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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?
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    I stumbled upon you blog today from the juice team. I'm glad I did. I'm checking out the Inside Out Weight Loss podcasts.
    I too have a love/hate relationship with my scale. I imagine if I had a friend who was in a relationship with a guy who one day told haw good she was doing and how thin she was and the next told her "I told you you shouldn't have eaten _______" ; "you'll never reach your goal. Why do you even try?". And still she couldn't wait to see him each morning first thing right after the morning pee (so you weigh less). What would my advise be to her.

    But still I know where I will be in the morning. Right after my morning pee.
    2446 days ago
    Non-scale goals are nice, but what we all want is that number on the scale to go down!

    What I try to remember when I'm "stuck" is how I felt when the number was higher. So when I weighed 220, I would have given anything to see 204 (what I have been "stuck" at (give or take a lb or two) for a while.

    Should you ditch it completely? Try it for a week and see how you do. Take out the battery and have someone hide it!!
    2447 days ago
  • LE7_1234
    The scale is a tool--but it doesn't tell you the whole picture.

    Back when I was weighing every day, I made a point to treat it as a science experiment, not a value judgement. I started to see patterns that helped me to understand the numbers I was seeing. Like, I expected to see it go up a little during PMS. But I also learned that no matter what I'm doing, good, bad, stellar, abysmal, my weight also goes up around ovulation. Sometimes as much as 4 pounds.....

    I learned that there would be a 3--day lag between an action and it's result on the scale. So if I was really "good" for 2 days and didn't see the result, I'd have a blow-out, and then the third day the "good" result would show up, but then I'd already done damage, which would show up a few days later....

    Anyway, all this is to say that if you are weighing daily, learn everything you can from the numbers, but try not to let it affect you emotionally.

    But if you can stick to weekly weigh-ins, you'll probably be better off!

    OH!!!! And don't forget to take into account the effects of exercise. You can be losing inches and not lose weight... But at the end of the day, I'd rather go by the way my jeans fit than the number on the scale....

    Hang in there!
    2448 days ago
    Don't allow the scale to set your mood for the day. I agree you should pitch and not weight yourself everyday. I only weigh myself once every two weeks or sometimes just once a month. That's enough for me. Yes, we all hit that unfortunate plateau. Keep up the great work and stay focused and positive. I would reevaluated the on/off situation. Look at all the pros and cons of that relationship and make the best decision for you. Have a great 4th of July! emoticon
    2449 days ago
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