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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Well, it's hard to know what to say first. During a recent check-up with my doctor, I discovered a couple of things: 1) my scale at home is waaaay off (as I suspected and really not working at all), 2) I need to stop procrastinating on the healthy changes I need to make, 3) the reality of having some major event such as a stroke or heart-attack occur is closer than I want to accept, 4) I'm basically lazy and I want positive results without having to do anything for them. OUCH.

So, I did some research and selected a new scale to purchase. I placed the order and even took it out of the box a few days after it's arrival! After a day or two went by, I actually stepped on the scale. What a shocker--this new scale agreed with the scale at my doctor's office! The good news is, when I weighed myself a week later, it told me I had lost two pounds! woohoo! Just the mere presence of the scale motivated me; I moved a little bit more and ate a little bit less. I'm serious. Lots of people dismiss the scale and I know there are lots of good arguments against using the scale as a measurement of success. However, I know from my own history, the scale is a good reality check and accountability partner for me. I found my recently-purchased, but misplaced pedometer and decided to make another bold move.

In April, there is going to be an event in Lansing, Michigan which is a fund-raiser for local charities. They are offering a marathon, half-marathon and a 5K. I picked up the information at my church, spoke with the event organizer and then e-mailed some good friends for prayer and additional accountability. Today I found the Spark Team for 5K training. It just happens to be a 5 week training program which is the same amount of time I have until the 5K. The sun is shining in East Lansing, the temperature is great and I'm going to get out and MOVE on my lunch hour. As part of this journey, I hope to blog my way through the process and post my time on April 22. With God's help, I can do this!

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  • ODAT1117
    I totally agree about the scale. It's when I don't weigh myself that I start to gain weight. Not good. I think it's all about the attitude towards the scale. If it makes or breaks your day, then it's not a good thing to weigh yourself every day but if it keeps you on track, then I think it's okay.

    Keep on MOVIN'!!!!!!!!!
    3003 days ago
  • NEWINSIDEOUT
    I agree with the scale. Some of my friends get too depressed when they have a bad weigh-in but I weigh myself every morning and every night. I expect the evening weight to be up 1 to 2 lbs from what it will be next morning. I have gotten so in tune with my weight cycles that I find I gain 2 pounds at the beginning of my period and have my best weight right afterwards. Knowing I will weigh myself actually gives me something to get out of bed for!
    3060 days ago
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    Cheering for you!
    3069 days ago
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    You go girl! emoticon
    3069 days ago
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