Once and for all

First of all, the Center for Disease Control has a great Web site about weight loss .  You should check it out for all of its information, t...

First of all, the Center for Disease Control has a great Web site about weight loss.  You should check it out for all of its information, tips, guides, etc.

But I want to hilight one thing that I think a few people need to hear:

[E]vidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn't just about a "diet" or "program." It's about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.
(emphasis added).  So please, no more obsessing over not having lost a ridiculous amount of weight in one week.  Do not stress if you haven't lost weight in one week (it's about the trend, not the specific weigh-in, as many things can cause your body to fluctuate up or down 1-2lbs every day). 

So... New Rule (#5)

1.  Leave No One Behind -- if someone asks for help, give it.
2.  I will do no harm to my body.
3.  I will not think badly when I look at myself in the mirror.
4.  I will not judge someone without recognizing the journey they are on first.
5.  I dictate how I feel about myself, not the scale.

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8 comments

  1. I think the new rule is one of my favorites!

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  2. It's one of my oldest rules. I'm not a fan of scales unless they tell me nice things.

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  3. Hey girl! Just found your blog :)
    LOVE the rules! They are going on the wall by my scale :D
    Have a great day!!

    Val

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  4. Hi Val -- glad you like the rules. Apparently I've been posting a bunch that didn't quite make it on to the list (like "You are worthy of eating nutritious food, on a real plate, at a clean table.") that may or may not make it to the list soon.

    You have a great day as well!!!

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  5. I love the new rule :) I hope I can follow it too!

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  6. I hope we all can -- it'll mean that we have won.

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  7. My scale should probably be replaced, but I keep it around because I think it has a sense of humor when it reports my weight. I really only step on it to test if the battery is still good (when it dies the scale is getting tossed out). I prefer the fit of my pants/bra as a guideline of my weight.

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  8. My Wii Fit is my "scale."
    I use my weight there as a reference point, not a compass point.

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