Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Yes, I know what the experts say. I know that the number on the scale is not always an accurate reflection of what's going on in my body, of the work I'm putting in to taking care of myself. I know that stepping on the scale everyday can lead to frustration and obsession.
Nonetheless, I find myself checking it every morning. Here's why:
It is an accurate reflection of my habits, if not my exact weight.
I'm learning that I'm very sensitive to even a moderate amount of sodium in my diet. Did I eat out yesterday, then I can expect to see the scale to go up even if I didn't go over my calorie range. Did I eat in yesterday but was at the upper limit of, or even over by a bit, my sodium allotment for the day? Then I will probably show no gain or loss. Even if I'm exercising. Even if I'm eating otherwise healthy foods.
Knowledge about how my body works is invaluable to me.
Stepping on the scale every morning reminds me of what I'm working for. Of how far I let my body go and how much work it will take to get it healthy.
Stepping on the scale every morning sometimes shows that my work is paying off.
Stepping on the scale every morning keeps me in check and helps me stay consistent.
Will I do this forever? I don't know, but right now it's working for me.