I have a scale phobia too -- and the only way I've been able to deal with it is to weigh myself EVERY day.
It took me sooooo many years to realize this.
By weighing myself every day, the worst thing that can happen is I've gained like 3 lbs. But by weighing myself once/year, I have actually gained 50 lbs in a single year because I had my head in the sand. I'm not exaggerating - it was a bad year, but it happened. And a big reason why I didn't get on track with my eating earlier was fear of facing up to my weight.
Many times I would start trying to eat healthy and exercise without weighing myself and do that for several months and THEN finally weigh myself, not ever knowing what my "highest" weight had been, just to spare myself the pain. Such a stupid idea. I had no idea if what I was doing was working, I never got to feel proud of losing x number of pounds, and I just perpetuated my scale fear.
My scale travels with me now. If I don't weigh myself every day, I know that I will end up extremely obese and there is no middle ground with me because of this ridiculous phobia.
I have a scale phobia..so can really relate to this thread!! I'm working on facing my fears and getting on it!!!!
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3/6/13 9:57 P
I weigh myself often (several times per week) and keep record of it. There have been times when I've gone several weeks with no progress. It gets frustrating if I look at each weigh-in by itself, but because I have a record going back about a year now, I can see how much progress I've made. I have been averaging less than a pound a week. Seems almost meaningless when you put it that way, but it's added up to 40 pounds! Remember that it's a life-long journey.
3/6/13 7:48 P
Weigh yourself, but if it doesn't show what you already know about your clothes fitting and feeling healthier, don't get discouraged. I still weigh myself a few times a week, which is frustrating but it helps me ensure I am not going back up.
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122 3/6/13 6:19 P
I'm right there with you. I'm sick of the scale. I hate it right now. Haven't lost or gained weight in over a month, just varied within 2-4 pounds. I decided today that I'm putting the scale away for a month.
3/6/13 4:59 P
I agree with the previous posters-- the scale is just a tool, to measure our progress. So is a measuring tape. And also going by how our clothes fit. As well as, how we feel and are we stronger or can we walk farther or take more stairs etc.
You don't have to weigh yourself every day or every week; if things seem to be going well with your other "tools"-- you could just weigh in once or maybe twice a month. Personally, I'd pick a day when it wasn't close to TOM, or after a weekend eating some salty food. ; )
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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21,211 3/6/13 4:49 P
Face your fears and be aware that the scale is just ONE of many ways to count your progress. You have my sincere empathy on the dreading ahead worry but facing this fear could help you put it in perspective as the tool it is.
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." Albert Einstein
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53 3/6/13 4:47 P
maybe use a different way to gauge your progress? measure yourself every 2 weeks or try on the same pair of jeans....after they have been freshly washed and dried? you dont want to discourage yourself but you also need some kind of feedback to know if what your doing is working or if u need to change it up a bit.
the scale is just one tool to measure progress but by no means the only one. :)
some days even my rocket ship undies dont work.
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3/6/13 1:41 P
So i get very discouraged when i weigh myself and don't see any difference or a gain, so i have stopped for about a month now. My quesiton is...should i weigh myself now? Or continue on how i'm doing right now and just continue eating well and going on how my clothes are fitting? I'm so nervous to jump on that scale...it's so SCARY! And i don't like how a number is going to judge how i feel about myself. I've felt great lately and i don't want that to change if i see the same number as last month. What do you guys think?
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