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Thought for the Day--May 1, 2011: Obsession with Numbers

I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. --George Canning Yesterday , I wrote about worry and hurry; today's subject is closely related: obsession with numbers and stats, particularly when it comes to weight and weighing. I must confess: I am number obsessed; the number on the scale can make or break my day. I'm working on this fault, but I'm not there yet, so this post is for me as much as it is for others. As I have said in an earlier post, we don't gain weight overnight. In fact, it often takes years to pack on 20 pounds, slowly sneaking up on us, until one day, we look in the mirror or at a photograph and exclaim, EGAD! When we're slowly gaining weight, we don't jump on the scale six times a day and fret over every 1/2 ounce we gain in the course of a day, and we don't allow the scale to define our day. If anything, we're in a complete state of denial regarding our reality. But when we're trying to lose, we get this idea that we shoul

Thought for the Day--April 21, 2011: Step Away from the Scale...

I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That's the hardest thing more than anything else. --Aretha Franklin When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books. You will be reading meanings. --W. E. B. Du Bois I'm still working on my obsession with jumping on the scale every few minutes. It's just a number, but if it doesn't move downward, I become a bit distressed. So why not avoid the scale altogether, that is, until my weekly weigh-in at Weight Watchers? This topic is also covered on Eat Smaller Portions , perhaps more in depth. Later, my cyber friends.

Thought for the Day--April 2, 2011: Numbers

Don't become obsessed with numbers. If you are on a weight-loss plan, don't worry so much about how fast you lose pounds, but how consistently you are losing overall. You will have some down weeks when the needle on the scale barely moves or even goes up slightly. Don't fret. Just keep on movin' on. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

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