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Old 03-29-2013, 10:14 AM   #1
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Help! Every since Mon I've become scale obsessed. I didn't lose weight this morning and even though it's irrational it ruined my day. And I'm also constantly checking my urine for ketosis. Any tips on how to step away from the scale lol.
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:32 AM   #2
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Help! Every since Mon I've become scale obsessed. I didn't lose weight this morning and even though it's irrational it ruined my day. And I'm also constantly checking my urine for ketosis. Any tips on how to step away from the scale lol.
I'd like to know myself - I even have weighed myself at 3 or 4 in the morning when I get up to go to the bathroom and then again when I get up for the morning - dumb! (although I did lose 1.5 lb within 4 hours yesterday when I did that).
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:37 PM   #3
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I had to put mine away in a closet, where it's hard to get to, and now I'm determined to weigh just once a month at the dr. office. Otherwise I find myself depressed on days when I don't lose, and tempted to go off track when it hasn't moved in several days. I just have to trust the process and weigh less often for me to be successful.
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I am having the same problem. I weigh first thing in the morning.. then I go get ready for work but before putting my clothes on, I weigh again (it normally comes down a bit between the first wake up number and the number after I've been up and moving around for 45 minutes). Then I weigh as soon as I get home from work (fully clothed) and again before I go to bed (after my shower and in my PJ's). I do not know why I do this! I'm like Nanner too.. if I wake up in the middle of the night, I will sometimes weigh myself. So irrational!
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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I am going to put scale away and just weigh on Mondays! No exceptions. I weighed myself this AM and was 246.8 and then went to the "bathroom" (sorry TMI) and weighed 247.5 so that is driving me crazy. I am sticking to Monday mornings (and I did read and hear that weighing at night is not a good indicator).
I will continue to test ketones daily, and in the afternoon before eating anything. I tested this morning and it was still light purple but I read that the morning is not a good indicator. SOmeone please correct if I am wrong
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #6
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I'm also going to put the scale away - have to, especially now when the weight loss is going slow after the first week. I, thankfully, got off the ketone sticks years ago - used to use them too! Now I just try to stay under 40 carbs. If I used the sticks and found out one day I was not in ketosis, I'd say oh well, may as well cheat. It's better if I just hope I am and not cheat to stay there.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:25 PM   #7
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I'm also going to put the scale away - have to, especially now when the weight loss is going slow after the first week. I, thankfully, got off the ketone sticks years ago - used to use them too! Now I just try to stay under 40 carbs. If I used the sticks and found out one day I was not in ketosis, I'd say oh well, may as well cheat. It's better if I just hope I am and not cheat to stay there.
Let's put it away together!
The Ketosticks, I am sticking to. I think it's a good motivator for me right now.
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:28 PM   #8
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Okay going to do it right now and will not weigh until my weigh-in day, Sunday this week (usually Monday but doing Sunday this week as I'm eating ham for Easter and know I will retain water from the ham.
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I had to have the hubby hide mine. He makes it reappear once a week for a weekly weigh in. It became a huge impact on my moods and I was too focused on the daily number.
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If you're not eating anything that could cause you to go out of ketosis, why are you testing constantly?
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:48 PM   #11
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I had to have the hubby hide mine. He makes it reappear once a week for a weekly weigh in. It became a huge impact on my moods and I was too focused on the daily number.
lol - that's what I did, told my son to take it upstairs and hide it!
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If you're not eating anything that could cause you to go out of ketosis, why are you testing constantly?
Haha, Im testing constantly out of curiosity,that's all. But it's just once a day. The first time I tested was yesterday and then this AM.
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I get like that too sometime but I dont let the scale fool me I know that my body is changing even if it is alittle slower somedays!
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I had to have the hubby hide mine. He makes it reappear once a week for a weekly weigh in. It became a huge impact on my moods and I was too focused on the daily number.
Once I had my hubby hide mine - but I looked for it until I found it and sneak-weighed when he wasn't home like some kind of addict
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Once I had my hubby hide mine - but I looked for it until I found it and sneak-weighed when he wasn't home like some kind of addict
lol that's funny! Crazy what it does to us!
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I remember someone here years ago had a spouse keep the scale in the trunk of his/her car, which then went to work every day, so the poster couldn't sneak-weigh.

If you're really having issues with it, throw it away, or bring it to a friend's house. A real friend, who wouldn't let you have it in a moment of weakness.

There's a current poster who doesn't weigh at home; she and her husband go to the gym, she weighs backwards, and he records the result. That way, she doesn't get obsessed with the number.
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I'm sort of scale obsessed. I have had a few doctors visits in the last few weeks (thanks sinus infection that refuses to die........) and I tell them what my weight will be before I step on the scale. I have been exactly accurate every time and they are always thrilled! The first time I was inaccurate, I was 1.6lbs off, because I had something that caused me to retain water during the day (chocolate) and I forgot about it. I was so mad because I would have gotten that weight right had I remembered! I tend to not weigh myself if I know I've eaten more carbs than I should have, I only like to see good numbers.
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I know this feeling so well. There was a time that I couldn't walk by the scale without stepping on it to see if I was up or down. Sadly, my mood and my ability to remain true to my LC lifestyle fluctuated with my weight.

Finally I set a goal to only weigh on the 1st and 15th of the month. I verbalized my goal to my wife so she would help hold me accountable. Although I knew she wouldn't really care either way, just saying it made it more important to me. Still, I found I was tempted.

What actually worked for me was pushing the button on the scale, watching the screen light up and standing there in front of it until the screen went off. Somehow that made my mind think I had weighed so I was able to move on, unobsessed until the next time I passed it and repeated that process. After a couple of days the blue light was less attractive and the pull of the scale slowly diminished.

Now, I can say I've been pretty good - not perfect- at sticking to my once every two week goal.

The sticks are an entirely different issue. I was obsessed when I first started going to Medi, but eventually I just got tired of peeing on a stick. I figured if I was losing I was in ketosis and it didn't matter if the stick was dark purple, pink, or still tan.
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I prefer to weigh myself daily because I find that it keeps me accountable for what I eat throughout the day. I am used to knowing that the scale won't always show a loss and even sometimes a gain but as long as I know I ate clean then I have nothing to worry about. The overall trend is what I look forward to seeing and if I didn't weigh myself everyday I would most likely veer off course very quickly.
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I'm the same way, but if the scale is affecting someone's mood, or they can't walk by it without jumping on, it's time to reevaluate.
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Mine has needed batteries for many years.
I have the batteries just haven't put them in.
How's that for big denial???
For now, just restarting LC, I am going to rely on "feel."
I know from past experience that I can feel the loss in my waist and upper arms.
After a couple of weeks I may be strong enough to face the numbers of the scale.
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I weigh everyday and more. It has also become an obsession. I think we need to form a SA support group (Scales Anonymous).

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I understand obsessive thinking.
And the compulsive behavior that often follows.
It can be comical or very very sad.
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I am going to postulate for a moment about a theory of mine regarding the mentality of the number on the scale.

In a former life, the number on the scale defined me, but only in my mind. No one else saw that number. No one else knew that number. Yet, I knew that number, and it plagued me with guilt if it was "bad." I liken it to what it must feel like to be a criminal who commits a crime, known only to himself. Let's say Harry stole a wallet from an unsuspecting soul. The victim doesn't know that he took it; the police don't know; Harry's clergy, nor wife, nor family, nor co-workers know. Yet he knows, and the crime weighs upon his mind all day, until he decides to right the wrong, confess, take his punishment, and alleviate himself of the guilt.

Like Harry, who committed a crime and was plagued with guilt, I thought of the number on the scale from the moment I got up in the morning 'til the moment I lay down at night. If it was a "good" number, I'd be chipper and cheerful, thinking positive thoughts about myself the entire day. If it was a "bad" one, I'd think that I was "bad" and then think of all of the possible reasons why that number wasn't what it "should" be, putting me into a sour mood for the rest of the day, expending and wasting energy trying to decipher what I did "wrong" to make the number "bad" and otherwise thinking negatively about myself.

Food is not a moral or ethical decision (despite what the vegans and vegetarians say <natch>). Food is food. The decision to eat all or none is not a moral decision. I weigh what I weigh not because I'm either good or bad, but because of input and output. It's really very simple.

We need to stop empowering the number on the scale to dictate who we are.

In conclusion, the number on the scale is just that -- a number. It is not my name, clothing size, intelligence aptitude, measure of ability to love, ______________ <--- (fill in the blank).

I'm so happy that I have learned that.
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It can be comical or very very sad.
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Love that! I'll take comical!
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I am going to postulate for a moment about a theory of mine regarding the mentality of the number on the scale.

In a former life, the number on the scale defined me, but only in my mind. No one else saw that number. No one else knew that number. Yet, I knew that number, and it plagued me with guilt if it was "bad." I liken it to what it must feel like to be a criminal who commits a crime, known only to himself. Let's say Harry stole a wallet from an unsuspecting soul. The victim doesn't know that he took it; the police don't know; Harry's clergy, nor wife, nor family, nor co-workers know. Yet he knows, and the crime weighs upon his mind all day, until he decides to right the wrong, confess, take his punishment, and alleviate himself of the guilt.

Like Harry, who committed a crime and was plagued with guilt, I thought of the number on the scale from the moment I got up in the morning 'til the moment I lay down at night. If it was a "good" number, I'd be chipper and cheerful, thinking positive thoughts about myself the entire day. If it was a "bad" one, I'd think that I was "bad" and then think of all of the possible reasons why that number wasn't what it "should" be, putting me into a sour mood for the rest of the day, expending and wasting energy trying to decipher what I did "wrong" to make the number "bad" and otherwise thinking negatively about myself.

Food is not a moral or ethical decision (despite what the vegans and vegetarians say <natch>). Food is food. The decision to eat all or none is not a moral decision. I weigh what I weigh not because I'm either good or bad, but because of input and output. It's really very simple.

We need to stop empowering the number on the scale to dictate who we are.

In conclusion, the number on the scale is just that -- a number. It is not my name, clothing size, intelligence aptitude, measure of ability to love, ______________ <--- (fill in the blank).

I'm so happy that I have learned that.
Amen! Thank you for that!
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