Since Iím the type of person who tries to see both sides of an issue, this topic fascinates me.
As Iíve written before, I weigh daily, every morning.
Itís just like brushing my teeth. Itís no big deal.
Yet, I understand the frustration of those who canít stand to do this. Itís a mental thing.
Itís not about the number. Itís our reaction to it.
TinaJane67 described this very well in 2 recent blog entries.
Just like binge eating. Itís not about the food.
Itís our mental state and emotions that need adjustment.
As I read all the blogs and comments, IĎm 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 youíre 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.
ďItís just a number.Ē 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, Iíll 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, Iím 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, Iím going to be back where I started.
Yo-yo dieting is a way of life in our society. Iíve read the stories of so many sparkers. Thatís reality and Iím going to use any tool I can to avoid it.
Yes, itís 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 ďdefine meĒ and if I let them, then itís my mental attitude that needs adjustment.