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Scales and Me

Monday, March 25, 2013

I know I have said it before but I say it again , it is not a good idea for me to have a scale in my house. I tend to get on it every other day or so and my mood reflects on what the scale says. I have heard that this happens to other people too. So why am I a slave to that darn scale? I guess because every time I run in to a friend who has not seen me since I lost 30 pounds they always ask me how much I have lost. I have a friend I see every other week and she always asks me what I weigh now every time I see her.

We as a society place to much value on what a person weights. We judge people on what the scale says for them. People come in all shapes and sizes and should not be judged on what they weigh. A person's health and well being should not be judged on what they weigh or what size pants they wear. Yes losing 5% of your weight can be helpful in lowering your blood pressure if you have that problem or maybe help with getting your diabetes under control. But we should not hold it against a person if they weigh more then some weight chart says they should for their height.

As I said I have lost 30 pounds and the weight chart says I need to lose 40 more. When I get on that scale at home some times it says I have gained .8 pound one day and lost 2 pounds the next day. If I gain I get upset and say what the heck I might as well eat every thing in the pantry. If it says I have lost I want to treat myself to some Sees candy. The scale is not my friend , I should not have one in my bathroom.

I have decided to not weigh myself at home, to just weigh myself at my doctors office every 3 months or so. I can tell if I am losing weight by how my jeans fit me.

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  • TECH1960PS

    I have had the same problem with scales. I would even get on and off several times just to make sure the thing was reading right. I now intend to measure myself once a week and weigh myself once a month, inches lost are what counts.

    1893 days ago
    Everyone is different and you should do what works for you!

    I need to get on everyday to keep me in check. If I stay off, the weight creeps up, before I realize it.
    I hardly ever go to the Dr, not having insurance, so it is important for me to self regulate.

    You are doing the right thing and I agree with you that healthy is more important than a number on a scale.

    1909 days ago
    Bravo for the great blog!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon
    1910 days ago
    I know what you mean! I have the same trouble with the scale dictating to me what I will feel in any given day. Even when I tell myself the number means sodium intake or what ever. But it is the wanting to reward for losing that really baffles me. I do that too. I am really trying to stay away from the scale and have been successful for however long since I reset my goals. Two days I think. LOL , IS THAT ALL????? Anyway, I am only going to weigh once a month.
    I support you in your decision to use it sparingly. You can do it!
    1910 days ago
    Well said.
    1910 days ago
    I do understand where you are coming from, I have to be careful with the scale. I can't stay off it. If I gain a little weight, then I am on the scale three or five times a day. So I try to ignore the scale as much as possible. emoticon
    1910 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Preachin' to the choir here.
    1910 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I really try hard not to let it effect me on the days that it is up a little since I know I didn't gain 2 lbs in one day. I try to let my clothes feeling lose make me feel the great thing that I have achieved!
    Keep on pushing to be the best that we can be!
    1910 days ago
    You are so right, I can feel just how I am by how my skirt feels and yes, it feels tight. I don't need a scale to tell me that. I agree with you wholeheartedly too, that we're judged in our society so nastily more than any other country it seems. For how we look, how big we are, etc., etc. I just want to lose weight to be around alot longer or for how long I'm supposed to. I don't want to drive myself to an early grave! So you and I will keep on plugging along! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1910 days ago
    Just put it in a closet somewhere and only use it once a month. It will take you off of the emotional scale roller coaster :o)
    1910 days ago
    Honestly ...... I Know Exactly how you feel ............. (If you get a moment, please read the blog I wrote Sun ........... "If your bathroom scale could talk" ............. This is the second blog I have written on the sore subject! ................ I see more complaints on the thing and even MY DH threatened to kick the thing out! ............. (Not trying to solicit attention ............ just if you get a chance ................. (It is sometimes what the scale DOESN'T say ................ emoticon .......... Jan
    1910 days ago
    Many people toss the scale like you did. It is good that people don't get obsessed with it. It's not the only measure of your success.
    1910 days ago
    It's amazing, people want to know how much models weigh (too little) and football players (sometimes too much). A person can not walk down the street without being judged. It's a sad society we live in.

    1910 days ago
    Very wise post! I have the same compulsion that you do, though it has eased up lately. I love going by the jeans method, it seems more accurate in a way.
    1910 days ago
    I do the same thing Kat. It is just a habit. I tell myself not to weigh but once a week but then I am afraid if I don't keep track I might gain some back.. I know what you mean about people seems once they know you are trying to lose weight they just keep asking. They are just trying to be nice but it does get frustrating.

    Have a great day.
    1910 days ago
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