I don’t think it’s necessarily a negative thing to weigh yourself frequently. What is negative is when you equate that number with your self-worth. When I’m in full-blown weight obsessed mode, I feel good about myself if I see a low number on the scale. If it’s a higher number (which could be for any number of reasons) I tend to feel upset and beat myself up about it. Logically I know that the scale isn’t telling me how good of a person I am. I know that daily fluctuations are normal.
When Angie posted this challenge it couldn’t have come at a better time. I recognized that my weight tracking was taking a destructive path and I thought that this challenge would help.
And so I put the scale away and didn’t touch it all month. I was tempted one or two times, but generally I didn’t think twice about it. You know what happened to my weight in April? It stayed the same. Yep. I didn’t gain, nor did I lose. I was expecting this from the way my clothes fit, but it was nice to get a confirmation.
I think most importantly is that this challenge helped reset my thinking. Scale weight is merely a number. It’s data. The scale can’t tell me if I’m a good or bad person and daily fluctuations are normal. So yes, I will continue to weigh myself (I’m a data geek and I like to track everything I can in Excel spreadsheets), but the obsessive thoughts are gone.
What is your relationship like with the scale? Do you weigh yourself regularly?