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Break Free from the Scale!

How to Stop the Scale from Determining Your Self-Worth

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  • The article has valid points about how the number on the scale affects our psyche and wonderful advice for putting the scale's feedback in the right perspective. Accept that weight fluctuates daily and it's easier to accept that the number on the scale will also fluctuate. The value of daily weigh-ins for me is to catch and fix what is NOT a fluctuation but an escalation in weight. Not weighing myself for one month to break the habit of daily weigh-ins? That's something I could never do! - 12/13/2014 11:43:18 AM
  • Funny. My scale is at the entrance to my kitchen and I hop on it every morning while still in my PJs. It keeps me honest and in maintenance for 5 years now. Avoiding the scale is how I gained the weight in the first place. I do NOT want to do that again.

    We all must discover and do whatever it takes to be successful.

    - 11/7/2014 6:29:45 AM
  • I really liked your blog!! - 11/6/2014 4:25:52 PM
  • I need to weigh every or every other day to keep me in tow as to what I'm doing. When I didn't weigh for a week I had gained. I need to weight daily....... sorry - 11/6/2014 7:09:56 AM
  • I find it interesting that as I'm reading this article that says to hide your scale under the bed, at the right hand side of the screen are links to "related articles" and the first one is titled ,"STOP WEIGHT GAIN WITH DAILY WEIGH-INS!" and states that weighing daily is the #1 STRATEGY to stay on track and not gain.

    I also find it a little crazy that almost every page I've gone to in the last couple days on the Spark site has a big pop-up ad for some type of fast food, complete with big, colorful pics of Bic Macs and Super-Size Fries...and massive sodas. I know that Spark relies on ads to be free of charge for us, but it looks like they would be a little more choosy in which ads they run. And as much as I love Spark--I have the Spark activity tracker and use the nutrition and measurement trackers regularly--it seems like I'm seeing more and more contraditctory information here: stay off the scale, it will sabotage you! But make sure you weigh daily to prevent weight gain!

    - 11/6/2014 1:44:07 AM
  • ALNKATHY
    Finally permission to put aside the scale, which Makes me anxious and filled with dread. I eat between 1200-1500 calories daily. I use fitness pal to monitor daily intake. My weight is pretty stable - 8/27/2014 7:56:21 PM
  • I get on my scale every morning. Obsessive? Probably. I like to see which way I am going daily instead of getting a shock at the end of 30 days then have to try to figure out what happened and when. I put away my scale for 30 days once. I didn't even get on the scale at the gym. I worked out at the gym, watched what I was eating. It was tough and disastrous! I gained weight!! I will continue to weigh every day. I only get excited with more than a 2 lbs loss, because I know weight fluctuates with workouts, time of day and water intake. - 7/17/2014 7:29:28 AM
  • It is only after I banished my scale to the closet and began concentrating on my health, rather than my weight, did I go down two sizes. For me, the weekly/daily weigh in was an exercise in humiliation and self-loathing. The scale isn't for everybody. It certainly isn't for me. If your emotional well-being is tied to the number on the scale, it is time to rethink using it. If it doesn't bother you, go ahead, keep using it. We are all very different in our relationship to the scale. Do what makes sense for you. Personally I am way too sensitive. I can't handle the emotional repercussions when the scale doesn't show the results I am expecting.It just makes me want to give up. - 7/16/2014 8:56:57 PM
  • OK, I know a number of people say you should not weigh yourself daily, but if I know that my weight fluctuates from day to day, it still seems better to know what it is and what the range is that it's fluctuating in. If you only weigh yourself once a week, how do you know where you are in your range at that moment? It seems like you could get a weight that is higher or lower than you should be tracking. Using a tape measure is great monthly but a lot can happen in that month that you would be better off knowing about before you've suddenly got an extra 5 pounds to deal with. - 7/16/2014 12:48:38 PM
  • GREENEYEDLADY54
    Wow! Obviously the scale is a very controversial subject for people. I am a scale person. I have watched it go up and up and up. I have decided I am going to participate in the Spark People program and lose the extra weight I need to lose. I need to lose a whole person...at least 100 pounds...125 would be awesome. I need help and I think I can find it here. It seems like there are always people on line talking and sharing ideas just like this one. I don't think I will weigh for a while. It is so depressing. - 5/3/2014 5:28:07 AM
  • DIETER27
    excellent article. well said......... - 4/4/2014 9:47:21 AM
  • I am with Healthy4HM. I do not ever want to lose the precious relationship I have with my scale:) I do use it in moderation though, never daily, always weekly. - 10/4/2013 8:28:58 PM
  • This scares the pants off of me... which probably means it's something I really need to consider.
    - 8/29/2013 5:26:26 PM
  • I used to weigh myself daily, then it went up to two times a day! I finally stopped and now I try for once a week. This last week I weighed myself twice onto of my weekly weigh in, so it's not easy to stop but I'm getting better. - 8/29/2013 4:56:30 PM
  • CAPPIE1277
    To those who think the scale keeps you accountable are probably the ones with the most scale obsession!! Weighing daily is not giving you a good accuracy at all! You do realize your weight can fluctuate several pounds in the course of a week. So if it shows you gained, what you eat less or exercise more... So not accurate at all!! - 8/29/2013 4:13:54 PM

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