Do you have a love / hate relationship with your scale? By love, I mean when it says what you want you do a happy dance and have a little pep in your step? What if that magic number you are looking to see is even off by a .1 of a pound do you become angered, frustrated, want to scrap the whole fitness idea, or have a pity party with your friend Papa John?
I am going to throw out an idea, what if for one month you get off of your scale from that place in your bathroom?
You might be reading this and thinking “How dare she suggest such a thing?” “What an awful idea!” If that is you – Is your hesitation in getting rid of your scale because this is how you judge your success? Do you let a number hold that much value on your day to day functioning and decision? If that is a yes, then hear me out- I will argue that this even more so drives home why the scale needs at least a temporary eviction notice for you to evaluate what is helpful.
It is completely plausible that you could be working out, eating great, but not seeing that number on the scale drop as you might like. But that does not mean what you are doing is not working. You could be eating right, exercising, and not see the scale drop more than 1-2 lbs. This does not mean you are a failure. This means you should first reevaluate how you determine your success in your journey to a healthy future.
Alternatives to weighing yourself
Take before and after pictures. Day 1 and Day 30 – from the front, side, and back. Aim to take pictures in the morning and wear the same outfit for consistency.
Invest in a measuring tape and measure your thigh, chest, waist, and hips. You can take measurements on day 1, day 15, and day 30 for a beginning frame of reference.
How are your clothes fitting?
Are your favorite pants a little more loose in the waist or thighs? Is your top a little more loose in the midriff? Is it easier to zip up a skirt or dress?
Energy Level & Mood
Are you able to get up without hitting snooze multiple times? Able to have energy to play with your kids after work instead of crashing on the sofa and praying for bed time to come soon? Headed to the gym without any hesitation?
Weight is not the only way to determine success. There is not a one size fit all approach to your relationship with your scale. Maybe that means throwing out the scale with this week’s trash, or hiding it in an unused room and bringing out monthly. But I would caution those who hop on every day and let their mindset, goals, and mood be altered by a number to rethink your priorities to one of the ideas above.