I've been searching the message boards for discussions on whether or not people weigh in, and how often if at all. I'm curious about this because I've been having my own discussion (argument
) with myself about the scale's usefulness.
In January, SP_Coach_Dean wrote an interesting dailyspark blog called "Getting off to a Good Start - Again". www.dailyspark.com/blog.
In it Coach Dean wrote about his return to a healthy routine after a bout of illness. He discusses positive goals' and how a goal to 'lose weight' makes him obsess over the scale. He goes on to explain that, in order to avoid this, he "...set my calorie goal at what it would need to be to maintain my weight after I’ve lost the 30 pounds, and I've figured out how many servings of each food group I can have. Instead of “dieting,” I'm going to start eating now the way I’ll be eating when I get to my goal weight, and let my body decide how fast it wants to lose the weight. For me, that takes a lot of the stress, frustration, and resentment out of dieting."
I quoted this from his article because I often feel the same way about the scale. On one hand I like that it gives me an easy and concrete way to see change, but on the other hand I too get frustrated and depressed when I don't see movement.
I fully understand the need for goals and milestone markers to help us gauge our progress and measure our successes, but I'm really beginning to question the use of the scale (or any other body measurement) to measure my progress towards a healthy life and body. Maybe I should just be eating the way my healthy 130 pound person should be eating, and the weight and inches will take care of themselves.
The question then becomes how to measure progress. If I track how many fruits, veggies, whole grains, vitamins and proteins I get, and maybe reward myself for the times I avoid the junk, it seems to me the rest will fall into place.
How to know when I'm successful - I think that when that way of eating becomes the norm for me and I don't have to think about it and plan it down to the last detail, well then it's become a healthy habit for life.
So, am I going to stay off the scale? - well old habits die hard (LOL) but I'm going to give it a try, maybe ween myself off of it over the next couple of weeks.
What do all of you think about using body measurements of any kind to track progress?