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Day 883: Struggling with the Scale

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Not in a literal sense. Or even, really, in a weight sense. But in a do-I-really-want-to-weigh-myse
lf-every-week sense.

I worked with a woman once who did some workout/diet plan thing and at the beginning, she did an initial weigh-in, then wasn't "allowed" to weigh herself again for 6 weeks. At the time, I was like "how could you possibly wait 6 weeks to see how all of your hard work has paid off?" Now, I think I get it.

I am not liking the idea of the scale being the determining factor in my success or failure, as I have always let it. I don't like the idea of the emotional roller coaster I have always let it take on me. You know, the ecstatic high when you have worked hard and lost 4 pounds, and then the depressing low when you have worked hard and gained 2 pounds, the "how on earth did I lose anything this week?" and the "why didn't I lose more this week?" and the mid-week weigh-ins, just to make sure that you are on the right track for the week.

I just don't think I want to do it anymore. I think, maybe, I will start just weighing myself every 4 weeks or 6 weeks, or whatever, so that when I do get on the scale and see a 6-pound loss after 6 weeks, I can just be happy that it's a loss without all the other termoil of the gains and losses in between.

I don't want the number on my scale to rule me anymore. I don't want it to determine my self-worth anymore.

I think I needed it when I started my journey because I needed the constant confirmation that I was doing things right. I was so big that it was hard to see the changes. I didn't go down a pants' size until I had lost 40 pounds, and even at 60+ pounds lost, I hadn't gone down a second pants' size or a single shirt size.

I don't want to be ruled by the scale anymore, so I'm not going to let it rule me anymore. I'll just check in every now and then and otherwise, ignor it.
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  • 4CYNDI
    You are right that the scale should not determine your mood. Stepping away from the scale and focusing on other things like you can walk farther or do an exercise you couldn't before or losing some inches are good indicators of health. Good luck with staying off the scale. For me I find that weighing in once a week works best for me. You'll find yhour balance.
    2950 days ago
    emoticon so many other ways!
    2951 days ago
    emoticon I hate the scale
    2951 days ago
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