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    I have been reading quite a few posts today and I know I may get some flack for saying this, but I came to the realization of it myself a few weeks ago, so here goes. I used to be 268 pounds, one day I work up, and couldn't handle it anymore. A girlfriend of mine had lost weight using atkins, so I tried it. I went down to 209 pounds in seven months, but seeing that number go done on the scale was just a bonus for me. I went from walking 2 miles in 45 minutes to running 3 miles in 28 minutes. I could do push ups, I could line dance (something that is hard to do for the overweight), I felt great. I didn't worry about my calories, I just ate food that was ok. I kept it off for 6 years. Then all these new fangled items came out, low carb bread, SF candy, splenda. I tried them, my weight shot back up too 225. I still never judged myself by the number on the scale. I went looking for a lifestyle that would let me feel good again, atkins had become too processed. When I found PB, the scale was still the same, a useful tool but nothing else. I went down to 190 the smallest I had been since I was seventeen, and I could wear a bikini at that weight and look fantastic. I didn't weigh myself everyday, hell not even every week, I hoped on it one day just a mental check in, bam I was 190. Then I started abusing that dang thang when it didn't move. I used it as an excuse to cheat. Well I've already gained weight so I am just going to pig out and start fresh in the morning. I am now at 232 again, and part of it is that scale. I stopped looking at the scale 2 weeks ago, I don't know what my weight is right now, I dont' care!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I set achievable goals. 50 push ups, 20 pull ups, squat 200 pounds, fast sprints, healthy real foods and dress size 8. No where in those goals do you see a number corresponding with my weight, the number doesn't matter! Stop using the scale as an excuse to quit or cheat. You know what feels good if you listen to your body. That number doesn't define you, your actions do. Love your self, not the number on a machine. I get so frustrated knowing how many beautiful smart women on this forum are basing there success on that scale, please don't your better than that. Rant done.

  • #2
    Well said! Thank you.
    ~Blog~

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    • #3
      Wow! I think I needed that. Thank you.

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      • #4
        Awesome!
        Had no idea I was so weak till I started walking in October. Could barely make it around the block!
        Now can walk on the beach for hours.

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        • #5
          Awesome post and reminder !
          Everything's shiny, Cap'n. Not to fret.




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          • #6
            Words of wisdom! Thanks!

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            • #7
              Great post, thanks.
              Started Feb 18 2011

              Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

              Journalling here

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              • #8
                So true! So True!!!

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                • #9
                  Thank you, I needed this also!

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                  • #10
                    yeah, it helps. we haven't owned a scale in -- good lord -- over a decade? i haven't been near a scale (in any setting) in over a year. when my doctor would weigh me, I might ask him to tell me the weight, but usually wouldn't. So long as I was happy with the way my clothes were fitting, etc, all is well.

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                    • #11
                      great post, but why just the ladies? I look good in a bikini too..

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                      • #12
                        And it goes for all you men just trying to keep your manly or girlish figures as the case may be with MikeyT

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                        • #13
                          Scales lie! I'm glad you figured it out and I'm DAMN glad you're happy with your body now.
                          Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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                          • #14
                            I threw out my scale. Then I started measuring myself lol. Now I have put away the tape and am trying to focus on how I feel. I don't know if I will ever lose weight, something has not been right with my body since I was sick with celiac a few years ago and gained 140lbs. If I make weightloss my goal I just end up with deprivation and self hatred. No one ever lay on their deathbed and thought "I wish I'd tried harder to be thin".
                            Gluten intolerance and hypermobility syndrome http://www.cfids.org/pdf/joint-hypermobility-guide.pdf

                            Eat food. Mostly real. Enjoy life.

                            Health, energy, wellbeing, vitality, joy, LIFE! Health At Every Size

                            "Do not ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
                            Harold Whitman

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                            • #15
                              Measure something useful.

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