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my demon scales


Saturday, August 10, 2013

The scales go up, and Iím upset.

The scales stay the same, Iím disappointed!

The scales go down, and Iím walking on air!

Over the years, I have shifted those scales over the bedroom, bathroom and landing floors
looking for that magic gravitational anomaly, where I might weigh a fraction less! I have stood on one leg, leaning towards the left, or right! Anything, to try to convince that number to be less.

Seriously, why on Earth does it matter so much? Sometimes it can ruin my whole day, and itís often only a few ounces!

When I look at all the ways I have to measure my progress, why do the scales have such a huge impact on my life. For a long time, I took the batteries out of the scales and binned them. I didnít weigh myself for months, but used a pair of trousers that were only just wearable as my guide.

The scales are so inaccurate as a measure over the short term. They weigh my water content, and even my last meal as well as my fat!

Then it occurred to me that the only person who ever saw that number on the scales was ME!

Do I stand stark naked on my scales in the High Street?

No, I donít! (Iíd get arrested!!!) Everybody else just sees my clothes. Not the body underneath. So I need to break this Ďthingí with the numbers. They are just that. NUMBERS!

I need to concentrate on what everybody else sees, and see that myself.
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LADYOLIVER 9/21/2013 6:45PM

    emoticon I totally ID with this Evelyn......I promise myself that the emoticon would not control me. I too find that my numbers control how I feel and the out come of some of my days....UGHHH emoticon

emoticon you are just a tool for measurement...not the determining factor.

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SHELTIE2013 9/13/2013 5:02AM

    You are idea a wise woman and I am but the pupil oh wise woman!!! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 9/2/2013 4:59PM

    You are so right! I have just finally realized that myself! I used to weight in everyday, for what to see the water gain or a 1/2 pound loss, only to be regained tomorrow from too much sodium gain!
We need to focus on how good we are doing otherwise. My scale hasn't moved much in a few months anyway, so I am going to truly concentrate on the healthy lifestyle and the weight loss is a bonus. I hope I do and I am sure I will, if I behave! But, by eating the right food, counting calories & staying in range- that keeps us accountable and the exercise should help with the rest! emoticon
Thanks for your comment on my emoticon blog! Have a successful week!

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MAIZEY 8/30/2013 10:16PM

    Great blog and thanks for stopping by to wish me well on my Spark Page!

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POLSKARENIA 8/25/2013 5:52PM

    The only time we should weigh is when we're on track. The other times they only tell us what we know - caloties in exceeding calories out lead to weight gain and unhappy feelings.

Time to do it the right way, methinks!!

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MEADSBAY 8/17/2013 9:56PM

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I hate that effin thing!
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KENWANNE2013 8/17/2013 8:17AM

    This is so spot on! Thank you.

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BOPPY_ 8/15/2013 11:30PM

    I'm amazed what an accurate scale has done for ridding me of superstitious scale behavior.

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FALLNTENN 8/14/2013 7:43PM

    Great blog!

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KENSHO 8/14/2013 3:40PM

    You have such a way with words. You make a great point and as you know, I have certainly struggled with the scale.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 8/14/2013 2:20PM

    My first thought was that's what we learned. I look back at how my mom tried to lose weight in the past, chained to the scale. She'd exercise with Jack LaLaine, way back when he did a black and white show using a chair as equipment (I don't remember much more. I was little)

I also remember her laying on her back rolling a wooden rolling pin back and forth on her abs. And least I forget her going on the grapefruit diet.

Yes, we have to reprogram our thinking.

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WRITINGRUNNER 8/14/2013 8:52AM

    Oh, I relate to this! This week my husband took the batteries from them. I wish they didn't have such control of me, but they really do dictate my mood for the day.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/13/2013 11:46AM

    Oh my! I can certainly relate. I also didn't use a scale for awhile and focused on other things like how far/fast I can walk, how my clothes fit. I now see the scale as snapshot... what I way at that particular moment in time... kind of like blood pressure. As long as it's trending down over the weeks I don't sweat it too much... trending up and it's time to make some changes.

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BESSHAILE 8/13/2013 10:12AM

    I treat the scales like a prediction from the weather dot com guys. They show me the general trend things are heading, and maybe where I am at this exact moment - (though not always)- but that's about it.

You are so much more wonderful than the number on a scale.

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ALIHIKES 8/13/2013 12:48AM

    I agree with you! The scale is just a number. Somehow it has morphed in to this all powerful judgement about how fit we are. The focus should be on health and fitness -- not a number!!

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DANAPRIME 8/11/2013 9:50PM

    What can I say... I am a fan! Thanks for the great blog. I need to take that sentiment to heart.

emoticon I noticed the change on your main page. Hope you had a great day

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/11/2013 7:13PM

    Great point that no one sees the number but us...everyone else just sees how we look. It's not like we are wearing that number on our foreheads!

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MRYTYLER 8/11/2013 3:23PM

    I needed a good laugh. Thanks for the blog, I can totally relate. emoticon

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CHRISTASP 8/11/2013 10:51AM

    "Do I stand stark naked on my scales in the High Street?"
LOLOLOL - maybe it WOULD help your efforts to lose weight if you did?

OR you'd forget about them! emoticon

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SHAMROCKY2K 8/11/2013 9:54AM

    Ha-ha.. I have done that positioning thing with the scale too! Be the best you you can be!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/11/2013 7:15AM

    I gave up the scales entirely for a period of two years. The result? I lost weight!

Now I weigh once/week, but only if I have tracked every single bite of food/drink that has gone in my mouth the previous week. No tracking...no weighing.

And I also use clothes as my true measurement. Whether my pants fit tells me a LOT more about what I've been doing/slacking off on than the number on the scale.

Best of luck getting rid of the focus on scales. Kicking the habit of setting your moods according to an inanimate and often inaccurate object is tough. But doable.

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PATRICIAAK 8/11/2013 4:33AM

    look for non-scale victories

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IDICEM 8/11/2013 1:02AM

  Absolutely! Thanks for the great blog. emoticon

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BERRY4 8/10/2013 11:39PM

    Yep! I also KICKED my scale because it does NOT measure my health, vitality and overall fitness. And I was tired of having it mess with my head.
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I also use my clothing as a measurement "tool" and I will check in occasionally on the master gym scale that is calibrated @ 1x each month. Then I look for trends over the past few months.

I feel it is more important to be healthy than "skinny" (even though I used to be that). This is the older body I live in now!
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JUNEAU2010 8/10/2013 10:07PM

    Thanks for the therapeutic perspective!

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SUSANELAINE1956 8/10/2013 8:40PM

    I had to laugh at some of your inventive ways to weigh .... and no, I don't plan to try them. emoticon You are right. It's only one small part of the whole picture.

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CATLADY52 8/10/2013 6:00PM

    Take the scale and cover it up. Put a plant on top and say goodbye. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 8/10/2013 3:34PM

  I agree with you. Which is why I never weighed every day. However, my scale is currently battery-less, which means I couldn't weigh myself if I wanted to. Unless, of course, I managed to make it to the store to buy batteries. That might require more energy than I am willing to expend. A scale should be a tool, no more.

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GARDENQE2 8/10/2013 11:47AM

    Who's the servant and who's the mistress there???
Kick the scurvy knave into the corner until he learns better behavior!!!
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THRIVE2DAY 8/10/2013 11:46AM

    Interesting discussion.

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ACT0612 8/10/2013 11:44AM

    I feel the same way. I have two scales - I hate them both! However, they do keep me honest! emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 8/10/2013 11:31AM

    Ignore the horrible things! Just concentrate on how happy and healthy you're feeling :D

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ZANNACHAN 8/10/2013 11:11AM

    Oh boy I can relate to this. There is a reason why I never weigh myself any more between the BLC challenges--I find the scale so stressful!

It is just a number--a number measuring the effect of gravity on the body. It does not tell you if what it is measuring comes from healthy body content (bones, muscle), neutral (water), or unhealthy (fat). And yet we tend to measure our self worth, or at least our success, solely by that number!

I know, when I started the BLC, that I was the healthiest I've probably been since I started gaining weight after I hurt my hip. I also know that I was the heaviest that I've ever been in my life, despite watching my food for 4 years and working out etc. I know, intellectually, that most of that weight gain wasn't fat or I wouldn't still fit in my clothes. (Some of it was, which is frustrating, but not all 20 lbs I gained in the last year). I know that my blood pressure was coming down and other health indicators (like blood cholesterol etc.) were looking good. But it's hard not to get angry, depressed or frustrated when the scale keeps going up!

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/10/2013 10:00AM

    Very good observation, and one that we all should take to heart.

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AMARILYNH 8/10/2013 9:46AM

    Do you log your food in SparkPeople? I do, and it has really improved my relationship with my scales. Why? Because when I have (I think) done everything right and still have a gain, I can usually go to my tracker and find the culprit. Not 100% of the time, but I'm getting better at it.

The thing most often to blame is carbs (especially bread) and/or sodium. When those two nutrients are on the high side my weight tends to be on the high side. But other things can cause it too - like doing an extra hard workout. Sore muscles retain water. Or sunburn - I retain water when I'm sunburned too. (And YES I do know to wear sunscreen but I have very fair skin and sometimes I'm not diligent enough.)

I never like seeing a higher number on the scale, but it helps if I can identify the source. And teaches me what NOT to do on Monday or Tuesday (Wednesday in my weigh in day for BLC.) I know a lot of people prefer only weighing once a week but that just doesn't work for me. I need to see that number every day!
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 8/10/2013 9:11AM

    Another BRILLIANT blog Evelyn. emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/10/2013 8:42AM

    too true!
have a great weekend emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 8/10/2013 8:26AM

    It's amazing what a hold the scales have over us!
I too have used an item of clothing as a measure - a pair of denim shorts. I'm back in them now and can get the buttons done up. Bit of a muffin top but I won't split any seams if I sit down!!!

PaulaAutumn uses the scales at her local Boots. Perhaps that could be an option a couple of times a month rather than the love/hat relationship with the home scales.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/10/2013 7:52AM

    Wondeful!

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CANADIANFROG09 8/10/2013 7:41AM

    I can relate! emoticon

Have a blessed weekend! emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/10/2013 7:20AM

    What you said. I could say the same. But I have found even my clothes can tell me lies as well. Well, maybe not lies but they can allow me to feel better about my recent decisions than maybe I should aught.

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