My early morning addiction

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hi! My name is Mel and I'm addicted to the scale. I get on it every morning, waiting with baited breath hoping to see the numbers go down, even it if is in inches. I do a happy dance in my bathroom when I see the numbers go down, I celebrate each ounce lost, even if I would rather pounds. I need to attend scale addicts classes. I need an intervention. I wish I could ignore the pull of the scale, because I'm very much SV driven.

emoticon - The bane of my existence, my early morning habit. I think we need to break up!

So, if I haven't already made it clear, I am in a long term love/hate relationship with my scale and it hasn't been nice to me at all. It gave me a tease last week with a two pound drop. This week it took those two pounds back and laughed at me as I looked down upon it. I have been working my butt off, jumping on my elliptical for 30 minutes, doing wall push ups, kettlebell routines and getting on the floor for modified crunches (praying each time that I can get back up). So I had a talk with my scale this morning, told it (it's pink by the way) to be nice and show me my hard work is paying off, it has until Sunday to change it's attitude.

I have been doing all that I can, I log everything I put in my mouth, I limit my portions, I don't snack at night anymore, drink water like I'm a camel lost in the desert, I am in bed at 9 every night and I'm sweating bullets. So what gives? Why am I not dropping weight like I did the first time I started SP when 40 lbs jumped off me and ran for it's life?

Something has to give here, I'm giving it all I've got and it doesn't seem good enough! So for now I will continue to glare at my scale, watching what I eat, controlling my portions and begging for some results to show somewhere! I don't even have NSV to fall back on to encourage me!
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  • SHARON2018
    Hi, I'm Lee and I am a scale junkie! I tried to stay off but it calls to me the minute my eyes are open! Maybe if I put it out in the's not attached so would be a bit of a walk!! emoticon
    1726 days ago
    Hi Mel. I'm Deja and I to have this addiction. I know that I should weigh myself every day but I do and I don't have to will power not to step on the scale. I hope you find a way to beat this addiction and if you do please share how you did it.
    1726 days ago
    Ugh I am right there too Doll!! I obsess about weighting myself every morning and get is discouraged if the number is not reflecting my hard work. I am trying really hard to not step on it again until Monday weight in's for the challenge....we will see just how much self control I have lol emoticon
    1726 days ago
  • TIGER_LILY_613
    I used to weigh myself several times a day (which is unrealistic because your weight can fluctuate several pounds in the course of a day), then once a day (until I lost 40lbs too, and hit a plateau - then the scale started driving me crazy), and now I limit it to once a week.

    Hitting a plateau is pretty common. It can be caused by a bunch of things : retaining water, hormones, that "time-of-the-month", , not eating enough (surprising, but true!), the body becoming more efficient at doing the same cardio over and over again, building new muscle, and many more reasons. Also remember that as you lose weight, the same workout routine you did before will burn fewer calories !

    Spark has some great articles on plateau busters. They may have helpful tips for you.

    I know it's rough (I really do !), but try to be patient.... Just keep making good workout and food decisions and the weight will come down again.

    1726 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/29/2013 11:58:11 AM

    Seems like many of us struggle with that scale. I too weigh in almost daily. I've been working to break the habit but it's a hard one. Good luck and hang in there. You are doing great no matter what that scale says!

    1726 days ago
    I had to break the daily weigh ins - too much stress. I'm at once a week now. I don't keep the scale in the bathroom and I don't keep the batteries with the scale. Makes weighing-in more of a project. And give me time to think that I don't need to do this every day.

    Also, try weekly measurements. I was gaining for a while there (very upsetting on the scale) but I noticed my inches were going down. I'm putting on muscle! Makes a huge difference.
    1726 days ago
  • NHES220
    I weigh myself everyday too, but mainly to keep myself on track. I also know that other things have an impact on the scale - am I retaining water because of the sodium in my diet. I then look at other things too - how are my clothes fitting? Can I go down a notch on my belt? The scale is not the only measure of success, but it does keep me in check. Good luck!
    1726 days ago
  • RUSSELL1960
    I weigh myself daily as well. I find it to be a helpful tool for learning and a means of accountability. Over time I've learned what to expect in terms of daily fluctuations and I work hard not to let them affect my mood. There may be just a small change needed to gain the breakthrough you want. There is a spark team and spark coach program dedicated to helping people bust through plateaus. You might check it out. Best wishes!
    1726 days ago
    I weigh myself a lot also. I have found that I my scale will differ during the week. In fact this week I have seen a weight of 167.5, 167, 166, 163 and all the way down to 161.5. The lowest one being after riding my bike in extreme humidity for 120 minutes. I also track everything and exercise. As you lose more weight your body becomes more efficient and it is harder to lose the weight. Switch things up little, perhaps do different exercises. Keep up the good work, the weight will come off, just do not give up.

    1726 days ago
    Bodies are funny and weightloss is fickle. If you actually call your behavior an addiction (it doesn't meet the clinical criteria btw) why not look at the 12 steps for some mind-soothing wisdom? By that, I mean there is great comfort and paths to acceptance in recovery literature. You might find a way off the scale and more peace of mind. Good luck with your endeavors. You are a success!
    1726 days ago
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