I have a very unhealthy relationship. I am pulled in on a daily basis. The result of the interaction affects my mood for the rest of the day. If I’m not careful it can affect my food choices. Because of this relationship my mood can be very high or very low, depending on the feedback I receive.
This relationship is with the scale. I’ve gotten in a habit of weighing every day. I know people who weigh daily with no problem. But I’m not one of those people. I’ve become obsessed with the number on the scale rather than assessing how I feel physically, paying attention to how my clothes fit, or delighting in my ever-improving blood pressure.
I must remember that if I eat what I’m supposed to eat, the weight loss will take care of itself. Today, a weekly weigh-in feels appropriate. Therefore I am committing now, in writing, that I will not hop on that scale before next Friday. The unhealthy relationship must end.
You got it- how your clothes fit NOT the number on the scale. I can’t remember if I mentioned to you just WHAT you are measuring when you step on the scale: fat, fluids, muscle & bone. Everyone thinks the higher the number the fatter they are- not true. One final thing to remember, the weight of water- one gallon of water weighs 9 1/2 pounds. So continue to pay attention to how your clothes fit or if you want, body measurements.
Thanks, Dave! I’m scheduled to get a body comp test in March (the under-water kind). I had my first test done in September (when I started my two-year fitness journey) so that should give me a good read on any progress I’ve made. I appreciate the perspective you’ve just shared: fat, fluids, muscle and bone. I’d really not thought of it that way.
I definitely think it’s a good idea to stay off the scale on such a religious basis. Remember Pam, that’s just a number and in no way reflects the progress you’ve made on your journey thus far! Keep up the good work.