After 30+ years of struggling with weight, I'm getting ready to ditch the scale.
I have notebooks full of daily weight numbers that I've recorded for YEARS. I'm a numbers geek, and love having that data. If I had to, I could probably dig through my notebooks and tell you exactly what I weighed on August 1, 1997.
Daily weighing is an ingrained habit by now--but is it really helpful? Not really.
Here and there over the years I've tried going without weighing myself for a few days, and during those times I found that I did fine with my eating. I didn't go crazy and eat everything in sight. It was actually the opposite--the inner pressure about weight and keeping the weight number constantly in the back of my mind actually diminished and I felt more relaxed.
After fear of more weight gain would grip me and I'd go back to daily weighing, I'd find that I'd either maintained my weight or even lost a little, and I'd always wonder what would have happened if I'd stayed off the scale longer.
A few years ago I found out about "weight smoothing" and "rolling averages", and that gave me another thing to strengthen my daily weighing habit. To get accurate numbers, I needed to weigh every day.
It was okay when I used just one weight averaging program, but for the last few weeks, I've been using THREE different ones. That's a little ridiculous.
Even though the programs are fun to use (if you enjoy numbers/data), they aren't all that helpful either. What are they telling me that I don't already know? I can tell by the way my body feels, or the way my clothes feel, if I've stayed the same, gained, or lost. Why waste time entering weight numbers into three different programs every day?
I've read several articles that say we don't really need to weigh ourselves as often as we do anyway, that once a month can be fine, and certainly not more often than once every couple of weeks.
I'm not ready yet to give up weighing myself completely, but I think I'm going to try weighing myself just once a month for awhile. I just took the scale out of its home in the bathroom and shoved it under my bed. Out of sight, out of mind.
I'll plan to weigh myself on the first of each month only and see what happens.
I'll probably have scale withdrawals tomorrow. ;-)