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The scale is not magic!

Monday, May 02, 2011


I know, right? That little battery operated device that so much hinge how good/bad our weeks were, is not infact, made of magic! Some of you may be saying "well of course it's not!", but how many of us really treat it like it is?

If I have a nice weight loss on the scale, it does not equal a christmas miracle. If I have a loss that isn't as much as I like or a slight gain, it doesn't mean I forgot my bacon burger sacrifice to the weight loss trolls. I am the one that makes it move, or stay without a change. There is one else responsible for that but me.

Yes, this counts even if I do every single thing right in the book and it doesn't show. That means a few things like too much sodium/retaining water (like target chicken sausage has 900mgs for one!), building muscle, even not getting enough protein/fiber. etc. But what I do that week ultimately has an affect if it moves or not, even if that affect is not all apparent to me at the time.

It can be a hard balance, and its really almost hair pullingly maddening at times. Especially when you are working out hard, and eating right, and not seeing that little ticker pay off. It can feel like when it does, magic! But it's not. It is all YOU. Give yourself the credit. It wasn't the scale that did it. It was you. Those inches you lost? You made that happen!

Give yourself credit where credit is due. And if you've had a gain or loss you aren't happy with (like me this week..-1) , look over your food and exercise logs. If you can't find the answer there, hang with it. Your body is changing and you are making this happen. If not this week, it will catch up, I promise. But the power is inside you and inside me to make the change, like it always was. It is not on scale. :)
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