I've read a lot of discussions about when to weigh... weekly.. monthly.. not at all.. all of it surrounded by "the power of the scale"... And all of those are good ways to avoid letting the scale rule your life... But I would like to add one more and that is to weigh EVERY day.
I used to get so mad (or happy or sad) when I would be expecting to lose weight because I had eaten well and exercises only to gain weight! ARGH.. or I have been very HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY when I did NOT eat well or exercise and expected to gain weight and actually LOST! It definitely goes both ways... I considered shunning the scale.. but it just didn't set well with me.. it felt like I was giving the scale too much power over me mentally.. like I wasn't strong enough to read a freaking number and not let it ruin my day.
So, I set out to CONQUER the scale and its power over me.. I was pretty tired of the ups and downs but, for me, I realized that I just didn't understand why! (This lack of understanding just added to the mystery and power of the blooming scale numbers!) I love data.. all data.. and I decided to approach the scale as just another data point in all my data points (measurements, clothes size, fitness points, calories, carbs, fat, protein, etc.).. it really is just a number and I'd heard that a million times but in order for me to REALLY mean it.. I had to desensitize myself to the scale.. which meant weighing in everyday... every morning I get out of bed.. go do my bidness in the bathroom.. and weigh. At first, it was a little anxiety inducing but by about the 7th day, I was like "mmmm interesting".
I logged everything I ate .. down to the morsel.. and I logged all my activity including weight training and steps.. I did a lot of referring back and forth at first, trying to figure out the secrets.. by about day 15 or so... it was just data.. period.. and I became enamoured a bit with the "over/under" game.. how many days did I stay the same vs how many days did I lose?... My longest run for losing was 10 days.. 10 days in a row I lost weight.. but I wasn't screaming to anyone I LOST WEIGHT 10 DAYS IN A ROW.. because, well.. it was just one data point and I wasn't seeing other data points like clothing size moving.. and I knew I would have runs of weight gain.. but in the end .. the goal was to have more dots below 0 than above 0
Below is my graph of my 63 days of weight tracking... the red line is ZERO which means I had no change in my weight for that day.. the dots above the red line indicate I gained weight from the previous day and the dots below indicate I lost weight from the previous day..
I had 25 days where I stayed the same or gained.. and 38 where I lost. There were some quite dramatic gains.. and losses.. but it just didn't hold the emotional punch that it used to .. because I had successfully turned it into data.. what is most important is 1) the trend 2) how my clothes are fitting (interestingly when I have runs above the line my clothes seem to get looser, go figure) 3) how are my workouts going and 4) how's my mental game!
You see, I believe the number really doesn't tell you much.. nor does a clothing size.. this picture has been all over Pinterest and I just had to share here because I find it so interesting. All of these women weigh 150lbs.. and their sizes range from a 2 to 18.. If this doesn't convince you that it's the composition of your body and not the number on the scale I do not know what will.
I am doing a ton of weight training.. which I adore.. so I'm adding muscle and subtracting fat.. no wonder the data points are all caddywompus... hehe.. but I don't fear the dang thing.. I just hop on.. plot it on the graph.. and move on to the important things like what I'm putting in my mouth, moving my body in new and different ways and keeping my mental game sharp!
So, if you're a weekly weigher or a monthly weight or even a never weigher.. It's all good! I just wanted to share what allowed me to conquer the scale and turn it into just another tool that will see me through to reach my goal.. that's it.
96 days til Africa
30lbs to go to meet my ZipLine goal