As a weekly weight loss leader, I see a range of emotions at weigh in \u2014 frustration, fear, victory, disappointment, excitement. It\u2019s all there. Let\u2019s face it, the scale has more power over our emotional well-being than it has a right to. But everywhere we go, the numbers on the scale stare us in the face. We fill out an insurance form and have to check off a weight range. We go for a doctor\u2019s visit and the first thing we do is to step on the scale. Even purchasing panty hose requires our weight! The scale is the most accepted measurement of our \u201cdiet progress,\u201d and yet the scale can\u2019t measure our behavior or determination, two things which are much more important to weight loss than the numbers themselves. The truth is, there will be weeks when we do everything \u2018perfect\u2019 \u2014 we plan, prepare, weigh, measure, exercise and stick to it like glue \u2014 and the scale stays the same. Discouraging as it is, our bodies aren\u2019t machines that always behave exactly the same, even if we do exactly the same thing to them. We have cycles, hormones, medication, bloating and a myriad of other reasons why, despite the fact that we\u2019ve lost fat this week, the scale doesn\u2019t show it. And while the slight gain may be temporary, the power it has can be devastating. One thing that can be helpful is to look at the non-scale victories you\u2019ve had. 1. Check out your closet. Have you been able to go \u2018shopping\u2019 there since starting your new food regimen? Found old favorites that haven\u2019t fit in a while or have current clothes fit better, more comfortably? 2. Check out the numbers. Have you had your cholesterol rechecked? Blood sugars or blood pressure? Did you take waist, hips, thighs, wrist measurements before you started? 3. Check out your energy. Are you able to walk farther? Huffing and puffing less going up and down the stairs? 4. Check out your emotions. You\u2019ve been working hard at making those lifestyle changes. Hopefully, along with it has come a boost in your motivation, self-esteem, and confidence levels as well as a better body image. Keep that positive vocabulary flowing. It helps! 5. Check out physical changes. Have your sleep patterns improved? Aches and pains diminishing? Have heartburn and indigestion lessened? I loved it when I could finally cross my legs! What other physical benefits have you noticed? 6. Have YOU been checked out lately? Anyone making positive comments about how good you look? When I had more than 200 pounds to lose, people weren\u2019t noticing my weight loss at first, but they knew something looked better. They asked about a new hairstyle or new shirt. They just couldn\u2019t put their finger on what looked better. Eventually, of course, the comments started coming about my weight loss. It was worth waiting for! After each weigh-in, you always have two choices. You can keep going, or you can quit. Remember, the only way you WON\u2019T lose weight is if you stop trying. Kim is a lifetime dieter who lost more than 200 pounds. She leads motivational meetings at The Kim Bensen Weight Loss Center, 405 Bridgeport Ave., in Shelton. For more information, call 203-513-8722 or visit kimbensen.com.