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.