Put the scale away!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The scale is evil!
One thing I have learned on my journey is I cannot weigh myself every week. It started when I was first doing weight watchers. I was really good for about 3 months. I was going to meetings and everything. Heck I even lost 20 pounds! And that was during the holidays. But then I started to notice that when it was getting close to weighin day I was constantly on the scale. Just about every hour on the hour. I began to obsess about the number on the scale. If that sucker wasn’t moving in the right direction all was wrong with the world. Ugh! The weight loss started to slow down, I stopped going to meetings and switched to online. Eventually I stopped doing the online stuff altogether. Stopped weighing myself. Stopped caring. Slipped deeper into depression…
Almost 2 years ago I got on the scale and I was horrified! Tipped the scales at 257, 20 lb heavier than I was when I first started ww. Bleh! I was great for a few months; but then I felt the scale obsession starting again. This time it was worse. 1st thing in the morning, pre and post “potty time”, with clothes, without clothes, after bathing, just because… it was insane! So I stopped going to ww again and went back online.
A few months ago I started weighing myself just once a month. For a while I would even stick the scale under the bed so I literally would not see it and be tempted to randomly weigh myself. When I started sparkpeople on 12/27 I began weighing myself weekly again, and now it needs to stop! Again!
I know intellectually that the scale is not the only indicator of weight/fat loss. In a given day your body weight can easily fluctuate 2 – 3 pounds, and that’s normal. I know that eating healthier has many benefits alone. How your clothes fit can really let u know u are on the right path. And consistently tracking is the bomb! So once again the scale is in timeout! I will not weigh myself again until the end of February. Period.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
Me, too! Me, too! Me, too! Obsessed with the scale, but I am trying to go for a week and not weigh in between. A month is too long for me and I need to watch it more closely or I can fool myself into thinking "I MUST be losing" when I'm not. Interesting how many of us are obsessed with the scale. About 20 years ago I was weighing about 10 times a day!
1827 days ago
If you read my blog, you'll see I'm staying away from the scale for the next 6 months. I get obsessed with it.
1854 days ago
Oh, I can so relate to your story!!! Like you, I too was kind of scale obsessed when I first started SP but I too eventually learned that the scale is NOT the only indicator of your program working and its most certainly not the best indicator. I'm with Sailor64, a tape measure is a MUCH better indicator. Personally, I use the clothes in my closet as my tools for success.
When I first started SP, I would go crazy if I wasn't losing weight every time I weighed myself (back then it was once or twice a week). Back then, my size 14 clothes were getting tight on me and I was starting to buy size 16. Just the other day, I bought myself a new outfit, size 8, because my size 10's are now getting to big for me.
These days, I only weigh myself once month and now that I've reached my goal size, I think I'm going to pitch my scale and just use my current measurements as my gauge - regardless of what I weigh. I can already tell that I'm getting leaner and tighter because of my program and if I continue to work my program like I have, I will most likely gain weight while I continue to lose inches.
To me, losing inches is more important than losing pounds. I wish more people understood that as well and stopped being a slave to the scale.
1864 days ago
For me, the scale keeps me on track - but I am glad you found out differently for your journey
1866 days ago
Once a week is good enough. I hate seeing the numbers sometimes.
1867 days ago
Very interesting! I hope this works for you. I definitely agree that weighing that much is definitely a problem, but if it reappears with consistency, you may want to examine why. It may not be the scale.
1867 days ago
I just started SP last week and tomorrow morning will be my weekly weigh in. I am already anxious as my prediction is that the number will go up. I know that I am feeling better and exercising much more, yet, it always comes down to the scale somehow. Blasted thing!
1868 days ago
Weighing yourself in the morning once a day can be ok. It let's you know how you did for the day. As you progress with fitness, muscle mass weighs more than fat. Keep up the healthy lifestyle and you will see the pounds disappear.
1868 days ago
I feel you! I was scale obessed when I was losing really good, but I when I don't feel like the scale will be in my favor I don't get on! But you do whatever you need to do to stay on track with your weightloss journey. AND if that means putting the scale away then do it!
1874 days ago
I have been saying it for months. The scale is not your friend. Ditch the scale and pick up a tape measure. You'll be much happier. I only weigh once an month and that's to keep the calorie counter on my treadmill, stationary bike and elliptical machine as accurate as possible.
1874 days ago
I completely agree with you! I do not weigh myself everyday. "Sometimes" once a week but that's it. The scale is so frustrating...it can ruin a good day and attitude. Stay strong and best wishes to you!!
1874 days ago
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