Are You a Scale Junkie?

An obsession is a persistent, anxiety-provoking thought that intrudes into our everyday lives and cause feelings of distress.

Hearing this definition, would you say that you have ay obsession with the scale?

Many do and it’s really unfortunate that in today’s image conscious world, people allow themselves to become emotionally wrapped-up and addicted with  the number the scale spurts out.

My advice to you is, “Don’t give the scale that much power over you and your weight loss efforts!” The scale is just one way to determine success and certainly not the best indicator.

Here’s what I mean:

For just a minute, pretend that gravity doesn’t exist. Everything, including you, is weightless, just floating around like the astronauts do in a zero-gravity chamber. You can’t step on a scale to see how well you did over the past week because the scale is also floating around with you. Without a number, how would you gauge how successful you were?

Let me tell you, there are dozens of ways! Maybe you know that you’ve gained more control with overeating at night in the past week. Perhaps you snuck in an extra day of exercise, kept up your journal like no one’s business or planned out more healthy meals. On the other end of the spectrum, you admit that you’ve had to loosen up your belt a notch or that you’re extra-feeling more sluggish from all the sugar you’ve consumed over the past few days.

The point is YOU know before you even step on the scale how well you’re doing (or not doing) with your healthy lifestyle behaviors.

While all of us applaud ourselves for losing pounds during our weight-loss journey (as we should), there are many times during the process that we get down on ourselves simply because something as trivial as gravity dictates to us that we’re a failure. All too often, I’ve talked to Weight Watchers members who KNOW they’ve worked hard in the past week and are proud of their accomplishments and feel good UNTIL they step on the scale and the number it spurts out doesn’t meet their expectations. How they react to this one barometer could make or break them. That’s how much power they hand over to it.

While a scale is one gauge to monitor progress, it’s certainly shouldn’t be the most important tool one should rely on and it’s certainly not the most accurate. Sure maybe the number accurately reflects your behaviors leading up to weigh-in day but other factors could come into play when it doesn’t match your honest expectations, such as water retention, the clothes you’re wearing or even the time of day you’re weighing in.That why I strongly recommend that we don’t become fixated on the scale and to only weigh ourselves only once a week.

Weight loss is an internal process, so as you’re working to get to a healthy weight through good nutrition, exercising and by developing a good relationship with food and being active, tune into your body and mind. Be honest with yourself. What are you doing well, how do you really feel, in what aspects of daily life do you need to step up to the plate? Recognize all things that point to whether you’re ‘on track’ or slip, sliding away.Take that number the scale hands out to you and do some honest self-evaluation

By doing what you need to do to lose weight and by sweating the small, everyday stuff, I promise the scale will begin to reflect your progress. It’s not “it” that I trust, it’s YOU! I want you to get to that trust-level, too!