Seems like you have been doing a great job working out, but why haven’t you been weighing in???? As far as I can tell, it’s been 2 months since you hopped on the scale.
Funny you should ask that today! I was planning a post about this very topic for a a while now. Let me start at the beginning and by the end (I think) I’ll answer that question.
In my teens and my early 20s I would say I was obsessed with my body more then I was obsessed with my weight. Sounds funny, doesn’t it? But really, I wasn’t a scale obsessed girl. I was conscious that I was a overweight and I didn’t like the body I was in but I don’t remember hopping on the scale every day. I don’t even remember having one. I weighed in at doctors appointments and when I saw scales in my friends bathrooms.
Then in my mid 20s I started to become more scale aware. I bought my own. I weighed all the time and I really let if affect my mood. This was my crash diet phase. I was educating myself on diet and nutrition yet making unhealthy choices purely to change the number on the scale. When the number didn’t behave the way I wanted then I’d get depressed, eat more, get mad, starve myself and there you have it, the making of a classic yo-yo dieter.
My next scale phase started when I joined Weight Watchers. I loved the idea of having an “official” weigh in on their scales. It’s was like I was reporting to someone and that motivated me. Like I had something to prove to them and to their scale.
I started the Flex plan and something clicked. The plan seemed easy, logical and perfect for me. The scale started to go down and I was getting excited. So excited I started weighing myself every day. Many people may not agree but this helped me, immensely. I started to learn how my body reacted to certain foods. I saw the scale go up when I ate processed foods and I watched it go down when drank my water and made my own meals. This is what I call my domino phase. One good choice would lead to the next, and the next and I could measure the results on the scale.
This daily weighing lasted over 2 years. Some may say I was obsessed but I really wasn’t. At least I don’t think I was. I didn’t depend on the scale to tell me how my day was going, or let it affect my mood. If the number went up I was motivated to make healthier choices (not starve myself) and if it went down it made me smile and reinforced I was moving in the right direction.
Once I made goal and entered into maintenance I continued to weigh every day. Still gathering information about my body and learning about myself. By this point the habit of waking up, peeing and hopping on the scale was so ingrained in my morning routine I’d thought I’d do it forever. The scale wasn’t what I turned to measure my success it was another tool in my weight maintenance arsenal. Just like my food scale, my meal journal and my blog!
Now, well, now I’m can feel myself returning to scale indifference. Don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not falling off the wagon. I’m just evaluating myself using different means. Since starting my workout routines, weight lifting and now running I noticed my body is behaving differently then I expected. What I learned about myself and my weight while losing is not necessarily true now. The scale may go up when I’m doing well because I’m building muscle or recovering from a workout. And guess what? That’s OK. The weight watchen’ thing is so much more then a number on the scale for me now. It’s how I look, how my clothes fit and most importantly how I feel.
So, yes, I haven’t weighed in for about a month (I actually have one weigh in I didn’t post yet-can we say busy? WOW). It’s not that I’m never planning on weighing in again but I’d thought since my schedule has been so insane and I couldn’t make meetings anyway I’d use this time to “test” myself. Could I walk away from the scale, away from points, trust myself to eat healthy, to workout and to just live an active life without scale worry? Could I be one of those people. Those people who just seem to do the right things naturally?
I do plan on weighing in “officially” at Weight Watchers on Wednesday. It’s my favorite meeting, with my favorite leader (the one who I lost most of my weight with). Now that I don’t have classes my schedule (should) ease a bit. I guess I’ll find out how my little experiment has gone then. But honestly, whatever that scale says on wednesday, I know I’ve been doing really well. I feel great and (if I do say so myself – this is hard) I look great!
I hope this answers your question, Joyce. I know my scale habits aren’t for everyone and you may totally disagree with my philosophies. So in an effort to get everyone’s opinion on this I ask… (I probably should save this for a question of the week but, what the heck)
How do you weigh in? What are your scale habits?