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The continuous journey that is weight maintenance. My tips, advice, struggles and how I live life and still maintain!

Mar 20, 2009

Something I have noticed as a Leader...

...is just how much a lot of people can let the scale affect their mood and determine how their week went.

I have lost track of the number of times I have been at the scale, about to weigh a member and while they're disrobing, I ask "how was your week?". I can honestly say that 7/10 members will answer with the "I don't know, let's wait and see".

Why do we allow the numbers on the scale to be the sole judge of how we did that week?

Don't forget, I was and still am a member...so this is something I am familiar with.

Yes, we want to see the numbers on the scale go down...but at the same time, what if they went up? You tracked all week, exercised, stayed OP and the scale goes up. Does that mean that all of your hard work and effort that week was a complete waste?

No.

It means that you just need to keep pushing! The scale to me is just a partial judge and reflection of our success on this program.

The biggest part of this to me is the emotional changes and habits we have to change in order to see the results at the scale. When you have weight issues, it's not just a matter of losing the weight and all of a sudden you're "cured". It's about overcoming the emotional issues and habits you have also formed while you have been dealing with being overweight. To me, if you can overcome such things as low self-esteem, binging, etc. that is so much more of an accomplishment than losing the weight.

Think of that the next time you get on the scale. When you are going to your meeting, or even doing it at home -don't put off how you're feeling or how you're going to judge your week until you get on that scale. Think about all of the other positives that have changed since you started this journey, and keep focusing on all of the other changes that will come down the road.

5 Comments:

Blogger Bee said...

AMEN!
I love you for saying that.
I *am* that member most of the time that during the week will say "yea, me week was good" then before I get on the scale I think/say "really? how good was it" and i 99% of the time let the outcome predict my mood for the next 24-48 hours, all the while forgetting all the positive things I had done that week, like trying new foods, tracking every BLT, getting in some spontaneous excercise or whatever.
From today on, I am NEVER going to let the number's on the scale effect how I feel about what I did that week.

You
Are
AMAZING!

March 20, 2009 at 1:09 PM  
Blogger SomeOneWhoDoesCare said...

Wow, I have never had anyone say that to me and I should take your advice. I let it affect me so much because when I gained the 2 times (1 i was wearing heavy pants) I let it bug me because I have been on WW since July 8th and only gained those 2 times, 1 officially!!! I let it eat me for a couple days. Thanks for putting it in perspective! BTW I am firebug on msg board

March 20, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Ash said...

You're so smart. I'm really happy you started this blog so that people can read things like this!!

It's very true.

March 20, 2009 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger karmagirl said...

So true Lindz!
I think I used to be that way, way back when. But now I really try to make an effort not to say or think that.

March 20, 2009 at 1:44 PM  
OpenID jessissinging said...

WOW. you are amazing Lindz.
Seriously, that's some WISE words:)
You WISE woman:)
I love you!
xoxo

March 20, 2009 at 2:05 PM  

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