As a previous daily, weekly and monthly weigher I never thought I’d write this post. Ever. When I was losing, the scale was my best friend. When I gained it gave me the nudge to keep at it. I learned to look at the numbers it showed me as feedback and it helped me progress to where I am today.
That chapter of my life is over.
I can honestly say I will never return to the scale as a measure of any type of success again. It provides me nothing of value anymore.
What if I Gain Weight?
For starters, if I gain a little weight, I know. Do I really need the scale to tell me? Why fret over some number day in and day out clouding my mind distracting me from the things that are really important? Am I eating the way I want to be eating? Am I staying active? How do I feel? Those are the things that drive me, not the number on the scale. And if I feel my weight creeping up (it happens), then I adjust accordingly. I just don’t see the need to get numbers involved anymore at this point.
Which brings me to the second reason the scale won’t return …
It’s a Tool I No Longer Need
I’ve been living pretty balanced over the past 10 years. I used the scale heavily in the beginning, teetered on it while figuring out maintenance and then eased it out. If I compare my scale usage with my confidence in being able to manage my weight it would look something like this.
As my confidence rose my scale usage decreased. Isn’t this what’s supposed to happen over time? When you are learning to ride a bike you don’t keep the training wheels on forever. When you feel confident don’t you take them off and never look back?
The scale, for me, became a training tool and I simply don’t need it anymore. Do I still struggle with body image issues? Sure, and part of me always will. But why handcuff myself to a device that constantly reminds me of my skinny driven issues? I used it to lose the weight. I have a handle on my diet. I’ve successfully incorporated fitness into my life. I am doing all the things a healthy, balanced person should be doing. Why then do I need a scale to tell me if I’m succeeding?
I’m Not Anti-Scale, Really I’m Not!
There is no doubt I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for my experience with the scale. It can be a very valuable tool for folks figuring things out in the beginning. My time with it, however, is over.
There’s a part of me that misses its simplicity. In a way, weight loss is a heck of a lot less complicated during weight loss. You follow a plan, you weigh in and the scale tells you if you succeeded — of course it’s more complicated than that, I’m over-simplifying for the sake of argument — but what happens when you achieve your dream of weight loss? What happens when you change your lifestyle? Your goals? Your priorities?
When I first started this blog it was to stay accountable on that “simple” weight loss journey. Then I thought, hey! Wouldn’t it be interesting to keep it up? I like having the outlet and no one ever shows what weight loss is like after the “after.”
Well, here it is. In my “after” story, there is no more scale. It doesn’t serve me. My goals are different. My life is different.
I am different.
P.S. In case you are wondering the day I official stepped off the scale just over a year ago — click here to see that post. It’s been somewhere in my basement ever since.