I think I have a healthy relationship with my scale. I weigh myself every morning after I roll out of bed. I don't always like what I see, but seeing the fluctuations from day to day has taught me what my body does after eating certain foods, during certain times of the month, and after consistency in good nutrition/exercise. I have learned that if I avoid the scale after a bad weekend, meal, or binge...that I am only hurting myself. I like to be honest about everything...including gaining 3 lbs over the weekend. I think I will continue to weigh myself daily even after the weight comes off and I enter maintenance.
HOWEVER, I do have some reservations about OTHER scales. I am nervous that the numbers my scale has been giving me for so many months could be wrong...I will be using a different scale on vacation this week, so I will have to face that fear and whatever the reality is. :)
I weigh myself everyday...if I don't see what I like Ill be upset until I do see what I like. But it doesn't matter to me how many pounds I actually lose but how many inches I lose of my body and how fit i become.
8/9/09 2:26 P
It's a great tool because it keeps me honest about where I'm at.
It's SO nice to no longer fear the scale! I may not be content with the number on it yet, but the fact that I've been steadily making progress allows me to view it as a tool and nothing more. It's one of many gauges I use to track how things are going, but I don't give it the power to define who I am or how I feel about myself.
Absolutely essential tool which keeps me from being delusional; when I don't weigh myself every day, it's too easy for the weight to creep up on me while I try to persuade myself that I "just don't feel like" wearing x item today (not that it's become too tight). And if I don't weigh daily, I can carry on that way for months. So as for the scale, I don't fear it, don't hate it, don't always like it but: gotta use it to keep myself honest.
Edited by: WATERMELLEN at: 8/9/2009 (13:08)
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468 8/9/09 1:04 P
I think shes a little stubborn at the moment! I just wish it would move!
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508 8/9/09 1:03 P
i love when it shows the number going down. i weigh once a week, so i don't get upset if it fluctuates day to day... i'm trying to switch to weighing every two weeks, but don't have the patience to wait that long.
I have a bit of an addiction to my scales and use it most days, twice a day. I know it's supposed to be better to weigh myself once a week, but my reasoning is that,if i am having a period where I know I am eating badly, I rather see how much I am gaining daily,than wait until the end of the week to see I have gained 4lbs. If i gain more than two pounds I will take drastic action. The number on the scales acts as a wake up call sometimes and motivates me to get back on track if I fall off. I do use other indicators, such as the way my clothes fit and how my body looks too.
The bottom line I think, is that my scales act almost like an external conscience. It prods me gently and discreetly when I am not doing so well and openly congratullates me when I am heading in the right direction.
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508 8/9/09 12:47 P
I know what you mean. I work my butt off and the silly thing does not move. I weigh a pound more today then I did yesterday lol
8/9/09 12:41 P
I hate the scale and usually end up cussing it out. . . Especially after 6-8 weeks of killing myself with little or no movement.
I keep telling myself not to weigh so often ( 1-2 times a week) but I can't help it.
Edited by: SUNHILLOW at: 8/9/2009 (12:42)
8/9/09 12:35 P
We hates it!
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I do not own a scale and have lately thought about purchasing one. I use my clothes to tell me if I have gained. But lately I have been wondering if having the scale/number and seeing that move down (or up) would be more motivation.
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508 8/9/09 12:33 P
He has been my constant friend and enemy. Right now he is my only motivator besides this site.
I keeps be on track. Now that I'm loosing again, I like it more! ;)
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8/9/09 12:30 P
I hate "him".
I change his batteries, move him around to different parts of the floor, rock my heels, stand on my toes, shake him, and curse at him when he won't give me the number I hope for after a week of diligent effort.
I like my "skinny pants" better, as a guide. My weight not be the number I want to see, but if the pants fit, I wear them!
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WOOHOO "FITWITHIN" !! I don't own one either!!
They steal your soul!
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I am not a fan of it... but I have learned to co-exist with it. I know that it is not the be all and end all of all types of measurements. True success also comes from how many pounds of fat you have lost and the inches that have come off as well.
I think a lot of people probably feel the way you do, but the minute I start to fear my scale is the moment I'll chuck it in the trash.
I don't mind my scale. I actually look forward to my weigh-in every week, as crazy as that sounds. It's not always fun when it doesn't show the results I want to see, but it's always a thrill when I see something I like. :)
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