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I’ve had enough… and decided my size on the scales doesn’t matter. I didn’t come to this decision lightly either. In fact, I’ve been weighing myself since I was 10 years old. I was never a big girl and throughout my childhood and even into my 20s I was always slender and could eat anything.

But then I had my children and things just weren’t the same. Not only did I become gluten intolerant, I gained 20kg. And I didn’t stop…the yo-yo diet I was on was neverending. I’d tried everything from the lemon detox diet, Atkins, Mediterranean, baby food, raw food, cabbage… you name it, I’ve done it.

For over 20 years I had triumphant moments where I lost 15kg, then it’d come straight back on. I would feel so good, then eat to congratulate myself on a job well done. No one told me how to eat healthily, I think that was my first issue. I’d bought every book on every diet but at the end of the day, I didn’t know what calories were, I didn’t know that drinking water was important, I didn’t know you also had to exercise. For a long time I thought that not eating until 1pm was a normal thing and was making me lose weight. I was wrong, so very wrong.

My wake-up call came when my granddaughter said to me “Nanny, you’re fat”. I didn’t know what was more heartbreaking; that she knew what “fat” was, or that she said I was. On that day, I weighed in at 98kg. I didn’t always feel fat but kids have a way of being very raw and honest, and giving you a real eye opener.

I knew right then and there I had to do something about my weight, and that I owed it to my family to try again. But the first thing I promised myself is that I’d throw away my scales. They had been the bane of my existence for too long and I needed to stop being so harsh on myself.

It was the best thing I ever did. Right now, I don’t know how much I weigh but I know I’ve lost a lot. And I’m not on a diet either, so I have no tips to give you. My only advice is to eat in moderation and to eat a lot of fresh fruit and veges. Eat something different every day and treat yourself but be disciplined. It’s a work in progress but the scales have nothing to do with it. I’m proud of myself and love my body for the first time ever.


Have you had a weight loss journey like this? How is it going?

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  1. weighing scales are like politicians they lie , but unlike politicians weighing scales are very convincing.
    i dont weigh my self anymore i know im overweight largely due to medication and stress i dont over eat i dont eat the wrong stuff but i dont eat much anyway i go days without eating cos the meds wipe out the apetite and womp on the weight.

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    • Totally agree, I have medical issues that require steroids daily. If people wrote down what they actually ate and drank every day many would be surprised. I’m not big on exercise (due to health) but do what I can. Not too many medical reasons. Energy in, energy out. Oh, I weigh once a week.

  2. At 67, I continue to weigh daily.
    If I see it creeping up over days, I will eat a little less or differently for a few days until it stabilises again.
    Weight gain or loss is simply a matter of energy in/energy out!
    Anything else is excuses!

  3. I would like to comment on this unidentified Starts at Sixty Writer’s Blog “I’ve stopped weighing myself”. The advice offered in the final paragraph based on the claimed weight loss success by this person is to be commended however the point made that the scales had nothing to do with it somewhat carries the wrong message.
    Last year I published a book “Think to Lose Weight – The W.E.D. Method”. The reason behind writing this is that after many years associated with the Fitness Industry, where I had experienced many people wanting to lose weight, then finding at my mid 70’s age, semi-retired but pushing 85 kgs, became very concerned that if I did not do something, I was facing becoming overweight or even obese.
    I began weighing myself and thinking about what I was eating each day and noticing what effect that had on my weight. Over a year or so, I found that I had reduced my weight down to around 81 kgs and without limiting what I could or could not eat but doing so in moderation and choosing wisely what to eat or not to eat. With the aid of scales, I am managing my weight successfully. This outcome is what the W.E.D. Method is about. Weigh each day, Wisely Eat each Day and Walk each Day. Scales are not the bane of any person’s existence or the reason for being overweight. People’s actions are. Scales are like the speedometer of your car. Ignore what speed you are doing and you will crash and perhaps even kill yourself. It is all about what you put into your mouth and how much. You are the one in control of your body. The scales just measure where you are at as opposed to where you should be. As Pamela has so wisely commented above to this Blog:
    “ At 67, I continue to weigh daily.
    If I see it creeping up over days, I will eat a little less or differently for a few days until it stabilises again.
    Weight gain or loss is simply a matter of energy in/energy out!
    Anything else is excuses!”

  4. I have always been very active at work and at the gym so I stopped weighing myself, retired a few years ago and decided to make sure that I stayed fit and healthy and maintained my weight. Shock, horror, I brought scales and was 80 plus kg, still a size 12 but tight, my retirement became getting myself back in shape and feeling good, the scales were a shock and I weight myself weekly and keep under 70kg (I am 172cm) use them as a guide to cut back if the kilos keep up.

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