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I hid my scale

Monday, August 27, 2012

So... I hid my scale.
I didn't used to be so obsessed with weighing myself, but now I do it several times a day. Mainly because I'm curious. Did drinking water add any weight? Did exercising make me lose any weight? blah blah blah.
Anyway, I never outwardly beat myself up if my weight increased, but I think subconciously it really messed with me. I ate quite a bit last night at dinner (mainly salad, veggies, garlic and a pretty big steak) and this morning I gained weight. I wasn't surprised, but I really don't think it helped encourage me.
So, I hid it. I know where it is if I'm really desperate to weigh myself, but I will most likely be too lazy to pull it out.
I want to start measuring my progress in other ways than weight, anyway. I haven't been successful with losing weight lately and it's driving me insane. I think the more I concentrate on it, the worse it gets. So I'm just going to pretend that this part of the adventure is about being more fit, being more healthy, fitting better into clothes. Not focusing on weight.

I will continue on and see how this goes.
Tata for now
-Emi, putting the Do It in Don't Quit.
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    I would say I have a love hate relationship with my scale, except there is no love involved. I, too, banished my scale from the bathroom after I woke up for a middle of the night pee and had to weigh myself before going back to bed. Enough is quite clearly enough.

    I think you're on the right track. Being healthy isn't about a number. It's about being the best you that you can be. Do things that make you feel fit and vital and happy. The weight loss will follow.
    2430 days ago
    I know what you mean Alisha. I just think I've been so obsessed with it that I just need a break. I think once a week or even once a month is good enough. If I'm doing everything like I'm supposed to, I should be able to know that I'm losing weight by other means. I just get so curious and I really just need to stop. I even started to think about it several times over the past night and morning -- not a good thing! A little haitus should be good for me, I think
    2430 days ago
    I try to keep it to just once a day, after my workout, before I take my shower, in the nude. That way my hair isn't wet from the shower and I've already sweated out what was going to be left on the trail before I get on the scale. I try to keep it to the same time of day too. The body fluctuates about 5 pounds of fluid throughout the day, so that way I'm comparing apples to apples, if you know what I mean.

    Too much time on the scale is just stressful, too little time on the scale is hiding my head in the sand.
    2430 days ago
  • DEB9021
    Hiding your scale is a great idea! Concentrate instead on identifying actions that will help you feel better or move you toward your goal (like exercising daily, eating more fruits & veges, or tracking your food) and then motivate yourself by making big check marks as you complete these things each day. Those little fluctuations on the scale DO really mess with you--you eat the thing you shouldn't and it doesn't show when you get on the scale so you continue the habit, or you have a great day of exercise but the scale doesn't show it so you get frustrated and don't keep it up. Put it away and forget about it! It's all about creating healthy, long-lasting habits and feeling good, right? I TRY to step on only once a week as a check-in, but it's so tempting to want immediate, constant feedback. But you have control of setting your action goals and meeting them. That will make you feel successful, energetic and healthy, not staring down at the number on the scale. I'm going to hide mine, too! emoticon
    2431 days ago
    Anytime :) For some reason when I first started a lifestyle change, I had no problem avoiding the scale. Now that I'm living on my own it's almost like an obsessive game just to check and see if I gained or lost anything. Needless to say I haven't kept any weight off, and I think I just keep psyching myself out. Welp, I'm done with that and I'm ready to put my focus somewhere more productive :) emoticon
    2431 days ago
    This is such a great idea. I'm not quite at the point of weighing myself obsessively, but I do the same thing of weighing myself now and then just to see if I have gained or lost water weight, or that kind of thing. If it gets any worse I might borrow your idea!
    2431 days ago
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