Since I’m the type of person who tries to see both sides of an issue, this topic fascinates me.
As I’ve written before, I weigh daily, every morning.
It’s just like brushing my teeth. It’s no big deal.
Yet, I understand the frustration of those who can’t stand to do this. It’s a mental thing.
It’s not about the number. It’s our reaction to it.
TinaJane67 described this very well in 2 recent blog entries.
Just like binge eating. It’s not about the food.
It’s our mental state and emotions that need adjustment.
As I read all the blogs and comments, I‘m beginning to see that the scale serves a different purpose for each of us although there are some similarities.
This raises the question:
Does your attitude toward the scale vary with where you are in your weight loss journey?
On the way up?
While you want to ignore it here, denial rarely ends well
On the way down?
If you see progress in NSVs, especially great progress, an occasional weigh-in in may suffice, as long as you are honest about those other means of measurement.
At a plateau?
This can be frustrating, but at least the scale can verify that you’re not on the way up.
The scale is the fastest and easiest method of catching an upward trend before it gets really hard to undo.
“It’s just a number.” Absolutely right.
The air pressure in my tires is just a number, the gas gauge gives me data too, but if I ignore either of them, I’ll be stranded by the side of the road.
The weight of the clothes in my suitcase is just a number, but if I ignore it, I’m going to be charged a fee by my airline.
My blood pressure is just a number and it fluctuates just like my weight, but ignoring it can have dire consequences.
My weight on the scale is just a number, a number I worked hard to achieve by changing my lifestyle. If I ignore it, I’m going to be back where I started.
Yo-yo dieting is a way of life in our society. I’ve read the stories of so many sparkers. That’s reality and I’m going to use any tool I can to avoid it.
Yes, it’s just a number. So is my waist size, my waist to hip ratio, my percentage of body fat, my blood pressure and even my IQ or my yearly income. None of these “define me” and if I let them, then it’s my mental attitude that needs adjustment.