3.12.2013

Why I Stopped Weighing Myself.


Do you ever eat sooooo freaking healthy all day, feel great, weigh yourself and immediately lose that great feeling?
Then you decide ‘Fuck It’ and eat something sinfully delish?
Then you wake up feeling like shit the next day?
Yeah me either J haha.
I’ve written a post before on  Things I wish I Knew 50 pounds Ago, but I’ve recently come to the realization that I may have left something off.
The scale.



Hey, that B can be your best friend or your worst enemy and I’ll be completely honest, I let her control me for far too long. I measured my happiness and self worth through her digital face. She determined my mood that day and most days it WAN’T pretty. I know I look happy all the time, but I can be a crab, just ask Oliver!

You might be a scale addict if:
  • You weigh yourself more than once a day….or after every time you pee.
  • If you KNOW that number can’t be right and you change the batteries to be sure.
  • If you completely take off all your clothes just to get one last weigh in before you leave because your sure that ‘water weight’ has come off. In the last 20 minutes.
  • If you move the scale around the bathroom to get a more ‘accurate’ reading.
  • If you weigh yourself in secret so your husband doesn’t notice you doing it 5x every morning.


Now, this is not to say you should NEVER weigh yourself because it’s a good tool for accountability BUT you need to set some guidelines ESPECIALLY if it’s affecting your weight loss.  Once a week is a popular one, but honestly probably every two weeks if you are trying something new like changing your calories or starting a new workout. Your body needs time to adjust before you start getting all pissed off something isn’t working.
To me there are more important things than my number.
Like how I look in clothes.
Like how I feel throughout the day.
How I look in pictures.
How many reps I can do at the gym.
How heavy my weights are.

This is me last summer.

My weight is about the same within 5 pounds, but I think I look slimmer now. 


Who cares if that day my weight was up 3 pounds? I had to learn to let go and focus on what's important.
I'm much happier now and I have't weighed myself in months. I've had a few times where I feeling reallllly skinny and I was tempted to just jump on and see, but honestly what if that number wasn't what I thought it would be? Would I still feel the same about myself? Probably not.

 I know it seems easy for me to say now having already lost most of my weight, but hindsight is 20/20 and I hope if I can make one person stop obsessing over that scale and just make healthy choices because it’s the right choice she might be happier. Or less stressed.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said ‘Fuck It’, usually it lasts for a meal or two and then I’m right back on track because really what choice do I have? 

Here's today's workout!

5am : 30 minutes of spin {we make up our own class our gym doesn't offer one this early}


Lovely boob sweat.

5:30-6:30 Kickboxing Class


I'm loving this class, it's making my core sore which I love!
Calorie burn: 750

Today's NON SCALE Victory??


Putting on my size six purple pants from Target and not having a muffin top.

Love,
SkinnyMeg




70 comments:

  1. UGH the scale!!!! Total love hate relationship!!!

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  2. Just this morning, I got on the scale & let it dictate my mood for the day. Then I told my hubby to hide it before I get home so I don't weigh myself every day. Great post!!

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  3. This is such great stuff, and something I Still struggle with. The scale is a great tool, but it can also derail you so quick. Even after my 40+ lb weight loss I still struggle with this... It's a daily battle!

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  4. I have a scale obsession but mine right now is I love seeing the number on it!!

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  5. Hi I'm Rachel and i'm a scale addict.....that is why I had to hide it in a very inconveinent place. I'm giulty of all the "You might be an addict if's"......hahahaa I'm happy i'm not the only one that deals with this! That B can make you cray cray fo sho!!! Thank you for posting this!!! :)

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  6. You are so right about scales! and you look fantastic! Who cares about that 5 pound difference in a year. I've been stuck at 162 for months now but everyone keeps telling me how toned i look and i would have to agree with them. You go girl, rock on skinny meg!

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  7. You hit me dead on the nose. I am a scale addict and the number is not nudging even with the exercise and good healthy eating. I recently have joined weight watchers as I have lost my weight back in 2004 with the plan and now with my kids quickly growing up (5 and 2) it is time to be serious. I am GOING to start WEIGHING only at the meetings. thanks for your inspiration, it has put me back on the right path to healthy.

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  8. Thank you. I needed this today. I weigh myself everyday. About a month ago, I hid the scale for a week. I worked out 6 days and was so excited to pull the scale out. I had in my head that I had to have lost 3 lbs. I ended up gaining a pound. Mentally- yes I'm sure it was muscle. But seeing the scale go up instead of down broke my heart even though I felt so much stronger and healthier!

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  9. you look awesome, you did then, and you do now, but you can see a difference too! Thats why I love seeing 5lb of fat compared to 5lb of muscle- it takes up ALOT less space! I try to weigh in once a week and take measurements once a month- as much as I depend on the scale, I know if my inches are going down thats WAY more important!

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  10. I am a total slave to the scale and I know it determines my mood so many times! I didn't weigh myself my whole pregnancy and it was awesome! Now not so much! Thanks for the reminder to hide it!!

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  11. Love this. I get really sick of people pissed about the number when we (women) fluctuate 5 lbs either way. Thanks for the truth. Great job girl you are amazing and really appreciate you sharing your journey!

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  12. I'm kind of a scale addict. Maybe I should try that every two weeks thing...next week.

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  13. I am so a scale addict! I step on that thing pretty much every morning. I am learning to take it with a grain of salt, however because I don't want it to run my life. Work in progress!

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  14. I love this post! I started following your blog a couple of months ago and I am motivated by your story. I even got up and went to the gym at 5AM today so I could get in a sweat before heading to work at 6:45AM. I love that you are so positive and remind us all that it's not about that whore of a scale, it's how we feel about ourselves that truly matters. Skinny Meg, you rock!

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  15. I try hard not to let that scale control me, try to just weigh in once a week, but have found myself slipping lately...I joined a dietbet and now I'm obsessing! Thanks for the reminder!

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  16. Love this! I am guilty of weighing myself everyday...then I am disappointed:( Got to work on this! Love your outfit!

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  17. You're amazing. I cannot believe the difference between last summer and now and that you're the same weight! You've really changed! For the better!! You're such an inspiration!!!!

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  18. I LOVE this post! I probably weigh myself too much and I know that it makes me feel a lot worse about myself when I don't see what I want. The scale is a lying bizzo! I am a new blogger and absolutely love your posts! If you have a chance, check out my blog at www.laduit2it.blogspot.com. Have a great day!

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  19. Totally what I needed to hear today! I am feeling great and a lot of people are telling me I am looking great (including random strangers at the gym) but the scale says nothing. I decided yesterday I will NOT stand on the scale at the gym for at least 1 week. Maybe I will shoot for 2!

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  20. I must admit I am scale whore! I am only weighing myself once a week but hope to eventually cut it out of my life for good! I might need an intervention for that!

    Love your pants! Super cute!

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  21. I love this! I had to convince myself that it's OK to not weigh myself every day or every week. I've started weighing and measuring myself every two weeks, and I feel much better about the results! And you look FABULOUS in your size 6 pants!!

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  22. I needed this post today. I have been hovering right around "onederland." I checked and made it last week at one point but have been back up since then. I just need to get off the scale! It's been making me feel bad despite the fact that my clothes are looser and I've been getting comments about how great I look. Thanks for the encouragement! I'm putting the scale AWAY! :)

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  23. I am so glad that you posted this today. I started the C25K program last week and have been trying to eat healthier. I was so mad this morning when I stepped on the scale and it went up .4 pounds from yesterday. I walked my dog yesterday and did the program AND stayed on the treadmill for an extra 20 minutes. Yet it still went up. I felt great though and slept awesome. It is more important to feel better than what the scale says. I needed this today so thank you!

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  24. Speeeeeeeeeeaking of muffin tops...will you please share what you have found best works in reducing that ever-so-ugly muffin top/midsection pooch. I started lifting weights, eating clean, etc. in January and have seen results but that area is lacking results and I really would love to wear some of my old jeans w/o the goods hanging over. :) Any tips/advice??

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  25. Speeeeeeeeeaking of muffin tops....that is just one problem area that seems hardest to see results in! I started weight training, clean eating, etc. in January and have seen results but not in the muffin top/middle area pooch that I would like. Can you share favorite work outs that kick ass in that department (or just share tips/advice?) I'd love to fit in some old jeans without the ole muffin top hanging out. Thank you and looking great!

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  26. Really been happy I found your blog through mamalaughlin! I literally just weighed myself before I read this today and now I feel muchos better! Thank you for being here for all us ladies.. changing the way we see ourselves one post at a time! #mamegfolyfe

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  27. Love this post!! I am a scale addict and am trying to reform myself. LOL! I too am finding great satisfaction in non-scale victories, such as buying my first pair of size 6 pants just the other day!! BTW, I have a deer and razorback head in my husband's man cave, too!! HILARIOUS!! Love ya! Keep up the motivation!

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  28. My name is Bekah and I'm a scale addict!! Haha all of the things you wrote are 100% true! Just thought I'd admit that out in the open :) I love your blog and you're a great inspiration! Rock those purple pants girl!!

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  29. I like this post. I've been feeling the same way about my scale. In fact, I just said yesterday to a co-worker that it's insane to feel great, feel like I look great, get complimented on my weight-loss yet, my scale reflects the same number each week. I'm thinking I'm going to once a a month weigh-ins.

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  30. So needed this scale talk today - I chatted with the ole scale today (out loud) at the gym. Unimpressed. But you're totally right. I'm starting a 2 week challenge today.

    I can't believe how much of a difference there is in your last year picture when it was only 5 pounds - you look great!

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  31. I posted before about how I'm a major scale addict. I can not help it!

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  32. You have no idea how badly i needed this. I would definitely classify myself as a scale addict. I try not to be but my legs have a mind of their own and just step right on every time I go near it. Last week was a bad one for me (the scale def was agreeing with that) and I fell off my diet. I'm back at it this week. Just have to realize that the scale is not usually my best friend. So thank you for this post today. And I can't believe you're only a size 6!! I think you look so much smaller. Thanks for the encouragement when I most def needed it!!

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  33. I am soo glad that you posted this! I just got out of my mouth yesterday, that I'm not doing this to worry about how many pounds I shed, I just wanna be able to wear what I want and rock it!Love your blog!

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  34. You look awesome!!! I am guilty of that right now. I weigh every day and drive myself nuts over the number. Thanks for the post

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  35. Yep, weigh myself first thing in the morning and last thing at night...and I will move the scale around too!!

    Trying to lose 2" and just hate exercising! I wish I were one of those people whose day just doesn't go right unless they workout! Sigh!

    Congrats on your weight loss and feeling good about yourself!

    Candy Rachelle
    www.fiercesouthernbelle.blogspot.com

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  36. You look amazing...who cares what that darned scale says. :)

    http://jennycollierphotography.com/blog

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  37. It is like you read my mind and post on things I am just thinking about! I started getting obsessed with my scales and would literally do what you said, if it was a number I didn't like I would be in a mood and then eat grrr. Now I have gone to every two weeks and it is much more encouraging!

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  38. You look fantabulous!! I can't wait til I can buy awesome colored pants and look and feel good in them (prob be out of style by then :( ) Anyways I want to say thanks. I've been reading your blog and it is inspiring me to start making changes. I love (and sometimes hate) your brutal honesty! Weighing myself last week completely derailed me so trying toget backontrack. 35 pounds is my goal! Thanks skinny beautiful ripped Meg!!!

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  39. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your post today. I sooo needed this today. I'm totally guilty of letting the scale rule my life. I would have a super healthy day, kick ass workouts and the next morning the scale would be up 2 pounds. It would ruin my whole day and I'd just mentally check out. I'd eat junk because the scale went up anyway... So stupid!!! I'm going to ditch the scale today and have just a monthly weigh-in. Thanks again for the inspiration, motivation and huge kick in the butt! You're the best!
    Elisabeth

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  40. Thank you!!! Totally needed this today! I moved the scale into the kitchen so I can see that bitch every time I go in there. I really should take it out of there........ Can't help it though "hi my name is Debbie and I AM a addicted to the scale". Thanks Megan!

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  41. Thank you!!! Totally needed this today! I moved the scale into the kitchen so I can see that bitch every time I go in there. I really should take it out of there........ Can't help it though "hi my name is Debbie and I AM a addicted to the scale". Thanks Megan!

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  42. Thank you so much for writing this!!! I've had a battle with my scale. I had started P90X a few years ago, switched to TurboFire switched to ChaLean through it all I wasn't exactly scale obsessed but you're completely right that it could make or break my mood in two seconds flat.

    I'm staring the program (p90X/TurboFire hybrid) again. I started yesterday (doing the X workouts and the Turbo Cardio on the cardio days for P90X).

    A best girlfriend from HS and I have started holding ourselves accountable to each other. Daily text message check ins (she's in MD I'm in AL) to note our progress and to keep each other from slipping. She's in AMAZING shape, I'm the one trying to lose weight. She suggested daily weigh ins, not sharing #'s mind you, but whether we were up or down. I told her I couldn't do that. For my own well being I needed to only weigh myself 1 time per week, if that. She agreed she could do that, but she likes to check hers everyday. I told her to go for it. But that I would only share, 1x per week.

    I don't want to become obsessive, but healthy. I don't want to let the # on the scale slow me down, or make me slack for that matter. And I can't let the # get me down when muscle is heavier than fat and I want to slim down but be fit.

    Thank you from the bottom of my "starting over AGAIN" heart. For posting this and keeping me motivated!!!

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  43. Thank you so much for writing this!!! I've had a battle with my scale. I had started P90X a few years ago, switched to TurboFire switched to ChaLean through it all I wasn't exactly scale obsessed but you're completely right that it could make or break my mood in two seconds flat.

    I'm staring the program (p90X/TurboFire hybrid) again. I started yesterday (doing the X workouts and the Turbo Cardio on the cardio days for P90X).

    A best girlfriend from HS and I have started holding ourselves accountable to each other. Daily text message check ins (she's in MD I'm in AL) to note our progress and to keep each other from slipping. She's in AMAZING shape, I'm the one trying to lose weight. She suggested daily weigh ins, not sharing #'s mind you, but whether we were up or down. I told her I couldn't do that. For my own well being I needed to only weigh myself 1 time per week, if that. She agreed she could do that, but she likes to check hers everyday. I told her to go for it. But that I would only share, 1x per week.

    I don't want to become obsessive, but healthy. I don't want to let the # on the scale slow me down, or make me slack for that matter. And I can't let the # get me down when muscle is heavier than fat and I want to slim down but be fit.

    Thank you from the bottom of my "starting over AGAIN" heart. For posting this and keeping me motivated!!!

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  44. I think it was fate I just stumbled upon yours and Mama Laughlin's instagrams and in tern your blogs. I have been eating better, eating less, and working out for the past few months and set a series of goals for myself. I weighed in this morning and was just ever so slightly above one of my goals that I set for tomorrow. It made me a little discouraged and upset, but I'm still proud of what I've done thus far. Anyway, your post today couldn't have been more perfect and the best timing. I'm making a promise to myself to not use my scale for the next two weeks!

    Thanks for baring all these personal sides of yourself and helping others. You make a difference!

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  45. Hi Meg!

    I found your blog a few days ago and while reading, almost spit my iced tea (zero calorie, of course) all over my computer screen!

    Thank you for being the positive and hysterical relief I need each morning when I don't want to get my lazy butt out of bed to do something!

    Your journey is inspiring!

    Have a wonderful Tuesday!

    Madalyn

    www.keepingintouchwiththeweavers.blogspot.com

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  46. Hi, My name's Amber and I'm a scale addict!!!

    I have done ALL of the things listed above, some times several of them in one shot. You are definitely right about focusing on how you feel and look (the non-scale victories)and I'm definitely trying to get there so thanks for the reminder!

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  47. I needed this more than you know!!! I am obsessed with the scale right now & yes my mood goes right along with the ugly number I keep seeing :-/

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  48. thank you for this! I really needed to read this because I am guilty of being a scale addict! this really put things in better perspective! Love you skinny meg!

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  49. I started last week trying to break my habit. I called myself a "scale junkie" because I would do almost all those things you listed. Tomorrow is my first weigh-in in a week! Thanks for all you share! You are making a difference in so many people's lives like me, who is still "writing her story"!

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  50. You read my mind! I am a scale addict! I weigh a few times a day....every morning & evening and in between....there are days where i feel just like your 1st statement...feeling good, feeling skinny then i hop on the scale and Ahhhh!

    Thanks for this post and i am gonna go trash my scale so i wont be tempted. And you def look a hell of a lot different now then last summer...keep at it girl!

    Greetings from
    fattofitconfessions.blogspot.com

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  51. I hate the scale too!

    Loving those purple jeans! You are totally rockin' em!

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  52. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this. Exactly what I needed to hear/read and now I am going to follow your lead and kick the damn scale to the curb for a while.

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  53. I obsess over the scale kind of sort of lol. I weigh myself every morning but not through out the day. It's motivating to me. If I lost I'm excited to do my but I'm the same or gain I pick it up a notch.

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  54. Thank you for this post. The scale and I meet every week, once a week and it seems to make or break my mood. I'm within 10 pounds of my goal of 100 lost but have been battling these same five for five months. The weighing every two weeks seems like a good plan. Again, thanks for the good advice. I think it is hard to break away from the scale when it was such a motivator through the beginning and now a habit.

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  55. Thank you for this post. The scale and I meet every week, once a week and it seems to make or break my mood. I'm within 10 pounds of my goal of 100 lost but have been battling these same five for five months. The weighing every two weeks seems like a good plan. Again, thanks for the good advice. I think it is hard to break away from the scale when it was such a motivator through the beginning and now a habit.

    sillygirlsmomma.blogspot.com

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  56. This was much needed today. My sister emailed me saying "Did you read Skinny Meg's blog today?".. It must be a sign. My sister keeps threatening to take my scale, I may just willing give it up. Thanks Meg!

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  57. I hope to get to the point that the scale doesn't matter. Thanks for all of your inspirations. Btw, your legs look super tiny in the now pic!

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  58. Hey! Love your post about leaving the scales behind. I'm only half way through my weight loss journey but made the decision to leave the scales out of it. Basically because I would be going down in dress sizes but the scale just wouldn't budge and I would give up and eat something nasty! So now I just focus on my clothes and measurements and I am way better off :)

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  59. I cannot wait until the day that I do not want to weigh in anymore!! I dont let the stupid thing completely control my life but I do get bummed when it hasnt moved or goes up.. You look great! :)

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  60. Hello, my name is Sylvia and I'm a scale addict. I really needed to hear this. I have 40 pounds to lose and I'm constantly weighing myself like I'm going to lose all 40 pounds between breakfast and dinner. When I don't see the numbers I'm expecting, I get completely discouraged. I need to step away from that damn scale and RELAX! Thanks for the reality check.

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  61. As usual, great post! I try not to weigh myself too often for some of those same reasons! Thank you for sharing! I have a far way to go so it is nice seeing the posts about the things you wish you had known!

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  62. I totally get that and I have been a scale addict in the past. I am limiting myself to once a week now because it can totally make or break my mood for the day.

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  63. Where can I buy that watter bottle? I need it!

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  64. Where did you buy the watter bottle, I need it. lol.

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  65. Thank you for your post! I don't even own a scale and rarely even get on one because I don't put value in the number on the scale but how I feel in my clothes and in my fitness! More people need to start doing this and not let their life be ruled by a number! Keep it up! :)

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  66. I feel like I weigh myself too much (almost everyday :/) but honestly I'm not overweight... I'm at a very healthy weight but two babies later has definitely take a toll on my waist line and i have a muffin top from hell at 123lbs! I'm trying to not go under 120 cause I'm afraid I'll look sickly thin and that is NOT what I want at all I want to be strong not stick thin. Im at a loss of what i need to do. I do a lot of strength training and cardio about 3-4 times a week here's hoping it helps. Thank you for being you. You help keep me motivated to keep eating cleaner and sticking with this health "kick" my family is convinced is temporary.

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  67. late to your parta- just started following your blog:) Theres nothing like having no muffin top! Nothin!

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