Weighing In: By ShadowRun300
You either love it or hate it.
You’re addicted to it, or you never want to see it again.
You’ll find many opinions out there about whether you should weigh yourself once a day, once a week, once a month, never.
But I feel that it’s a personal choice you should make – after ‘weighing’ all the facts of course.
I, myself, don’t have all the facts, but I can share with you what I did, and why it worked for me.
While I was on my diet, I weighed myself daily. I had read that you should weigh yourself at the same time every day to avoid seeing the fluctuations of water weight, etc, so I chose to weigh myself first thing in the morning. (After pottying of course). Then I would go for my walk/run and continue on with my day.
The numbers never really upset me. I just used them to keep me in check, and I kept track of my weight in my food journal. I used the scale to see if what I was doing was working.
Luckily for me, it was working. That’s probably why the numbers didn’t upset me. Sometimes I would see a slight gain – especially on Mondays before I finally made the decision to not overindulge on the weekend, but most times I either stayed even or lost a pound.
When I reached my goal weight and switched over to maintaining instead, I continued to weigh myself everyday. This was actually a scary time for me. Because I was very involved with running and toning exercises, I needed to increase my calorie intake in order to keep from losing more.
But after months of being in the mind frame that I needed to eat less, eating more was a problem. I did NOT want to gain the weight back. This is the point where I became somewhat addicted to my scale. I would eat 2000 calories, or so, then worry that I had gained weight. So I would step on the scale to see.
Every morning I would weigh myself to make sure I wasn’t gaining. And every morning I would see basically the same number, but until the number showed up on the scale, I would be worried. It took almost 3 years of seeing the same number, before I finally felt secure that I wasn’t going to gain the weight back. That is when I began to trust myself that I was eating healthy, exercising, and I didn’t need a scale to show me that.
I made up my mind not to weigh myself daily.
It was difficult for sure. But once I was out of the habit, the relief I felt was tremendous! I no longer had this number ‘weighing’ on me. I knew that if I stayed within my 2000 calories, and exercised regularly, I would not gain it back. I trusted my new healthy lifestyle.
These days, 13 years after beginning my journey, I weigh myself maybe once a month. Most times it’s less often than that. I feel like I’m at my happy weight, because even after a splurge here and there of barbecue pork, or the maple butter blondie at Applebees, I tend not to gain weight. (Keep in mind, I don’t do that very often….).
So although I can relate to those of you who feel like you need the scale, I can also tell you that it becomes an addiction quickly, and can be a major source of stress. Based on what I experienced, I think it’s best to just weigh yourself once a week while dieting, and in between times, trust that you are eating and exercising appropriately for the amount of weight you want to lose.