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Should I ditch the scale?
09-05-2012, 03:39 PM
Post: #1
Should I ditch the scale?
(I posted this on the MFP forums too, but then realized I might get more responses here!)

Hi all! You might remember me from when I joined this group waaaaaaay back in March/April. I started eating my appropriate calories for about a week, and then stopped trying (I must not have been in the right mindset, I guess). I did log with great resentment over the summer, on and off. I started New Rules of Lifting for Women, but didn't finish it. (I like lifting, but I don't love it. I'm a distance runner at heart. I still lift 2 times a week, but I'm not following any set program. I do fall back on the exercises from New Rules--like squats, deadlifts, lunges, push-ups, rows--because I like them.) At the end of summer, around July, I gave the e-book about Intermittent Fasting a read and decided to give it a go. For six weeks, I feasted on Friday, fasted on Saturday, and ate 2000-2100 calories every day Sunday-Thursday. I lost no weight overall, and my body didn't shrink very much.

Disappointed, I trotted my sorry butt back here, because before I stopped trying last April, this method was actually working for me. I'm not sure why I quit--maybe because I've been at this whole "weight loss" thing for over two years now and I haven't got a lot in the way of visual improvements to show for it. (I have, on the other hand, become a half-marathoner in that time, and since I only first started running in March 2011 I'd say that's an improvement.)

So, since last April, I've gained ten pounds. (Yikes.) I'm thinking that this must be due to eating, by and large, "normally" over the summer (or at least eating more than I had been, which is to say I've been netting 1300-1400 calories since March 2011). My stats are:

21-year-old female.
163.6 pounds (last Friday).
"Very Active" (based on the notion that I am training for another half-marathon, following Hal Higdon's Intermediate plan, in addition to biking 3-5 miles every day back and forth to work and school--is this the right activity level?)
BMR: 1581.
TDEE: 2727.
15% Cut: 2318.

Since I've started eating 2300 calories again, the scale has started creeping up. Expected, right? But I was wondering if, for the next several weeks (or even until November 4th, when I'll be running the half-marathon), anyone would advise just not looking at the scale at all. Ripping the batteries out, putting it away, relying just on pictures and the tape measure.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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09-05-2012, 05:20 PM
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RE: Should I ditch the scale?
Pretty much everyone I know decided to ditch the scale at some point and have found it very freeing. It really is a personal decision though. I weigh daily, not because I 'need' to, but because I'm trying to keep an accurate history of my journey.

~ I do now what others won't - so I can have later what others can't.
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09-05-2012, 10:37 PM
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RE: Should I ditch the scale?
Ok DITCH THE SCALE...LOL! You must eat to support your runs. Also, consider giving yourself a diet break of eating TDEE every four weeks or so.


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09-07-2012, 09:17 AM
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RE: Should I ditch the scale?
It has been a little over 2 weeks for me since I've weighed myself. I am focusing more on sticking to good nutrition and my workouts. I know I will weigh myself in the future, but for now just taking a little break. There is no reason that little lousy piece of machinery should have so much control over me!
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09-07-2012, 02:23 PM
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RE: Should I ditch the scale?
I'm addicted to weighing myself. I cannot stop for some reason. But, at the same time, I try not to let the numbers freak me out as long as my clothes still fit comfortably. I rely more on how I look in the mirror and how my clothes fit more than I do the numbers on the scale. But I still can't break away from the daily weigh!

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09-11-2012, 08:36 PM
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RE: Should I ditch the scale?
Thanks for the input, everyone. For now I want to keep using it, but only on a weekly basis, just to track how things are going. I will put all my stock in my measurements/how clothes fit/progress pictures, though, and do my best to not let a "bad" number on the scale control me.

Also, Lucia, thanks for the tip...I'll incorporate a TDEE diet break in a few weeks.
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