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Scales, Body Fat, Clothes, Measurements. Which is the best approach?

Posted Feb 11 2010 12:00am
Out of all of the blogs I read so many of them focus so acutely on "THE NUMBER" on the scale. Now I know a lot of people need to know where they are at and how far they need to go to get to their goal. But I also know how detrimental a scale can really be! I have posted about this before. Trust me that my day was determined by what the number on the scale said. If I was 112 I would be okay a little disappointed. But if I saw 113 it would mean I would have to run for an hour and then walk the dogs afterwards! It was just pure craziness and I was so obsessed it took the joy out of my day and my life. I have no idea what I weigh now and to tell you the truth I don't even want to know. I know that my favorite jeans fit me okay and I eat pretty well for the most part. If my jeans start to fit me a little snug, then I am back to absolutely no "free-bees" and watch my diet more carefully.

This morning I went to put on my skinny jeans and well they fit me a little snugger than I would like them too! lol Even though this was disappointing I actually had a revelation this morning! Normally I would have thrown myself on the scale to continue with the abuse and go on to trying on the rest of my wardrobe to see how tight everything else was fitting! I did not do this. I took accountability for munching more than I should and eating a little too much of this and too much of that! This is maintenance my dears. We are never ever free from watching what we eat and getting away with extra this and extra that. I have been through this a many a times before and already know what not to do. I am not quite sure why I still allow myself to add in extras but I do it! And it seems to happen every few months or so.

I guess the most important thing I learned today is that I am stronger now and much "nicer" to myself than I used to be. I recognized that I was not as strict and probably ate more than I should have. I decided to nip it in the bud today and be more observant and honest with my choices. That is what works for me! I am giving myself until next week to be back into looser fitting jeans and will hold myself more accountable!

If anyone ever goes through this at maintenance I would love your insight! I would also like to know what you tell yourself and what are your actions step you take to nip it in the bud?
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