Ditch the Scale?
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
I'm thinking of ditching the scale for a while. The last few days have not given me good news. I've been in the habit of weighing myself pretty much everyday for the last few years. I never used to. I didn't grow up with a scale in the house. My mother never weighed herself. She's always been overweight, and I'm inclined to think that's a big part of the 'why'.
I don't want to repeat history. Right now though, I'm doing all I can to lose weight. I'm sticking to a 1500 calorie diet and working out faithfully everyday. I'm down 17 lbs. so far. But the scale hasn't budged for the last 3 days -- except to go up a little.
I know that everyone goes through plateau's, but I absolutely hate seeing those numbers refuse to budge when I know I've been working my butt off to push them downward.
The upside to weighing yourself daily is that when you fall into bad habits, you're more likely to catch yourself quickly and get back on track if you have those numbers there telling you you've gotten off track.
And the scale can be such a friend when it's telling you what you want to hear. But I can tell you that more than a few choice words have been directed at that inanimate object in the last few days. When it's giving you good news, it's your dearest friend. Bad news sends my heart reeling. I'm a little tired of the emotional roller coaster, and I kinda want to get off. Kinda.
So, I'm thinking of weighing myself once a week for now, and assessing my progress then. I don't know if I have the patience for that. I usually can't wait to get on the scale in the mornings. It's honestly one of the biggest motivators for me to get out of bed in the morning (that, and my workout, of course).
But maybe I need to tell my on-again, off-again friend to take a leave of absence?