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Old 03-20-2017, 05:07 AM   #1
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scale=Simply Creating A Low Esteem-Ignore!-those numbers are beneath you, literally!

My crazy rant for the day after seeing no movement on the scale. Wasn't scheduled to weight in, but thought I'd give it a try. Had to remind myself to stay focused on what matters... better fitting clothes, better mood, healthy eating. Happy Spring low carb peeps!
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:47 AM   #2
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I understand what you're saying, but for me scale = effective maintenance.

I would not ever risk regular weighing because it's far too easy to lose control of weight management without that accountability.

It's what's helped me maintain my loss for the past 8 years.
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:55 AM   #3
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I agree with you, LisaJane. It can be very frustrating to not see the scale move. A lot of the successes we have are in the way our clothes fit, better health, and feeling better all around. Leo41 is also right about accountability for maintenance. I try to focus on feeling my best because that is my motivation for eating this way.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:06 AM   #4
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LisaJane....

The scale will move, You have thrown your body a loop and you will have to wait for it to catch up. You are forcing it to give up fat and it does not like being backed into a corner. It does what all of us would do, it fights back. Please don't get discouraged, It will be worth the wait when you see those pounds start coming off. Keep fighting, You're Worth It!!!!!
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:23 AM   #5
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If you understand how the scale works you can use it as a useful tool.

Numbers should have nothing to do with one's self-esteem.
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:40 AM   #6
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That was a Beautiful Post. Thank You, Diamond Deb
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:03 PM   #7
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I understand what you're saying, but for me scale = effective maintenance.

I would not ever risk regular weighing because it's far too easy to lose control of weight management without that accountability.

It's what's helped me maintain my loss for the past 8 years.
I hear you and I'm so glad you practice what works for you! I have never been a good dieter. I was always someone who just worked it off with a long run or some other activity. But my life changed a lot since those olds days. Have 3 kids, never stopped working full time and have a life full of other commitments. With my recent attempts at dieting, I was letting the scale frustrate me. Had to face the fact that I needed to learn a new way of measuring my success. That's all my post was about
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:05 PM   #8
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I agree with you, LisaJane. It can be very frustrating to not see the scale move. A lot of the successes we have are in the way our clothes fit, better health, and feeling better all around. Leo41 is also right about accountability for maintenance. I try to focus on feeling my best because that is my motivation for eating this way.
I will continue to weigh in, but I'll also take measurements. I know this is a marathon, not a sprint
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:07 PM   #9
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LisaJane....

The scale will move, You have thrown your body a loop and you will have to wait for it to catch up. You are forcing it to give up fat and it does not like being backed into a corner. It does what all of us would do, it fights back. Please don't get discouraged, It will be worth the wait when you see those pounds start coming off. Keep fighting, You're Worth It!!!!!
Thank you! I am so glad I found this forum. Soooo many kind people, kind words and inspiring stories! I can't go wrong
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:08 PM   #10
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If you understand how the scale works you can use it as a useful tool.

Numbers should have nothing to do with one's self-esteem.
My feelings exactly, but it did take a little reminding this morning
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:57 PM   #11
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I understand what you're saying, but for me scale = effective maintenance.

I would not ever risk regular weighing because it's far too easy to lose control of weight management without that accountability.

It's what's helped me maintain my loss for the past 8 years.
I think in maintenance it is important but not as important or gospel in the dieting phases.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:37 PM   #12
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Keep in mind, once fat is released from those cells, those cells are replaced with water. After a time, that water will release and you will see that loss on the scale. That being said, you may still have fat loss and your body composition has changed, for the better.

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Old 03-21-2017, 05:42 AM   #13
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I always weigh. Some days, I feel like I would like to skip the scale but I don't because it is a bit of 'data' that I keep record of and helps me see the trend. Of course, it is the trend that really counts.

I understand that it can be disappointing and even surprising to see the scale not move down and even move up, despite all good efforts. It is good to remember that there is so much more involved in weight loss than just what is consumed. Keeping NSV in your mind is a great strategy!

This has become my motivation for staying the course. Eventually weight loss stops and there needs to be good reason to continue and those are all those things you listed and many, many more!
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:30 AM   #14
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I weigh most days, and definitely on Mondays. One thing I have found that has helped is that my weight tracking app measures the statistical trend (a weighted moving average of the past few weeks) which means that the trend line is generally my weight on the day, so when I do have up-days on the scale, quite often the trend line will still show a fall. Obviously with too many up-days it's vice versa, but generally, it paints a positive picture of what is going on. I know that six months into this WOE I am less obsessed with the scale than I was.
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:48 AM   #15
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I weigh daily for the data points as well. I have an Excel spreadsheet where I enter daily weights and make notations i.e. IF, TOM and flow level, 6 weeks Keto, 8 weeks Keto, etc. I also have my macros which I update every 10 pounds lost. I track percentage lost, average and goal weight for the month. Since I'm in the mode of researching and discovering factors that impact my weight and health in general (IF, insulin resistance, leptin resistance), this is data that I find helpful for me when weights fluctuate while being useful information for doctors visits to help facilitate a productive discussion. Like others said, it is a tool for your advantage.

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Old 03-21-2017, 12:48 PM   #16
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I started an Excel sheet to project how long it will take me to lose the weight at a reasonable pace. I plan to record my weight on the days I weigh in regardless of results. My new approach is to just not let the numbers rule me. The only number I *personally* need to focus on right now is my carb count. That said, I really do appreciate all the feedback and perspective from others. What's working for me now, might change in a few months so I'm keeping open-minded... Thanks all!
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:23 PM   #17
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LisaJane - I have been maintaining within a five pound range for over 17 years. Your posts reminded me of two important points - First, what works for you WlLL change over time! Age and repeated dieting makes it harder to lose as you get older. Second, once you reach your goal, the journey isn't over - you don't just go back to eating what everyone else eats, or the way you ate as you gained weight. You're training your body to burn fat for fuel instead of carbs - there is good science behind it.

Focus on what you CAN eat and not what you can't. It's a lifestyle.
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