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Saturday, November 16, 2013

I am scale obsessed. I weigh myself every morning. I know to the decimal what I weigh. I yell at the scale. I yell "F you" is my weight is up. Is it a problem if I'm doing well? I'm rocking & rolling transforming physically & emotionally. Is my relationship to the scale serving me or stealing from me, in terms of my emotional state? The scale has served me in some ways. But the down side is when my weight is up I feel frustrated, angry, like I have to double down my efforts, like my body letting my down somehow.

Sometime jumping on the scale every single day takes away from how I relate to my body. There's the control issue. Like it stabilizes something. It's something I can keep trying & trying. It's a physical thing there that I can try to change. There's a lot of things I can't control. But the scale is this physical thing that I can focus on and try to control. But the focus on the scale takes away from tuning into how my body feels, if I ate the right kind & amount of food or did the right amount of workouts. I skip the process of listening to my body, how does my body feel toward food and the level of satiety, and working out and the endorphins that come with it.

So I asked my son to put the scale away for me, and he put it way up on top of the China cabinet, where I can't reach it. It's silly. I could just get a chair. Yet, it helps to have it literally out of reach.

Weighing myself every day doesn't give meaningful data, stress, hydration, sodium, menstrual cycle etc, all can effect the number on the scale. What would happen if I didn't weigh until the end of the year? If I just concentrated on all my healthy habits instead? How freeing would that be?

If my fitness, weight loss & wellness life is governed by fear, it won't last. The only way to transform my life is with freedom and power. I want sustainable transformation.
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    If that's what it takes.. it takes :-) I have the same problem with food. I only weigh once a week and feel free from scale worries. If I weighed everyday I prob. would have quit by now knowing my personality LOL But FOOD omg.. that's where my obsession lies and I resort to the same tactics of keeping food out of sight in cupboards up high or sometimes not allowing certain foods in the house and even sometimes throwing food away once I've had my mini fix .. just to make sure I don't eat more than I should if I'm way too tempted. Addiction is the root problem no matter if it's the scale, food or both. I'm sure you will find this a much more enjoyable experience if you can part with the addiction :-)
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    Comment edited on: 11/17/2013 1:57:09 AM
    LOL. I found your scale bitchin' fairly funny. I tend to talk to electronic devises that way but not my scale. Electronic devices hate me. My hubby gave the lawn mower a good cussing today.
    1556 days ago
    I'm glad you got that scale put somewhere hard to reach. Weighing in once a week, in my opinion, will free your mind to concentrate on the bigger picture - how you feel and how your clothes feel. You can do it!
    1557 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    I used to weigh often, but it drove me nuts! Now I force myself to weigh only once a week. Works much better for me.
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  • LIS193
    Like you, I weigh every day but most of the time I can tell by my tummy what the number is going to be within half a pound... Still, I just have to know.
    Good for you taking a break and focusing on how you feel and look rather than on thet number!
    1557 days ago
    I weigh every morning but I pretty much will know if its going to be up or not. Salt may take it up three to four pounds but the next day it will be down. Doesn't brother me like it used to as long as all my clothes fit, and Im healthy I'm OK with whatever the scale throws at me.
    1557 days ago
    I to have a scale obsession. I have jumped out of the shower to weigh myself because I don't want to weigh myself with we hair. I think right now might be a great time for me to put my scale away too. The holidays are so stressful. I look forward to hearing about how you do with no weighing.

    1557 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I use to weigh 2 times a week and then I started doing it daily. I don't know that it makes me mad but I do know that it annoys me when the weight is higher even by a few ounces. I think I will go back to weighing once a week and take the scales power away! Great blog.
    1557 days ago
    I need to break my habit of weighing in every day. Drives me nuts.
    1557 days ago
    Great blog! You're rebelling against the scale obsession . . . and rightly so. Weight loss is not sustainable with excess rigidity: good health and fitness are sustainable with reasonable nutrition and exercise.
    1557 days ago
  • SISSY_24
    I feel the same way I've jumped out of bed jogged to the bathroom then jumped on the scale. I too found that it was how I set my mood for the day! It's been 4 days that I haven't been on the scale. I've found that the scale is not my only friend. My tread mil is my new best friend it doesn't make me mad! lol
    1557 days ago
    I completely feel you. I recently learned to wean myself off of weighing everyday. And it was extremely liberating. Instead, I've made a calendar and I'm satisfying the urge to weigh by crossing days off that and counting accomplishments. So far, it's working and I have a much healthier relationship with the scale now that I only step on once a week.

    I hope you find your own balance in that direction :) Have a great weekend!

    1557 days ago
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