Friday, May 1, 2015

Facing the scale

The scale. That evil, dirty, scoundrel of a contraption.

We get so hung up on that machine, let it have so much power over us--but it's just a machine.

It does not define us. It is not a measure of our self-worth. Hell, it's not even accurate half most some of the time. 

So why do I feel so anxious at the thought of stepping on that scale on Saturday?

It's just a machine. A MACHINE!

This week has been pretty off for me. I'm still tracking, but I'm so far in the negative in terms of points that I could probably climb Mt. Everest and still not be out of the hole. I also have gotten zero activity, more or less. I did a good bit of walking on Wednesday when we went downtown, and I also walked to the park (about a mile away). I think I've noticed a pattern, however, and I'm going to have to start paying closer attention--I get in these funks about once a month, and coincidentally, Auntie Flo came to visit this week--so I'm beginning to think it's mostly PMS-related, exacerbated by my existing binge/depressive tendencies.

Tomorrow's my weigh-in day, and I never skip weigh-ins no matter how bad it's been. However, with the way this week has been with my food and lack of activity and I'm bloated, coupled with my weigh-ins from the last 3 weeks, I'm just not sure I even need to get on that scale tomorrow. Sure, I might be surprised and actually have maintained, but I think it's far more likely that I'll be up another 3+ pounds and I'm not sure I can take that.

I need to remind myself of this regularly
What do you think? To weigh, or not to weigh?


6 comments:

  1. I think not to weigh is fine. It's just a scale. I know that you've commented similar positive messages on my own struggle with the scale. It's very hard to practice what one preaches. You ARE more than a number! Don't weigh until you feel like it!

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    1. It's SO hard to always practice what we preach! I guess that's just what makes us human though. Thanks for the reminders :)

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  2. I weigh. But I count inches lost more than weight lost. I once lost 4 inches and gained 2 pounds. If I'm losing inches, I don't stress about the scale.

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    1. I usually measure about once per month--I've found that when I do it more often than that, it's easier for me discount the smaller measurements by telling myself that I must not have measured in the exact same spot. I also usually don't stress about the scale, this has just been a really weird week. I did end up putting on my big girl panties and just getting on the stupid scale--and it turned out to be a lot better than I thought it was going to be. It's so hard sometimes to remember that the scale is not the only measure of success!

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  3. Seeing a bad number can send me into a tailspin! Some weeks I just need to take time off from my weekly WI.

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    1. I know! I thought I for sure was going to skip this WI, but I ended up saying "screw it" and weighing in anyway at the last minute. I'll post tomorrow with the results, but it actually was better than I thought it was going to be.

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