Today I want to talk about scale obsession. I'm going to be honest and admit that I'm totally, TOTALLY obsessed with the scale. I think it's something that we don't like to talk about. We all know we should only weigh once a week, or even only once a month. We post about our weight loss journeys and our eating, and working out and we are bold and up front with our numbers about those things. "I ate 1650 calories today, and here's the breakdown." "I ran for 20 minutes and then did weight training, and then did work on the bosu ball, and I burned 478 calories!" "I ate 10.2 grams of figs today."
But for me, the numbers I get most obsessed with are the ones on the scale. My scale. The scale at my brother's house. My parent's scale (it's the same scale as mine, so I always enjoy weighing in on that one.) The scale at the gym. The doctor's office scale.
I weigh myself at least twice a day, sometimes three to four times a day. I weigh in my underwear in the morning after I go to the bathroom. That is my "weigh-in" weight any time I update you guys. Today that number is 169.4! (hurrah!)
I then weigh at some point in the evening, just to see what effect the food I've eaten thus far has had on my body. I feel like it gives me a handle on how much I've been eating and what kind of sodium I'm consuming. Of course, if I tracked my food and all those numbers I would KNOW what those actual numbers are, but I don't do that. And then I weigh myself before I go to bed when I'm in my pajamas. I like to see the difference between night-time weight and morning weight.
I've heard lots of advice from people in their blogs or on forums about weighing in. Weight fluctuates so much that you really can't get a good grip on your overall weight loss week to week when you're weighing in every day. It can be discouraging. It's not a good thing, because it can make you really obsessed with the number on the scale instead of how your clothes fit, how you feel and how much more you can work out than you used to be able to. But for me, I find that constantly keeping my ass on the scale is the biggest thing that keeps me motivated to stay on track. It's the series of days that I don't weigh in that makes me slack off. When I feel "okay" in my jeans, or when I feel pretty, or my face doesn't feel bloated... those are the times I tend to slip and cheat just because I'm not face to face with the digital box that says "170" on it.
For me, I love the weighing in. It keeps me focused. But that's just me.
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only person who does it, so what about you?