I'm sorry, Scale, but I need some space.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A lot of people have their own personal issues with weight loss; Some people feel hungry all of the time while others can't find the motivation to work out. I struggle with these as well, but I find that one of my biggest problems is my heartbreaking yet seemingly dependent relationship with my scale. There are times when I find myself stepping on that thing multiple times a day. I will step on it before I go to bed and think, "well subtract my heavier-than-usual clothes and that big glass of water I just drank, and it might be 3 pounds less than that in the morning... But that means I've gained since this morning. Nooooo!" *Insert pouty face* I wish I were kidding. I'd wake up in the morning hoping for a fantastic "bathroom visit" to bring that number down just a little bit more. I also felt like sleeping in, stopping any eating/drinking before a certain time at night, or drastically reducing my sodium intake would help me see better results, even if it's only for a day. You should've seen how much I hated that scale during "that time of the month." Ugh.

But it stops now. I feel as though the scale can be a great tool to track progress, but the daily weigh-in (and then some!) is not making me feel any better. Weight fluctuates a little too much to determine a whole lot on a day-to-day basis. I am challenging myself to only step on it once a week and to live life as normal instead of trying to pull last minute tricks out of my hat to create temporary changes in that number it emotionlessly flashes at me. I'll rely on other things to determine if I'm really on track as well, such as my energy levels and how well my clothes are fitting. It can sit on the floor and give me that evil, condescending eye all it wants, but it's time to take back control of this situation. Our weight doesn't define any of us. Rather, I can feel a sense of accomplishment in knowing that I'm giving everything I got to live the healthiest, happiest life I possibly can. ^_^
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    You definitely do not need to weigh in every day. I do sometimes...because I like the Wii Fit weigh-in; but other times I stick to a weekly weigh-in. The weekly seems to work best for me. I wish you the best of luck in your journey.
    3124 days ago
  • SARAH40460
    Haha, yea, my weigh-in day (the day that I always record my weight on, anyway) is Wednesdays. I do actually feel a little better now that I'm only doing it once a week. It was nice to wake up this morning and know that I wasn't facing a potential, unnecessary disappointment, so my moods are a bit improved now.

    I'm not sure if it would be easier or harder for me if I had the medication issue. I feel like that would be an even worse situation for me just because I'd probably use that as a crutch; "oh, I gained two pounds this week. It must be my meds." I'm glad that you're able to persevere despite that, and it gives me the motivation to not let my little hang-ups get to me so much.

    Good luck to everyone, and thanks for the encouraging comments!
    3124 days ago
  • LUCASMOM200504
    I also struggle with the dreadful scale and alot of times I allow it to effect my mood for the day depending on what the scale says in the morning. I think it is great that you are only weighing in once a week and trying to break that bad "relationship". I think I will try to join you on this challenge and see if I can make it til Thursday without stepping on the scale. Good luck!
    3124 days ago
    I have had to weigh every day due to fluctuations in weight due to medication. I still do it and the only thing I keep in mind is if I see a big weight gain in a day or two because that could mean a medication change. I try not to let it bother me and I do not get on the scales at any other time during the day so I am trying not to obsess with the scale; Reading what you wrote I feel lucky that I can do what I do every day and not let it consume me. I needed to know that.
    3125 days ago
    I had to do the same thing. It was killing my fighting spirit. It is a hard habit to break but feel so much better now. Good luck on your journey!
    3125 days ago
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