Weighing My Options
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
**If you look at the scale with dread and anxiety, this post is not for you.**
There are many posts and articles about the pros and cons of weighing yourself daily. Let's start with a few cons. Many people are afraid of the scale. They get so much anxiety just thinking about whether or not they've changed that number that they almost go into a panic attack. To me, that would be a very big con. Thankfully, that isn't how my brain works. If I was, I'd probably never get on the scale again.
Your body can fluctuate daily based on hormones, bowel movements, water intake, etc. As long as you're willing to keep that in the back of your mind when weighing yourself daily, this shouldn't pose a problem...more on that in the pros section.
Others feel that number is a judgment. If you don't weigh 100 pounds, you're a complete and utter failure. I feel that way more about clothing sizes than I do about the scale. Just the thought of going up a size in my clothing is so depressing to me that it makes me almost cry. Seriously, I'm sitting here in almost tears because of it. And that says a lot since I've been through 2 heart procedures, 8 colonoscopies, countless tests and a love-hate relationship with poisons like prednisone, humira and methotrexate for the last 7 years.
Let's get off that note and move on to the pros of weighing yourself daily. One of the first pros for me is a reminder that I need to log absolutely everything I eat. You would think this wouldn't be an issue, but this morning I stepped on the scale and weighed 4.6 pounds more than I did yesterday. After my initial WTF moment, I immediately started asking myself what I forgot to log. I then remembered a few things and added them to my log and soon realized I went quite a bit over my limit.
Another pro of weighing myself daily is the mindset it immediately puts me in of how can I make today better than yesterday? Today is a new day. So I splurged a little last night and gained a couple of pounds. Guess what? It isn't the end of the world and I can make today better by drinking more water and eating more vegetables than simple carbs. Were the cheesesticks worth it? ABSOLUTELY! I haven't had fried food in 2 weeks, so it was time to splurge a little. I shared them with friends and loved every delicious bite.
Finally, the pros of weighing myself daily and logging it into SP EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. keeps me accountable...to myself. I see the ups and downs on the chart, but I can see that the downs are more than the ups, and according to the chart, I'm right on track.
In other news, I have found that when I fail to weigh myself daily, I gain more weight. It isn't the forefront in my mind and I let it slip...letting my logging and tracking slip right along with it.