An online friend (who has been doing remarkably well of late, and whose progress was a part of the kick-up-the-backside I needed to go out and join the gym) posted something this morning that I’ve come across time and time again over the past few years. It’s something I’ve heard time and time again from multiple sources and reinforces my decision to never let a set of scales (no matter how fancy schmancy) enter this house.
(Bells and whistles! oooOOOooo!)
“I weighed myself this morning and I was down 3lb from last night… After I went to the gym, worked out for an hour, I weighed myself again and was up 2lb! What gives?!?”
“I weigh myself every day so I know how I’m getting on and whether or not I can have that extra chocolate bar or if I need to rein things in a bit…”
“I can’t resist a peek or two at the scales in between weigh-ins, though it’s really depressing when I’m being really good and the number is higher than I’d like.”
(N.B. These are not direct quotes from anyone in particular, but are the general gist of multiple conversations over the years.)
Seriously, people. DITCH THE SCALES!!!! It’s not doing you any good! Your weight goes up and down at different times of the day and it’s not good to focus on the numbers like that. There are soooooo many factors that will affect this, not just what you’ve eaten or whether or not you’ve exercised, and… well… other factors too. Ahem.
(I only wish I was around 140lb… but hey.)
Really, the best thing to do is to weigh yourself once a week AT MOST. Once a month is better, because that will take into consideration natural fluctuations (“star days” as us SW ladies so fondly refer to them. Fondly. Ha!) and give you a better picture of what’s going on. If you’re anything like me, it’s hard to keep going for ages without a status update of sorts, so weekly is probably the way to go.
Consistency is the key. That’s what’s good about going to a class like Slimming World. It’s at the same time every week (give or take a couple of hours, depending on whether I go to the early or late class) in the same place using the same scales. Wear clothes that weigh roughly the same, and DON’T STARVE YOURSELF ALL DAY BEFOREHAND! We’re talking healthy eating here, not eating disorders, people! There’s no point in cleaning up your diet, eating well, exercising well, etc, and then bringing in all sorts of negative behaviours in other areas (like starving yourself before weigh-in, obsessive weighing, etc).
I’m talking to myself here, too. I can’t trust myself with scales in the house. I’d be on them 500 times a day, given half the chance. I can barely trust myself with a tape measure, FFS. And, with 4 wee girls, I’m not going to allow my daughters to grow up thinking that one silly number should dictate how beautiful they are. God knows they’re likely to hear that enough from all sorts of other angles, they don’t need to get it at home too. Harrumph.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you’re worth so much more than a number on a scale. That number is only a part of the bigger picture and not even an accurate one at that. So, serial weighers, get rid of the scales. You’ll thank me for it. Really.