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Scale Left Behind


I have a love-hate relationship with my scale.  For years I didn’t own one fearing it would only read ERROR because I was so heavy.  After I lost a few pants sizes I bought a scale.  The first weigh in didn’t make me happy but at least it was lower than my last doctor’s visit.  From that day forward I stepped on every morning naked after my morning business.

*TMI?  Come on…We all do it.*

I didn’t miss a day.  It went on vacation with me to my mom’s or dad’s house.  It was my constant travel companion because there was no Hunni at that time.  I was looking for validation that the number was moving in the right direction to show I was getting healthier.  In actuality I was becoming obsessed with the number.  Sometimes I weighed myself 5 or 6 times throughout the day.

The scale went up; I had a bad day.  The scale went down; The perfect day.Cycling round and round like a merry go round.

One day I realized the scale didn’t give me value…it gave me a number.  I had fallen in love with Operation Beautiful but was still fat talking to myself while telling others they were beautiful.  That night I posted this note on my bathroom mirror.  I still weigh myself but it doesn’t control my day.

While packing for this week’s vacation I thought about my scale.  The scale would not be making this trip.  I left it sitting on the bathroom floor…on purpose.

Home Alone!

I’ve learned the skills to eat well-balanced meals and indulge within reason.  I know how to get in activity even if it isn’t formal exercise.  This vacation is meant to be fun and I do not need the scale to validate that I am having fun…but not too much.  The scale is just a tool…besides I had already packed enough to ENJOY MYSELF!  I’m okay with it being at home…I hope it doesn’t miss me too much.

Do you weigh yourself daily?  How long have you gone without weighing yourself?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/08/2010 2:50 PM

    Gosh can I relate to this! I’ve gone from totally ignoring the scale, to completely obsessing over it, and everything in between. Right now I’m in an in between stage, only checking in once a week or so, which seems to be a good balance.

    …and yes, I totally ONLY weigh myself first thing in the morning, after I’ve been to the restroom 😉

    • 11/08/2010 4:35 PM

      I’m doing okay without it for now. I get antsy in the morning because it is part of my ritual and I feel like I’m forgetting something but I want a healthier relationship with the darn thing.

  2. 11/08/2010 4:38 PM

    Congrats! Don’t you feel a sense of relief? I’ve managed to cut down to weighing myself once a week and it’s always at the same time on the same scale.

    • 11/08/2010 4:41 PM

      It is freeing but at the same time terrifying. I think if I can make it through this week I can cut down on how often I weigh myself. It has become ridiculous even if I don’t let it affect my day. I’m just a little attached after 5 years of doing it.

  3. 11/08/2010 5:11 PM

    I havn’t weighed myself for about a month now. I use to try and weigh myself at least 1 or 2 times a week. Just 2 days ago i stepped on a scale and I am now at my heaviest pushing 225. I can’t do this anymore. I can’t be this unhealthy. How do I start?

    • 11/08/2010 5:50 PM

      Knowing that you are unhappy where you are is a great place to start. From there it is just being aware of how you are fueling your body and not your emotions.

  4. eatmovewrite permalink
    11/08/2010 10:29 PM

    I NEVER weigh myself. I can’t even tell you the last time I weighed. I gauge my weight by my clothes. Otherwise, I go crazy over the numbers like nobody’s biznatch.

    • 12/08/2010 10:28 AM

      The last time I tried not weighing I gained 10 pounds really quick. The majority of my clothes have elastic waists for the gym so I didn’t notice.

      But congrats to you on that huge accomplishment!

  5. 11/08/2010 11:50 PM

    I am a daily weigh-er. I’ve been that way for a long time. I know everyone is different, but for me, it helps me stay accountable. Great job on leaving yours behind.

    • 12/08/2010 9:27 AM

      I think daily weighing isn’t a problem. For me it was the weighing every time I went into the bathroom. That was getting obsessive.

  6. 13/08/2010 3:13 PM

    I got obsessed with the scale for awhile and was weighing myself too much. Now that I’ve lost the weight and I’ve kept it off for 2 years, I changed my habits. I now only weigh myself once a month just to check in.

    • 14/08/2010 11:17 AM

      I’m working towards that. I didn’t weigh all week except at my Weight Watchers meeting and shocked the heck out of myself that I lost weight.


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