Wednesday, February 22, 2012

There is quite a lot of controversy around whether you "should" weigh or not.

A set of scales is a tool and quite a precise tool at that.

If the scales hold an emotional grip over you then it may be a good idea to desensitise yourself and learn how to use them without panicking or feeling depressed.

2 sets of scales worth having are kitchen scaled (out of the box) and bathroom scales that are easy to step on because of their position in your house...

Quick bit of adult information. Every single piece of food and drink in your house has already been weighed by someone. Every single retailer who sells food has a set of scales. Drink is sold in pre-measured quantities and none of the staff go into a panic when they use scales or get depressed if the scales weigh a bit heavier. They just adjust the amount and get with it...

Doctors use scales to weigh because it is a form of measurement they can use to help them make decisions - so maybe it makes sense to look at scales as a decision making machine rather than something we love or hate (depending on the reading).

Anyway, my personal experience is that scales help if I contract with someone over the space of the year because we can learn from them. We weigh different at different times of the day, we weigh the same and yet our clothes are falling off of us. We weigh more and yet we "think" we've had a fantastic focused week. We "feel" we've put on and had a couple of unplanned binges and yet the scales say we've lost weight. We weigh on different scales and we get "different" readings...

To scale or not to scale... That is the question...

Until tomorrow...
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    I only weigh maybe once a week. I usually go by how my clothes feel. Thanks for the blog!
    2247 days ago
    I say bring on the scale! What it is it is. I weigh myself every morning and write down what it says to keep track. It is not a burden to do. I enter the weight in the SparkPeople Weight Tracker. This keeps me honest and is one reason why I don't overeat. I don't want to see the scale go up the next morning when I weigh myself!
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    2248 days ago
    I think scales are great tools. The kitchen scales are almost a necessity and the bathroom scale is a great help in decison making as you pointed out. You do have to be able to recognize that the number on the scale is just one of the tools you have in your "fitness toolbox" and remember to not use it like a slegehammer as well. emoticon
    2248 days ago
    I try only to weigh myself once a week. I have to kind of hide the scale behind the garbage can. Out of site out of mind.
    2248 days ago
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