The Scale… Daily, or Skip?

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“I’ll be happy when I weigh _____” or “I’ll be happy when I lose _____ pounds” are stated daily by many.  For years I had felt the same way, trying to obtain a certain number on the scale.  I did achieve that number for a very short time.  A week?  A few days?  I’m not even sure now because it was such a small amount of time!  The work that it took to maintain that weight was just too much.  Hours in the gym each day, carefully counting every calorie, and never feeling “good enough” took a toll on my self-confidence.

I’ve heard many things about the scale, and most can be true in different ways for different people.  There’s the “don’t get on the scale” people who simply never weigh in.  That can have it’s pro’s and con’s.  For some, it is very easy for weight to get out of hand if you are not somewhat watching it.  These are the people who have gained 50 plus pounds and never realize how much they weigh until they go to the doctor, or even on a weight-loss show or the equivalent of that.  However, some people get so emotionally attached to a certain number that seeing the normal one to three pound change on the scale can set them over the edge. They will either give up right then and figure “What’s the use?!?” or get *so* strict in their diet that it’s physically unhealthy.

There is current research however that suggests daily weigh in’s, and that it actually helps many people keep weight off for years.  For the daily weigh in people, if they see the scale starting to creep up, they can correct it quicker than someone who weighs in once a week/month (or not at all).  The daily weigh in’s can give them a clue that something is out of balance.  Maybe they ate too much sodium, or aren’t tracking calories/portions as diligently as they thought they were.

It’s important to remember though that our bodies DO fluctuate in weight all the time (it’s normal!) and not to get upset if you see a weight increase the next day.  Chances are it’s just water weight.  Did you eat 3500 extra calories yesterday?  Then it’s not fat.  And no, you did not put on two or three pounds of muscle overnight either (sorry).

I have noticed that for myself, I do best when I weigh in daily.  But, I don’t “freak out” if the scale goes up a pound or two (and I don’t get too excited if it suddenly goes down several pounds overnight, since I know that it’s mainly water weight).  The times that I feel I’m gaining weight or know that I haven’t been doing what I “should” be doing are when my weight starts to creep up.  If I wait too long to weigh in, I could easily be five or more pounds heavier than before.  But I’m also at the point where I don’t want to focus on a certain number…  At this point in my journey, I know that everyone’s bodies are created differently, and we are not all meant to strive for the same body type or weight.  The scale is a tool, not something that should be used to dictate how we should feel about our bodies.  Don’t let the scale determine your worth, value, or even how your day is going to go.

 

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About Erin

I've been married to my awesome husband for almost 19 years. I have two teenage boys (when they tell you that time flies fast and to enjoy every moment, believe them: it goes by way too quickly!) I'm a Registered Nurse and Certified Health Coach. I love Jesus, my family and friends, helping others to achieve their best lives possible, bargain shopping, reading, and Vera Bradley.
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