is yes to both but it makes doing both harder. Hopefully, we are all wise enough to understand the benefits of working smarter and not harder.
    1377 days ago
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    I can totally understand. Don't quit the challenge. Ask one of your team leaders if you can avoid the weigh in part of the challenge but still do the rest of it. I can't see how NOT weighing in weekly would disqualify you from the challenge. It would be a shame if it did.

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    1377 days ago
    1377 days ago
    I'm sorry it is so difficult for you!
    Be kind to yourself - you are doing your best.
    It may help to notice that you have no power over the number of the scale now, but you do have a power over what it will say in a week or a month or a year.
    1377 days ago
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    Take a deep breath. It's just a scale. Just one measure of you!
    Breathing deeply yet? Keep going. That's better.
    For me it's like this
    I would love to be 122lbs.
    On Jan 1 2016 I was 148
    By April I was 138
    It was hard.
    Then I let go
    On Jan 1 2017 I was 143 lbs.
    I've gained the scale says so. The dress I bought for the lesser me doesn't fit.
    I am still 5 lbs less than I was this time last year.
    I used to stress over it, but now I've decided that if it does wavy things then so be it. I am not going to let it get the better of me.
    Two things we can both do.
    Either we look at the scales and say what's the point
    Or we can look at them and say what the hell? I am going to give it my best shot.
    We CAB do it
    1378 days ago
    You have to make the decision to continue or not. If it is that upsetting, I would say you need to think about why the scale is such a negative thing in your life, before you move on with the challenge. I don't like to weigh either, but it doesn't make me cry just thinking about it. And I do weigh myself at least once a month.
    1378 days ago
    I hate my scales too... that's why I use a measuring tape. Losing inches off your neck, upper arms, waist, hips, thighs, and calves adds up fast. Don't let the devil-scales take your power and enthusiasm away. Afterall... you're just wanting a healthy lifestyle, not a jail sentence. Your choice... I'd say "choose you".
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    1378 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2017 8:36:51 AM
    Hugs sweetheart. Maybe drop that challenge and find one that you don't have to weigh yourself in. Getting healthy should be a positive experience, not one that upsets and gives you anxiety over.
    1378 days ago
    Oh my goodness. Let me first wrap you in hugs. IT is not easy to face our demons (and yes, the scale can be a demon!)

    It took me a long time to "get it" -- the scale is a tool, only a tool and yes, sometimes it outright LIES! I have to weigh in daily, not by choice, but Drs. orders. This was my nemesis for the longest time. BUT the light bulb went on. I weigh daily, but graph it. That makes it more of a NUMBER -- not a part of ME. Anyhow, I graph my daily weight, but I look @ the TREND, not the #.

    I know if the TREND is going up, I have to look @ my exercise or nutrition or BOTH to figure out where I need to tweak, because the honest truth is those are usually the trouble areas -- not enough exercise or not watching my food intake -- calories and portion sizes particularly.

    So . . . besides graphing the weight, trying to look @ the scale # as just that -- a #, I would also say tracking food intake is helpful.

    Last but not least, do not discount non-scale victories:

    are your clothes fitting any better?

    are you noticing a little more energy?

    are your measurements (bust, waist, hips, arms, legs) decreasing?

    These are just some of the other things I use to measure progress.

    Last, but not least, know you're not alone. Stay connected here. Vent away. WE "get it". You're not alone.
    1378 days ago
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    I understand. I never allowed a scale in my house till now. I keep getting told take it one day at a time. Being that I am that person that wants to see progress now. So please take it one day at a time, it will start working.
    1378 days ago
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